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a lightly golden colored cocktail garnished with pine in a gold-rimmed glass

Christmas Tree Pine Cordial Cocktail

A fragrant, cozy recipe to make in December, this recipe is versatile and so bright an delicious
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Course: Beverage, cocktail
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: classic cocktail, cocktail, easy cocktail, holiday cocktail
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 lemon zested
  • 2 lemons juiced with seeds removed
  • 2 cups conifer spruce or fir needles equals 3.5 ounces
  • 8 ounces bourbon
  • 16 ounces plain soda water
  • 4 small additional pieces of pine for garnish


  • In a saucepan on the stove, combine the water, sugar, lemon zest and juice, and pine needles then bring the liquid to a boil, making sure to submerge the pine needles completely.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the liquid has reduced and the needles are soft and have started to darken.
  • Strain the mixture to remove all pieces of needles and bark and set it aside to cool. You can keep the cordial in your refrigerator for 10-14 days.

Create the Cocktail

  • In a wine or rocks glass, add 2 tablespoons of cordial and 2 ounces of bourbon then top it with 4 ounces of soda water and stir with a spoon to incorporate. Depending on your glass, you can add ice cubes. Be sure to garnish it with a fresh piece of pine.
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