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Holiday cocktails to make at home
Festive concoctions to wow your guests
 
Published Monday, December 23, 2013
by Staff Reports

The holiday season is a time of entertaining and gathering with family and friends. Get the party started with these festive drink recipes. And, of course, be sure to drink responsibly:

clientuploads/v38n13photos/EggNog_300.jpgShaken Eggnog Cocktail

Ingredients:

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 Tbsp. milk

1-1/2 oz. brandy, bourbon or dark rum

1-12 Tbsp. simple syrup or agave nectar

1 Pasteurized egg, slightly beaten

1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract

Ice

Pumpkin pie spice

Preparation:

Place cream, milk, brandy, simple syrup, egg, vanilla and ice in cocktail shaker. Shake until well blended. Pour into 2 glasses rimmed with pumpkin pie spice, if desired. Dust with additional pumpkin pie spice.

Note: Simple syrup can be purchased in beverage section of some supermarkets or specialty stores. To prepare at home, combine equal parts water and sugar in saucepan. Bring to boil and cook until sugar dissolves; cool. Store in refrigerator.

To add pumpkin pie spice rim to glasses, dip rim of glass into simple syrup or agave, then into shallow layer of pumpkin pie spice. Allow to dry.
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clientuploads/v38n13photos/CranberryFizz_300.jpgCranberry Fizz

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. orange liqueur

1 1/2 oz. vodka

3/4 cup cranberry juice

1 tsp. fresh limejuice

1 Pasteurized egg white, slightly beaten

Dash citrus bitters

Ice

Preparation:

Place orange liqueur, vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, egg white, dash of bitters and ice in cocktail shaker. Shake until ingredients are blended. Pour into 2 glasses rimmed with sugar, if desired.

To add sugar rim to glasses, dip rim of glass into citrus juice (orange, lemon or lime) then into shallow layer of colored sugars. Allow to dry.

(Note: Recipe may be doubled.)
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clientuploads/v38n13photos/Peppermint_Martini_300.jpgThe Peppermint Mocha Martini
Ingredients:

1 oz. Kahlua Peppermint Mocha
1 oz. Absolut Vodka
1 oz. espresso
.05 oz. half & half

Preparation:

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with peppermint stick, candy cane or espresso bean.

 

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clientuploads/v38n13photos/Punch-Bowl_300.jpgAmaretto Punch

Ingredients:

1 (64-oz) bottle pomegranate-cranberry juice

1 (46-oz) can pineapple juice

2 cups almond-flavored liqueur

2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 (750-mL) bottle prosecco, chilled

Garnish: fresh cranberries, lemon slices

Preparation:

In a large pitcher, combine juices, almond liqueur and lemon juice; stir to mix well. Cover and chill. When ready to serve, add prosecco, stirring gently to combine. Garnish with fresh cranberries and lemon slices, if desired.

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