Sure, you could whip up a batch of mulled wine to serve at your holiday party—but why not opt for something a bit more elevated? After all, 'tis the season for indulging and imbibing—why not make the most of it? For inspired holiday cocktail recipes, we tapped chef Ludo Lefebvre, lauded French restauranteur, to seriously up our cocktail game. From an über-dry take on the classic martini to a caffeine-infused after-dinner beverage, these three chef-approved recipes are a surefire way to shake up your seasonal gathering.
Keep scrolling for the holiday cocktail recipes a chef serves when he's entertaining.
Sarah Sherman Samuel
The Elevated Martini
Skip champagne, and toast to the holiday season with an elevated take on the martini. This recipe calls for top-shelf vodka and French dry vermouth, making it a special occasion–worthy cocktail.
2 parts Grey Goose vodka
1/2 part Noilly Prat original French dry vermouth
Dash orange bitters
Add vodka, vermouth, and bitters to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir deliberately, and strain into a chilled martini glass.
This recipe, developed by chef Gavin Kaysen and chef Ludo Lefebvre as part of Trois Mec's 2 Chefs series, puts a twist on a true classic. Serve this crowd-pleasing cocktail in lieu of a traditional dry martini at your holiday gathering, but consider yourself forewarned, as this potent cocktail lives up to its name.
1/2 oz. Dolin dry vermouth
1/2 oz. Dolin blanc vermouth
1/4 oz. green chartreuse
1 1/2 oz. Grey Goose vodka
Measure ingredients into a martini mixer, and stir to combine. Serve over ice, and garnish with a twist of lemon.
The Espresso Martini
This caffeine-infused after-dinner beverage doubles as a great party pick-me-up. Serve at a late-night gathering to keep the party going.
1 1/2 parts Grey Goose vodka
1 part single-origin espresso
3/4 parts premium coffee liqueur
1 pinch salt
Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with salted dark chocolate powder or espresso beans.