The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year – full of family, friends and PARTIES. During this time of year, I like to try new things and experiment with the drinks I serve, especially when I’m the hostess. I find the perfect cocktail is one that pleases most (because it’s impossible to make everyone happy) and is something you can enjoy in moderation. Here are a few of my all time favorites:
1 oz peppermint vodka
1 oz vanilla vodka
1 oz chocolate liquor (I actually substituted with drizzled chocolate on the glass)
Crushed candy canes and a few whole candy canes as well.
Dip the rim of the martini glass into water. Then dip the rim of the glass into the crushed candy canes. The candy will stick to the rim.If drizzling chocolate in the glass, do that. (I don’t recommend melting the chocolate because it solidifies to the glass instead of adding flavor. Chocolate syrup works well). Mix together alcohol with ice in a shaker and pour into martini glasses.
Garnish with a candy cane.
¾ c water
½ c lemon juice
½ c sugar
½-3/4 c bourbon
Boil non-alcoholic liquids & cloves in a pot until the sugar dissolves. Pour hot contents into a (large) mug and add bourbon. Mix and enjoy. (This drinks works wonders on a sore throat, and is also a great ending to a COLD day!)
Simple, Elegant Champagne:
Pour champagne into champagne flute. Add a few frozen cranberries. Garish with rosemary if desired.
My sister made this recipe last Christmas. It was fabulous, I mean the best eggnog I have ever tasted. (She found this recipe on Pinterest).
½ pint bourbon
1 pint heavy cream
4 pints milk
¾ cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
Pinch of nutmeg
Beat the egg yolks with ½ cup of sugar until thick. In another bowl beat the egg whites with ¼ cup of sugar until thick. In a third bowl beat cream until it’s thick. Add the cream to the yolk mixture. Fold in egg whites and the milk, bourbon, vanilla, and a pinch of nutmeg. Chill in freezer before serving. Serve in a punch bowl or something similar.
Do you have any favorite holiday cocktails? Please share in comments section!