So Have A Cup Of Cheer

I was all inspired by my candy cane post, so I did a little digging and found a few really easy Christmas cocktails to brighten your spirits. Turns out there is way more to this season than just eggnog. Give these drinks a try this holiday...or any holiday...any regular day.


Candy Cane Martini

Dip the rim of a martini glass in peppermint schnapps and then into some crushed candy cane pieces. In a shaker, mix peppermint schnapps and vodka with ice (the ratio should be 3 to 1, vodka to schnapps). Strain into martini glasses and garnish with a mini candy cane.

Gingerbread Man

In a shaker, combine 1 shot of vanilla vodka, 1 shot of Frangelico, & 1/2 shot of butterscotch schnapps with ice. Strain into a high ball glass filled with ice. Top with 1/2 c. of ginger beer. Float a splash of dark rum and garnish with a gingerbread man cookie.

Mistletoe Mojito

Pour 3 shots of mojito mix, 1 shot of light rum, and 1 shot of club soda over a glass of ice. Stir and top with a sprig of mint and 2 Tbl. pomegranate seeds.

Pomegranate Champagne

Place a sugar cube in a champagne flute and pour an ounce of pomegranate juice over it. Add 3 ounces of champagne and top with pomegranate seeds.

Spiked Cider

Mix 4 parts hard apple cider to 1 part apple brandy. Pour over ice and garnish with an apple wedge or a cinnamon stick.

White Hot Chocolate

In a saucepan on medium heat, heat 4 cups of milk and 2 cups of half-and-half to just below the simmering point. Remove the pan from the heat and add 1 lb. chopped white chocolate. When the chocolate is melted, add 2 tsp vanilla, seeds from 2 vanilla beans, and 1/3 cup Grand Marnier, and whisk vigorously. Reheat very gently and serve.

Cranberry Snowdrift

Rim a martini glass with granulated sugar. Shake 1 oz creme de cacoa, 1 oz cranberry juice, and 1/2 oz of white chocolate liquer together with ice. Pour into glasses. To garnish, thread whole cranberries onto a cocktail pick; dip in water and roll in sugar to coat evenly. Perch the pick in the glass, and top the cocktail with shaved dark chocolate.

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