Holiday cheer comes in many forms. And while there is something to be said about roasting chestnuts and chipper carolers, we admit we're partial to merriment of the liquid variety ... because nothing warms our hearts (and fingers and toes) quite like yummy, wintry flavors mixed with a bit of bourbon, rum, or port.
To turn up the heat, we enlisted the help of Blackbird Bar owner and drink mix-master Shawn Vergara to show us how to create three delicious (and hot!) DIY cocktails, perfect whether you’re entertaining or sipping something by an open fire. With flavors ranging from chocolate to tea to apple spice, you’re sure to find one super satisfying — no matter your seasonal craving. So, queue Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Mariah, pump up the holiday spirit, and let the drink-making festivities begin.
Photographed by Rachelle Manning