Holiday cocktails to impress your guests!

The holidays are in full swing and imbibers everywhere are gathering around the punch bowl to toast the season. From formal holiday soirees to casual celebrations with friends, these seasonal punches from top mixologists made with unique spirits like Bols Genever and Leblon Cachaca are sure to please any crowd.

Introduce guests to Bols Genever, the 'classic white spirit' and predecessor to gin, by serving classic cocktails with a contemporary twist. H. Joseph Erhmann (Elixir Saloon in San Francisco) offers Old Sydney-Town Punch, a simple punch with holiday spice that can be served hot or cold and nicely compliments the maltiness of Bols Genever. For celebratory cocktails that call for a bit of bubbly, combine Bols Genever with Champagne and seasonal flavors of orange, lemon and nutmeg to create Erick Castro's (The Rickhouse in San Francisco) Champagne Holiday Punch, a refreshment that is truly a joy to the senses.

Impress friends and rum-lovers with Castro's Honey Spiced Punch, made with Leblon Cachaa, Appleton 12 year Rum, Velvet Falernum, lemon, wildflower honey and Indonesian cinnamon. Then enjoy the look of surprise when pointing out that Leblon is not 'Brazilian Rum' like the label reads, but cachaa!



Honey Spiced Punch
Erick Castro, The Rickhouse, San Francisco
1 Cup Leblon Cachaca
1/2 Cup Appleton V/X
1/2 Cup Velvet Falernum
1 Cup Lemon
1/4 Cup Honey Syrup
1/4 Cup Simple Syrup
8 Dashes Angostura
10 oz. Sparkling Water
Garnish with cinnamon, orange wheels and a sprig of mint.

Old Sydney-Town Punch
H. Joseph Ehrmann, Elixir Saloon, San Francisco
1 liter Bols Genever
11 oz. of St. Elizabeth's Allspice Dram
11 oz. of Orange Juice
16 oz. of Lemon Juice
11 oz. of Pineapple Gum
Place a large piece of block ice in the bowl and let rest, stirring before serving.
To make a hot batch, use above recipe and 32 oz. water and warm in a pot, crock pot or soup toureen.

Champagne Holiday Punch
Erick Castro, The Rickhouse, San Francisco
1.5 Cup of Bols Genever
1/2 Cup of Orange Curacao
3/4 Cup of Lemon
1/2 Cup of Simple Syrup
1/2 Cup of Champagne
10 Dashes Fee Bros Aromatic Bitters
8 oz. Sparkling Water
Fresh Grated Nutmeg
Garnish with Pineapple and Star anise.