The Cocktail Diaries: Holiday-Inspired Cocktails
From the Lucid Test Kitchen
Once December hits, you can almost guarantee your calendar will be booked with holiday parties. And we all know: where there are parties — at least the good ones anyways — there are spirits. So whether you are throwing one yourself, celebrating a year’s worth of hard work with co-workers, or making the rounds to visit your family and friends, there will likely be cocktails in your future.
We’ve put together a list of our favorite holiday-inspired cocktails to add a little festivity to any celebration this holiday season. Be the hostess with the most-ess and serve up these drinks, or get an auto invite for next year’s shindig if you bring the items with you to the next party and act as the bartender. With a dash of merry, a pinch of jolly, and these winter-inspired spirits, you’re bound to get into the holiday spirit.
With a delicious combination of cranberry, wine, and vodka, this cocktail is perfect to make in large qualities — think punch bowl style — or for a more elegant look, fill clear glass ornament balls with Jingle Juice and place them in cocktail glasses.
- 4 c. Cran-Apple Juice
- 1 bottle red moscato
- 2 bottle prosecco
- ½ c. vodka
- 2 c. frozen cranberries
- Clear plastic ornaments ball.
Mix all liquid ingredients in a large bowl. Place a couple frozen cranberries in each glass. Using a measuring cup with a spout, fill each ornament ball will Jingle Juice. Set one filled ornament in each glass and serve.
- Add a handful of mint leaves to the bowl for an added refreshing taste.
- To make a delicious non-alcoholic version, swap out the vodka and wine for lemon-lime soda and a couple scoops of lime sorbet.
Apple Cider Hot Toddy
A classic cocktail with a holiday twist. If you are looking for a cocktail to warm you up this holiday season, look no further than the Apple Cider Hot Toddy!
- 1 oz. of your favorite bourbon
- ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. honey
- 6 oz. of hot apple cider
In a small sauce pan, heat all ingredients on a stove top until the honey dissolves and it reaches your desired temperature. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
- Spice it up by adding some grated cinnamon into the sauce pan, and garnishing each drink with a cinnamon stick.
- If you’re not a fan of bourbon, switch it out for gin, add a mint leaf, and a pinch of sugar.
Blood Orange Champagne Mule
Who says you have to wait until New Years for champagne? Celebrate all month with this fizzy, fruit concoction.
- Juice from a blood orange
- 1 T. lime juice
- 1 oz. vodka
- 2 oz. chilled ginger beer
- 2 oz. champagne
Fill a shaker with ice and add the first 4 ingredients. Give it a good couple shakes, then strain into a glass, but be sure to only fill half way. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne and garnish with a blood orange slice.