Pop some cherry this Christmas with Red Stag, the cherry-infused bourbon by Jim Beam. Try it super-cold in a shot or maximise those fruity notes by using it as the base in a trio of classic cocktails…

Winter Manhattan

2 dash orange bitters
50ml Red Stag by Jim Beam
15ml Sourz Apple
15ml Sweet Vermouth

Packed with notes of vanilla followed by black cherry, this cocktail is a twist on the Manhattan, said to have originated at the Manhattan Club in New York in the early 1870s. Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass, fill with ice and stir briskly for 20 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Kentucky Cream

1 ½ shots Red Stag by Jim Beam
½ shot Bols Dark Cacao
10ml vanilla syrup
2 shots single cream

A decadent fusion of winter-warming ingredients, this is the ultimate of all nightcaps with which to round off an evening with friends and family. Shake all ingredients with cubed ice for 10 seconds, strain into glass filled with ice. Garnish with sprinkle of nutmeg


Crimson Cooler

1 x small wedge fresh Clementine / squeezed
1 shot Red Stag by Jim Beam
1 bar spoon of Grenadine
Top with ginger ale

Providing an opportunity to use up your clementines – always a prerequisite over Christmas – this stunningly simple serve embellishes Red Stag by Jim Beam’s notes of orange blossom, and is guaranteed to have wide appeal. Fill a highball glass with ice, add ingredients and gently stir with a bar spoon. Garnish with a wedge of fresh lime.

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