I can't believe I'm saying this...but, next week is Christmas! December has flown by but that doesn't mean you have to stop trying to be festive. For those of you hosting the holidays at your home this year, trying out impressionable holiday comfort foods and drinks are a guaranteed way to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Here are a few of my favorite holiday beverages I cannot wait to try out with my family and friends to cheers to the wonderful holiday season! Enjoy.
- 1.5oz Gin (Bombay Sapphire recommended)
- .75oz Fresh Lime Juice
- .75oz Honey
- .5oz Mathilde Poire (Pear Liqueur)
Add honey, fresh lime juice (about half a lime), pear liqueur, and gin to an empty shaker and add ice. Shake for 30 seconds. Pour into the glass of your choice up or over ice. Enjoy!
- 1.5oz Vodka
- .75oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- .75oz Simple Syrup
- .75oz Pomegranate Juice
- .5oz Napoleon Mandarin Liqueur (optional)
Add simple syrup, fresh lemon juice (about half a lemon), pomegranate juice, Napoleon Mandarin, and vodka and to an empty shaker and add ice. Shake for 30 seconds. Pour into the glass of your choice up or over ice. Enjoy!
Rose, Raspberry & Mint Fizz
- 24-36 raspberries
- A few sprigs of mint
- 1 lemon, zest only
- 750ml Moscato Rose or sparkling Pinot Rose, chilled
Chill six Champagne glasses, then add the following to each: 2-3 raspberries, 1 mint leaf and 1 tiny silver of lemon zest. Carefully pop the cork of a 750ml bottle of chilled champagne or sparkling Pinot Rose. Pour slowly into each glass.
- 8 oz. fresh cranberries
- 1 C sugar
- 1 C water
- 20 mint leaves
- 2 T lime juice
- 4 oz. rum
- 4-6 oz. soda water
- Put cranberries, sugar and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Lower the heat a bit to medium-low and continue to cook for about 10 minute, before your berries start bursting. Remove from heat.
- Once the berry mixture has cooled, you can strain them. You can even let your mixture cool overnight in the fridge.
- Strain the berries right away if you prefer, then you are ready to get your drink mixing on!
- Put about 10 leaves of mint and a T of lime juice in each glass.
- With the back of a wooden spoon, or a muddler, mash the mint up.
- Now put ice in each glass and pour 2 oz. of the cranberry syrup and 2 oz. rum into each glass.
- Top off each glass with soda water. And sprinkle some fresh cranberries in for garnish.
Pomegranate Orange Sangria
- 1 bottle (750 ml) of red wine, like a Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1 cup (237 ml) brandy
- 1 cup (237 ml) pomegranate juice
- 1 cup (237 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- 1 pomegranate, arils removed
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 cinnamon stick
- In a large pitcher, stir together the wine, brandy, pomegranate juice, and orange juice. Add orange slices, pomegranate arils, cranberries and cinnamon stick. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
- Serve with ice cubes.