Tis the Season…..to DRINK!

The holiday season is in full swing.  Decorations are up, stockings are hung, Christmas music is playing, the malls are crazy busy….ahhh the Holidays.  And what says Christmas more than holiday parties and festive cocktails????  Today I thought I would share with you some yummy, festive cocktails to get you in the holiday spirit!

Egg Nog Mudslides

 

Over this weekend, friends of ours from the Dirty Jerz visited.  We finally broke in the new Ninja and I must say….Ninja Make Great Mudslides!!!!  I know its getting colder and mudslides are not the typical “drink of choice” but let me tell you, this is like heaven in a glass any time of year.  This is a MUST TRY….(and you can even add a little egg nog to spice it up!)

Ingredients:
2 oz vodka
2 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
2 oz Bailey’s® Irish cream
4 oz vanilla ice cream
Splash of Egg Nog

Blend alcohol, egg nog and ice cream. Rim the glass with chocolate syrup, top with whip cream if you must and enjoy your frozen treat!

Cranberry Mojito

Next on the list is a cranberry mojito.  Now I really enjoy mojito’s but rarely make them at home.  With guests in town and hosting holiday parties, now would be a good time to make a special drink for the occasion…and what I like most about this cocktail…the Christmas colors!

Ingredients:
6 fresh torn mint leaves, plus additional sprigs for garnish
1/2 lime, cut into four wedges
1 T. dried cranberries
2 T. red colored sugar, plus additional for garnish
2 oz. rum
3 oz. cranberry juice (or if you are really ambitious, you can make your own cranberry syrup by placing cranberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Then lower the heat to medium-low and continue to cook for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. If using syrup, you probably don’t need as much per cocktail)
2 oz. club soda

In tall glass, thoroughly muddle mint leaves, lime wedges, cranberries, and red sugar. Add rum, cranberry juice and club soda and stir. Add ice and additional club soda to fill glass.

Champagne and Cranberries

Sticking with the cranberry family…you cannot go wrong with Champagne and Cranberries.  Its an excellent and fun way to dress up Champagne. Plus its great to watch the cranberries dance in the glass.

Ingredients
6 dried cranberries
1 Cup of Champagne

Place cranberries in Champagne flute. Pour Champagne over berries. Serve immediately.

Gingerbread Martini

Ingredients
Ginger liqueur
Crushed gingersnaps
2 tablespoons ginger liqueur
2 tablespoons vanilla-citrus liqueur
1 1/2 tablespoons coffee-flavored rum
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons whipping cream
1 cup ice cubes
Garnish: partially split vanilla bean brushed with liqueur and rolled in sugar (optional)

Directions
Dip glass rims in ginger liqueur and crushed gingersnaps. Store glasses in freezer up to 2 days.
Stir together 2 Tbsp. ginger liqueur, vanilla-citrus liqueur, coffee-flavored rum, honey, and whipping cream in a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes; cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled (about 30 seconds). Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish, if desired.

S’mores Martini

Okay so I’m not even a big fan of s’mores…yea yea…but this looks pretty stinkin’ good! 

Ingredients
1 1/2 ounce(s) Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 1/2 ounce(s) Butterscotch Schnapps
1 ounce(s) Godiva chocolate
Dash of cream
Marshmallow Fluff, for rimming the glass
Graham cracker crumbs, for rimming the glass

Directions
Coat the rim of a martini glass with Marshmallow Fluff .You may need to add some water to the Marshmallow Fluff in order to get the consistency to coat the rim.
Once rim is coated with Marshmallow Fluff, coat the rim once again with graham cracker crumbs.
Add all liquor and cream into a martini shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously before pouring into decorated martini glass

Jingle Bell Julep

Jingle Bell Julep is a combo of orange, raspberry, and mint flavors — a spirited take on the Kentucky Derby favorite.

Ingredients
1 ounce(s) Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1/2 ounce(s) raspberry liqueur
1/2 ounce(s) Triple Sec
Fresh mint

Directions
Muddle ingredients and serve over crushed ice

Thats all she wrote folks! Hope you enjoy these festive cocktails and get in the holiday spirit!!!

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