Normally I’m not a spiced rum or flavored-whiskey kind of guy, but I will admit a certain affection for Jack Daniel’s apple-flavored Winter Jack. It’s like a hot-toddy in a bottle and just needs a few seconds in the microwave to make a great steaming cider for sipping in front of the fireplace. You can also mix it with a little cream and caramel as shown in the recipe below for a sweet post-Christmas dinner dessert. I’ve included a couple of other drink recipes for the holiday season, including the Wild Turkey Spiced cocktail shown in the photo and my rye-inspired take on the classic Quaker.

Jack Daniel’s White Cider
4 oz. Winter Jack
1 oz. caramel sauce
4 oz. half and half

Stir ingredients together in a microwave safe glass. Heat for 30 seconds and enjoy.

Sugar, Wild Turkey Spiced, and Everything Nice
2 oz. Wild Turkey Spiced
1 oz. fresh red apple puree
.75 oz. lemon juice
.75 oz. cinnamon syrup (see recipe below)

Shake hard, double strain, and serve up in cocktail glass with apple fan and cinnamon dust

Cinnamon Syrup:
2 cups water
6 smashed cinnamon sticks. Bring to boil. Turn off heat and cover. Let sit 20 minutes. Stir in 2 cups sugar. Heat to dissolve. Do not boil. Strain. Cool. Store.

Quaker’s Rye Cocktail
¾ oz. rye
¾ oz. brandy
½ oz. grenadine
½ oz. lime or lemon juice

Combine ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake until shaker is frosted over. Strain into a martini glass. Enjoy.