Holiday Cocktails from Our Favorite Mountain Distilleries

These five mountain distilleries have shared cocktail recipes that will get you through the holidays. Some are easy and some are complex, but all of these holiday cocktail recipes will help make your holidays merry and bright.

Montanya Distillers

Crested Butte, Colorado

Montanya makes one type of distilled spirit and they make it well. If you love rum (or even if you don’t) you’ve got to try one of Montanya’s three incredible rums: Platino, Oro and Exclusiva.  All are handcrafted by traceable American ingredients.

They share with us a batch recipe for wassail, and it’s sure to be the hit of your next holiday party.


  • 1 gallon of best quality local apple cider
  • 64 oz all natural cranberry juice
  • 2 whole oranges, each poked with 10 whole cloves each to release the orange essence
  • 4 tsp cloves (whole)
  • 4 tsp allspice (whole)
  • 10 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 4 tsp Angostura bitters

To be added at serving time:

  • 1.5 bottles Montanya Oro Rum

Allow wassail mull over heat, covered and without the Oro so not to release/evaporate the alcohol for 2-3 hours before serving. Add Oro just prior to serving. Ladle into a mug, garnish with an orange slice poked with cloves or a cinnamon stick.

Karen HoskinWinter 2017