It’s not too early to start thinking about some festive libations for the holidays. Holiday refreshments always make a party ~ well, more of a party. After a week of decorating the house and sharing our Christmas home tour here and here, I’m ready for a little relaxation. (That will last about one minute.) Every year Sweet Shark comes up with another holiday drink and he now has quite a collection. (I’m trying to convince him to write a cookbook with me.) Usually he finds inspiration from a magazine, a restaurant we’ve been to or the newspaper. I’ve even found a couple for him on Pinterest. Then he plays around until the proportions are just to his liking. So today I’m sharing with you 5 Great Christmas Cocktails for party entertaining that are perfect for sharing with friends this holiday season. I have sampled all of them ~ not all at once, trust me ~ and I can attest to their yumminess. As they say, someone has to do it.
TIP: chilled glasses really make these cocktails taste better. We keep martini, champagne and margarita glasses in the freezer ~ just in case someone wants a drink!
Brandy Milk Punch
This cocktail is quintessential New Orleans and you will find variations everywhere from Brennan’s to Commander’s Palace. Right now, our favorite is served at the Court of Two Sisters, a NOLA institution. We first had this version by Chris McMillan, well-known in the bartending world as a cocktail historian, at the Ritz-Carleton. We think this is the perfect Christmas morning by the fire or Christmas brunch drink.
- 12 tablespoons brandy
- 4 tablespoons Agave Nectar
- 4 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup half and half
- Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until frothy. Strain evenly into chilled glasses.
- Grate whole nutmeg onto top of drinks and serve.
Need a sparkling drink to kick off your holiday evening? This pretty cocktail is perfect for welcoming company. I think it’s just the ticket for a holiday girls’ night out. This is a specialty of one of our favorite bartenders, Jason, at our local Sevy’s Restaurant.
- 4 ounces Southern Comfort
- 2 ounces pomegranate liqueur
- 2 ounces Triple Sec
- 1 ounce orange juice
- Champagne or sparkling wine, such as Prosecco
- Combine first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker; add ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain evenly into 4 chilled champagne glasses.
- Top with the sparkling wine.
Sweet Shark found this drink in Bon Appetit magazine in 2003. It’s from Nob Hill restaurant in San Francisco. A year later in Las Vegas we went to the Nob Hill at the MGM. Lined up on the bar were a dozen chilled glasses prepped for the Cable Car. It’s a delicious, warming drink. and pretty too.
- 2 tablespoons Agave Nectar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 lemon wedge
- 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
- 2 cups ice cubes
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons spiced rum
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 6 tablespoons orange curacao
- 4 orange peel twists, for garnish
- Place 4 martini glasses in the freezer to chill
- Stir sugar and cinnamon together on a small plate to blend. Rub rims of chilled glasses with lemon wedge. Dip rims into cinnamon sugar to coat lightly.
- Combine ice, rum, lemon juice, curacao and 2 tablespoons Agave Nectar in cocktail shaker.
- Shake mixture until cocktail shaker becomes frosty. Strain mixture evenly into prepared glasses.
- Garnish with orange twist and serve.
Sweet Shark’s sister shared this drink from The Tavern restaurant in Ft. Worth. Perfect for Christmas Eve caroling this simple eggnog drink will have you toasting the season. Sweet Shark has used Pumpkin Spiced Kahlua for extra seasonal flavor.
- 8 ounces eggnog
- 8 ounces Myer's Dark Rum
- 2 ounces Kahlua
- freshly grated nutmeg
- Fill a cocktail shaker with eggnog, rum, Kahlua and nutmeg.
- Fill shaker with ice. Cover and shake for 30 seconds until chilled.
- Strain mixture evenly into chilled glasses.
Candy Cane Martini
This pretty martini is perfect as an after drink or even as a dessert. You can finely crush a peppermint candy cane stick or purchase crushed peppermint sprinkles.
- 3 ounces berry (or other flavored) vodka
- 3 ounces peppermint schnapps
- 3 ounces white creme de cacao
- 1 ounce grenadine
- 8 ounces half and half
- lemon wedge
- Crush a peppermint candy cane into very fine pieces and place on a small plate.
- Rim 4 martini glasses with a lemon wedge. Coat the rim of the glasses with the crushed candy. You can do this ahead and return glasses to the freezer.
- Pour the vodka, peppermint schnapps, white creme de cacao, grenadine and half and half into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake well until chilled.
- Strain the mixture evenly into 4 martini glasses and serve.
Use these recipes and you are all set for holiday entertaining. Sweet Shark and I hope you’ll enjoy them. Pass them on, share with friends and think of us when you say a toast. Have a wonderful weekend. It’s a good time to catch~up on the wonderful holiday decorations from this week.
Thanks to Antonella of White House Crafts for selecting me as one of her features last week.
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