Sunday, November 27, 2011

Holiday cocktails

For those of us that did not host Thanksgiving it is nice to have a little get-together post turkey.

This year we traveled and since we have been in Virginia less than a year we really don't know enough people to have over but this is a favorite from years past and good if hosting a crowd.

64 ounces cranberry juice
2 liter ginger ale
750 ml spiced rum preferably Captain Morgan
cinnamon sticks
whole cloves
black pepper
Begin by bringing the cranberry juice, 3-4 cinnamon sticks, tablespoon of cloves and a few black pepper berries to a simmer. Remove from heat cover and cool completely.
When party time arrives this cocktail can be mixed individually (equal parts each) or as one giant batch of Christmas punch.Garnish with a cinnamon stick, serve over ice or chilled "up" in a martini glass.
It is spiced and tastes like Christmas but you don't taste the alcohol so watch out or you'll end up under the tree!

My husband and I aren't big fans of champagne unless it is Moet et Chandon and at the holidays we always seem to end up with a bottle that we just don't like. The poinsettia cocktail is the remedy.
chilled champagne or sparkling wine
Grand Mariner or triple sec
cranberry juice
We make these individually by adding a small drop of Grand Mariner to a 3/4 full glass of champagne and filling the rest with cranberry juice.

This little beauty is best for those of us that had too much turkey and pie.
It is one shot of vodka and the rest ginger and lemon peel sparkling herbal water with a splash of cranberry for color. The herbal water is pure flavor and bubbles, no sweetener. I garnish with candied ginger.

I hope your holidays parties are sparkles and fun.


An Urban Cottage said...

I agree with you about the Moet. I did the Veuve Clicquot for a while and I just don't care for it anymore. I'm really appreciating champagne again since I went back to Moet.

I like the idea of the champagne cocktail for other champagnes.

Karena said...

Oh yum Kerry, these cocktails are so pretty as well as delish!


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Renée Finberg said...

this looks yummy.

i feel your pain regarding 'teenagers'
mine is now 23 and i wonder if she will ever grow up.


Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

Renee--Oh no! Don't tell me that! haha