The 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails Cocktail #2: 2 Turtle Doves

by Tim Barley

On the second day of my Christmas, my bartender gave to me…

cocktails and movies 12 days Christmas Cocktails - turtle dovesNow we’re really getting going. You’ve gotten your partridge in a cranberry-pear bellini tree, and now it’s onto day two of the 12 Days of Christmas: Turtle Doves. I really thought I was going to have to search high and low for something similar to turtle doves, but wouldn’t you know it, someone out there has already beaten me to developing a cocktail for this day. Anyway, this one looks like a winner, chock full of all my favorites, vodka and more and more alcohol.

Again, for our purposes at Cocktails and Movies, we’ve commandeered the 12 days and put them BEFORE Christmas to bring you 12 different cocktails that you can share with your loved ones as you sit back and enjoy a film from our “Take Out Theater” selections or enjoy some food and cocktails with friends before a trip to the local cineplex.

So, on the second day of  “Cocktails and Movies 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails,” we give to you…

The Drink:

2 Turtle Dove Cocktails


  • 2 oz Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka
  • 2 oz Hazelnut liqueur
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • 1-1/2 oz Cream


  • Rim martini glass with cinnamon and sugar crystals and set aside.
  • Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.
  • Strain into the martini glass.

With 5 oz of alcohol, and a drink size of close to 8 oz, we’re assuming that this is for two people. But, we here at Cocktails and Movies know that professionally, it’s for one person. Drink accordingly, and remember to NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE.

So, here we are in the final stretches of 2013. We’ll have 10 more of these cocktails before taking a break for the final week of the year to recharge are batteries. Please help us grow in 2014. Remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, share us with your friends and remember: “Don’t watch bad movies unless you have good cocktails.”