5 Holiday Cocktails to Love
Well the weather outside is frightful, and the fire really is so delightful. So, how about we make a little something something to keep us warm this holiday season? That is how that song goes, right?? Last night I got together with a few of my favorite people and we made five holiday cocktails that are sure to keep the cold at bay. Whether your taste is for something strong, sweet, fruity, zippy, or adventurous... there is something here for every cocktail lover.
Poached Pear Old Fashion
A twist on the classic Old Fashion, the Poached Pear is a tasty yet strong drink with refreshing seasonal flare.
- 1 ½ oz. Bourbon
- 2 Pear slices
- 1/2 oz. Rosemary Clove Simple Syrup
- 3 Drops of Aromatic Bitters
- 3/4 oz. Club Soda
- 1 Sprig of rosemary to garnish
Muddle one slice of pear with the rosemary clove simple syrup and aromatic bitter drops, then add ice cubes and pour spirits over the ice. Stir for 20 counts, then top off drink with club soda and garnish with a slice of pear and sprig of rosemary. (Tip: to make Rosemary Clove Simple Syrup mix 1:1 ratio of water and sugar into a small sauce pan, with 6 whole cloves and a spring of rosemary. Over medium heat stir contents until sugar desolves and liquid becomes syrupy. Let cool, then strain.)
Rudolph's Nose - Pomegranate Dark & Stormy
A drink that can help guide any ginger lover's way through a Dark & Stormy night is Rudolph's Nose! (puns fully intended) A bit of pomegranate juice goes a long way towards making this traditional cocktail festivally refreshing. For a little more gingery zip add a 1/4 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger.
- 2 oz. Kraken Dark Rum
- 4 oz. Ginger Beer
- ¾ oz. Pomegranate Juice
- ½ oz. Lime Juice
- Lime wedge
Pour dark rum over ice and fill with ginger beer, then add pomegranate juice and stir. Squeeze in half a ounce of lime juice, and garnish with a slice of lime.
Hot Buttered Rum
For the adventurous... or English drinker, we have the Hot Buttered Rum. It's smooth, strong, and served... well, hot.
- 4 oz. Hot Black Tea
- 3 oz. Rum
- 1 TBSP Dark Brown Sugar
- 1 TBSP Whipped Butter
- Ground Nutmeg
- Cinnamon stick
Start by brewing half a cup of black tea. While tea steeps, mix rum and dark brown sugar in a mug until sugar desolves. Then, pour hot tea into the cup, stir and top off with whipped butter and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Fruity, throthy, and sweet, the Pink Mistletoe is a lovely little cocktail perfect for sipping.
- 1 ½ oz. Gin
- ½ oz. Vanilla Vodka
- ½ oz. Lemon Juice
- ½ oz. Sweet Vermouth
- ½ oz. Raspberry Syrup
- 1 Egg White
Sugar the rim of glass by wetting it and dipping the glass into sugar. In a cocktail shaker mix all ingredients together and fill with ice. Shake well, and strain into chilled glass. Garnish with mint. (Tip: to make Raspberry Syrup mix a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water and cook over medium heat, until the sugar desolves and liquid thickens. Then add 3 or 4 fresh raspberry and mash them into the sugar. Allow to simmer. Remove from heat and cool before using.)
Very Terry Orange Christmas Swizzle
You know those chocolate covered oranges... Terry Oranges? Well, this cocktail is like one of those but in a glass. However, in stead of oranges we used tangerines to make the Very Terry Orange Christmas Swizzle a bit sweeter. The outcome was a surprisingly tasty treat.
- 2 oz. Dark Rum
- 1 oz. Triple Sec
- 3/4 oz. Tangerine
- 3 dashes of chocolate bitters
- Wedge of Tangerine
Mix all ingredients in glass with crushed ice & swizzle til frosty. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and wedge of tangerine.
Try them out for yourself and tell me what you think. Happy Holidays!