Bringing In the Holidays Right

Thanksgivings is over and now is the time we all prepare for Christmas. What better way is there to bring in the New Year, than to bring it in with a buzz? Here are my top six Christmas inspired drinks to help you make your Christmas merry.

1)Santa’s Sleigh Cocktail:

 

For all of the eggnog lovers this is the drink for you.

 

sant-sleigh-drink

White sugar crystals, preferably coarse

2 cups store-bought eggnog, chilled

1/2 cup brandy

1/2 cup amaretto liqueur

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

4 cinnamon sticks

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/santas-sleigh-cocktail-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

2) Candy Cane Cocktail:

Instead of decorating your tree with candy canes, decorate your drink with them. If you are a fan of mint, this is your drink.

candy-cane-drink

1 shot vanilla rum

1 shot white chocolate liqueur (recommended: Godiva)

1 shot peppermint schnapps

Candy cane, garnish

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/candy-cane-cocktail-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

3) Rudolph’s Cranberry Antlers Cocktail:

For those cocktail connoisseurs out there, the Rudolph Cranberry Antlers Cocktail is a match made in heaven. With a sweet and savory twist, it is sure to elevate your palette.

rudolf-drink

5 cranberries

3 sprigs fresh rosemary

3/4 ounce maple syrup

2 ounces gin

3/4 ounce cranberry juice

3/4 ounce sweet vermouth

Splash Champagne

1 marshmallow

2 cloves

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/geoffrey-zakarian/rudolphs-cranberry-antlers-cocktail.html?oc=linkback

 

4) Christmas in a Glass:

For those of you who love a great buzz but your bartending skills definitely aren’t up to par, this drink is your best choice. It’s so simple to make, but you get such a big taste.

christmaas-in-glass-drink

1 bottle Prosecco, or other sparkling dry white wine, well chilled

1 bottle gingerbread flavored syrup (or cranberry flavored syrup)

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/nigella-lawson/christmas-in-a-glass-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

5) Frosty Cocktail:

Frosty has come to town. For those who prefer a blended cocktail, this is the perfect choice.

frosty-drink

1 shot vodka (recommended: Blue Ice)

1 shot blue fruit- and cognac- liqueur (recommended: Envy)

1/2 shot orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Cointreau)

1 cup ice cubes

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/frosty-cocktail-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

6) Poinsettia Cocktail:

For an elegant drink there is no better choice.

poinsettia-drink

1/4 cup vodka

1/4 cup Champagne

1/2 cup cranberry juice

Crushed ice

2 strips orange zest, each about 1/4-inch wide and 2 inches long

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/poinsettia-cocktail.html?oc=linkback

 

 

“Intoxicating” Fall Drinks

Tis the season to drink plenty! Fall is here and so are all of its trends. However, the trend of all trends is the beverage trend- no I’m not talking about pumpkin spice lattes, sorry. I am taking about the 21 and up drinks- COCKTAILS!

Seasonal cocktails are a must to keep in your repertoire- especially when having guest. Not only are these drinks delectable, they are low in calories. There are 140 calories in a single can of Coke (12 Oz.) with 39g of sugars total, while most seasonal cocktails range from 90 to 130 calories.

The following are five must-try seasonal cocktails pertaining to the fall:

 

CHAI TODDY

hot-toddy

One part chai tea concentrate
One part whole milk
1 star anise
1 oz. cognac/brandy
1 oz. DeKuyper Buttershots liqueur or butterscotch schnapps
1/2 graham cracker, crushed and powdered

Pumpkin Pie Martini

pumpkin-martini

1/2 oz. Stoli Vanilla (optional to give it kick)
1 oz. Pumpkin Spice liqueur (such as Hiram Walker)
1/2 oz. Kahlua
1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 oz. half-and-half
Crushed graham crackers
Cinnamon stick (garnish)

Cranberry Kir Royale

cranbery

2 cups frozen cranberries, plus 1/2 cup for garnish
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 bottle Champagne
 

For you beer lovers:

Star Anise and Cinnamon Beer

beer

 

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

4 star anise pods

4 cinnamon sticks

3 (12-ounce) bottles lager beer, chilled (recommended: Heineken)

 

Get the party started with Holiday Party Punch

punch

4 cups cranberry juice
1 bottle sparkling cider
1 liter ginger ale
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about 2 lemons
12 ounces vodka, optional
1 orange, sliced

All of the recipes were taken from –and can be found on- foodnetwork.com