It isn’t the holidays without a few classic holiday drinks. They have a special way of putting people in the holiday mood plus they’re undeniably delicious. When it comes to the classics like cider, eggnog, hot toddy, and hot chocolate, selecting the right spirit to add is key.

Bourbon & Apple Cider

Bourbon and apple cider never fail to make a delicious cocktail and Jefferson’s Very Small Batch is an excellent choice. Its complex approachability pairs perfectly with the robust apple flavor of a quality cider. Alternatively, you can make a cocktail reminiscent of cider mulled wine with Jefferson’s Grand Selection Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes Cask Finish.

Egg Nog

For egg nog, you want to go with a spirit that plays up the warmth of the spices used in the rich beverage. Chef’s Collaboration does just that thanks to the spice fueled burst it delivers upfront. The combination of bourbon and rye works equally well in a hot buttered whiskey (a play on hot buttered rum) or a hot toddy.

Hot Chocolate

As for spiking hot chocolate, a bourbon with espresso notes is ideal since it enhances the natural bitterness of the chocolate. For this holiday drink, give Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Finish a try. In addition to having notes of espresso and chocolate, there’s a hint of dark berry which helps brighten the chocolatey drink just a touch.

Salted Caramel Old Fashioned

Adding a bit of salted caramel to a traditional old fashioned recipe makes for an amazing holiday drink for your next cozy get-together. For the ultimate taste, use Jefferson’s Ocean Aged At Sea Bourbon, a unique bourbon that is matured in American oak casks for approximately seven to eight years on land, before the casks are placed on a ship and allowed to rest for another five to ten months at sea.

Hot Toddy

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather during this cold winter season, the best medicine is a traditional hot toddy. This drink can be made with honey, lemon, cloves, and cinnamon, and then finished off with some Jefferson’s Reserve, which delivers a deep, wonderful finish with big, sophisticated flavor.

No matter which holiday drink you mix up, you’re in for a treat when you use Jefferson’s Bourbon — your secret ingredient to a delicious holiday season!