Winter Holiday Cocktails

It's the first day of december and the holiday season has officially begun. Celebrate by making one of these cocktails tonight.

Winter Holiday Cocktails

It’s the first day of December and the holiday season has officially begun. Celebrate by making one of these cocktails tonight.

-Courtesy of Mixologist Victoria D’Amato-Moran and Debi Lilly

Midori Merry Berry Bowl

Christmas lights? Check. Tree? Check. Wrapping paper? Check. Extra cash for holiday presents? hmmm… sounds like someone needs a cocktail to fight off  “the most wonderful time of the year” stress. Here are a few of our personal favorites: the first two Midori concoctions are courtesy of Mixologist Victoria D’Amato Moran, and the three that follow are thanks to Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event. Happy Holidays!

Midori Merry Berry Bowl (above)

Makes 1 Serving, multiply by 8 for a punch bowl

1 oz Midori Melon Liqueur

1/2  oz Flor de Cana Rum Platino

½ oz Pear Liqueur

1 oz Pear Juice

1 oz White Cranberry

To make a punch Bowl: Mix the liquid ingredients in a bowl. Then, add cranberries, pear slices pierced with cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks and winter melon balls. You may also add Champagne, Prosecco or Sparkling water.

Midori Peppermint KissMidori Peppermint Kiss

1 oz Midori Melon Liqueur

1 oz Skyy Vodka

3 oz Pineapple juice

¼ oz fresh lemon juice

¼ oz Peppermint Schnapps

6 Basil Leaves, gently torn in half, (to release oils)

Preparation:

In a chilled shaker glass, add all the above ingredients.  Add ice, shake for 15 seconds, and then strain into a Collins glass.  Garnish with a basil leaf and one raspberry sitting in front of basil in glass.

Red Sparkling SangriaRed Sparkling Sangria

Makes one pitcher

1-2 apples

1-2 pears

handful of grapes

Prosecco

Pomegranate Cherry Juice

Preparation:

1. Finely chop apples, pears and grapes to yield 1-2 cups of fruit. Scoop chopped fruit into pitcher and fill halfway with Prosecco. Then, fill to top with Pomegranate Cherry Juice. Serve by pouring  into champagne glasses.

PomertiaPomertia (Red Margarita)

1 container frozen Limeade

6 oz. Tequila

6 oz. Pomegranate juice

6 oz. Club soda

6 oz. light beer

ice

salt and lime to garnish

Preparation:

1. In a pitcher, combine all ingredients (you can measure 6 oz. of each ingredient by filling the empty Limeade container). Serve in glasses filled with ice, with or without salt and sliced lime garnish.Merry Cosmo

Merry Cosmo

1/3 Vodka

1/3 Cherry Limeade

1/3 Ginger Ale

juice of one lime

ice

fresh cranberries (optional)

wooden skewers (optional)

Preparation:

1. In a martini shaker half filled with ice, combine ingredients and shake. Then, pour into a martini glass and garnish with a thread of fresh cranberries on a short wooden skewer.

Want an easier way to mix drinks? Check out the Ninja Ninja Master Prep at ninjakitchen.com.

For more festive cocktails, check out our Recipe File.


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