Saturday, December 12, 2009


It’s bad enough you have to push your way through shopping hell, but you shouldn’t have to deal with lazy-ass clerks. Speed things up and slap him into work mode with a “Holiday Coffee Rush.”

2 oz Svedka VANILLA Vodka

2 oz Cold Coffee

1 oz Coffee liqueur

Dash of Cinnamon

Shake with ice, pour into a tall glass, dust with cinnamon


When that freaky Goth cousin shows up ready to get “all like dead and everything”, offer them a “Holly Berry Tini” to shut them up. Remind them that holly berries are poisonous and they’ll drink these all night.

2 oz Svedka Vodka

1 oz White Cranberry juice

½ oz Green Tea liqueur

½ oz Sour Apple liqueur

½ oz Green Melon liqueur

Dried Cranberries

Shake with ice, strain into martini glass, cranberries for garnish


Your traditionally cheap neighbor usually drops by with one of last year’s “door-stops”, I mean Fruit Cakes. Hit them over the head with it and relax with the only one worth having: “Fruitcake on the Rocks.” And as Rose Nyland said: “Christmas without Fruitcake is like ST. Sigmond’s Day without the Headless Boy!”

1 oz Svedka CITRON Vodka

2 oz Apple juice

½ oz Hazelnut liqueur

½ oz Pear liqueur

1/4 tsp Brown Sugar

Dash of Angostura Bitters

Candied Cherry

Shake with ice, pour into rocks glass, cherry for garnish


You’ve just watched your lover open his or her gift from you; tickets to Aruba. You then open their gift to you; a fire extinguisher for your kitchen. It’s time to treat yourself to a decadent “Frosty Chocolate Truffle”. The romance has gone cold, why shouldn’t the hot chocolate?

1 1/2 oz Svedka RASPBERRY Vodka

3 oz Skim Milk

1 Tsp Chocolate Syrup

1/2 oz Raspberry liqueur


Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, marshmallow for garnish


When you must deal with a schnockered relative, join them in style with an “EggSnog”. They go down smooth, and so will you.

1 oz Svedka CLEMENTINE Vodka

½ oz Ginger Liqueur

3 oz Eggnog

Dash of ground Cloves

Shake with ice, strain into festive tumbler, dust with ground cloves

All cocktails and recipes are Trade Marked and Copyright Herb Westphalen 2009

NEXT Magazine, here in NYC, asked me to create 5 new HOLIDAY COCKTAILS to get you through this crazy time of year. These will help you deal with all the nut-jobs you encounter while shopping, dining and visiting.

My best wishes go out to all of you for a healthy, happy and prosperous holiday season and New Year!

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