Wednesday, November 27

Infused: Now accepting Christmas Holiday Inspired Cocktails 2013

Think you (or your mixologist) has the best recipe for a cocktail inspired by the Christmas holiday season? I will feature Christmas-inspired cocktails in Gotta Go, giving readers the Top Ten Best Cocktails to create in the 3rd annual Top 10 Best Christmas Cocktails 2013.

All recipes, images and contact information for the submission can be sent via email to or by Friday, December 13, 2013.
Posting will occur the week of December 20. This will be a fun way for readers to enjoy cocktails made with great products and inspired by a favorite holiday.

All entries must include images for the cocktail and all of the below information. Please remember to send the Twitter handle/link and website link. This helps the readers go immediately to you and check out how wonderful your company, bar, restaurant, etc., is and follow you.

No stress, just fun!

Those chosen will be featured on 

E-mail submissions only are required, no physical attendance needed for this one.

Include (in order and completely) the following information: (Most just copy this for a template)

1) Cocktail's themed name

2) Bar/company/restaurant/mixologist/winery name and location

3) Website and Twitter handle so readers can check you out!

4) Recipe, including measurements, garnish and glassware

**Don't forget**
5) Inspiration for drink-obviously Christmas, but what exactly inspired you to make this particular drink?

6) Image-Please make sure it is a good quality.

This is open to anyone within the spirits/wine/beer company/restaurant realm including mixologists, bars, fine dining, bartenders, sommeliers, hotels, companies, spirit entrepreneurs, et cetera. The idea is to feature cocktails inspired by Christmas and all the nostalgic, fun, spiritual and other feelings about the holiday. Let your imagination run wild with this can go many directions: Santa, sugarplums, Chrismas trees, shopping, misteltoe, candy canes, elves, reindeer, nativity, a particular carol, movies, holiday candy, get the idea!

***Special Note***
Several cocktails were disqualified for the last Top 10 cocktail lists due to the drink name and/or inspiration missing or not applicable to the theme. Let's see your best themed drink! Sending in a cocktail with a non-themed name and/or inspiration will, unfortunately, be disqualified.

(Ex. sending a chocolate martini with the brand as the name or stating it is inspired by your love of Christmas isn't an inspired-by drink. However, a chocolate martini with a mint liquer flavored Christmas tree-shape floating in it  ~ inspired by dcorating the tree while sipping hot chocolate would work....)

Image: Fleming's Steakhouse_ChristmasCocktails2012

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at and and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on,, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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