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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Cocktails!


♫♯ It's the most...wonderful time...of the year! ♬♪


Time to drink festive holiday beverages! Yee haw! I always make sure I have red wine, white wine, and some Christmas beers at our parties...see exhibits A and B...


Exhibit A: Favorite Red!



Exhibit B: Christmas Ale!


And I usually make a special holiday cocktail. Last year I made cranberry mojitos that were awesome.

This year I'm going to try the EGGNOG MARTINI recipe from Skinny Scoop.


EGGNOG MARTINI


Ingredients:

2 oz. dark rum
1/2 oz. vanilla vodka (YUMMY!)
1 and 1/2 oz. eggnog (I'm using the "lite"version...ha ha!)
dash of simple syrup
crushed graham crackers for garnish
ice


Simple syrup is really easy to make. Here's a basic recipe.

Put rum, vodka, eggnog and ice into a cocktail shaker and SHAKE IT, BABY!

Put graham cracker crumbs on one dish, a bit of simple syrup on another. Dip rim of martini glass in syrup, then coat with graham cracker crumbs. Pour icy cold cocktail into the glass.

Drink and be merry!


Here are some other cute ideas for holiday cocktails:

Looking for a kid's recipe (no alcohol)? Here's a recipe for Kid-Friendly Pomegranate Punch, from Blue Sandpiper...


Ingredients:

2 oranges, sliced
1/4 c. pomegranate seeds or raspberries
1 2-liter bottle Sprite or ginger ale
2 bottles sparkling grape juice
3 T. sugar
1 c. diced fresh pineapple
1 c. pomegranate juice

In punch bowl, dissolve the sugar in the pomegranate juice. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Serve over ice. You can substitute white wine or champagne for the ginger ale if you want to make an "adult" version of this recipe.

I also want to try this delicious-looking recipe for a GINGERBREAD MARTINI from My Recipes. It includes ginger liqueur, crushed gingersnaps, vanilla liqueur, coffee-flavored rum, and whipping cream. OH YEAH!


Snap my ginger!



And finally, a party just isn't complete until you've made a Martha Stewart recipe, right?


It's a good thing!


I like Martha's cute little recipe for a Berry Little Cocktail, which includes cranberries, Charbay ruby red grapefruit vodka, Champagne, cranberry juice and black currant juice. Festive for the holidays!




Well, I hope this post has given you some inspiration for your holiday alcoholic beverages. Let me know if you have any favorites!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Penny

9 comments:

Brenda said...

I'm going to have to try that Gingerbread Martini. I LOVE ginger bread, ginger snaps, even the distantly related ginger that you eat with sushi. :)

Maybe I should have married a red-head? :D

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Graham cracker garnish? Oh my word I want one of those martinis.

Julia Barrett said...

Yum! Eggnog, but only once a year.

Geekamicus said...

Julia, by once a year, you mean drink unlimited amounts for just one month a year, right? Because otherwise, that would be true deprivation. (Written by someone who gets sad in January because I can't buy it at the store anymore.)

Penelope said...

Hi Brenda! I think that recipe looks like a winner!

Penelope said...

Juju...I know! What a great idea!

Penelope said...

Happy Holidays, Julia! My kids love eggnog...I buy the "lite" carton at the store, but I've never tried to make it home-made.

Penelope said...

Geek...I also get irked when Starbucks stops serving gingerbread lattes JUST BECAUSE IT'S SPRING! SO IRKSOME!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

"Not my gumdrop buttons!"

I think of the movie Shrek every time I see a gingerbread man, now.