Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Entertaining ~ Holiday Cocktails

[British Country Living]

This holiday season, I'm aspiring to learn how to make a few simple, festive cocktails. I love the idea of having a gorgeous bar, like the one above, and being able to whip up any request in a matter of minutes. That, however, will never happen. We're not drinkers really, aside from a nice bottle of wine every now and then, so we don't ever really have any liquor on hand. This year though, I would like to stock a couple bar basics. A few versatile spirits that allow me to offer a few holiday drinks while entertaining. A fun cocktail is always nice when friends are over for dinner or games, and it's always nice to sip something special while chatting around a warm fire on a cold winters night.

So, I plan on making a trip out to my nearest liquor store and picking up a couple of things this season. Here are a couple of recipes that I've collected that sound really delicious.

- Smirnoff Holiday Cruise -
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1 oz. Smirnoff vodka, 3 oz. ruby red grapefruit juice and 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a dried star anise.

- Havana Holiday -
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1 1/2 oz. Havana Club rum, 4 oz. eggnog and a pinch of allspice. Shake and strain into a glass rimmed with raw sugar and filled with ice. Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg.

- Malibu Hot Chocolate -
Rim a heatproof mug with simple syrup and shaved toasted coconut. Add 1 oz. Malibu rum and 1/2 oz. Kahula. Top with hot chocolate, whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

- Very Berry Christmas -
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1 1/2 oz. vodka or Raspberry flavoured vodka, 1/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, 1/4 oz. lime juice, 1/4 oz. simple syrup. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

All of these recipes are from the LCBO.

~ Tip ~
For making simple syrup, bring 1 cup of water to a boil, add 1 cup of sugar and stir until dissolved. Cool before using. Simple right?

Try one! But please, remember to drink and serve responsibly.


  1. That Malibu Hot Chocolate...oh my.

  2. Love the picture of the bar you have above!

  3. That bar is beautiful!!
    I've always wanted to make a homemade eggnog! ;-) I saw a recipe on Martha Stewart last night, maybe I will give it a try!

  4. mmmmm...the very berry Christmas sounds so good! Love that bar!!

  5. We tried the Mailbu Hot chocolate on Christmas eve and it was Amazing!! Thanks for these recipes!

  6. I'm going to try to make Very Berry Christmas tonight.


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