Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, December 2021, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology

by Amer A. Vargas

PART 74: Santa Clausmopolitan

Picture courtesy of Tijana Drndarski

Ho ho ho, dear readers!

Christmas is around the corner and Santa Claus and his helpers are working hard at preparing the presents for all children everywhere!

On this occasion we will pay tribute to the big man dressed in red with his own cocktail. As you will see, the Santa Clausmopolitan is not only delicious, but also reminds us of Father Noel’s outfit. And, as is often the case, it is really easy to prepare, and much easier even to enjoy!

These are the ingredients you will need for approximately 4 servings:

To rim the cocktail glass:

  • A lime wedge
  • Granulated sugar on a plate

And for the cocktail:

  • Some ice cubes
  • 8 oz./ 235 ml. vodka
  • 12 oz./ 350 ml. cranberry juice
  • 2 oz./ 60 ml. triple sec
  • oz./ 60ml. lime juice

Plus some fresh cranberries for the garnish.

Preparation is very easy, as I mentioned above: first, rim the glasses with the lime wedge and then dip in the granulated sugar. For the drink itself, fill a shaker with ice and add all the liquid ingredients, then shake for a few seconds.

Pour the mix into the rimmed glasses and garnish with some cranberries for a more eye-catching presentation.

If you want to make a sugar stick as shown here in the picture, best to do so a few days in advance. You can watch a video on how to create these snazzy sugar sticks (which also work for coffee, tea or any other drink that benefits from extra sugar), by clicking here.

I wish you the very best December, Holiday Season, Christmas and a wonderful end of 2021, wherever you are. May we meet again in 2022 on Linkedin!

Ho ho ho and cheers!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @

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