Happy Holidays



Liquid's Gin in a Pear Tree

For the Cocktail

  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1 1/2 oz. pear purée (see below)
  • 3/4 oz. rosemary-clove simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • Dry sparkling wine or soda water, to top
  • 1 sprig rosemary, to garnish

For the Pear Purée and Rosemary-Clove Simple Syrup

  • 2 pears, such as Bosch or Bartlett, peeled and pitted
  • 1 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 oz. whole cloves
  • 3 sprigs rosemary


  • Pear purée: Blend sliced pears, lemon juice, and rosemary until smooth. Oh-so-gently strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and toss any solids, which leaves roughly 1 cup of purée. (Pro tip: purée can be frozen in an ice cube tray and stored in an airtight container in the freezer for later)


  • Simple syrup: Mix sugar, water, cloves, and rosemary in a saucepan over low heat. When it boils, remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes. We know, waiting is hard. Maybe use this time to chirp festively like a partridge. (Another pro tip: strain all that into a jar and store in the fridge until you're ready to use it)


  • The cocktail: Shake the purée, syrup, lemon juice, and gin in a cocktail shaker over ice. Pour into a High Ball or Rocks glass and give it a splash of some sparkling wine or soda water.
  • Garnish with an organic, free-range reindeer antler.

Liquid's Jolly Old Fashioned


  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 1 dash bitters
  • 1 orange peel
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish


  • For the jolliest Old Fashioned this side of the North Pole, combine maple syrup, water and bitters in a glass, and stir that baby up.
  • Add a few blocks of ice and the orange peel, then pour bourbon over it.
  • Garnish with a small, red* ball ornament and serve.

*Liquid does not assume responsibility for injuries incurred as a result of you using a green ball ornament instead

Liquid's Very Merry Mule


  • Fresh lime wedges, to taste
  • 1 solid copper mug
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces gin or vodka (I used gin)
  • 4-6 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • Frozen cranberries, for garnish
  • Rosemary sprig, for garnish


  • Squeeze the lime into the copper mug. Do your best Santa belly laugh for maximum merriment.
  • Fill mug with ice and pour vodka, ginger beer, and cranberry juice over ice.
  • Garnish with cranberries and rosemary sprig.
  • Stalk through your local Christmas Tree vendor and "borrow" a branch from a Douglas Fir. Add merrily.