Best Holiday Cocktail Contest: The Winner!

After 16 entries and multiple rounds, we finally have a winner of the Best Holiday Cocktail Contest!

Our final bout was between the recipes Gingerbread Man Old Fashioned and Tijuana Brass. Over 2000 of you voted, and the winner took the crown by less than 100 votes!

The 2024 Best Holiday Cocktail is:

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Gingerbread Man Old Fashioned


Recipe & photo: Eureka! (National)


2 oz Old Overholt Rye Whiskey

1/2 oz BroVo Spirits Douglas Fir Liqueur

1 dash Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters

1 dash Angostura Bitters

1/2 oz Gingerbread Syrup:

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups water

1/2 cup minced ginger (peel ginger first)

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp ground cinnamon

15 each whole cloves


For the Gingerbread Syrup, place whole cloves in soup bowl. Coarsely grind whole cloves with a muddler and set aside for later use. Combine sugar and water in sauce pan and heat until sugar dissolves. Add ginger and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and add nutmeg, cinnamon and ground whole cloves. Let simmer for 15-20 min. Let cool at room temperature for two hours. Strain (push down on ginger particles for full extraction). Place in bottle and refrigerate. Shelf Life is 30 days. 

For the cocktail, combine all ingredients in a Japanese mixing glass. Add ice to mixing glass. Stir for 15 seconds. Strain into rocks glass over one large ice cube. Garnish with candied ginger on a bamboo pick.


Congratulations to our winner! Here's a look at the final standings:

best holiday cocktail contest

Thank you to all of the establishments that submitted a recipe and to everyone who voted in the contest. Look for the return of Bar & Restaurant News' contests in March 2024!


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