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Impress Your Holiday Guests with Homemade Craft Cocktails

Although the holidays are going to look a little different this year, we’re all hoping to still get to spend time with our closest family and friends. And what better way to celebrate the occasion than with some fancy homemade craft cocktails? It’s no secret that the pandemic has caused alcohol sales to surge, now you just need to get some mixers and garnishes to give your drinks that extra pizzazz. There’s no better time to brush up your mixology skills!

Yes Cocktail Company has you covered!

Based in Paso Robles, California,Yes Cocktail Company, handcrafts all of their cocktail goodies with 100% natural ingredients. The unique and creative flavors bring that ‘extra something’ to your drinks. Choose from mixers, syrups, garnishes and more. Check out some of the products we carry here at Almost Local.

Hot Buttered Rum

Is there are a cocktail that says autumn more than a hot buttered rum? Start your cocktail creations with thisHot Buttered Rum Mix, made with molasses, organic butter, and a secret blend of spices. It’s the easiest way to make a tasty drink - all you need to do is add rum and hot water!

Ginger Mule

For a cocktail with a little more kick, make your guests a mule withYes’s Ginger Citrus Cocktail Mixer. The mix contains ginger root, lime, and a surprise zesty kick. Serve it up in a copper mug and you’re all set.

Old Fashioned

When it’s getting late in the evening and you’re sitting around the fire, it’s the perfect time for an old fashioned. But this time, kick up the traditional drink with aCharred Oak & Maple Syrup. The smoky, earthy cocktail flavors will warm your soul. And even better? The maple syrup is also great as a topping for pancakes or desserts! So get creative with it.

If maple isn’t your thing in your old fashioned, perhaps theseBitters Infused Cocktail Cubes will do the trick! The cubes, made from pure sugar cane, have been infused with bitters. Muddle a cube in a glass of whiskey, andgarnish with an orange for an easy, but tasty, treat.

Whiskey Sour

For a different smoky flavor to spice up your favorite cocktail, try a whiskey sour with theSmoked Maple Sour Cocktail Mixer. The citrus notes mixed with the smoked hickory and sweet maple add lots of complex flavors to the otherwise simple drink.

The Penicillin

Now that you’ve tried a few of the simpler drinks, it’s time to take a few of these goodies and put them together to craft a fancier homemade cocktail!


Become a Mixology Pro

You don’t have to take a mixology class to impress your guests with some fancy drinks. So try one of these recipes - or maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own homemade craft cocktails! If you do, don’t forget to tag @almostlocalshop and @yescocktailco on social media so we can see your drinks!

By Danielle Benjamin, Local Adventurer & Blogger
A lifelong resident of Upstate New York, Danielle explores all there is to do both locally and internationally. You can read about her adventures at Wanderlust on a Budget.