Holiday Cocktails

Recipes To Inspire You

The holiday season is upon us, which means holiday parties, family gatherings, and romantic date nights. And as much as we love the food, decorations and fashion of New Year’s and Christmas get-togethers, let’s be honest, we’re pretty excited about the cocktails too. Whether it’s a fancy martini, a warm spiked drink, or a good old-fashioned cocktail, the holidays aren’t the holidays if there aren’t some delicious sips being served. And while it’s a lot easier to attend someone else’s gathering than host your own, if you do find yourself on the other side of the RSVP, we’ve collected some yummy holiday cocktail recipes from some local familiar faces. So before you start stressing over which holiday cocktails to make this season, take a look at these recipes to get you inspired.

Sparkling Cranberry Lime by Anna Borland

1 ounce Vodka (unless your family is driving you crazy then feel free to add two)
Handful of fresh cranberries (I always use frozen)
Lime slices (I like 2 wedges)
1/4 cup 100% pure unsweetened Cranberry juice
1 cup Club soda
Agave nectar or another liquid sweetener, to taste (I usually just add a little lime juice if needed)

Add the vodka into a 16-ounce tall glass. Now add a handful of cranberries & a couple of lime slices.
Add the ice on top. Pour in the cranberry juice followed by the club soda.
Then add a squeeze of lime juice (if desired) and agave to taste. Stir to combine.

Rosemary Pear Cocktail by Kelly Murray

Pear juice, Champagne
Sugar-water, Fresh rosemary, Pears for garnish

First, make the rosemary simple syrup by heating your water, sugar, and fresh rosemary together in a saucepan. Simmer ingredients to medium heat. When the sugar has dissolved into the water, remove from heat and let cool.
Add one part pear juice and three parts champagne to a cocktail glass of your choice.
Add the rosemary, simple syrup and stir.
Add crushed ice. Garnish with cranberries and fresh rosemary.

Peanut Butter Cup Cocktail by Kim Cloud Skidmore

The Peanut Butter Cup is one decadent drink that’s perfect for dessert. Who would have thought combining whiskey & peanut butter could be so good? Even non-whiskey drinkers can get behind Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey — but be warned: this is one dangerously good drink.

3 ounces Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey
1 ounce Chocolate liqueur, (such as Godiva)
1 – 2 ounces Milk
Salt to taste

Pour whiskey, liqueur, and milk into an ice-filled glass; add salt and stir with a spoon to combine.

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail by Lori Walker

The poinsettia is an elegant cranberry-flavored Champagne cocktail that is perfect for holiday parties

1/2 ounce ​Orange liqueur
3 ounces ​Cranberry juice
3​ ounces Champagne
Garnish: Rosemary sprigs, Fresh cranberries (optional)

Pour the orange liqueur and cranberry juice into a chilled champagne flute
Stir well
Top with champagne. Garnish with a few fresh cranberries and small rosemary sprig.
Serve and enjoy!

Holiday Lemon Drop by Stacey Miller

Everyone LOVES a Lemon Drop…..this is a Holiday version!

Grey Goose Citron Vodka
Fresh lemon juice
Organic cranberry juice
Fresh cranberries

Add 4 counts Grey Goose Citron Vodka a splash of fresh lemon juice, a splash of simple syrup and a splash of organic cranberry juice. Shake and strain into a sugar rimmed martini glass.
Garnish with fresh cranberries!