6 Holiday Cocktail Recipes

by Wendy Jacobson

 

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 10.30.04 AMWith Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas almost upon us,  you might be knee-deep in menu planning the menus. We are here to remind you not to forget a vital part of the get-together: the beverages.

We have compiled six different holiday cocktails for you to consider to go along with your feasts.

Check them out and then consider offering one – or all six – to your guests!

Thanksgiving’s A Breeze Sea Breezes – from Food Network and Michael Chiarello

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Thanksgiving’s a Breeze Sea Breeze

What you need:

1 cup orange juice
1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup vodka
Mint sprigs, for garnish

What to do:

Mix all in a chilled pitcher filled with ice. Pour into chilled glasses and garnish with mint. If desired, place a dollop of leftover cranberry sauce in the bottom of each glass before filling with Seabreeze mixture.

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The Autumn Orchard

The Autumn Orchard – from Epicurious.com

What you need:

1/4 cup Cognac (such as Camus VS)
1/4 cup Calvados (apple brandy)
2 tablespoons Cointreau or other orange liqueur
2 tablespoons pear liqueur (such as Rothman and Winter or Mathilde)
4 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Ice cubes
2 lime slices
What you do:

Mix first 6 ingredients in cocktail shaker. Add ice. Cover and shake vigorously 20 times. Strain between 2 coupe glasses. Float lime slices on top and serve.

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Hot Apple-Ginger Toddy

 

Hot Apple-Ginger Toddy – from TheKitchn.com

What you need:

A cup or so of apple cider
1 to 2 ounces of dark liquor (applejack, bourbon or dark rum would work well)
A drizzle of honey
A squeeze of lemon
Peeled fresh ginger root, coarsely chopped
Mulling spices (cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, allspice, nutmeg – whatever you have on hand)
Optional garnishes: cinnamon stick stirrer, lemon slice, apple slice, ginger slice
What you do:

Add the ginger and mulling spices to the cider and simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat for at least 5 minutes (or a full 15 or more if you want full flavor). Drizzle some honey into a mug and add the liquor, hot cider, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Stir.

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Cider Smash

Cider Smash – from punchbowl.com

What you need:

2 ounces bourbon
½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
4 ounces chilled sparkling apple cider
Thin red-apple slice
What you do:

Pour the bourbon and lemon juice into a glass and mix. Top with chilled sparkling apple cider and garnish with an apple slice.

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Prairie Baked Apple Pie

 

Prairie Baked Apple Pie – from UV + Prairie Organic Spirits

What you need:

1 part Prairie Organic Vodka
2 parts Spiced Apple Cider
½ part Phillips Apple Brandy
½ part Creamer (optional)
2 spoons Brown Sugar
What you do:

Shake well with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick and brown sugar around rim of glass.

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Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Rum

Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Rum – from food.com

What you need:

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 pinch salt
3 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
3 cardamom pods
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
2 cups dark rum or 2 cups spiced rum
What you do:

Put first 7 ingredients into crock pot
Add 2 quarts hot water.
Stir well.
Cover pot and cook on low for 5 hours.
Add rum and stir to blend.
Serve from pot in warm mugs with a scoop of whipped cream and a dusting of nutmeg and cinnamon stick as stirrer.

 


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