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The Spirits of the Season

Try one of these delicious handcrafted cocktails to add a festive tone to any party. To make your cocktail a holiday cocktail, use ingredients that create deep elegant colors or warm spicy hues. To take it up a notch, add something sparkling – prosecco, sparkling wine or Champagne. Your signature cocktail should be easy to prepare ahead of time and so simple to serve that your guests can even serve themselves.

 

Coming Up Roses

A perfectly elegant concoction! (8 servings)

4 limes, sliced into wedges

5 oz. rose syrup (buy it or make you own)

16 oz. Bacardi Razz or other raspberry rum

16 oz. brut Champagne

24 rose petals

Muddle the lime wedges and rose syrup.

Add the Bacardi Razz, pour into a glass pitcher and refrigerate. When ready to serve, pour into highball glasses filled with ice. Top each glass with 2 oz. chilled Champagne and garnish with rose petals.

 

Cinnamon Fig Martini 

Spicy and special, the fig is the surprise ingredient that adds that deep purple hue. (8 servings)

12 oz. vodka (Belvedere is my favorite)

2 oz. Grand Marnier

12 oz. lime juice, fresh squeezed if possible

8 oz. blood orange juice

3 tbsp. simple syrup

1 tsp. cinnamon

8 fresh fig slices

Mix all ingredients, except fig slices, in a glass pitcher and refrigerate. When ready to serve, pour one serving into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake and pour/strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a fig slice.

 

The Ginger Caipirissima

The ginger brings a little heat and tang to this drink, and it’s as refreshing as it is festive. (8 servings)

5 – 6 limes, sliced into wedges (40-48 wedges)

8 cubes brown sugar

6 oz. ginger syrup (buy it or make you own)

16 oz. white rum

Crystallized ginger for garnish – optional

Muddle lime wedges and sugar cubes, reserving 8 wedges for garnish.

Mix with ginger syrup and rum and transfer to a glass pitcher.  When ready to serve, stir vigorously and pour into collins (short) glasses filled with crushed ice.

Garnish each glass with a lime wedge and a piece of crystallized ginger, if desired.

 

Ruby Red Grapefruit Fizz

Mix together ¾ cup sparkling wine, 1 tablespoon Cointreau, ¼ cup fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice. Add ice cubes.

 

For a non-alchoholic version of any of these specialty drinks, simply replace the alchohol with equal amounts of club soda.  Don’t forget to garnish!

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