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2016 Holiday Beer Cocktails

Posted December 21, 2016 | 12:05 am, by Mirella

It has become a Beerology tradition to share a beer cocktail recipe for the holidays.

This year, I had the opportunity to learn from a range of mixologists and participate in Tales of the Cocktail which has greatly improved my beer cocktail skills. Have a taste and see what you think!

Frutta Cake


15ml (1/2oz) Strega liqueur
7ml (1/4oz) Hennesy VS Cognac
15ml (1/2oz) POM Pomegranate Juice
30ml (1oz) Porter (I used Clifford Porter)

Garnish: Orange peel


  1. Chill a small, stemmed glass
  2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Fill with ice cubes and stir.
  3. Strain into the chilled glass
  4. Garnish with an orange peel

I gave myself the challenge of creating cocktails that reflect my heritage. I am half Italian, half French-Canadian, so I made the first cocktail with an Italian saffron liqueur called Strega and the second with Sortilège maple whisky, from Québec.

Winter Spell


15ml (1/2oz) Sortilèges Malpe Whisky
15ml (1/2oz) Triple Sec
44ml (11/2oz) US style IPA (I used Nickel Brook Headstock)

Garnish: Cinnamon stick


  1. Build in a small glass
  2. Add the cinnamon stick and use it to give the cocktail a quick stir
  3. Note: this cocktail is served at room temperature


Happy Holidays!!


  1. Thanks for those recipes, they were total blockbusters on my Christmas party! And still they are very relevant during the winter season 🙂 Yum, yum!

    Comment by Bartolomeo on January 19, 2018 at 12:20 pm

  2. Glad you enjoyed the recipes! The new one that I created this year can be found on my Youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/KL40jzNLTNk

    Comment by Mirella on January 19, 2018 at 2:46 pm

  3. Frutta Cake looks amazing, and I think it’s because there’s a bit of cognac in there. I will make this at home when my project is finished. I’ll invite my friends over to have a taste of this cake. I hope they enjoy it.

    Comment by Greg Zyn on July 30, 2020 at 7:14 am

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