Christmas cocktail recipe

The Holiday Hootch, Christmas cocktail recipe by Heretic Spirits

An anytime Christmas cocktail that everyone can enjoy – we offer you The Heretic Holiday Hootch. There’s something inherently nostalgic about the holidays. There’s something about the scenery, the food and being near your closest friends and family that makes it a truly heartwarming time of year. This year, treat yourself to a cocktail that brings you that same level of warmth and comfort.

Christmas cocktail ingredients

  • 6 oz Heretic Vodka
  • 1 Whole Jersey Milk chocolate bar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 0.5 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 0.5 Cup heavy cream
  • 2 Cups whole milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Peppermint candy canes

Christmas cocktail prep time

  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 6 cocktail (6 serving)

Christmas cocktail glassware

Coffee mug

How to make the best Christmas cocktail



Add chocolate, sugar, vanilla, cream and milk to a saucepan



Bring the pan to medium heat



Allow for chocolate to melt and continuously stir



Allow mixture to reach a consistent simmer (about 6 – 7 minutes)


STEP 5 Add Vodka


Add vodka


step 6


Carefully pour into mugs


step 7


Add whipped cream, marshmallow and ground nutmeg to the top of cocktail


step 8 serve and enjoy


Garnish with a candy cane

Serve and enjoy!


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Audio recipe for a Christmas cocktail – The Holiday Hootch

Enjoying a Christmas cocktail by the fire.

It’s funny how something seemingly small can illicit such strong memories from your past. A song comes on the radio that reminds you of your high school sweetheart, and suddenly you feel like a teenager again. The smell of an old candle burning takes you back to nights when the power went out, so you’d bundle up close to the fire and listen to the rain. The first snowfall brings you back to snow days as a kid, and you become filled with the same excitement you had when you found out you could take the day off and stay in your pyjamas.

For us at Heretic Spirits, the first snowfall brings us back to Christmas mornings as a kid. Being too excited to sleep in and rushing to our parents’ room at the break of dawn. The smell of hot chocolate filling the house as it warms on the stove top. Opening gifts while our parents sat by the tree and held their mugs close for warmth.

It’s a simple memory – and maybe not one that would be very unique – but it’s powerful. It evokes a tremendous amount of emotion that brings us all the way back to those holiday mornings. We didn’t have a care in the world and, for those few hours in the morning, neither did our parents.

Only when we were older did we realize that the hot chocolate in our parents’ mugs had an extra ingredient or two. A little splash of vodka while the chocolate melts adds a whole new layer of warmth on those brisk holiday mornings.

Now when visiting for the holidays, there’s one thing to look forward to above all else – that childhood hot chocolate. Except now, I get the full recipe.

The only thing different this year is the quality of vodka. Rather than grabbing some cheap spirit from the ole golf bag, we’ve elevated our hot chocolate game with Heretic’s premium vodka. The lightweight and smooth profile of Heretic doesn’t alter the flavour of the hot chocolate, so you can still reminisce about your childhood while getting a warm holiday buzz.

While you’re enjoying your Heretic Holiday Hootch, try whipping up a batch of sugar cookies. Nothing goes better with a warm mug of hot chocolate than a little, snowman-shaped sugar cookie to dip in it. Take your holiday to the next level this year with a pairing that is more festive, delicious and cozy than you’ve ever had before.

Happy Holidays!

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