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There’s no better way to close out 2020 than with festive holiday cocktails. As part of the Omni Originals program Omni Hotels & Resorts whips up a special holiday drink menu. Guests have enjoyed specialty cocktails during December from the Stay A Part of Sugar & Spice menu, and this year we’re sharing the recipes exclusively with you. We hope these easy holiday cocktail recipes are the perfect way to recreate your last Omni experience or to celebrate the holiday season from home.

Vanilla Espresso Martini

Let’s be honest, the busy holiday season makes it tough to ring in the New Year. So, if you need help staying up until the clock strikes midnight, this holiday cocktail from the 2020 menu has the shot of espresso you’ll need to keep going.

2020 Holiday Cocktail: Vanilla Espresso Martini


  • 2 oz Ketel One vodka
  • 1 oz Caffé Borghetti espresso liqueur
  • 0.5 oz Monin Vanilla syrup
  • 2 dashes chocolate bitters

Directions: Stir all ingredients with ice, then strain into a glass. 

2020 Holiday Cocktails: Gingerbread Sour

The mocktail trend continues into 2021. For adults and kids, or those getting a jump start on dry January, this ginger mocktail takes centerstage during gingerbread season. The recipe features the  non-alcoholic spirit, Seedlip.

Gingerbread Sour cocktail


  • 0.75 oz Apple-Pear Barmalade
  • 1 oz Seedlip Spice 94
  • 0.5 oz Monin Peach syrup
  • 0.25 oz lemon juice
  • 3 dashes cardamom bitters
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 oz ginger beer

Directions: Combine all ingredients except ginger beer. Add ice, and shake vigorously. Then, pour over fresh ice in a tall glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with dehydrated apple slices.

Holiday “Sangria”

If you’re serving holiday cocktails for the family, warm up some Pinot noir spiced with apples, oranges, pears, cinnamon and more. 

Holiday Sangria


  • 25.4 oz Parker Station by Fess Parker Pinot Noir
  • 4 oz spiced pear purée
  • 2 oz apple cider
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 orange slices
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 peach slices
  • 1/4 c sugar

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Serve in a mug.

Sparkling Peach Kolaczki

This sparkling holiday cocktail is an elegant twist on the traditional glass of champagne. It is inspired by the buttery, fruit-filled holiday cook, the Peach Kolacki. Plus, you can enjoy it alongside the traditional Polish cookie with a recipe from Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. 

Sparkling Peach Kolaczki


  • 0.75 oz Absolut Elyx
  • 0.25 oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 0.75 oz peach purée
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 3 oz Moet & Chandon Brut

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake well. Serve by double straining drink into a sugared champagne flute and serve.

Peach Kolaczki Cookie


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 12 oz butter
  • 3 c flour
  • 14 oz peach filling
  • confection sugar and granulated sugar for dusting

Directions: Beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add flour one cup at a time until well mixed. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough to 1/2″ thick on a surface dusted with equal parts sugars. Cut into 2″ squares. Place 1/2 – 1 tsp of peach filling into center of each square. Fold opposite corners to overlap in the center. Bake for 15 minutes, until just brown. Dust with confectioners sugar and eat within a couple of days.

Golden Bourbon Cocktail

Elevate your favorite bourbon with a cocktail enhanced with sweet notes of ginger, apple and brown sugar. 

Golden Bourbon Holiday Cocktails


  • 1.5 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 0.5 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • 2 oz apple cider
  • 0.25 oz brown sugar syrup
  • 0.25 oz fresh lemon juice

Directions: Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Then, strain into a cocktail glass with a golden sugar rim.

Nine Ladies Dancing

Ring in the New Year with holiday cocktails from 2017’s 12 Drinks of Christmas menu that will have you dancing the night away.

12 Drinks of Christmas, 2017: Nine Ladies Dancing


  • 1 oz The Botanist gin
  • 0.5 oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 1 oz spiced cranberry purée
  • 1 lemon wedge, squeezed
  • 1 oz Chandon Rosé sparkling wine

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a flute glass and top with Chandon Rosé sparkling wine.

Autumn Whiskey Sour

You can create this sophisticated, yet simple, cocktail from Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta at home. Impress your guests with a classic whiskey sour with a seasonal twist. 

Autumn Whiskey Sour


  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 0.75 oz fall syrup*
  • 0.75 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • a few dashes of bitters

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake well. Strain into a coup glass. Garnish with a dehydrated apple.

*Fall syrup


  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of demerara sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp peppercorn
  • pinch of salt

Directions: Heat over a stove until all sugar is dissolved, fine strain and let cool. Store in the refrigerator.

We hope these spirits put you in the holiday spirit while adding a little cheer to the final days of 2020. For more food and drink guides, check out more featured recipes. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our hotels and resorts in 2021.