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10 Ideas for Special Holiday Cocktails

When you do all your special holiday entertaining, you will want to treat your friends and family to something special. So – instead of just offering beer, wine and the traditional cocktails,try these:

Pomegranate Martini:

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of sugar; bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and let cool in a large pitcher.

Combine this syrup with 3/4 cup of vodka, 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice 1/3 cup of fresh lime juice and 1/4 cup of Cointreau.

Add 2 cups of ice and stir until well chilled

Strain into chilled martini glasses and garnish with a lime slice

Mulled Wine with Cranberries

Directions:

In a large saucepan, combine 1-1/2 cups of cranberry juice cocktail, 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks and 2 pieces of star anise – simmer for 15 minutes

Stir in 3 cups of red wine (dry) and 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries

Bring to a simmer

Serve warm

Apple Brandy Cordial:

Directions:

In a large pitcher, combine 3/34 cup of brandy, 1/2 cup of apple juice, 1/3 cup of Cointreau, 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon of Agostura bitters

Serve over ice, garnish with apple slices

Easy Blender Eggnog:

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups of heavy cream, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg – bring to simmer

In a blender, blend 4 eggs on a low speed for 1 minute

With the blender motor running, gradually add the hot cream mixture, blend until frothy – about 30 seconds

Add 3/4 cup of brandy and blend to combine

Serve warm and sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg

Rum and Grapefruit Spritzer:

Directions:

Place 1 tablespoon of kosher salt on a small plate – rub the rims of 4 glasses with grapefruit wedge and then dip the rims of 4 glasses in the salt to coat.

In a large pitcher, combine 2 cups of fresh pink grapefruit juice, 1 cup of ginger ale or ginger beer and 1/4 cup of light rum.

Serve over ice in prepared glasses, garnish with candied ginger slice.

Rosemary, Grape and Gin Cocktail:

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of sugar, 4 rosemary springs and bring to a simmer

Remove from heat and let cool

Strain the sugar syrup into a large pitcher and combine with 1 cup of Concord grape juice, 3/4 cup of gin, 1/2 cup of soda and 14 cup od fresh lemon juice

Serve over ice and garnish with rosemary spring and grapes

Lemony Gin Punch:

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar – bring to a simmer, then remove from heat

Stir in 1/4 cup of honey and let cool

In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with 1 cup of club soda, 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice and 3/4 cup of gin

Serve over ice and garnish with lemon wedge

Orange Mango Fizz:

Directions:

Place 1 tablespoon of sugar on a small plate, rub the rims of 4 champagne flutes with orange wedge and dip the rims in the sugar to coat.

In a large pitcher, combine 2-12 cups of sparkling wine, 3/4 cup of mango nectar and 1 teaspoon orange bitters

Serve in the prepared flutes, garnish with a twist of orange zest

Chili Spiced Bloody Mary:

Directions:

In a large pitcher, combine 3 cups of tomato juice, 3/4 cups of vodka, 2/3 cup of fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of prepared horseradish, 1/2 teaspoon of celery salt, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of habanero pepper hot sauce and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

Serve over ice, garnish with a celery stalk and sliced pickled jalapenos.

Chartreuse and Lime Cocktail:

Directions:

In a large pitcher, combine 1/2 cup of light rum, 1/3 cup of green Chartreuse and 1/2 cup of fresh lime juice.

Serve over crushed ice, garnish with maraschino cherry.

Hope you will enjoy these holiday cheers – and please – remember to drink responsibly!

About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, step mother to Abbie Gateman and is also a brand new Grandmother. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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