Winter cocktails at their best take a guest’s mind off the weather and into the moment. Entertaining made easy with some festive, holiday ideas.
Smirnoff Holiday Punch
Courtesy of Kendra Darling, Simply Darrling
- 10 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Holiday Ornament Vodka
- 12 oz Cranberry-Raspberry Juice
- 4 oz Pineapple Juice
- 20 oz Orange Juice
- 2 oz Lime Juice
- 1 bottle Sparkling Wine
- Raspberry sherbet
- Slices of limes and oranges and frozen cranberries.
Method: Combine all the juices in a punch bowl. Stir in the sparkling wine and the Smirnoff No. 21 Holiday Ornament Vodka. Garnish with frozen cranberries and slices of limes and oranges. Place a ball of raspberry sherbet into a glass. Ladle punch into the glass.
Brockmans Golden Era
- 3 oz. Brockmans
- 1 oz. Calvados
- 1 ½ oz. Apricot Brandy
- 2 dashes plum bitters
Method: Shake all ingredients together with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with two blueberries and a twist of clementine zest.
Angostura Queen’s Park Swizzle
- 2 oz Angostura 7 Year Old Rum
- 1 oz Demerara Simple Syrup
- 1 oz fresh Lime Juice
- 12-14 Mint Leaves
- Freixenet 6-8 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
Method: Build in a Highball or Pilsner glass; muddle mint leaves in lime juice and simple syrup then fill glass with crushed ice. Pour rum over crushed ice and swizzle well until glass is ice-cold and frosted. Pack glass with more crushed ice and top with bitters.
- 750 ml Freixenet Ice Cuvée
- Ice Cubes
- Strawberries or seasonal fruits
Method: Add ice, pour.
The Dandy by Dubonnet
- 1¼ oz Dubonnet
- 1½ oz Orange Liqueur
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 2 dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters
Method: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled. Serve in a Nick and Nora glass, garnished with an orange swatch.
Kahlúa’s Cold Brew
- 1 oz Absolut Vodka
- 2 oz Kahlúa
- 3 oz Cold Brew Coffee
Method: Fill a shaker with ice. Add the Absolut, Kahlúa and cold brew. Shake hard for at least 10 seconds to create a nice foam. Strain into a cocktail glass to get rid of all the small ice chips; garnish with coffee beans.
Rene Barbier’s Apple Cider Kickoff
- 750 ml bottle René Barbier Mediterranean White
- 2½ cups fresh Apple Cider
- 1 cup Club Soda
- ½ cup Brandy
- 3 Apples, chopped (Honeycrisp preferred)
- 3 Pears, chopped
- Fresh Ginger (optional)
Method: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Refrigerate an hour before serving.