Awww, the holidays are almost here. That means it’s time for parties and potations. Whether it’s your annual office party full of business connects, family gathering of love ones, or New Year’s Eve blowout with your best pals, this year you don’t have to bore your guests with the same old tired eggnog. Here’s five holiday drinks that will not only quench your thirst, but will also serve as great conversations pieces for your get-together. Cheers!
Lemon Drop Punch
So you want to bring in the New Years with that traditional champagne toast? Well, here’s how you can celebrate a fresh beginning with a twist. This champagne & vodka punch will help make that 12 o’clock kiss one to remember.
- 3 lemons, room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 bottle Champagne, chilled
- 3/4 cup best-quality vodka, chilled
- 4 ounces candied lemon peels
- With a vegetable peeler, remove zest from each lemon in a long, continuous spiral. Juice lemons, and strain pulp (you should have 3/4 cup juice). Set aside.
- Heat sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add zest. Let syrup cool completely, about 2 hours.
- Pour Champagne, vodka, lemon juice, and syrup into a punch bowl; stir.
- Serve glasses of punch with candied peels.
1 part vermouth + 1 part gin + 1 part liqueur = a french cocktail that exudes class and sophistication. Whether you’re dressed up in your best formals or dressed down in your favorite Christmas sweater, the Tuxedo will be the perfect dinner accompaniment.
- 1 1/2 oz dry vermouth
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 1/4 tsp maraschino liqueur
- 1/4 tsp anis liqueur
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
La Vie En Rouge literally means “life in red”. What’s a more appropriate hue for the winter season than crimson with a splash of green (garnish)? There’s no better ending to a evening of partying than with this Grand Marnier night cap.
- 1 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
- 1 1/2 oz. fresh pressed or bottled cranberry juice
- 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
- fresh rosemary needles
- In a tall mixing glass, muddle 10-12 rosemary needles lightly with simple syrup.
- Add remaining ingredients then add ice and shake vigorously.
- Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass with ice.
- Garnish with a rosemary sprig.
Who says succombing to frostbite is bad thing? This tequila cocktail is that “shock” drink that will have everyone at your gathering wondering, “What’s that?”, and then asking, “Can I have one?”
- 1 1/2 oz tequila
- 1/2 oz white creme de cacao
- 1/2 oz blue curaçao
- 1/2 oz cream
- maraschino cherry
- Pour ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Add some flavor and garnish with a cherry.
Do you remember those childhood memories of making s’mores with the family? Now you can indulge your decadent dreams with an adult version of that campfire treat. But be careful, this rich dessert drink has a definite kick that will keep the party going.
- 1 tbs. creamy peanut butter
- 1 tbs. chocolate syrup
- 1/2 oz. Kahlua or coffee liqueur
- 1/2 oz. dark rum
- 1/2 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. almond milk
- Torched mini-marshmallows for garnish
- In a pint glass, mix together the peanut butter and chocolate syrup.
- Stir in the Kahlua until well blended.
- Stir in the vodka and rum and then add the almond milk.
- Fill a martini shaker with ice and add mixture.
- Shake vigorously until very well chilled.
- Drizzle the insides of a martini glass with chocolate syrup.
- Strain cocktail into the martini glass.
- Put 3-4 mini-marshmallows onto a skewer and toast with a butane torch. Place over glass.
Please drink responsibly. Enjoy.