Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cheers: The Season’s Deliciously Decadent Holiday Cocktails

It’s that time of year again where we find ourselves frantically planning holiday parties with our girlfriends and reaching into our closets for those little black dresses and delicate sequin jackets.

This year, instead of just serving classic favorites like Cosmos and Mojitos at your festive gatherings, get uber creative and give your guests and something truly mesmerizing to enjoy throughout the evening! These drinks are sure to leave a lasting impression on all of your friends.

Red Hot Santa-Tini- This zesty concoction can transform the dreary winter into a sultry extravaganza. Dust off those martini glasses, throw on your favorite pair of heels, and get serving this drink, which is perfect for any spicy flavor enthusiast!

Rim your martini glasses with cocoa powder infused with a snippet of cayenne pepper, shake together two ounces of Mazama vodka and two ounces of Godiva chocolate liqueur per cocktail and pour into glass. Top your scrumptious cocktail off with a tiny bed of whipped cream and garnish with a small chili pepper!

Happy Elf- There’s just something magical about sipping a citrus infused martini while watching the wind and snow blow around outside. This lovely blend will have you and your guests fooled into thinking that you’re actually on a tropical getaway instead of being trapped indoors by a snowstorm.

Combine one ounce of melon liqueur, 2 ounces of your choice of citrus flavored vodka, and an ounce of white cranberry juice together per cocktail. Shake vigorously in an ice-filled shaker, strain into a cocktail glass, and add a few delicious cherries. Now you’ve brought a piece of paradise to your apartment!

Christmas Blossom- Who says that blenders are just for crafting summer cocktails? Give the traditional frozen daiquiri a bit of a ‘face lift’ this season with the cheerful Christmas Blossom.

Slice two cups of fresh or frozen peach slices, mix in ¼ cup of sugar, ¾ cup of any vodka of your choice, and three tablespoons of peach schnapps. Blend until smooth and then add ice. Blend ice, pour into glasses and garnish with a few fresh mint sprigs! This refreshing cocktail is sure to jazz up any holiday event!

Champagne Pomegranate Cocktail- There’s not a color that appears more throughout the holiday season than red. You can never go wrong with champagne cocktails at any social gathering.

Grab a good-sized pitcher from your kitchen cabinet and combine four cups of crushed ice, two cups of pomegranate juice, ½ cup of ginger ale (opt for diet for fewer calories) ¼ cup brandy of your choice, and one 750ML bottle of champagne or sparkling wine of your choice. Pour about one cup of the champagne mixture into each class and garnish with pomegranate seeds for an extra festive effect. This recipe will make eight glasses, but double the amounts for larger groups.

Try any of these creative cocktails at your next seasonal party and your guests will be talking about more than just your new apartment or fantastic outfit! Serve up, sip slowly, and mingle with the people that mean the most to you!

By: Kelley Mullarkey | Image: Source


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