Spice up your holidays with these classic cocktail recipes with a twist

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You can set the holiday mood with easy recipes that give classic cocktails a kick.

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — The holiday season is the perfect time for catching up with friends, family, or even old flames. You can rekindle these connections over drinks and make the conversations more interesting by creating your own cocktail. You can set the mood with these easy recipes that give these classic cocktails a kick.

Here are a few recipes to keep the conversation going.

Holiday G&T

You can never go wrong with a Gin and Tonic. This classy and easy drink can be concocted with the simplest ingredients, but you can mix it up by adding fruits like blueberries or raspberries for extra flavor. Finish up with a stalk of rosemary to serve as a stirrer and you got yourself a neat cocktail.


• 30mL GSM Premium Gin

• 5 pcs Blueberries

• 5 pcs Raspberries

• 90mL Tonic Water

• 1 scoop Ice

• 1 stalk Rosemary

Berry Mint Martini

If you’re one for a flavored martini, then this refreshing recipe is for you. The Berry Mint Martini is sweet, smooth, and vibrant — perfect for happy hour or any time of day to catch up with your barkdada. Pair with something savory like meatloaf to balance out the flavor.


• 90mL Antonov Vodka

• 40g Frozen raspberry

• 10g Mint

• 3 pcs Candy cane, crushed

• 1 scoop Ice

Coco Christmas Spirit

This local drink has been a staple in provinces and is now making its way up to bars in the Metro. Commonly known as Gin Buko Pie, this drink is a total treat for big gatherings, as one bottle of Ginebra can make up to 15-20 glasses.


• ½ bottle Ginebra San Miguel Frasco

• 1 bottle Buko Juice or Coconut Water

• 5 tbsp Red Kaong

• 5 tbsp Green Kaong

Primera Cola Fizz

Another take on a classic drink, this simple and citrusy recipe can serve up to 15 glasses. You can pair it up with a crowd favorite like Lechon for a perfect and cool night with friends and family.


• 45mL Primera Light Brandy

• 90mL Cola

• 2 springs mint

• 2 wedges lime

• 1 glass ice