Christmas cocktails

Merry Manhattanmerry-manhattan

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • 2 drops angostura bitters
  • 1/2 oz spiced simple syrup

Spiced simple syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2″ piece ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed with the side of a knif

Preparation:

Combine all cocktail ingredients in a shaker with a handful of ice; shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosty. Pour into short (Old Fashioned) glass.

To make simple syrup:
Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Allow spices to steep for at least an hour. Strain into a glass jar; cover and store leftover syrup in the fridge. [Via: foodess.com]

Sparkling clementine thyme

sparkling-thyme

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces chilled vodka
  • 12 ounces sparkling clementine juice
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
  • 2 clementine or orange slices
  • two sprigs lemon thyme
  • ice

Preparation:

Fill two glasses with ice, an orange slice and pomegranate seeds. Add the vodka to the glass and top with 6 ounces of the sparkling clementine juice. Garnish with the lemon thyme. [Via: heatherchristo.com]

Salted caramel white russian

salted-caramel-white-russian

Ingredients:

  • Salted caramel sauce
  • Ice
  • Salt flakes25ml (one shot)
  • Salted Caramel Irish Cream
  • 25ml Amaretto
  • 75ml (3 shots) of half and half (milk and cream)

Preparation:

Take the caramel sauce and use a teaspoon to slightly drizzle it in the glass, while slowly turning the glass so you get a nice swirled effect. Fill the glass with ice.

Next, add your liquid ingredients to your cocktail shaker, along with a few cubes of ice. Shake well and strain in to the glasses. Garnish with a spring of rosemary, a bit of chocolate or even a candy cane! [Via: katelavie.com]

Winter sangria

winter-sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of sweet red wine
  • 1 bottle sparkling cran-apple cider
  • 2 clementines, sliced thin, peel on
  • 2 granny smith apples, cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 cup cranberries sliced in half
  • Rosemary to garnish each glass

Preparation:

Mix wine, cider, and fruit in a large pitcher. Serve over ice and garnish with rosemary.  [Via: bakeaholicmama.com]

Holiday mule

holiday-mule

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 oz gin or vodka
  • 2 oz chilled ginger beer
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • orange slice, for garnish
  • sugared cranberries, for garnish

Preparation:

Combine simple syrup, cranberry juice, and gin. Pour over ice and top with ginger beer. Serve garnished with rosemary, orange wedge and sugared cranberries, if desired. [Via: homesweetjones.com]

Jingle juice

jingle-juice

Ingredients:

Citrus Sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Punch

  • 3/4 cup Citrus Sugar
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup mango nectar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 3/4 cups Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 2 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 1/2 cups Amaretto
  • 3 cups sparkling water
  • orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit slices, frozen cranberries for garnish

Preparation:

Make the citrus sugar by combining the sugar, zests, ginger and cinnamon. Rub the zest between your fingers to release the oils. Let sit at room temperature for 4 hours or up to a a few days in an airtight container.

Peel the skins off of the fruit and juice.

I squeeze everything ahead of time and put in a pitcher. I keep it icy cold in the fridge. Just give it a shake before you pour it into the punch bowl. I also do the same with the liquors too. I like everything to be really cold.

Make the punch by adding the sugar to the bottom on the punch bowl. Pour in the juice and stir to start to dissolve the sugar. Pour in the alcohol.

Remember the ice ring we made? Dip the bottom of the container in some water for about 10 seconds. The ice should pop right out.

Garnish with frozen cranberries and fruit slices. [Via: bakedbree.com]

Winter bourbon smash

winter-bourbon-smash

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp preserves or jam of choice
  • 2 Tbsp bourbon
  • 1 Tbsp triple sec
  • 2-3 Tbsp orange juice
  • Orange segments
  • A splash of club soda brightens it up

Preparation:

Add 1/2 cup ice, preserves, bourbon, triple sec and orange juice to a shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

Pour into serving glass with a few ice cubes and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with orange slices and enjoy. Repeat for more drinks. [Via: minimalistbaker.com]

Christmas cranberry juleps

christmas-cranberry-juleps

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. water
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 2 strip fresh orange peel
  • 1 c. fresh cranberries
  • 1 c. Kentucky bourbon
  • 8 sprig fresh mint

Preparation:

In 2-quart saucepan, heat water, sugar, and orange peel to boiling on high. Add cranberries and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until cranberries pop and split but still hold their shape. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until cold. (Syrup and cranberries can be refrigerated up to one week.)

When ready to serve, strain cranberry syrup through sieve set over 1-quart liquid measure; discard solids. Spear 3 raw cranberries on each of 8 toothpicks. Stir bourbon into syrup.

Fill 8 glasses with crushed ice. Divide bourbon mixture among glasses. Garnish with cranberry spears and mint. [Via: goodhousekeeping.com]

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