As we roll into these last few days before Christmas, you may be realizing how very soon you will be spending time trapped by the love of your family. This may drive you to wonder what to do to combat the inevitable feeling of cabin fever that will descend upon you the moment your smiling relatives arrive at your door. Well, fear not, dear friends. D, PB, and I took it upon ourselves to create some Christmas beverages and recommend a few to ease your pain.
Mistletoe Margarita – This was by far our favorite drink, and indeed, it was the only one we could remember by name. Super good. We highly recommend it. Seriously, all three of us recommend it. We actually garnished it; that’s how good it is. Recipe courtesy of How Sweet Eats.
Rim each glass with a lime wedge and dip in the coarse salt. Fill each glass with ice.
In a cocktail shaker, add the Grand Marnier, tequila, cranberry juice, lime juice, and syrup and shake for 30 to 60 seconds. Pour over the ice.
Blue Sparkling Star Cocktails – Blue Curaçao seems to be everywhere these days, which is weird because it tastes like cough syrup, so I don’t understand the appeal. This is a gorgeous-looking cocktail, but none of us liked it. We played with the amounts to try to get the cough syrup taste to a minimum, but it was to no avail. If you already like blue cough syrup, you might really enjoy these. Recipe courtesy of Announcingit.com.
· 2 oz. orange infused vodka
· 2 oz. blue Curaçao
Rim 2 champagne glasses with blue cocktail sugar. Pour 1-ounce orange infused vodka into each of the prepared champagne glasses. Pour 1 once blue Curaçao into each into each of the prepared champagne glasses. Top each glass with champagne.
Disaronno Italian Sparkler – I am the only one of the three of us who likes almond liqueur, so I am the only one who really wanted to make this. I thought it was fantastic; the other two did not care for it. If you like almond liqueur, you will like this. If you don’t, it’s a lost cause for you. Don’t know? Try it.
· 1 part Disaronno
· 3 parts Prosecco
Seriously? Just put it together. The recipe from the Disaronno website says to garnish with a currant sprig, whatever the hell that is. We obviously didn’t garnish.
St. Germain Cocktail – As most people know of my obsession with St. Germain, it should be no surprise I put a recipe on here that includes the most perfect elixir to be found. All thumbs up on this one.
2 part brut or dry champagne
1 ½ parts St. Germain
2 parts club soda or sparkling water
Combine, consume, and sigh with contentedness.
Cinnamon Candy Apple Cocktail – D and I loved these. I don’t even recall nor do I care if PB tasted one. D and I kept screwing up the layering, but the drink is good regardless. The recipe called for cinnamon tequila, but we had Fireball on hand, so that’s what we used. Good stuff. Powerful stuff. Recipe courtesy of Boulder Locavore.
¾ oz. cinnamon tequila (once again, we used Fireball)
¾ oz. Apple Pucker
Red food coloring
Put the apple pucker in the shot glass. Mix a couple drops of red food coloring in the cinnamon liquor to get the right color. Using a spoon at a 45-degree angle, layer the cinnamon liquor over the apple pucker. Screw it up. Make another. Oops. Try again... You get the picture.
Winter Wonderland White Cranberry Martini – This was a hit with all of us. So very yummy. We used orange vodka because we could. Recipe courtesy of Cork and Spoon.
Combine vodka, juice, lime juice, syrup, and ice in a shaker. Shake it like it’s hot. Strain into a glass. Garnish if you wanna. Enjoy.
Enjoy this holiday with your family, but if you find it getting a bit difficult, enjoy this holiday with these cocktails.
Highball Hijinks wishes you and yours a very happy holiday season! Salut!
We have been friends for more years than we haven't. Perhaps because of that or simply because we both have jobs/family that seem to encourage escape, we often bond over an ounce or so of liquid magic. Through these experiences, we have discovered the joys that can come with a well-crafted cocktail, quality beer, and excellent wine. It's about quality for us, and we want to share that with you.