Wine Wednesday: Deck the halls with holiday cocktails

Too cozy to brave the cold? Well, here are some recipes to keep you toasty warm in the comfort of your home with your favorite snuggle bunny.

For a swanky, old New York experience: Sleigh Bells

Equal parts, Baileys Irish Cream, Navan (Madagascar vanilla-infused brandy) and peppermint schnapps
Candy canes dipped in chocolate, chilled

Mix equal parts Baileys, Navan and peppermint schnapps. Shake. Lay a candy cane dipped in chocolate across the rim of the glass.

For a post-work drink: The Sugar Plum Martini

2 oz. chilled Stoli Razberi
¼ oz. Chambord
Float of Moet & Chandon
1 sugar cube

Place the sugar cube in bottom of a martini glass. Saturate with Chambord. Strain Stoli Razberi into the glass. Top with Moet & Chandon.

For an evening with visiting relatives: Mistletoe Martini

1 1/2 oz. Beefeater gin
1/2 oz. Allspice Dram
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 heaping tsp. maple syrup
Palmful of cranberries
8 mint leaves
Mint sprig

Muddle the cranberries and mint in the syrup and lemon juice. Add the remaining ingredients with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the mint sprig and two cranberries

For a pre- or post-show drink: Ho Ho Hot Toddy

2 oz. Jameson or Bacardi Gold
1 oz. butterscotch liquor
4 oz. steamed milk
Candy cane (optional)

Pour all three ingredients in a glass or mug. If desired, garnish with a candy cane.

For a cozy, intimate experience: Inocente Rosemary Fresca

1 1/2 oz. Inocente tequila
3/4 oz. elderflower liqueur
1/2 oz. rosemary syrup
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
Splash of Prosecco
Fresh rosemary stem
2 cranberries

Shake the first four ingredients, and strain over ice into a tall Collins glass. Top with Prosecco and garnish with the fresh rosemary stem and two cranberries for a holiday touch.

For a great view and a cocktail: Coco-Coco

Hot cocoa
Shot of Amaretto
2 oz. Bacardi Coconut
2 oz. of Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut
8 oz. heavy cream
1 pinch of xantham gum

Make hot chocolate, add amaretto and top with whipped cream. To make whipped cream, whip last four ingredients together until the right consistency is reached. A blender can be used.

For the feel of a German holiday market: Glühwein – German holiday mulled wine

1 bottle of red wine
1 orange
1 lemon
5 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup sugar
1 star anise
4 cinnamon sticks (optional)

Cut the lemon and orange in half and stick cloves into the skin. Add the wine, cinnamon, star anise and fruit with cloves to a pot and bring to a boil; once it’s boiling, cover it, reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and squeeze juice halves into wine mixture. Discard the fruit, cloves, cinnamon and star anise. Add sugar and brandy and stir until sugar dissolves. Pour into 4 glasses (or glass mugs) and garnish with cinnamon stick.

For a spin on the classic egg nog: Winter Nog

1 ½ oz Drambuie
1 ½ oz. Baileys Irish Cream
¾ oz. mint simple syrup
Mini candy cane
Fresh ground nutmeg

Mix the top three ingredients and garnish with mini candy cane and liberal amounts of fresh ground nutmeg.


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