Drink, drink and be merry with these festive fusions

It's that time of the year again when bartenders are working their magic to come up with festive gifts for our tastebuds. Happily, the folks at InterContinental have agreed to share a few of their best holiday cocktails so you can create them at home. Of course, yours truly has tested them all for you but, if you'd like to do your own tasting, head to the birthplace of these babies -- the first of which, the North Pole Haze, is currently being served at Azure Restaurant at InterContinental Toronto Centre. Stay tuned for more yummy bevvy recipes as well as cool tips for holiday entertaining as we countdown the days to Christmas.

North Pole Haze

  • 1 oz Hendricks gin
  • 1 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 1 1/2 inch cucumber slice, roughly chopped
  • 6 mint leaves + more for garnish
  • 1/4 oz lime juice

Place all ingredients into cocktail shaker and muddle. Add ice, shake and strain into frosted rocks glass with crushed ice. Garnish with additional mint leaves.