Christmas Cocktails


Stay inside and get warm and cozy with these delicious Christmas Cocktails:

Cranberry Maple Bourbon:

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. cranberry juice (not cocktail)
  • 1 oz. maple syrup
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1/2 to 3/4 oz. grand marnier
  • Orange slices for garnish
  • Sugared cranberries skewered for garnish (optional)
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries

Instructions: 

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine ½ cup of water and ½ cup of sugar, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the cranberries until well coated. Let them sit in the syrup for 30 minutes.
  2. With a slotted spoon transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet and let them dry for at least 1 hour.
  3. Roll the cranberries in the remaining 1 ½ cup of sugar until well coated. Let them dry for about an hour.
  4. Add ice to a cocktail shaker, then add the cranberry juice, maple syrup, bourbon and Grand Marnier.
  5. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice.
  6. Garnish with an orange slice and a skewer of sugared cranberries.

By Chef Kathy

White Christmas Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 18 oz. coconut milk (in can)
  • 6 oz. coconut water
  • 6 oz. grand marnier
  • 9 oz. silver tequila
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup
  • Garnish: fresh or frozen cranberries, lime slices and rosemary sprigs

Instructions:

  1. To a large pitcher add full fat coconut milk, coconut water, grand marnier, silver tequila, lime juice and agave syrup. Using a whisk stir everything together until coconut milk no longer separates.
  2. Serve over ice.
  3. Garnish with fresh cranberries, lime slices and rosemary sprig.

By Joyful Healthy Eats

Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds 
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste 
  • Optional add-in: 1/4 cup brandy
  • Optional garnishes: Orange slices, extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise

Instructions:

  1. Add wine, orange slices, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, 2 tablespoons sweetener, and brandy to a large saucepan.  Stir briefly to combine.
  2. Cook the mulled wine on medium-high heat until it just barely reaches a simmer.  (Avoid letting it bubble — you don’t want to boil off the alcohol.)  Reduce heat to low, cover, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
  3. Using a fine mesh strainer, remove and discard the orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise.  Give the mulled wine a taste, and stir in extra sweetener if needed.
  4. Serve warm in heat proof mugs, topped with your favorite garnishes.

By Gimme Some Oven

Vanilla Chai Tea White Russian

Ingredients:

  • 4 chai tea bags
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 oz. (1/4 cup) vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz. (3 tablespoons) Kahlua
  • 1-2 oz, (2-4 tablespoons) chai tea syrup
  • 1-2 oz. (2-4 tablespoons) heavy cream
  • Cinnamon sticks and star anise, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a medium pot, bring 1 cup water to a boil. 
  2. Remove from the heat, add the chai tea bags, cover and steep 10-15 minutes. 
  3. Remove the tea bags and add the honey. Bring to a boil over high heat. 
  4. Boil 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Let cool.
  5. Fill a glass with ice. 
  6. Add the vodka, Kahlua, and chai tea syrup. Stir gently. 
  7. Add the heavy cream and stir to combine (garnish with cinnamon and star anise, if desired).

By Half Baked Harvest

Peppermint Martini

Ingredients:

  • Honey, for rimming glasses
  • Crushed peppermint or candy canes
  • 3 parts vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 part peppermint schnapps
  • 2 parts simple syrup
  • Splash of grenadine
  • Fresh mint sprigs and candy canes for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Pour honey onto a plate (about 2 tablespoons) and dip rim of martini glass in honey to coat. Place crushed peppermint on a separate plate and coat rim of glass.
  2. Pour vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps and simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Pour splash of grenadine on top.
  3. Garnish with mint sprig and candy cane, if desired.

By The Blonde Cook

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