I absolutely love this time of year in NYC, it is so magical and everything is covered in holiday lights. It seems everyone is busy dashing off to holiday parties, wearing an excessive amount of sequins (no judgment). One thing I have noticed as of late are signature cocktails for parties. I am a huge fan of this concept; it helps everyone to get more in the holiday spirit with spirits! Here are some holiday themed cocktails which caught my eye. (Psst, I have had the apple cider margarita-it didn’t disappoint).
1 ounce Grand Marnier
1 ounce gold tequila
5-6 ounces sweet apple cider
orange segments and apple slices
cinnamon + cane sugar + coarse sugar for glass rimming
cinnamon sticks for garnish
*note this is for a single serving*
Add a few spoonfuls of cane sugar, coarse sugar and cinnamon to a plate. Run an orange segment around the edge of the glass, then press into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat the rim. Add a few orange slices in the bottom of the glass, fill with ice, then add the Grand Marnier, tequila and apple cider and stir to mix. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.
1 bottle of dry white wine
3/4 cup pomegranate arils
4 springs of fresh rosemary
1/4 cup simple syrup
the juice of 1 lemon
the juice of 1 orange
1/3 cup Triple Sec
In a large pitcher add everything together.
Refrigerate for 24 hours.
Serve over ice.
4 parts Godiva white chocolate liquor (4 ounces)
2 ½ parts vanilla vodka (2 ½ ounces)
1 ½ parts peppermint schnapps (1 ½ ounces)
Red sugar sprinkles for garnishing the glass rim (optional)
Chocolate syrup for garnishing the inside of the glass (optional)
Small peppermint stick for garnish (optional)
Fill a cocktail shaker half-way full with crushed ice.
Pour in all of the liquor ingredients and shake until well mixed.
Spread red sugar sprinkles evenly onto a large plate.
Wet the rim of a martini glass with water, then tip the martini glass rim into the sprinkles and spin the glass to coat the rim.
Drizzle a small amount of chocolate syrup in a spiral design inside the glass.
Pour contents of shaker into the martini glass.
Place a small peppermint candy cane along the edge of the glass.
4. Rosemary Infused Spritzer
Rosemary Simple Syrup
Cranberry Grape Juice
In a shaker add 1 oz vodka, 4 oz grape juice, 1 teaspoon simple syrup & shake.
Pour into champagne coupe & top with prosecco.
Garnish with rosemary sprig.
* To make rosemary simple syrup- In a quart pan add 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar & 2 sprigs of rosemary. Simmer until sugar is completely dissolved & strain into glass jar.
Happy Holiday sipping!