Four Essential Holiday Cocktails (With The Perfect NOTES® Fragrance to Pair 😉)

Four Essential Holiday Cocktails (With The Perfect NOTES® Fragrance to Pair 😉)

NOTES® + Cocktails = Best. Night. Ever.

Using two senses is better than one - which makes pairing flavors and scents so fun. These are the perfect cocktails to pair with each NOTES® holiday fragrance for your next December gathering or cozy night in. Trust us, you'll want to try them all.

The Christmas Old Fashioned 

Pairs perfectly with Santal & Atlas Cedar

Sophisticated and timeless, like Santal & Atlas Cedar, this cocktail pairs the classic cool of an Old Fashioned with traditional holiday flavors. Leather couch and vinyl record sold separately.


  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1-2 dashes bitters
  • Ginger beer for topping
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom pods, lightly crushed

1. Use maple syrup, cinnamon, and cardamom to create a maple cardamom syrup. Combine ingredients with 1/4 cup of water over high heat and boil 2-3 minutes. Let cool. This will make enough syrup for 6 drinks.

2. Stir bourbon, lemon juice, orange juice, bitters, and 1-3 of cardamom syrup together in a rocks glass. Add ice, then top off with ginger beer. Garnish with cranberries or an orange slice.

Source: Half-Baked Harvest


The Colorado Bulldog

Pairs perfectly with Oatmilk & Balsam Berry

Sweet, creamy, and dreamy. This dessert cocktail packs all the punch that makes Oatmilk & Balsam Berry one of our best-selling fragrances. We'll even teach you how to make cranberry syrup for an extra splash of holiday goodness.


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur 
  • 1 ounce light cream or milk
  • 1-2 ounces cola, to taste
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, chopped

1. Create your cranberry syrup! Combine sugar and cranberries in a small pan with 1 cup of water. Cook and adjust heat to maintain a simmer for around 20 minutes. Press cranberries to extract their liquid, then strain through a mesh sieve. Let cool. Makes enough for 10 cocktails. 

2. Fill whisky glass with ice, then pour vodka and coffee liqueur. 

3. Add cream, 1 ounce of cranberry syrup, then top with cola. 

4. Stir well! 

Sources: The Spruce Eats, Serious Eats

The Holiday Mule

Pairs perfectly with Spruce & Fir Needle

Cheers to an easy drink that will bring the woodsy vibes to life! Spruce + Fir Needle is the perfect companion to this piney cocktail, garnished with fresh rosemary and thyme. Plus, it'll look great on the 'gram. Win-win.


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 4 ounces ginger beer 
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3-4 rosemary needle
  • Pinch of fresh thyme

1. Muddle together herbs and sugar in a shaker.

2. Top with vodka and cranberry juice.

3. Fill shaker with ice, and shake. 

4. Strain into a copper cocktail mug with ice (preferably crushed!) and top with ginger beer. 

5. Garnish with more herbs!

Source: Tablespoon

The Vanilla Espresso Martini

Pairs perfectly with Vanilla & Pepperwood

Just like Vanilla & Pepperwood, this drink is smooth, deep, rich, and just a little sweet. The homemade vanilla and honey syrup is really what takes this classic to the next level. The perfect addition to your holiday brunch!


  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 1.5 ounces Kahlua
  • 1 ounce espresso
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. Make vanilla honey syrup! Add honey and vanilla to a pot with 1/4 cup of water and bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes. Let cool. Makes enough syrup for six cocktails.

2. Combine 2-3 teaspoons of honey syrup with vodka, Kahlua, and espresso to a shaker. Add ice and shake well.

3. Strain into a martini glass.

Source: Half-Baked Harvest

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