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Christmas and Holiday 2011 Recipes

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

Well, another great year. We've truly enjoyed giving you the very best in cocktails this year. I hope that the holiday season treats you very well. Enjoy your time with friends and family.

Happy Holidays from all of us to you!

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Kahlua Peppermint Mocha Hot Cocoa photo

Kahlua Peppermint Mocha Hot Cocoa

Ingredients

4 oz. Milk
2 oz. Hot Chocolate
2 oz. Kahlua Peppermint Mocha Liqueur

Instructions

Bring milk to a simmer. Whisk in drinking chocolate. Simmer for 30 seconds while stirring. Add Kahlua Peppermint Mocha. Garnish with peppermint stick and marshmallows.
Kahlua Snow Cap photo

Kahlua Snow Cap

Ingredients

1 oz. Absolut Vanilia Vodka
1 oz. Hot Chocolate
1 oz. Kahlua Peppermint Mocha Liqueur

Instructions

Mix ingredients together and top with whipped cream.
Cockspur Cider photo

Cockspur Cider

Ingredients

2 oz. Apple Cider
1 oz. Cockspur Fine Rum
1 slice(s) Orange
Cinnamon
Sugar

Instructions

Run orange slice over the rim of the martini glass and dip rim in cinnamon sugar. Combine Cockspur Rum and apple cider in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with the orange slice. Also can be served in a tall glass on the rocks.
The Barclay Bar - Apple Cin photo

The Barclay Bar - Apple Cin

Ingredients

2 oz. Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka
1 oz. Apple Juice
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
1/4 oz. Pomegranate Juice

Instructions

Shake all ingredients but the pomegranate juice and pour into prepared glass. Pour pomegranate juice slowly down the side of the cocktail glass, let settle. Garnish with apple slice and serve.

Glass Preparation:
  • Mix clear gelatin with water according to directions on box (for an extra kick, infuse the gelatin with Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka the night before!)
  • Place cranberry in bottom of Martini Glass
  • Rim Martini glass with cinnamon and sugar mixture
  • Chill - should sit overnight to ensure everything has time to gel completely.

By Jose Torrella, Mixologist

Iceberg Cran-Ginger Martini photo

Iceberg Cran-Ginger Martini

Ingredients

2 oz. Iceberg Vodka
1 pinch(es) Ginger (ground)
1 oz. Ginger Beer
3/4 oz. Cranberry Juice
3/4 oz. Lemon Juice

Instructions

Shake ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish.
Chambord Dream Angel Martini photo

Chambord Dream Angel Martini

Ingredients

3 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 1/2 oz. Chambord Flavoured Vodka
1/2 oz. Chambord Raspberry Liqueur

Instructions

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with black raspberries.
Chambord Raspberry Bombshell photo

Chambord Raspberry Bombshell

Ingredients

2 oz. Lemonade
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 squirt(s) Lemon Juice
3/4 oz. Chambord Flavoured Vodka
3/4 oz. Chambord Raspberry Liqueur

Instructions

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a tall glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon twist and a black raspberry.
Cockspur Silver Belle photo

Cockspur Silver Belle

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz. Cockspur Fine Rum
3/4 oz. Earl Grey Tea
3/4 oz. Pineapple Juice
3/4 oz. Wild Hibiscus Syrup
1/4 oz. Maraschino Liqueur

Instructions

Shake well with ice and strain Into a chilled cocktail glass with a sugar coated rim. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Iceberg Yuletide photo

Iceberg Yuletide

Ingredients

2 oz. Iceberg Vodka
1/2 oz. Cinnamon Syrup
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
Ginger Beer

Instructions

Combine ingredients in an ice-filled glass and top with the ginger beer. Garnish with a lime.
Peruvian Eggnog photo

Peruvian Eggnog

Ingredients

1 stick(s) Cinnamon
1 Egg
1 oz. Pisco Porton
3/4 oz. Heavy Cream
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
1/2 oz. Voyant Chai Cream Liqueur

Instructions

Add the spirits, cream, egg, and simple syrup to an iced shaker. Shake for 20 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and top with fresh cinnamon.

You might not want to pass on the egg-nog this year, because it's spiked with Pisco Porton - the premium Peruvian Pisco that is taking the country by storm!

Created by Nate DeWitt of Mise en Place in Tampa, FL

Spiked Cocoa photo

Spiked Cocoa

Ingredients

1 tsp. Cream
1 tsp. Hot Chocolate Mix
1 tsp. Makers Mark Bourbon
1 cup(s) Milk

Instructions

For each person, heat a cup of milk to steaming. Remove from heat before bubbles begin to form around edge of saucepan. Into cup or mug, measure chocolate mix, coffee creamer and bourbon. Add hot milk; stir until well mixed.

It's never been a better time to drink Hot Chocolate, because this cocktail is no joke - the smoothness of handcrafted Maker's Mark will have you coming back for more!

Gingerbread Man photo

Gingerbread Man

Ingredients

1 1/2 part(s) Avion Anejo Tequila
1 part(s) Apple Liqueur
1 pinch(es) Cinnamon
1 splash(es) Egg White
1 dash(es) Lemon Juice
1 pinch(es) Nutmeg
1/4 part(s) Pear Juice

Instructions

In a shaker add all ingredients over ice then shake and strain; can be served either straight up or on the rocks.

This libation isn't for the kids, but we definitely recommend leaving one out for Santa!

Kahlua Peppermint Storm

Ingredients

1 oz. Absolut Vanilia Vodka
1 oz. Kahlua Peppermint Mocha Liqueur
1 oz. Milk

Instructions

Mix ingredients together in a rocks glass- garnish with mint sprig
Blue BAM for Hanukkah photo

Blue BAM for Hanukkah

Ingredients

3 oz. Blue Angel Vodka
1 dash(es) Blue Curacao

Instructions

In a shaker combine vodka and curacao together with several ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a sheet of edible silver foil.

To get extra creative garnish with edible Silver Foil; serve on silver cocktail napkin. For a variation, add a little lemon-lime soda.

The Caribbean Margarita photo

The Caribbean Margarita

Ingredients

3 oz. Trader Jose's Silver Tequila
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 oz. Elixir of Antillean Hibiscus
1/2 oz. Lime Juice

Instructions

Mix ingredients in blender with ice, pour into sugar-rimmed glass.
Sauza Pomegranate Margarita photo

Sauza Pomegranate Margarita

Ingredients

8 oz. Sauza Blue Silver Tequila
4 oz. Lemon Juice
3 cup(s) Pomegranate Juice
2 oz. Dekuyper Pomegranate Liqueur
2 oz. Orange Liqueur
1 cup(s) Coconut Cream

Instructions

Rim your glasses; run a lemon wedge around the rim of your glass and dip in sugar. In a shaker filled with ice, combine pomegranate juice, coconut water, tequila, liquors and lemon juice. Shake and pour into prepared glasses. Garnish with a lemon wedge. For an extra special touch, add fresh pomegranate seeds to the cocktail and serve with a spoon so your guests can easily enjoy!
The Cold Snap photo

The Cold Snap

Ingredients

1 1/2 part(s) Hornitos Plata Tequila (clove-infused*)
1/4 part(s) DeKuyper Apricot Brandy
1/4 part(s) DeKuyper Hazelnut Liqueur
1/4 part(s) Lemon Juice

Instructions

Combine ingredients and shake with ice and strain into a larger shot glass.

*Add one ounce (by weight) of cloves per 750ml bottle, let sit for 20-25 minutes.

Baileys Peppermint Cream photo

Baileys Peppermint Cream

Ingredients

4 oz. Hot Chocolate
2 oz. Baileys Mint Chocolate Cream Liqueur
Candy (Candy Cane)
Whipped Cream

Instructions

Crush candy cane with the back of a spoon. Combine hot chocolate and Baileys by pouring into a coffee mug. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle crushed candy cane on top. Garnish with mint leaf.
Yule Mule photo

Yule Mule

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz. Ketel One Vodka
1 oz. Ginger Beer
1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
Orange Bitters

Instructions

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice Add Ketel One Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Fresh Lime Juice and Orange Bitters and shake vigorously. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with ginger beer.

Absolut Bling

Ingredients

1 part(s) Absolut Vodka
1 part(s) Apple Juice
1 part(s) Champagne

Instructions

Shake ABSOLUT with apple juice and strain into a tall cocktail glass. Top with chilled champagne.

Seasons Blingings

Ingredients

2 part(s) Cranberry Juice
1 part(s) Absolut Vodka
Champagne

Instructions

Shake ABSOLUT with cranberry juice, and strain into a champagne flute. Top with chilled champagne. Garnish with a fresh berry.

Holidazzle

Ingredients

2 1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice (light)
2 oz. Absolut Citron Vodka
1/2 oz. Orange Juice (light)
1/4 oz. Lime Juice

Instructions

Build in a martini glass and garnosh with a lime twist. The .Skinny. Cosmo: 140 Calories so you can have more than one . without feeling guilty! The original Cosmo has 287 calories.

Hot Mexican Cider

Ingredients

3 part(s) Apple Cider
1 1/2 part(s) Kahlua Cinnamon Spice Liqueur
1/4 part(s) Lemon Juice

Instructions

Lightly shake all ingredients and serve in glass mug. Garnish with dash of nutmeg or cinnamon.
Aberdeen Flip photo

Aberdeen Flip

Ingredients

2 oz. Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky
1 tsp. Blackberry (ies) (Jam)
1 Egg
1 dash(es) Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters
1 oz. Sherry (Oloroso)
1/4 oz. Spice Syrup
Nutmeg

Instructions

Dry shake all ingredients hard, add ice, shake hard again and strain into a sherry glass. Dust with grated nutmeg.
Coffee-mate Spiked Coffee Nog photo

Coffee-mate Spiked Coffee Nog

Ingredients

2 oz. Spiced Rum
1 1/2 cup(s) Coffee
1/3 cup(s) Coffee-Mate Eggnog Latte
Nutmeg
Whipped Cream

Instructions

Divide coffee, Coffee-mate and rum between two mugs. Top each with whipped cream and sprinkle of nutmeg.
Coffee-mate Gingerbread Martini photo

Coffee-mate Gingerbread Martini

Ingredients

2 oz. Coffee-Mate Gingerbread Latte
1 1/2 oz. DiVine Vodka
1/2 oz. Brandy
Cinnamon

Instructions

Shake all ingredients together with ice in a shaker and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with cinnamon.
Coffee-mate Cinnamon Bun-derful photo

Coffee-mate Cinnamon Bun-derful

Ingredients

8 oz. Coffee
3 tbsp. Coffee-Mate French Vanilla
1 oz. Cinnamon Syrup
Cinnamon Schnapps

Instructions

Rim 10 oz. coffee mug or heat-proof glass with vanilla frosting. Add hot coffee and remaining ingredients; stir. Serve.
Van Gogh Pomagrenade Punch photo

Van Gogh Pomagrenade Punch

Ingredients

4 Mandarin Oranges (finely sliced)
2 Pomegranate(s)
1 bottle(s) Champagne
1 Chipotles Peppers (red hot, seeded and sliced paper thin)
1 cup(s) Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka
1/2 cup(s) Pomegranate Juice
1/4 cup(s) Maple Syrup (optional - depending on desired sweetness)

Instructions

In a large bowl combine pomegranate vodka, chili, and pomegranate seeds. Cover and marinate in fridge for 30 minutes. Add the rest of ingredients when ready to serve.
Van Gogh Holiday Mojito photo

Van Gogh Holiday Mojito

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Blue Triple Wheat Vodka
1 tbsp. Coriander
1 tsp. Maple Syrup
1/4 cup(s) Pink Grapefruit Juice

Instructions

In a shaker combine all ingredients above. Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into martini glass rimmed with maple flakes, drop in 2 coriander leaves, and garnish glass with pink grapefruit rind twist.
Sugar Plum Cocktail photo

Sugar Plum Cocktail

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz. Russian Standard Vodka
1 oz. Sugar Plum Reduction
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a medium sniffer. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh ground cinnamon & 1 whole cinnamon stick.
Nutcracker Bellini with homemade Tea - Infused Vodka photo

Nutcracker Bellini with homemade Tea - Infused Vodka

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz. Russian Standard Vodka (Tea infused**)
1/4 oz. Limoncello
Sparkling Wine

Instructions

In a shaker, combine the Russian Standard, Tea Infused Vodka and Limoncello. Shake well and pour with into a champagne flute, and fill up with sparkling wine of your choice. Garnish with candied cherries on a skewer or drink stirrer.

**To make tea-infused vodka:

  • 1 tbsp. loose Silver Needle Chinese Tea
  • 1 750-ml. bottle of Russian Standard Vodka

Add tea to vodka and shake to combine. Set aside for 3 hours to infuse. Strain out tea and store vodka in a cool, dark place until ready to use.

Bitai Avon (Bon Appetite) photo

Bitai Avon (Bon Appetite)

Ingredients

3 1/2 oz. Apple Juice
1 1/2 oz. Russian Standard Vodka
1 slice(s) Apple
1 stick(s) Cinnamon

Instructions

Combine Russian Standard Vodka, apple juice and ice in a highball glass. Stir well and garnish with the apple slice and cinnamon stick.

Bevakasha (You're Welcome) photo

Bevakasha (You're Welcome)

Ingredients

3 Olives (Osem Medditerranean Cracked)
2 oz. Russian Standard Vodka
1 splash(es) Dry Vermouth (Kedem)

Instructions

Shake ingredients gently over ice. Strain and serve in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives.

Shalom (Hello) photo

Shalom (Hello)

Ingredients

3 oz. Lemonade (Golden Flow All Natural)
1 1/2 oz. Russian Standard Vodka

Instructions

In a tumbler, combine Russian Standard Vodka, lemonade and ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Shanah Tovah! (Happy New Year!) photo

Shanah Tovah! (Happy New Year!)

Ingredients

2 oz. Pom Wonderful
1 1/2 oz. Russian Standard Vodka
1 splash(es) Lemon Juice

Instructions

Shake Russian Standard Vodka, lemon juice and pomegranate juice gently over ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a mint leaf or lemon twist.

 
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