Many of you Smarties are probably heading out to holiday parties or hosting one yourself. I love going to holiday parties! I can’t partake in some of the holiday festivities this year so I started thinking about a fun cocktail to SERVE if I were hosting a party. Only sparkling cider for me….. I am the official designated driver this year.
Anyways, I wanted to pass a long a few ideas if you were looking for something special. On a side note remember to drink responsibly, enjoy yourself yet be safe. It’s always a good idea to have a designated driver or please call a taxi.
– Candy Cane Martini
Combine 1 ¼ ounces vanilla vodka, 1 ¼ ounces of white crème de cacao, and ¾ ounce peppermint schnapps into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Crush candy canes to coat the rim instead of sugar. This is worth making just for the esthetics!
– Holiday Mojito
o Add cranberries marinated in orange rum for a few days to your usual mojito. Then you crush them just like you do the mint.
We can’t forget the golden oldies….
You can switch it up a bit by adding vanilla ice cream.
Combine 8 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 1 ½ cup eggnog, ½ bourbon, ½ cup brandy, 2 tablespoons orange liquor and ¼ tsp nutmeg in a blender. Blend until smooth. Garnish with sprinkle of nutmeg. You can make it minus the bourbon, brandy and liquor as well.
If you need to heat things up a bit and if you have a large crowd then Wassail may be your answer.
o Combine 1 gallon apple cider, 2 twelve ounce cans of frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed, 4 cinnamon sticks, 1 tablespoon ground cloves and ½ ground allspice. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simme r 15 minutes. Place a few apple rings, a sliced orange and lemon in the bottom of a punch bowl. Then add 4 cups of white wine. Add apple cider mixture. Stir and serve.
Of course wine, coffee, tea, hot chocolate are great options as well.
If you are looking for a non alcoholic beverage then try a holiday punch. Combine 4 cups of cranberry juice, cinnamon sticks and honey to your taste.
Please share if you have a holiday favorite!