Holiday Hooch Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Holiday Hooch is a festive concoction that's become a favorite in my bar during the winter season. It's a delightful blend that warms the soul and brings cheer to those chilly evenings.

  • Origins: This cocktail was born out of a desire to combine the warming notes of coffee with the sweet and spicy flavors of the holiday season.
  • Popularity: It quickly became a hit among patrons looking for something to sip on while they unwind by the fireplace.
  • Audience: It's particularly popular among those who appreciate a sweet, dessert-like cocktail with a kick.

How Holiday Hooch Tastes?

The Holiday Hooch is a rich and indulgent treat. It's sweet with a prominent gingerbread flavor that's perfectly complemented by the robustness of the coffee. The moonshine adds a smooth, yet potent kick, making it a strong and warming beverage.

Interesting facts about Holiday Hooch

  • The use of moonshine gives this cocktail a nod to the Prohibition era, adding a bit of historical intrigue.
  • Gingerbread liqueur is a seasonal favorite, often associated with winter holidays and festive gatherings.
  • Despite its dessert-like qualities, the Holiday Hooch has a caffeine kick thanks to the inclusion of coffee.


  • Underground moonshine: 0.75
  • Mr. stacks gingerbread liqueur: 3
  • Illy coffee: 3
  • Whipped cream: Garnish

A few good options for Holiday Hooch are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Underground Moonshine

Underground moonshine brings a sneaky kick to our 'Holiday Hooch'. It's what gives the cocktail its backbone - imagine mulled wine without the mulling, it would simply be lost and confused grape juice. Using 0.75 oz ensures that the kick is there but doesn't overpower the other flavors. Too much and you're cleaning paint off your barn, too little and you might as well be drinking flavored water.

Emma Rose

Mr. Stacks Gingerbread Liqueur

3 oz of Mr. Stacks gingerbread liqueur is like diving into a swimming pool of Christmas. It provides a dominant sweet and spicy profile reminiscent of your grandma's gingerbread cookies. Get any less 'spirited' in your pour and you could lose that nostalgic holiday spirit; too generous, and it's syrup improvisation time.

Alex Green

Illy Coffee

What better way to keep the spirits bright (and awake) than with 3 oz of Illy coffee? This amount is just enough to balance the potency of the moonshine with its robust flavor and keep your sleigh ride energized. Less coffee, and you might lose the battle of flavors; too much, and you might start seeing sugar plum fairies.

Mary Mitkina

Whipped Cream

The whipped cream, aka 'the snowy peak of indulgence', acts as a garnish but also melds harmoniously with the bold flavors beneath. Without it, you miss out on the textural contrast and the visual delight. If you forgo the whipped peak, are you even indulging?

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Holiday Hooch Drink

  1. Pour 3/4 oz of Underground moonshine into an Irish Coffee mug.
  2. Add 3 oz of Mr. Stacks gingerbread liqueur.
  3. Follow with 3 oz of Illy coffee.
  4. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.
  5. Garnish with a generous dollop of whipped cream on top.

Pro Tips

  • For an extra festive touch, sprinkle a little cinnamon or nutmeg on top of the whipped cream.
  • Serve immediately after preparation to enjoy the contrast of hot coffee with the cool whipped cream.
  • Use freshly brewed coffee for the best flavor and to ensure the drink stays hot.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Desserts: Given the sweet profile of this cocktail, it would go splendidly with desserts such as chocolate lava cake, cinnamon rolls, or a pecan pie.
  • Cheese Boards: A rich and varied cheese board featuring cheeses like aged cheddar, brie, or gouda would complement the spicy and sweet notes of the cocktail.
  • Savory Items: For a bit of contrast, consider pairing with savory items like roasted nuts or smoked meats. The bold flavors can stand up to the strength of the moonshine.

Drink Pairings

  • Coffee: Additional servings of Illy coffee, possibly decaffeinated to prevent over-caffeination, can further enhance the warm coffee notes.
  • Milk or Cream-based drinks: A cold glass of eggnog or a milk punch can harmonize with the creamy texture of whipped cream on the cocktail.

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What you could change in Holiday Hooch

  • If Underground moonshine isn't available, any high-quality white whiskey or moonshine can be used as a substitute.
  • In place of Mr. Stacks gingerbread liqueur, you could use another brand of gingerbread liqueur or even a homemade gingerbread syrup mixed with a bit of vodka.
  • Any premium espresso or strong brewed coffee can take the place of Illy coffee if needed.

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Smoky Holiday Hooch

Introduce a smoky element by using a peat-heavy scotch instead of moonshine. Your new recipe might look something like this:

  1. Use 3/4 oz of peaty scotch instead of moonshine.
  2. Keep the Mr. Stacks gingerbread liqueur and Illy coffee as is.
  3. Add a pinch of cinnamon on top of the whipped cream.

By adding the smoky scotch, it will feel like you've just kissed a fireplace. It's sultry, mysterious, and Santa's favorite after a long night.

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hooch

Transform your concoction into a minty, chocolate delight:

  1. Use 1/2 oz moonshine and 1/4 oz peppermint schnapps.
  2. Add 1/2 oz chocolate syrup before the coffee.
  3. Proceed with gingerbread liqueur and coffee.
  4. Garnish with whipped cream and a candy cane.

You'll think you're drinking a candy cane that's been dipped in moonshine - it's festive with a peppermint twist.

Boozy Pumpkin Spice Hooch

Let's go full autumn on this and add some pumpkin spice vibes:

  1. Replace gingerbread liqueur with 3 oz pumpkin spice liqueur.
  2. Brew the coffee with a cinnamon stick for added spice.
  3. Use the same amount of moonshine and whipped cream.

It's like Thanksgiving and Christmas had a baby, and it's delicious. The pumpkin spice brings warmth and joy, the coffee injects life, and the moonshine ties it all together like a big family hug.

In case you forgot basics how to make Holiday Hooch

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Holiday Hooch

Can I make the Holiday Hooch in advance?

It's best enjoyed fresh, but you can pre-mix the liquors and add the hot coffee just before serving.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Yes, you can replace the moonshine and liqueur with non-alcoholic substitutes like gingerbread syrup and decaffeinated coffee.

What type of glassware should I use for the Holiday Hooch?

An Irish Coffee mug is traditional, but any heatproof glass mug will do.

How can I achieve the best gingerbread flavor in this cocktail?

Using a high-quality gingerbread liqueur or homemade gingerbread syrup will yield the best flavor.

What is the ideal serving temperature for the Holiday Hooch?

Serve it hot, immediately after combining the hot coffee with the other ingredients.

Is the Holiday Hooch suitable for vegans?

To make it vegan-friendly, use vegan whipped cream as a substitute for the regular whipped cream.

Can I use regular whiskey instead of moonshine?

Regular whiskey can be used, but the unique character of moonshine is preferred for this recipe.

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