2019 cocktail 

advent Calendar

Day 1 of 24 for my  2019 Advent cocktail calendar. Today's drink is a Whiskey Moscow mule made with Dry Fly Wheat whiskey. My version contains Sparkling Ice Ginger Lime soda instead of ginger beer to save a few calories. I must say the drink was mighty tasty. 

Whiskey Moscow Mule

  • 1½ oz. Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey

  • 4 oz. Sparkling Ice Ginger-Lime soda

  • Lime slice for garnish

Add whiskey and soda to Moscow mule mug and stir. Fill with ice. Garnish with lime slice.

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Day 2 of 24 for my cocktail advent calendar is a Shoebox Tropical Shine Lemonade. Very satisfying on a warm summer day or in front of a fireplace. 

Tropical Lemonade

  • 1½ oz. Shoebox Tropical Shine

  • 4 oz. Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade

  • Lemon slice

Mix the Tropical Shine and Sparkling Ice with ice. Garnish with a lemon slice.


Day 3 of 24 features a Snowflake Martini. It’s a high powered treat sure to put a smile on your face.

Snowflake Martini

  • 3 oz. white chocolate liqueur

  • 2 oz. Vanilla Vodka

  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream

  • 1/2 c. ice

  • 1 lemon wedge, for rim

  • 1/3 c. white sanding sugar, for rim

Using a lemon wedge, wet the rim of your martini glass. Dip in sanding sugar until rim is coated.

In a cocktail shaker, combine white chocolate liqueur with vanilla vodka and heavy cream.

Fill shaker with ice and shake well.

Strain mixture into prepared glass and serve.




















Day 4 of 24 is a Pomegranate Spritzer featuring Valley Shine Distillery’s Benjamin’s Bourbon. It a fruity and tangy surprise for the palate.

Benjamin’s Pomegranate Spritzer

  • 2 oz. Benjamin’s Bourbon

  • 2 oz. pomegranate juice

  • 4 oz. Pomegranate Berry sparkling soda

  • Ice

  • Pomegranate for garnish.

Mix bourbon, pomegranate juice and Sparkling Ice. Add ice. Sprinkle some pomegranate seeds as a garnish.


Day 5 of 24, keeping it simple.  Have a shot of your favorite whiskey. One of my favorites is Dry Fly’s Triticale Whiskey. So smooth, it is worthy of a day of its own.

Dry Fly Triticale Whiskey, neat.


Day 6 of 24 is a holiday favorite, a Hot Buttered Rum made with Evil Roy’s Rumkin, a rum made from pumpkins. This is a drink perfect for a cool winter night.

Hot Buttered Pumpkin Rum

  • 1 tbsp. Harvey’s Butter Rum Batter

  • 1 oz. Rumkin

  • 8 oz. hot water

Stir together Harvey’s, rum and water. Garnish with pumpkin pie spice.


Day 7 of 24 features a sweet treat. A Sugar Cookie Martini is a blend of 3 spirits in a martini glass decorated for the holidays. Try one soon, they are oh so good.

Sugar Cookie Martini

For the Martini

  • 1/2 c. whole milk

  • 1/4 c. Baileys

  • 2 oz. vanilla vodka

  • 2 oz. amaretto

  • Ice

For the rim

  • 1/2 c. vanilla frosting

  • 1/4 c. sprinkles, plus 1 tsp.

  • Sugar cookie for garnish

Using an offset spatula, spread a thin layer of frosting onto rim of two martini glasses. Pour ¼ cup sprinkles onto a small plate then dip rims in sprinkles to coat. In a cocktail shaker, combine milk, Baileys, vodka, and amaretto. Add ice and shake until cold. Pour into glasses.


Day 8 for the Advent Cocktail calendar features a new distillery and their bourbon. Tasty if I do say so myself.


Black Raspberry Bourbon

  • 2 oz. Black Ring Bourbon

  • 6 oz. Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry

  • Fresh Raspberries for garnish

  • Ice.

Mix bourbon and Sparkling Ice in a highball glass, add ice. Garnish with fresh raspberries.


Day 9 of 24 is a Key Lime Pie Cocktail. Bring back a taste of the tropics with this tangy treat.


Key Lime Pie Cocktail


  • 2 oz. Blue Spirits Lime Tequila

  • 1 oz. half & half

  • ½ oz. Key West lime juice

  • Whipped cream

  • Lime sugar or green colored sugar

  • Lime for a twist


Shake the tequila, half & half and lime juice in a cocktail shaker, strain into a cocktail glass. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with a sugar and a twist of lime.


Day 10 of 24 is a Chocolate Martini made with Blackfish Distilling’s Chocolate Liqueur. This is a classic version that is liked by many. Sorry about the picture, I should have used canned whipped cream, the stuff in a tub did not work very well.

Chocolate Martini

  • 2 oz. Blackfish Chocolate Liqueur

  • 1 oz. Blackfish Vodka

  • Whipped Cream

  • Cherry

Shake ice with 2 oz. Blackfish Chocolate Liqueur and 1 oz. Blackfish Vodka, then pour the liquid in a fancy glass. Garnish with a cherry and whipped cream.


Day 11 of 24 is a delight for all the senses. The Rose Martini has a hint of real rose petals, a bit of cacao, and the smoothness of vodka. I didn’t have a rose petal available as a garnish so a cherry filled the bill.

Rose Martini


  • 1¼ oz. Vodka

  • 1 oz. White crème de cacao

  • ¼ oz. Salish Sea Rose Petal Liqueur

Wet rim of martini glass with water, coat with hot chocolate mix. Mix the vodka, crème de cacao and liqueur in shaker with ice, strain into martini glass. Garnish with a rose petal.


Day 12 of 24 has a capital idea, a cool drink feature Shoebox Distillery’s Oly Gin. Enjoy this drink near the fireplace or next summer on the deck.

Sparkling Ice Gin Fizz

  • 1½ oz. Shoebox Oly Gin

  • Tbsp. Lemon Juice

  • 6 oz. Sparking Ice Lemon Lime.

Mix all in a tall glass with ice, garnish with lemon slice.


Day 13 of 24 is a creamy delight for the taste buds. It’s a cream delight that would sure to be a hit at any party. . It features Sidetrack Distillery’s Raspberry Liqueur and some homemade peppermint vodka.


Santa’s Milk

  • 1 oz. Sidetrack Distillery Raspberry Liqueur

  • 1 oz. peppermint vodka

  • 2 oz. cream

  • replace with almond or coconut milk for a lactose intolerant Santa

  • Raspberries

  • Sugar cookie

Shake vigorously with ice and strain into chilled glass with fresh ice. Garnish with berries and crushed candy cane. Serve with cookies.


Thanks to Whidbey Island Distillery for the recipe.


Day 14 of 24 is a fruity drink that hits the spot. I suggest a nice ripe kiwi, which makes this much easier to make. Enjoy one soon!


Kiwi Strawberry Collins


  • 1½ oz. The Hardware Distillery Vodka

  • ½ oz. lemon juice

  • Tsp Simple syrup

  • 1 kiwi, skinned and chopped.

  • 4 oz. Sparkling Ice Kiwi-Strawberry soda.


Place kiwi in shaker and crush. Add vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. Add ice and shake. Strain into tall glass, add Sparkling Ice and stir. Garnish with slice of kiwi and half a strawberry.


Day 15 of 24 is a simple but very satisfying drink. 2 ingredients and a couple of ice cubes is all it takes.

Honeybush Rye

  • 1 oz. Salish Sea Honeybush Liqueur

  • 1 oz. rye Whiskey

Combine and stir with a couple ice cubes.


Day 16  of 24 is a creamy smooth drink made with a favorite desert. It’s a cocktail and desert in one.


Lemon Meringue Pie Cocktail

  • 2 oz. Valley Shine Limoncello, ice cold.

  • 2 square inches Edwards Lemon Meringue Pie, meringue and crust carefully removed.

Muddle the Limoncello and lemon pie filling till blended. Put in a shaker with a couple ice cubes and shake till smooth. Pour into martini glass. Top with meringue from pie. Cut pie crust in 2, use as garnish.


Day 17 of 24 is a type of chocolate milk your mother never gave you. The dark chocolate and raspberry make for a perfect pairing. Enjoy one soon.


Raspberry Truffle Chocolate Milk

  • 1 cup chocolate milk

  • 1 oz. vodka

  • 1 oz. Sidetrack Raspberry Liqueur

  • Baking cocoa

Combine the chocolate milk, vodka, and liqueur in a glass. Garnish with a dusting of baking cocoa.


Day 18 of 24 is a classic made with some home grown bourbon. It’s sweet and sour at its finest.


Old Fashioned


·1 sugar cube (or 1 bar spoon simple syrup)

·2 dashes Angostura bitter

·2 ounces 2 Loons Bourbon

·Orange twist


Muddle the sugar cube and bitters with one bar spoon of water at the bottom of a chilled rocks glass. (If using simple syrup, combine bitters and one bar spoon of syrup.) Add rye or bourbon. Stir.

Add one large ice cube, or three or four smaller cubes. Stir until chilled and properly diluted, about 30 seconds. Slip orange twist on the side of the cube.


Of course any holiday inspired holiday cocktail calendar has to include a drink made with eggnog. Kick it up a notch and sit back and enjoy.


Whiskey Eggnog

  • 2 oz. Walla Walla Whiskey

  • 4 oz. eggnog

  • Ground nutmeg


Mix whiskey and eggnog in highball glass. Sprinkle some nutmeg on top. Enjoy.


Day 20 of 24 is a day off, just a simple drink of your favorite spirit. Enjoy it neat, over ice or with a splash of water, whatever tickles you’re fancy.  Below is my choice.

Woodinville Rye Whiskey, neat.


Day 21 of 24 brings back a treat from last month. Besides Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie is also a Christmas favorite. Enjoy one today.


Pumpkin Spice Martini

  • 1½ oz. Vanilla Vodka

  • 1½ oz. Irish Cream liqueur

  • 1½ oz. Pumpkin liqueur

  • Ice cubes

  • Dash pumpkin pie spice

Pour the vanilla flavored vodka, Irish cream liqueur, and pumpkin flavored liqueur into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice to serve.


Day 22 of 24 is a fruity tribute that the Beatles would have enjoyed. Best made with really ripe strawberries. Enjoy this fruity drink tonight.


Strawberry Fields Forever

  • 1.5 oz. Nightside Gin

  • 4 oz. Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon

  • ¼ cup cut up strawberries plus one strawberry for a garnish


Muddle gin and cut up strawberries in a shaker. Strain into a glass. Add Sparking Ice soda and garnish with a strawberry.


Day 23 of 24 is time for fun. A party favorite that you eat, not drink. Watch out, these delicious time bombs will strike without warning, a couple of them is all you need.

Santa Hat Jell-O Shots


  • 1 1/4 c. water

  • 3/4 c. 2 Loons whiskey

  • 1 package strawberry jell-o (3-oz)

  • 1 container Cool Whip, thawed

  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled


Pour water into small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and add Jell-o packet, stirring until dissolved. Add whiskey or other spirit of your choice.  Pour into plastic shot glasses and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

Top with a dollop of Cool Whip, then place a strawberry on top, pointed-end up. Top with a small dot of whipped cream, to resemble Santa’s hat. Serve.


Day 24 of 24 is a twist of an old classic. This drink from the 1920’s is brought into the 21st century and it tastes mighty fine.


Old Fashion Love Song


½ oz. Blackberry Liqueur
2 dashes of bitters
1 small orange wedge (plus orange peel for garnish.)
2 Cherries
1 ½ oz. of Rye Whiskey
Sparkling Ice Ginger Lime soda
Orange peel for garnish


Add the Blackberry Liqueur, bitters, orange wedge and one cherry to the bottom of an old fashioned glass. Muddle the orange and cherry into the liqueur to infuse the flavors.

Add ice to the glass and top with Rye whiskey and Ginger Lime soda and stir well. Garnish with the second cherry and orange peel skewered in a heart shape with a cocktail toothpick.  Enjoy with love!


Thanks to Whidbey Island Distillery for the recipe.