Holiday-inspired cocktails to try while watching the last UFC cards of 2020

Holiday-inspired cocktails to try while watching the last UFC cards of 2020

It’s the last two UFC cards of 2020 and it’s time to celebrate, not just some great fights, but the end of what was one of the most difficult years in recent memory. We at FanSided like to have any excuse to try a new cocktail and we’ve wrangled up a few of our favorite holiday-inspired drinks to enjoy over the holidays and the upcoming fights.

Recuerdo Mezcal de Navidad


1.5oz Recuerdo Mezcal Joven

1.5oz Calahua (cream of coconut)

1 small slice of fresh ginger

1oz evaporated milk

.25oz grenadine

Pomegranate seeds


Ice to taste

Directions: Add the ice, Recuerdo Mezcal, calahua, ginger, evaporated milk, and grenadine to a blender and mix until the consistency of ice cream.

Serve in an old fashioned glass, garnished with the pomegranate seeds and a sprig of mint.

Averna Limonata

2 parts Averna

1 part fresh lemon juice

0.5 part simple syrup

Soda Water

Directions: Serve swizzle style with crushed ice; garnish with seasonal herbs (mint, rosemary, or sage). Top with soda water

Cran-Spiced Martini

By Trevor Schneider, Reyka Vodka Ambassador


2 parts Reyka Vodka
1 part cranberry 100 percent juice
¾ part Vanilla spiced syrup (see recipe below)

Directions: Combine all the ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake, strain into martini glass & garnish with skewered cranberries.

Vanilla spiced syrup recipe: Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, ¼ tsp. ground black pepper, 5 tsp. allspice, 1 cinnamon stick (2 ½”). Bring to a boil in a pot. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Let cool completely. Fine strain and add ½ oz vanilla extract.

Apple Cider Crisp

3 Parts Spiced Apple Cider

0.5 Parts Lemon Juice

2 Parts SKYY Vodka

Sliced ginger

Apple slice and ginger stick

Directions: Add ice to glass and pour over all ingredients. Add in sliced ginger. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slice.

Recuerdo Mezcal Christmas Sour

1.5oz Recuerdo Mezcal Joven

2oz Grapefruit Juice

Grapefruit twist (harvest before juicing)

.25oz lime juice

1 egg white

1oz simple syrup

4 basil leaves

3 drops of orange cardamom bitters

Directions: (Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel 4 large oranges with a vegetable peeler and place them on a baking sheet. Dry them in the oven for approximately an hour, stirring them every 20 minutes or so – when they’re ready they should have lost the majority of their moisture. Add them to an airtight jar with 3 cardamom pods that have been gently crushed alongside 2 cups of vodka. Allow to infuse for 2 weeks in a cool, dark place and shake once daily. Once infused you can strain out the cardamom and orange peels using a coffee filter.)

Dry shake all ingredients except for the bitters. Shake again with ice and serve in an old fashioned glass with ice. Carefully drop the bitters on top, garnish with a sprig of basil and a grapefruit twist.

Flying Mule

Created by Josue Romero, The Garnish Guy

2 oz Apothic White

3/4 Ginger Syrup

1/2 Apricot Liqueur

3/4 Lemon Juice

Pinch of Healthy on You’s Here Comes The Yum Spice

1/2 oz Mezcal Float

Directions: Place all the ingredients, except the mezcal, into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain into a rocks glass. Using a spoon float the mezcal on top of the cocktail or pour it on a tiny vessel, garnish with fresh mint.

SKYY Holiday Mimosa

0.75 Parts Simple Syrup

0.75 Parts Grapefruit juice

1.5 Parts SKYY Infusions Pineapple

Top with Sparkling Wine

Directions: Add all ingredients to the shaker except sparkling wine. Shake and strain into glass, top with sparkling to desired wash line.

Garnish with grapefruit twist or wheel.

Captain Morgan Cranberry Mule

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
0.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
6 oz. Ginger Ale
Rosemary Sprig and Fresh Cranberries

Directions: Combine Rum, lime juice, and cranberry juice in an ice-filled highball glass. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with rosemary and cranberries.

Festive Fizz

1.5 Patrón Reposado

.75 Rosemary simple

.75 Lemon

1 oz Pomegranate juice

1 oz Cranberry Juice

2 oz Club Soda

Directions: Combine all ingredients except soda water in a shaker with ice. Shake to chill and combine. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Sailor Jerry Hot Chocolate


1 Part Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
1 Part Butterscotch Schnapps
1 ½ Parts Almond Milk
3 Parts Dark Hot Chocolate
Dash of Sea Salt
Whipped Cream

Directions: Heat milk and dark hot chocolate until combined smooth. Add Sailor Jerry Rum, butterscotch schnapps and sea salt and stir. Serve in a tall mug and garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

NOLET’S Silver Holiday Gin and Soda

1.5 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin

3 oz. Soda Water


Fresh Rosemary

Directions: Pour NOLET’S Silver over ice in a balloon glass then add soda water and garnish.

Savage 75


1 ¼ parts Sailor Jerry Savage Apple
¾ part Lemon Juice
½ part Simple Syrup
2 parts Champagne

Directions: Build all but champagne in tin and shake with ice, strain into champagne flute, top with champagne. Garnish with lemon twist.

The Pilgrim

(Via The Cape, a Thompson Hotel)

50ml Jack Daniels

20 ml Damiana Liqueur

20 ml Pinot Noir

25 ml Cinnamon Syrup

25ml Lemon Juice

20 ml Apple Puree

20 ml Pumpkin Puree

Garnish (optional):

1 Star Anise

Cinnamon powder

3 Cacao Flowers


Pour all ingredients, except for the Pinot Noir, into a shaker and shake everything very well. Add the Pinot Noir. Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon powder, 1 star anise and 3 cacao flowers.

Spiced Hot Chocolate

by Jaime Salas, Milagro Tequila Brand Ambassador


1.5 Parts Milagro Anejo
3 Parts Taza Guajillo Chili Chocolate
Heavy Cream
1 Pinch Chili Powder

Directions: Build in a clear mug or other drink vessel suitable for hot beverages. Top with whipped cream and chili chocolate shavings.

Captain Morgan Hot Toddy

2 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
0.5 oz. Honey
6 oz. Hot Water
1 Lemon Wheel

Directions: Combine Captain Morgan, honey, and hot water in small pot and heat over stove. Pour into mug and garnish with lemon wheel.

Coastal Cranberry Punch

1 cup SKYY Infusions Coastal Cranberry, chilled

1 cup Sake, chilled

6 cups Sparkling Elderflower Water, chilled

2 cups Frozen Whole Cranberries

Rosemary Sprigs, to garnish

Directions: Make cranberry ice cubes: distribute frozen cranberries in ice cube trays and fill with water. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.

When ready to serve punch, combine liquid ingredients in a pitcher or punch bowl. Add cranberry ice cubes and rosemary sprigs. Serves 8.

Cafe de Managua

By Sebastien Derbomez, William Grant & Sons Brand Advocacy Manager


2 Parts Flor De Cana 7
1 ½ Parts Espresso
½ Part Salted Caramel Syrup
Top with Barista Edition oat milk (froth the milk)

Directions: Shake & Strain, pour into iced latte glass. Garnish with toasted marshmallow.

UFC 256 takes place on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, live from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.