YOUR GO-TO CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL

There’s one word that keeps coming up for me during this holiday season: simple. So when I found this cocktail, it was like the Holy Grail of easy-yet-elegant holiday drinks. In the interest of keeping this post equally simple {since if you’re like me you’re probably freaking out about the fact that Christmas is now only 5 days away}, I’m introducing you to a cocktail that will surely become your go-to holiday drink. THE POINSETTIA! Serve this drink at a brunch with friends, at your next holiday party or enjoy it after a long day of shopping. Bottom line ~ it’s easy and delish so I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it like I did. Enjoy!

Festive bubbly!

Festive bubbly!

THE POINSETTIA

TOOLS :: Citrus peeler
GLASS :: Flute
EXTRAS ::  Orange peel spiral – 2” long
SERVINGS :: 1 cocktail

INGREDIENTS* ::
1 ½  oz. Cranberry Juice Cocktail
3 oz. Chilled Champagne

HOW TO MAKE IT ::

  • Add Cranberry Juice cocktail to flute
  • Top with Champagne
  • Twist orange peel spiral directly over top of cocktail and drop into drink

* NOTE :: If you’re in the mood to add a bit more punch to this cocktail you can do so with just one extra ingredient :: vodka. For a festive alternative, in your flute pour 1 oz. vodka and reduce cranberry juice to only 1 oz. Stir to combine. Add crushed ice to fill flute. Top drink off with champagne and garnish as above.

CRANBERRY COCKTAILS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Everyone I know is getting ready to prepare their favorite Thanksgiving dish next Thursday. I can’t wait for all those flavors and spending time with family and friends. One of my favorite flavors highlighted at this time of the year is CRANBERRIES! I think they’re like little fruit rubies with their glossy, scarlet red hue. And while most of us are familiar with quintessential cranberry juice cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan or a Cape Cod, let’s take you one step beyond these classics and explore that delicious little joy of a berry — the cranberry — and get you set up for the holiday entertaining season. 

Cranberries are unlike any other fruit in the world. I’m intrigued by the fact that they’re grown in a bog and each berry has a tiny little pocket of air that allows it to float to the surface of the water when it harvests. Fascinating! Cranberries are good for you, too! Fresh cranberries contain high levels of beneficial nutrients such as vitamin C, fiber, and an amazing array of phytonutrients. Now that they’re reaching their peak color and flavor from October through December, we’re just in time to add their festive hue, tart tangy flavor, and numerous health protective effects to your holiday cocktail menus. So grab a bag of these power-packed gems and let’s get started on our cranberry cocktails!

For this cocktail, the tangy flavor of cranberries is enhanced with a combination of pear vodka and the lovely floral notes of St. Germain. Top with a little bubbly and you’ll become an immediate fan of this fun and easy holiday drink.

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PEAR CRANBERRY SPARKLER

TOOLS :: Cocktail shaker
GLASS :: Champagne flute
EXTRAS :: Cranberries for garnish
SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails
INGREDIENTS ::
3 ounces pear vodka
1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce St. Germain
Champagne or prosecco, well chilled

DIRECTIONS ::
Combine first 3 ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and shake well. Distribute between glasses. Top each cocktail with champagne and serve.

ADDITIONAL CRANBERRY COCKTAILS ::
For a full list of delish cranberry-based cocktails, check out my latest article for TheGoodStuff for more cranberry cocktail recipes!

source : creative culinary

source : creative culinary

source: food for my family

source: food for my family

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Pear Cranberry Sparkler from Gidget+LaRue

HOLIDAY TRADITION ~ HOT BUTTERED RUM

Everyone wants to host an epic holiday party, and the best way to get your party off to the right start this time of year is by serving drinks everyone loves. The holidays provide the opportunity to play with oodles of cinnamon, enjoy that frothy egg nog without guilt, and serve wine with a crystal ladle. Need I say more?

I created a list of holiday cocktails to engage guests at large parties or warm up a few close friends at a smaller celebration. No matter the size of your event, these recipes will fill your home with holiday cheer. Oh what fun it is to cocktail your way through the holidays!

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Hot Buttered Rum
I believe rum has always been an important component of American holiday celebrations, so my primary cocktail tradition starts with a Hot Buttered Rum. I recommend you whip up a batch of batter to keep on hand through the holidays and make extras to give away as holiday gifts with a bottle of rum.

TOOLS ::  Mixing bowl, mixer, airtight container
GLASS :: Old fashioned or glass Irish coffee mug
EXTRAS :: cinnamon stick for garnish
SERVINGS ::  2 cocktails

INGREDIENTS ::
Hot Buttered Rum Batter

  • 1 pound light brown sugar
  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For each cocktail
2 ounces aged rum {dark rum works fine}
Boiling water

HOW TO MAKE IT :: 

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat together softened butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and spices until well combined. Refrigerate in an airtight container. It’s best  to make the batter at least 48 hours in advance of using, so the spices have an opportunity to mingle (batter will store for up to a month).
  2. Remove batter from the refrigerator at least 6 hours prior to serving, to allow it to soften.
  3. In a preheated mug, combine 2 heaping Tablespoons of batter with the rum.
  4. Top each with boiling water and stir well to mix.
  5. Serve with spoon or swizzle stick.

For a few other festive recipes, check out the article we wrote for TheGoodStuff and we’re sure they will fill your home with holiday cheer.

 

TASTE THE SEASON :: HOLIDAY LIQUEURS

When the holiday season comes around, we can’t help but indulge in food and drink spiced with classic holiday flavors like gingerbread, peppermint, vanilla and the ever-sweet cinnamon. This time every year, drink manufacturers introduce their long-awaited seasonally spiced products. In order for you to take full advantage of these flavor wonders, we’ve found a number of holiday liquors that may help you to step away from that Pumpkin Spice Latte and embrace the flavors of December with a few delish cocktails! Three holiday liqueurs, eight cocktail choices. For a full list of cocktails visit The Good Stuff, and get your holiday imbibing started with the cocktail we created below. Oh, joyful yuletide!

THE QUEEN’S MEN
The first gingerbread man is credited to Queen Elizabeth I, who knocked the socks off visiting dignitaries by presenting them with one baked in their own likeness. Cheers to all the Queen’s gingerbread-men!

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TOOLS :: Cocktail shaker, bar spoon
GLASS :: Martini or coupe
EXTRAS ::  cinnamon stick for garnish
SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails

INGREDIENTS :

  • 4 oz. Aged Rum {you can substitute with Bourbon if you’d like}
  • 2 oz. Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Tuaca
  • Good splash of Cointreau
  • 1 heaping barspoon of Fig Butter {Trader Joe’s has a great one}

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add all ingredients. Shake well {shake it like you mean it!} and double strain mixture evenly between two cocktail glasses. Garnish each drink with a cinnamon stick.