Christmas Cocktails to Try

These are some fabulous cocktails I’ve found that I’m dying to try this upcoming holiday season.  Aren’t they gorgeous?

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Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle prosecco
  • 2 ounces peach schnapps
  • 4 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 ounces pom juice
  • 1 small bottle mango flavored soda water
  • 6-8 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 fresh pomegranate
  • .5 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add 1 cup of water to a small pan with 2-3 sprigs of rosemary, bring to a boil.
  • Add sugar to boiling water and stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Remove from heat, strain rosemary leaves and set to cool.
  • Clean and de-seed pomegranate. Set seeds aside.
  • Pour Prosecco evenly into 4 cocktail glasses.
  • Add .5 ounces rosemary simple syrup, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 ounce pom juice and a splash of mango soda water to each glass and stir.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds to each glass.
  • Allow the pomegranate seeds time to float to the top of the glass and garnish with 1 sprig of rosemary.

NOTES

Best if made with chilled prosecco and peach schnapps, or with 1 – 2 ice cubes if needed.

Simple Sangria Recipe

Holiday Sangria

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 bottle sparkling cider
  • 2 clementines sliced
  • 1 granny smith apple chopped
  • 1 gala apple chopped
  • 1-2 cups fresh cranberries

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine wine and cider in a pitcher.
  • Add fruit to pitcher.
  • Stir well and chill until ready to serve.

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Eggnog Martini

INGREDIENTS

  • 2.5 ounces egg nog
  • 1 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 3/4 ounce amaretto
  • nutmeg

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine a handful of ice in a shaker and add all ingredients except nutmeg.
  • Shake and then strain into chilled martini glass.
  • Sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg.
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Mild Lipstick Mandarin Cocktail

Heat

 

I saw Trisha Yearwood make this Lipstick Mandarin cocktail using serrano chiles, but I wasn’t sure if my crew could handle that kind of heat so I tweaked the recipe a bit.  Even this cocktail was too spicy for my Mom, but my husband and I enjoyed the mild heat you get after each lovely sip.  You can also add more orange flavor by adding the peel of one orange to your simple syrup and let it steep for 15-20 minutes and then pull out the orange peel.

 

Ingredients:
1 lemon, cut in half
Extra fine sugar, to rim glasses
4 small slices jalapeno pepper, plus more for garnish
4 ounces mandarin or clementine vodka
4 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice
2 ounces cranberry juice
2 ounces Simple Syrup
Ice

Directions:
Chill 4 martini glasses.  Rim each with a lemon half and then dip in sugar.  Squeeze into a shaker the lemon juice from the halves you used to rim the glasses.  Place the pepper pieces in the shaker and muddle.  Add to the shaker: mandarin or clementine vodka, orange juice, cranberry juice and simple syrup. Top with some ice, shake and strain into the glasses. Garnish each with a small slice of jalapeno pepper.

Simple Syrup:
Combine the sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Stir until the sugar dissolves.  Remove from the heat and cool.

Berry Merry Christmas Cocktail

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I’ve been trying out various holiday cocktail recipes and this one was the winner in our household.  It is slightly sweet, tart and the kind of drink where you don’t really notice there is liquor in it until you’ve had a few.  I garnished mine with a few frozen cranberries and pomegranate seeds in the martini glasses.  I think when I serve them for Christmas I will rim the glasses with something green so they look really festive.  Ho! Ho! Ho!

Ingredients:

1 oz pomegranate juice

1/2 oz vodka or vanilla vodka

1/2 oz triple sec

1/2 oz peach schnapps

1 oz cranberry juice

 

Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and serve on the rocks or make a big pitcher.

 

 

New Year’s Martinis

I hope everyone had a great Christmas!  I had a fantastic time celebrating with my family and I did not want to head back to work, but such is life.  I am looking forward to ringing in 2012 with a couple of new martini recipes that I thought I would share.  I love trying new martinis at home on New Years while enjoying some good quality food and playing board games with my family.  Sure, we have Dick Clark/Ryan Seacrest on in the background, but we are usually dying of laughter while playing some hilarous games and sipping on some coctails.

French Martini

2 oz vodka

2 oz canned pineapple juice

1/2 oz raspberry di Amore liqueur or Chambord

twist of lemon juice

Fill a shaker halfway with ice cubes or crushed ice.  Pour in vodka, pineapple juice and raspberry liqueur.  Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass and add a twist of lemon juice.

New Years Eve Martini

2 oz light rum

1/2 oz Grand Marnier

1/2 oz white cream de cacao or cocoa

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

dash of simple syrup

Fill a shaker halfway with ice cubes or crushed ice.  Pour in rum, Grand Marnier, creme de cacoa, lemon juice and simple syrup.  Shake well and strain in a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

I am so excited about the possibilities for 2012!  Happy New Year!

What is your New Years cocktail of choice?