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A luscious, autumn-into-winter libation
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A Spicy, Citrusy Sippable That’s Perfect for the Holidays

From Thanksgiving to New Year's, this cocktail serves up the flavors of the season

J'Nai Angelle Williams is a mixologist based in New Orleans and the owner of Pretty Magic Cocktails.

November 1, 2023 1:31 pm

Hello, friends. Today I’m here with a tasty tequila tonic to celebrate the holidays. It’s less heavy with the alliteration than I am…but heavier on delicious fruity-yet-spicy flavor, created by New Orleans-based mixologist J’Nai Angelle Williams. -NPH

The inspiration behind the Holiday Sonata cocktail comes from a cherished classic, the French 75, which holds a special place in my heart as a native of New Orleans. My aim was to capture the same delightfully light, bright, refreshing flavor profile of the French 75 while infusing it with the cozy essence of fall. In the Holiday Sonata, you’ll discover the vibrant notes of red fruits, citrus, dark sugar and allspice, offering a perfect sip for the colder weather.

Holiday Sonata

Servings: 1 cocktail

Copy Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Teremana Blanco Tequila
  • ½ oz. apple juice
  • ½ oz. cranberry juice
  • ½ oz. allspice-infused rich demerara syrup (2:1)
  • ¼ oz. orange liqueur 
  • 2-3 oz. champagne

Copy Directions

    1. Shake all ingredients except champagne with ice in a cocktail shaker.

    2. Strain into a coupe glass and top with 2 oz. of champagne.

    3. Garnish with a demerara sugar rim and twist of orange peel. 

  • For the demerara syrup:
    1. Add ½ tsp. of ground allspice to a saucepan for every 3 cups of rich demerara syrup. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes, and rest for 5 minutes.

    2. Strain mixture through a cheesecloth to remove excess allspice.

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