Getting into the Holiday "Spirit"

Monday, December 15, 2008

Are cookie trading parties a bit too tame for you? Why not try your mixing skills at a few of this delectable holiday drinks?
The Sweetest: Godiva Peppermint Martini
Meet your mate under the mistletoe after sipping on this minty treat!
1 1/2 oz. Godiva chocolate liqueur
1/2 oz. Peppermint liqueur
Stir over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
The Most Festive: Gingerbread Margaritas
Decide whether you'll be naughty or nice this Christmas while sipping on this drink is full of sugar and spice.
9 oz. Tequila
6 oz. Ginger liqueur
6 oz. Fresh lime juice
6 oz. Coconut cream
3 oz. Triple sec
6 oz. Sour mix
6 Maraschino cherries
Combine first six ingredients in a blender for one minute at medium speed. Pour into margarita glasses and garnish with a stemmed maraschino cherry. This recipe makes six drinks.
Source: "Holiday Cocktails" by Minka Gantenbein

Most Likely to Make You Melt: The Jack Frost
You won't tell this drink to "Hit the Road Jack".
12 oz. Whiskey
6 oz. Peppermint schnapps
1 1/2 oz. Sweet vermouth
6 Small candy canes or peppermint sticks
Combine first three ingredients in a large pitcher and mix well. Pour into cocktail glasses filled with ice and garnish with a small candy cane or peppermint stick. This recipe makes six drinks.
Source: "Holiday Cocktails" by Minka Gantenbein 

The Holiday Favorite: Eggnog
Love it or hate it, this holiday staple is here to stay.
Eggnog can be made a number of different ways but it has several key ingredients including  milk or cream, eggs, sugar, nutmeg and  a type of liquor, typically either rum or whiskey. has almost a dozen different variations, but best of all is their tip for serving eggnog at parties.
"To keep the eggnog cold, place a pint of vanilla ice cream in the punch bowl. It will melt slowly and we haven't heard anyone complain about the flavor."
Most Unique: The Grinch
Now here's a drink that gives even the Grinch something to smile about.
2 oz. Midori
1/2 oz. Fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. Sugar syrup
Mix all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a red cherry.


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