Each holiday season, we gather together with our families — and most families have some (if not all) of the following personality types. When it comes to concocting the perfect cocktail for everyone from your cranky uncle to a prim, proper grandma, we’ve got you covered with the perfect cocktail for each.
1. The Grumpy Uncle
Signature Cocktail: The Drunk Uncle
When that cranky uncle begins his seasonal screed about politics and how everything was better back in his day, you can improve his mood significantly by serving him this spicy combination of apple cider and plenty of gin.
2. The Bubbly, Talkative Aunt
Signature Cocktail: Champagne Bourbon Cocktail
That one aunt who loves to talk — and talk, and talk — is known for her perky personality, and she deserves a libation that’s just as bubbly as she is. Courtesy of Chef Bobby Flay, this champagne cocktail offers refreshment with a kick, thanks to a shot of bourbon.
3. The High-Energy Dad
Signature Cocktail: 44
For that high-octane dad who’s always on the go, keep him hopping with this unique liqueur made from vodka infused with orange and coffee — just the drink to help him keep his energy up while entertaining.
4. The Judgmental Mother
Signature Cocktail: Mulled Tonic
If you’ve just about had it with mom criticizing everything from your haircut to your significant other (or lack thereof), a great strategy is to get her to shift her focus off you and onto this delicious, heart-warming cocktail that blends her favourite tea, mulled spices — and oh, yeah, a hefty splash of rum.
5. The Misanthropic Teenager
Signature Cocktail: Virgin Peach Bellini
Even the mopiest teenager will have a tough time remaining dour when tasting this delicious alcohol-free beverage, created by Anna Olson, with lemon sherbet mingling with sparkling lemonade and puréed peaches for a frozen delight that will put a smile on even the most misanthropic mouth.
6. Celebrity-Obsessed Sister
Signature Cocktail: The Cosmopolitan
If you can’t keep your celebrity-obsessed sister from recounting the latest drama from Keeping Up With the Kardashians or which celebrity couple just split up, serve her the cocktail that was a favourite of the women on Sex and the City: the Cosmopolitan. Using Ina Garten’s easy-to-mix recipe, this sweet, sophisticated spin on a Martini is always a favourite.
7. The Hipster Brother
Signature Cocktail: The Sazerac
If you’re looking for a cocktail that is obscure yet iconic enough to impress a hipper-than-though sibling, look no further than the Sazerac. Born in New Orleans in 1850, this potent drink blends rye whiskey with bitters and absinthe — a classic cocktail with a serious hip quotient.
8. The Prim Grandma
Signature Cocktail: The Gin Blossom
You can remind your prim, proper grandmother that the Queen Mother herself was known to indulge in a daily cocktail, and her drink of choice was Dubonnet and gin — and then offer her this gin-based drink (inspired by Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the biopic The Iron Lady) that blends gin, French aperitif Lillet Blanc and a splash of St. Germain Elderflower liqueur.
9. The Snobby Sister-in-Law
Signature Cocktail: The Grand
There’s just no pleasing your snooty sister-in-law, who never feels that anything is good enough for her, be it your décor or the drinks you serve. Prepare to stop her in her tracks, however, when you serve her this sweet, sophisticated blend of Grand Marnier, vodka, cranberry juice, lime and Prosecco.
10. The Sports Fan Grandpa
Signature Cocktail: Breakaway Hot Cocoa
If Grandpa can’t tear himself away from whatever game happens to be on TV, serve him this hockey-themed take on hot chocolate that adds a shot of vodka. It will score a hat trick with his taste buds.