Prepare for the Holidays with Virginia Spirits!


Image: Ironclad Distillery / VDA

‘Tis A Few Weeks Before Christmas
And All Through The Land,
Cocktail Shakers Are Shaking
To Meet Festive Sipping Demand!

Recipes They Abound
Of This We Admit.
But The Ones Listed Below
Will Make Your Party A Hit!

Photo: VDA / Ragged Branch Distillery
Photo: VDA / Ragged Branch Distillery

Raise a glass to the holiday season with Virginia’s distillers!  The Virginia Spirits Holiday Cocktail Guide is your go-to resource for the best spirited cocktails that Virginia has to offer (be sure to select Holiday Cocktails under the filter for Cocktail Themes). The ‘Guide’ offers year-round recipes for enthusiasts and at-home bartenders alike, though to help celebrate the season, several of Virginia’s finest distillers have created custom cocktail recipes to highlight their artisan spirits.

The VDA is a nonprofit private trade association focused on promotional efforts to increase awareness of Virginia’s growing craft spirits industry, as well as the regulatory and legislative needs of the industry. For more information about the Virginia Distillers Association, visit


Featured cocktails include:
Jingle Julep, by Belmont Farm Distillery
Apple of My Rye, by Catoctin Creek Distillery
Winter is Coming, by Copper Fox Distillery
Franklin Cobbler, by Franklin County Distillery
Bourbon Apple Hot Toddy, by Ironclad Distillery
Santa’s Toddy, by James River Distillery
The Holiday Harvest, by Ragged Branch Distillery
Whisky Nog, by Virginia Distillery Company
 Naughty or Nice, by Vitae Spirits Distillery

If you’re in search of a drinkable dessert, a festive punch, or a timely tipple, the carefully curated and created recipes are the perfect accompaniment to your holiday entertaining. Holidays are designed to keep spirits bright, especially when those spirits are crafted in Virginia. However, it’s crucial to remember to celebrate responsibly. Cheers to a joyful and safe holiday season!

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