'Tis the season to be jolly—and what better way to get you dancing under the mistletoe than by partaking of some seasonal spirits?

Yes, no two words ever worked so harmoniously as Christmas and cocktail, so we decided it was time to learn what it is that makes a proper winter warmer in a glass.

Ron Oliver, co-owner and bartender extraordinaire of Chinatown's latest hip space, Mamie Taylor's, says there are a few drinks that can't help but tickle your festive fancy.

There are three basic categories that people turn to as the weather chills and the holidays begin in earnest: eggnog, toddies and punches.

"As people have become more educated about cocktails, and classic cocktails, they have begun to embrace the idea of a drink with egg in it," he says.

Mamie Taylor's holiday libation evolved from playing with the idea of citrus and egg —the traditional combo that features in a whisky sour, Oliver says.

People just can't get enough of eggnog, he says, so they decided to go for a "flip"—which has the elements of eggnog, without the addition of cream.

"We came up with a Pressed Apple Flip", he explains.

Check out Mamie Taylor's Pressed Apple Flip Recipe, plus more cocktails from around Vancouver and beyond. Story continues after slideshow.

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  • Pressed Apple Flip

    <strong><a href="http://mamietaylors.ca/" target="_blank">Mamie Taylor's</a> Pressed Apple Flip Recipe</strong> 30ml Calvados 20ml house made port 20ml Pisco 30ml cloudy apple juice 7.5ml vanilla syrup 2 dashes Angostura bitters 1 whole egg Combine ingredients in mixing glass filled with ice. Shake vigorously Strain into a large chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with dash of angostura bitters

  • Pressed Apple Flip

  • Santa's Sip

    <strong><a href="http://tableaubarbistro.com/" target="_blank">Tableau Bar Bistro</a>'s Santa's Sip</strong> 1 oz Bombay Sapphire 1 oz Disarono Amaretto 2 barspoons Maple Syrup 2 oz Eggnog Mix all the ingredients into a cocktail tin and shake vigorously. Double strain into a coupe and garnish with grated nutmeg.

  • GIN-gle All The Way

    <strong><a href="http://tableaubarbistro.com/" target="_blank">Tableau Bar Bistro</a>'s GIN-gle All The Way</strong> 1 1⁄2 oz Bombay Sapphire 1⁄2 oz Martini Bianco 1⁄2 oz Peppermint Liqueur 1 1⁄2 oz White Cranberry juice Put all the ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake hard. Strain into a cocktail glass leaving the ice chips in the glass. Garnish with frozen cranberries.

  • Pre-Opium

    <strong><a href="http://bambudda.ca/" target="_blank">Bambudda</a>'s Pre-Opium</strong> 30 ml White rum 15 ml Malibu rum 45 ml Pineapple Juice 15 ml Fresh lime Juice 45 ml White Chocolate and Coconut Cream Foam (see recipe below) Shake all ingredients except foam in a cocktail shaker over ice. Double strain into a coupe glass and float white chocolate foam on top. Garnish with grated black sesame candy or a sprinkle of poppy seeds. <strong>For White Chocolate and Coconut Foam:</strong> 200 g High-grade white chocolate 200 ml Coconut cream 60 ml Malibu rum Peel of one lemon Method: Melt white chocolate. Remove from heat. While still warm, add coconut cream (200 ml), the peel of one lemon and 60 ml of Malibu. Let sit for ten mins and discard peels. Heat to warm in a water bath (bain marie) and place warm mixture in a ISI cream charger.* Keep charger in water bath on low heat to keep float warm. *It is also possible to whip the foam by hand, although the finished product is denser. Keep the mixture in a double boiler and whip with a whisk or hand blender.

  • Li Shan Flip

    <a href="http://bao-bei.ca/" target="_blank">Bao Bei</a>'s Chinese-style Flip.

  • Clover Club

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  • Vancouver Cocktail

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  • Betsy Ross Up

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  • Spagliato

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  • The Mamie Taylor

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  • Old Fashioned

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  • Sake Snap

    <a href="http://www.theparkervancouver.com/" target="_blank">The Parker</a>'s Sake Snap

  • Ward 8

    <a href="http://www.pidginvancouver.com/" target="_blank">Pidgin</a>

  • Earl Grey Martini

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  • Negroni

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  • Red Hook

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  • Volcano Bowl

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  • Mai Tai

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  • Rum Barrel

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  • <em>Next: The 10 Best Christmas Cocktails</em>

  • Chambord Kir Royale

    <strong>Chambord Kir Royale</strong><br> Class up any party by serving this elegant two-ingredient drink. Just mix some sweet <a href="http://liquor.com/brands/chambord-black-raspberry-liqueur/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank">Chambord</a> with Champagne. If you want to get fancy, add a raspberry and a lemon twist!<br> <a href="http://liquor.com/recipes/chambord-kir-royale/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank"><b>View Recipe: Chambord Kir Royale</b></a>

  • Tom & Jerry

    <strong>Tom & Jerry</strong><br> Forget milk! The perfect drink for Christmas Eve is this historic and creamy <a href="http://liquor.com/spirit/cognac-brandy/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank">cognac</a>-and-<a href="http://liquor.com/spirit/rum/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank">rum</a> concoction from cocktail historian and Liquor.com advisory board member <a href="http://liquor.com/team/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks/#wondrich" target="_blank">David Wondrich</a>. Best of all, it pairs beautifully with gingerbread cookies!<br> <a href="http://liquor.com/recipes/tom-jerry/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank"><b>View Recipe: Tom &amp; Jerry</b></a>

  • Uncle Angelo's Egg Nog

    <strong>Uncle Angelo’s Eggnog</strong><br> Fortunately, you don’t need to be related to master mixologist and Liquor.com advisory board member <a href="http://liquor.com/team/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks/#degroff" target="_blank">Dale Degroff</a> to use his uncle’s recipe for Eggnog. It’s the best one we’ve ever tasted and calls for both <a href="http://liquor.com/spirit/american-whiskey-bourbon/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank">bourbon</a> and spiced <a href="http://liquor.com/spirit/rum/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank">rum</a>. Go ahead, have a second glass; it’s Christmas, after all. <br> <a href="http://liquor.com/recipes/uncle-angelos-eggnog/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank"><b>View Recipe: Uncle Angelo’s Eggnog</b> </a>

  • Classic Rum-Brandy Punch

    <b>Classic Rum-Brandy Punch</b></br> Need a seasonal drink that will serve the whole family? Try this classic double-liquor punch from cocktail historian and Liquor.com advisory board member <a href="http://liquor.com/team/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks/#wondrich" target="_blank">David Wondrich</a>. It’s a potent elixir, but it goes down easy and pairs especially well with traditional holiday fare from cookies to ham.</br> <a href="http://liquor.com/recipes/classic-rum-brandy-punch/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank"><b>View Recipe: Classic Rum-Brandy Punch</b></a>

  • Grand Coffee

    <b>Grand Coffee</b></br> No would blame you for needing a caffeine boost this time of year. So perk up with this spirited coffee concoction that blends together a little <a href="http://liquor.com/brand/grand-marnier/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank">Grand Marnier</a>, brown sugar syrup, freshly brewed coffee and whipped cream. It’s a rich reward for surviving the holiday season.<br> <a href="http://liquor.com/recipes/grand-coffee/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank"><b>View Recipe: Grand Coffee</b></a>

  • Cardamom and Pop Punch

    <strong>Cardamom and Pop Punch</strong><br> Hosting friends and family on Christmas Day? Make this citrus-and-<a href="http://liquor.com/spirit/rum/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank">rum</a> punch from all-star <a href="http://liquor.com/articles/best-bars-in-new-york/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank">New York</a> bartender Phil Ward. It matches well with both sweet treats like gingerbread men also more savory snacks.<br> <a href="http://liquor.com/recipes/cardamom-and-pop-punch/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank"><b>View Recipe: Cardamom and Pop Punch</b></a>

  • Hot Buttered Rum

    <strong>Hot Buttered Rum</strong><br> If you’re having a white (or just plain frigid) Christmas, the perfect beverage is this classic hot elixir. You can even make the batter, which includes ice cream, spices and, of course, butter, ahead of time! Then to serve, all you’ll have to do is add a spoonful of the batter, some hot water and a bit of <a href="http://liquor.com/spirit/rum/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank">rum</a> to a mug.</br> <a href="http://liquor.com/recipes/hot-buttered-rum/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank"><b>View Recipe: Hot Buttered Rum</b></a>

  • Coquito

    <strong>Coquito</strong></br> It’s traditional in Puerto Rico to make this spiced Christmastime drink. Our recipe comes from talented <a href="http://liquor.com/articles/best-bars-in-new-york/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank">New York</a> bartender Giuseppe Gonzalez. The rich elixir combines aged <a href="http://liquor.com/spirit/rum/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank">rum</a>, cream of coconut and unsweetened coconut cream with cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and a vanilla bean. It will definitely satisfy a thirsty crowd. ¡<em>Feliz Navidad</em>!</br> <a href="http://liquor.com/recipes/coquito/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank"><b>View Recipe: Coquito</b></a>

  • Timmy’s Brandy Milk Punch

    <strong>Timmy’s Brandy Milk Punch</strong></br> Planning a Yuletide brunch? Whip up this frothy New Orleans classic! It, of course, features <a href="http://liquor.com/spirit/cognac-brandy/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank">brandy</a> as well as milk, vanilla, powdered sugar and nutmeg. It’s the perfect addition to your waffles and eggs Benedict.</br> <a href="http://liquor.com/recipes/timmys-brandy-milk-punch/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank"><b>View Recipe: Timmy’s Brandy Milk Punch</b></a>

  • Rusty Apple Toddy

    <strong>Rusty Apple Toddy</strong><br> This fruity twist on the classic <a href="http://liquor.com/recipes/hot-toddy/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank">Hot Toddy</a> is an ideal way to end your Christmas celebration. The drink includes herbal <a href="http://liquor.com/spirit/scotch/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank">Scotch</a>-based liqueur<a href="http://liquor.com/brands/drambuie/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank"> Drambuie</a>, hot apple juice, lemon and a cinnamon stick. It’s so good, it may just end up as your nightcap for the whole winter.<br> <a href="http://liquor.com/recipes/rusty-apple-toddy/?utm_source=hufpo&utm_med=lnk&utm_campaign=chstmsdrnks" target="_blank"><b>View Recipe: Rusty Apple Toddy</b></a>

  • <em>Next: Christmas Drinks</em>

  • Noel Spritzer

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/noel-spritzer/4f0ac0a5-9560-4865-a032-91d24ac0d5c0?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549">Get the Noel Spritzer recipe</a>

  • Slow Cooker Spiced Cranberry-Apple Cider

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/slow-cooker-spiced-cranberry-apple-cider/6e70b8ab-480a-4686-9cfd-3353c5e0bba0?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549">Get the Slow Cooker Spiced Cranberry-Apple Cider recipe</a>

  • Pomegranate Cocktails

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/pomegranate-cocktails/15923b9f-c06a-4621-a516-046e192a9a29?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549">Get the Pomegranate Cocktails recipe</a>

  • Healthified Decadent Hot Chocolate

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/healthified-decadent-hot-chocolate/748db036-9761-4d1e-a9bb-86d99386cfb4?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549">Get the Healthified Decadent Hot Chocolate recipe</a>

  • Peachy Spiced Cider

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/peachy-spiced-cider/78051f94-bedf-484a-b5f7-88b3ebbb7f6b?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549">Get the Peachy Spiced Cider recipe</a>

  • Sparkling Citrus Punch

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/sparkling-citrus-punch/8f6fd74f-60bb-4b1e-8a3d-e83e1840da67?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549">Get the Sparkling Citrus Punch recipe</a>

  • Raspberry-Ginger Cider

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/raspberry-ginger-cider/fd5cca3e-1ded-4736-8402-1fec4b278efc?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549">Get the Raspberry-Ginger Cider recipe</a>

  • Chai Tea

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/chai-tea/4337d95d-c522-4206-bd33-0642a95019e7?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549">Get the Chai Tea recipe</a>

  • Warm Cinnamon-Orange Cider

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/warm-cinnamon-orange-cider/6f56171c-e224-448e-9c47-2471448dd29d?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549">Get the Warm Cinnamon-Orange Cider recipe</a>

  • Pumpkin Spice Hot Toddy

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/pumpkin-spice-hot-toddy/23d95cd5-11a0-4ff3-bea5-39f4e7049003?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549">Get the Pumpkin Spice Hot Toddy recipe</a>

  • Cranberry-Apple Spritzer

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/cranberry-apple-spritzer/68e934e4-0b02-4b17-bcf3-049d52465cd5?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549">Get the Cranberry-Apple Spritzer recipe</a>

  • <em>Next: Sparkling Cocktails For New Year's Eve</em>

  • Champagne Pear

    <strong><a href="http://imbibemagazine.com/Champagne-Pear-Recipe" target="_hplink">Champagne Pear</a></strong> Dress up any glass of bubbly with a simple splash of pear eau de vie. Click <a href="http://imbibemagazine.com/Champagne-Pear-Recipe" target="_hplink">here</a> for the recipe. Photo: <a href="http://stuphoto.net/" target="_hplink">Stuart Mullenberg</a>

  • Seelbach

    <strong><a href="http://imbibemagazine.com/Seelbach-Cocktail-Recipe" target="_hplink">Seelbach</a></strong> Add a little southern style to your NYE festivities with this classic mix of bourbon, bitters and bubbly. Click <a href="http://imbibemagazine.com/Seelbach-Cocktail-Recipe" target="_hplink">here</a> for the recipe. Photo: Jeff Moore of Garnish Food Photography. Courtesy <a href="http://www.greenolivemedia.com/" target="_hplink">Green Olive Media</a>.

  • Spiced Pear Punch

    <strong><a href="http://imbibemagazine.com/Spiced-Pear-Punch-Recipe" target="_hplink">Spiced Pear Punch</a></strong> A spiced pear purée mingles with several different spirits, fresh citrus and prosecco in this crowd-friendly sparkling punch. Click <a href="http://imbibemagazine.com/Spiced-Pear-Punch-Recipe" target="_hplink">here</a> for the recipe. Photo: <a href="http://stuphoto.net/" target="_hplink">Stuart Mullenberg</a>.

  • Limoncello Sparkler

    <strong><a href="http://imbibemagazine.com/Limoncello-Sparkle" target="_hplink">Limoncello Sparkler</a></strong> Limoncello adds a dose of liquid sunshine to this cocktail mixed with Cointreau and sparkling wine. Click <a href="http://imbibemagazine.com/Limoncello-Sparkle" target="_hplink">here</a> for the recipe. Photo: Alexandra Grablewski. Courtesy John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • Gin Punch

    <strong><a href="http://imbibemagazine.com/Gin-Punch-Recipe" target="_hplink">Gin Punch</a></strong> Loads of fresh fruit, gin and Champagne combine in this 19th-century punch reimagined by New York City’s Employees Only bar. Click <a href="http://imbibemagazine.com/Gin-Punch-Recipe" target="_hplink">here</a> for the recipe. Photo: John Kernick. Courtesy Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

  • <em>Next: Classic Cocktails</em>

  • The Black Russian

    1 1/2 oz vodka<br>3/4 oz coffee liqueur<br> <strong>To make</strong>: In an old-fashioned glass with ice, pour in vodka and liqueur.<br><strong>Classic inspiration</strong>: A diplomatic drink, the Black Russian was created by a Belgian bartender in honour of the new ambassador, known for bringing together powerful politicians.


The delectable combination melds the spiced apple brandy of Calvados, with cloudy apple juice, port and, of course, a whole egg, frothed up to make a wonderful creamy smooth texture.

Mamie Taylor's also spent a good deal of time perfecting their own in house eggnog recipe, and are happy to whip you up a custom creation based on your spirit of choice.

Thankfully, such lengths are not necessary if you are looking to bring a touch of holiday sparkle to what you serve at home, Oliver insists.

"Just add a touch of bubble to any classic cocktail to make it festive."

Bar manager of Tableau Bar Bistro, J.S. Dupuis has created a couple of Christmas cocktails with a certain gentleman in a big red suit firmly in mind.

His GIN-gle All The Way takes white cranberry juice and the festive flavour of peppermint liqueur to turn a classic martini into Christmas in a glass. This, Dupuis believes, is the drink Mrs. Claus would choose as she sends hubby off on his merry way to work.

For the main man himself, Dupuis has created the Santa Sip, that sticks with gin, but gussies it up with Amaretto, eggnog and—for a true Canadian touch— maple syrup.

If you prefer to warm the cockles of your heart with dreams of sunnier climes, then head to Gastown's Bambudda for bartender Buck Friend's decadently named Pre-Opium, that hits the tropical tradition of a Piña Colada with a blast of warm white chocolate and coconut foam. You'll barely notice you're not actually under a palm tree in a bikini.

Have a very merry one!

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