The Fall From the Tree cocktail at Industry in San Marcos.

Make your Christmas and New Year’s festivities extra merry with seasonal cocktails that will impress guests and get them into the celebrating spirit. Industry, a San Marcos restaurant offering queso, tacos, and sandwiches, shares a few of its favorite holiday cocktail recipes, from a twist on classic hot cocoa to a wintery sour. Break out the shaker and serve up hearty glasses of comfort and joy.

Brown Sugar Bourbon Sour

1 ½ ounces brown sugar bourbon
1 ounce of lemon juice
½ ounce simple syrup (to make simple syrup, heat one part sugar and one part water until sugar is fully dissolved)
1 egg white
3 dashes cinnamon bitters

Add all ingredients and ice to a shaker and shake until the egg white is frothy. Fine strain into a martini or coupe glass, and garnish with an orange peel.

Fall From the Tree

1 ½ ounces of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
½ ounce lemon juice
1 ½ ounces cold spiced apple cider
½ ounce cranberry juice

Add ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. Stir once and garnish with star anise.

Spiked Cacao

1 ounce Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire whiskey
½ ounce vanilla liqueur
8 ounces favorite hot cocoa
Whipped cream
Optional: Peppermint syrup (cook ¼ pound crushed peppermint, ½ quart sugar, and ½ quart water on high heat, then stir and fine strain)

Stir all ingredients in a coffee mug, and add whipped cream on top.

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