Home for the Holidays

The NYJL is here to help make things merry and bright this season whether you’re hosting an intimate in-person soirée or a Zoom get-together. With our expert cocktail making class you’ll feel prepared to be the host with the most—and support the meaningful charitable work of the New York Junior League at the same time!

Festive Cocktails with Mixologist Julia Rickert • $25.50  Purchase Tickets
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 • 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Cheers! Mixologist Julia Rickert is back to help us whip up some favorite holiday cocktails including a Spiced Bourbon Cider and a Sugar Plum Old Fashioned. We’ll also be discussing how to craft these drinks for a slightly larger crowd. 

Suggested Ingredients

Starter Drink (optional):


– Sloe Gin
– Select Aperitivo (can substitute Aperol)
– Prosecco/sparkling wine
– Club soda
– Garnish: rosemary sprig & gin-brandied cherry (can use brandied cherry or maraschino cherry)

Cocktail 1A:


– Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum (can sub another dark rum)
– Homemade plum syrup* (Can substitute cranberry or another favorite fruit syrup. Can also purchase store-bought simple syrup.)
– Angostura Bitters
– Garnish: lemon twist

Cocktail 1B:

Top Sugar Plum Fashioned with ginger beer & garnish with lime wheel.

*Plum Simple Syrup
Make and let sit for at least 1 hour prior to class if you’d like to use  

– 4 plums, sliced
– 1 cup sugar
– Optional: 1 tbsp balsamic and/or lemon juice

  1. Boil 1 cup water in small saucepan.
  2. Add 4 plums, sliced.
  3. Stir in 1 cup sugar and stew until plums soft.
  4. Add water if needed (depending on plum ripeness).
  5. Remove from heat and let sit 1 hour. Strain and chill.
  6. Optional: add 1 tbsp balsamic and/or lemon juice.

Cocktail 2:

SPICED BOURBON CIDER: (can serve warm or chilled)

– Bourbon (recommend Woodford Reserve)
– Homemade spiced syrup*
– Fresh lemon juice
– Apple cider (can buy spiced apple cider and skip the homemade syrup)

*Spiced Simple Syrup:
Make and let sit for at least 1 hour prior to class if you’d like to use  

– 1 cup sugar
– 2 tbsp crushed whole cloves
– 3 inch piece fresh ginger
– 1 stick cinnamon

  1. Boil 1 cup water in small saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat
  3. Stir in sugar and spices
  4. Let sit 1 hour. Strain and chill.

Strengthening the families of the greater New York area.

The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

We believe that all women, children, and families should have equal opportunity, the resources to unlock their potential, and the structures to support them.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion at the New York Junior League.

We welcome all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.

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Phone: 212.288.6220 | Fax: 646.390.6047 | Email: info@nyjl.org

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