This post comes to us courtesy of Samantha Hobbs Chulick, blogger at Cashmere Fog.
‘Tis the season to celebrate. And what better way than with a cocktail? Nothing welcomes guests to a holiday open house quite like a glass of chilled Champagne, especially when it’s a festive shade of red with whole cranberries to boot. A merry martini is the perfect seasonal sipper to serve at your Christmas cocktail party; its peppermint essence would warm even Scrooge’s cold heart. Then once all the guests are gone, a pomegranate gimlet is the drink to serve with family and close friends. Quite frankly, it will knock your red and green striped socks off!
So this December, whip up one of these festive libations and celebrate the season. Cheers!
Sip this minty fresh martini during a holly jolly happy hour.
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce peppermint liqueur
Candy cane for garnish
Pour liquids into a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice cubes and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with candy cane. Serves 1.
Delightfully delicious when paired with Christmas carols and family fun.
2 ounces gin
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce pomegranate juice
Mint leaf for garnish
Pour the first 3 ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve with a mint leaf. Serves 1.
Christmas Champagne Cocktail
This is the perfect beverage to serve while opening presents on Christmas morning.
Splash of cranberry juice
Chilled Champagne, or other sparkling wine
Whole cranberries for garnish
In a Champagne flute, pour the chilled Champagne. Add a splash of cranberry juice so that the champagne turns a light pink. Drop in 3 to 4 whole cranberries and serve. Serves 1.
About the author: Samantha is a graduate student studying food & wine writing in the Midwest. Originally from California, her work has appeared in Santa Barbara Magazine, Vox Magazine, The Columbia Missourian, and Farm Journal. She has also been featured on her local NPR station as a wine expert. She believes that every girl should always have a bottle of bubbly in her fridge – in case of emergencies and impromptu celebrations.