This week on How to Behave, Brian Keyser and Hannah Howard are toasting to holiday cocktails with cocktail creator Niccole Trzaska. Find out why Niccole does not like to call herself a mixologist, and why tequila and red wine mixes turn her into a party animal. Hear why Niccole chooses to work with fresh, organic ingredients for the sake of home bartenders. Why does gin make Brian grumpy? Find out how Niccole crafts holiday drinks like the hot toddy and eggnog! Learn about Niccole's history in the cocktail world, and her affinity for teaching bartending. This program has been brought to you by Regional Access. Music by Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord.


The Russian Standard Moscow Yule Mule

2 parts Russian Standard Vodka

4 parts ginger beer

½ part cranberry juice

½ part lime juice

*Pour vodka, ginger beer and both juices over ice in a copper Moscow Mule mug or rocks glass filled with ice. Stir to combine. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary

Santa's Sugar Island Toddy

1 ½ parts Sugar Island Rum

Hot Water



Combine all ingredients in a coffee glass and garnish with a lemon

Tres Agaves Holiday Coffee
1 ¼ parts Illy canned sweetened coffee

1 ½ parts Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila

¼ part Coffee Herring

Combine all ingredients and shake & strain over ice into a rocks glass; garnish with orange slice & cinnamon


"I don't like to call myself a mixologist. I think mixologists work very hard to maintain the integrity of traditional cocktails. I like to make things that are new... I try to keep things fun." [6:45]

-- Niccole Trzaska on How to Behave