Holiday Cocktail Ideas
Well friends, get out your pants with the elastic waistband because the holiday season is upon us! Love it or hate it, it's here and there's not a damn thing we can do about it. If you're lucky you're going to eat delicious food and discuss riveting and kindred subject matter with family you've missed all year; and if you're not, your eyes are going to glaze over while aunt Gertrude talks your ear off about the new dinette set she bought at My Bob's Home Furniture. In either case, you may want to celebrate the season with a cocktail or two. Below are a couple of ideas for yummy seasonal beverages.
Snap-Spiked Mulled Cider
I'm not a huge fan of sweet drinks but this hits the spot on a cold holiday night. Mulling cider will fill your house with that seasonal cider smell and while the adults can spike it, the kids won't feel left out because they can drink it without the booze.
- Get a pot going on low heat with cider and mulling spices (my favorite are from Curio Spice Co.)
- Depending on how much booze you want, pour a half ounce to an ounce of Snap Liqueur into a small teacup
- To cut the sweetness squeeze in a wedge of lemon
- Pour the hot mulled cider over the Snap and lemon and add a star anise and a twist of lemon
Maple Rosemary Old Fashioned
The old fashioned is a classic. This a small twist on an already delicious cocktail. Be careful with bourbon drinks over the holidays because they're both strong and delicious.
- Muddle a small sprig of rosemary in two ounces of bourbon and a half teaspoon of water
- Add a half to a teaspoon of maple syrup and stir
- Add a dash of Orange or Angostura bitters (the rosemary will give it some bitterness so be careful)
- Pour into a glass and add a large ice cube
- Add a sprig of rosemary and/or a twist of lemon
There you have it, one hot and one cold boozy beverage to add to your arsenal of recipes for the holiday season. What holiday cocktails are your go-to this time of year?