The Son of a Nutcracker Cocktail

An Elf-inspired creation from the holiday menu at Alabama’s Session Cocktails

A cocktail in a short glass sits on a round marble table.

Photo: Niki Beck

Session Cocktails, an elevated yet funky Alabama drinking lounge with locations in Auburn and Tuscaloosa, is pouring out a festive holiday beverage this season. The Son of a Nutcracker was born from general manager Hyatt Webb’s desire to put a winter spin on a Gold Rush, one of his favorite summertime sips. “The maple syrup, bourbon, and applejack play really well together and give the drink a nice, refreshing spiced apple flavor that isn’t overpowering and is very easy to drink,” he says. As for the cocktail’s name, Webb confirms its origin: “I am a huge Elf fan and it remains one of my all-time favorite holiday movies, so the name was sort of a no-brainer.” An avowed maple syrup lover, Buddy the Elf would surely approve. 

The Son of a Nutcracker is available at Session Cocktails’ Tuscaloosa and Auburn locations during the holidays, but you can also re-create the drink at home using the recipe below. 


  • Son of a Nutcracker (Yield: 1 cocktail)

    • ¾ oz. maple syrup

    • ¾ oz. lemon juice

    • 1 oz. applejack brandy

    • 1 oz. bourbon (Webb uses Old Forester 86)


  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker tin. Shake with ice. Strain into a rocks glass.