If you are looking for a nice cocktail made with fresh fruit, but want something other than sangria, this should whet your whistle just right! This is an Australian recipe from Taste.com.au and I think it will make a delicious summer beverage. A good amount of tartness to balance out the sweetness, and a delicious amount of fresh fruitiness!
- 2 oranges, cut into 8 wedges
- 1 ruby red grapefruit, coarsely chopped
- 2 tbs caster sugar (can substitute with confectioners sugar)
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 125ml (1/2 cup) white rum
- 125ml (1/2 cup) limoncello
- 125ml (1/2 cup) chilled tonic water
- Step 1Place the orange, grapefruit and sugar in a plastic bowl. Use the end of a rolling pin, or muddler, to pound until lightly crushed.
- Step 2Divide orange mixture among serving glasses. Top with ice. Pour over the rum, limoncello and tonic water to serve.
One of the things that always bums me out about having a party at my house is that I spend most of the party working. So I am always looking for ways to pre-make as much as possible so that I can spend more time with the people I invited to my house! I just saw this idea on Pinterest, but unfortunately, the page it was pinned from doesn’t load, so I can’t give proper credit. The great thing about this, is that you can make these cocktails ahead of time, put labels on the tops, and leave room for ice. Then you can put them in a bucket of ice, and when the guest is ready to drink, they just ad ice right to the jar, and they are good to go!
Why go for the same old cocktails on Christmas eve? Ad a little fun this year with some of these Christmas themed cocktails! Some of these can be made in pitcher quantities, and some of them are just single glasses, but all of them will have you singing Christmas carols, and sitting on Santa’s lap! Here are a few of my favorites:
- 1 part grenadine syrup
- 1 part green creme de menthe
- 1 part peppermint schnapps
Pour grenadine to about 1/3 of your shot glass. Carefully layer the creme de menthe, then the peppermint schnapps.
Here is a good resource to help you layer your cocktails if you haven’t been able to pull it off before.
1 bottle white wine
25 oz. sparkling cranberry juice
1 apple, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1 sprig rosemary (more for garnish, optional)
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and refrigerate for one hour or until ready to use.
Classic Champagne Cocktail
- 1 sugar cube (This would be a great place to use your DIY Christmas sugar cubes!)
- 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 5 ounces chilled brut Champagne
- 1 lemon twist, for garnish
In a small dish or glass, soak the sugar cube with the Angostura bitters. Fill a chilled flute with the Champagne, then add the bitters-soaked sugar cube. Garnish the drink with the lemon twist.
- 1/2 oz. crème de cacao
- 1/2 oz. peppermint schnapps
- 1 oz. cream
- chocolate syrup
- Whipped cream and sprinkles
Stir with ice , strain into shot glass.
Warm Coconut And Bourbon
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 – 6 oz. bourbon (or to taste)
- freshly grated nutmeg, to garnish
- Heat all ingredients (except nutmeg) in large saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming. Whisk until frothy.
- Heat mugs in microwave. Add bourbon (I start with 1 oz. per mug and let others add more if desired). Top with milk mixture and garnish with grated nutmeg.
- Serve immediately.
- 1-1/2 measure Vodka
- 1-1/2 measure White Chocolate Liqueur
- 1 measure Half & Half
- 1/4 measure Hazelnut Liqueur
- 1/4 measure Raspberry Liqueur
- Raspberries Garnish
Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with skewered raspberries.
- 2 ounces Midori
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup
Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Have a favorite holiday cocktail? Tell us about it!