First things first, let’s get the drinks flowing right! What better way to get your guests in the holiday spirit than with a few tasty and festive spirits of your own? So I asked fab chick and mixologist LaToya Allen for a few creative and delicious cocktail recipes that will be perfect for an elaborate holiday party or simple gathering. She’s got us covered with 3 holiday cocktail options!
The Situation: You’re hosting a Christmas party. While you may have options for beer, wine and basic mixed drinks it’s always a good idea to have at least one holiday themed cocktail.
The Cocktail: Under the Mistletoe
4 oz VeeV Acai Spirit
2 tsp Cranberry sauce
6 Sage leaves
1.5 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Maple Syrup
First it’s important to slap the sage leaves a bit. This helps to release their oils. Drop them into the bottom of a shaker, adding all ingredients and ice. Shake well and strain into two cocktail glasses. Garnish with a few sage leaves and cranberries, to your liking.
The Situation: The weather outside is frightful. You’ve invited a few girlfriends over to watch your favorite chick flick, talk men and exchange gifts while enjoying cocktails by the fire—or if your in the city, a space heater.
The Cocktail: Cocoa Loco
4 oz Flor de Cana Rum
1 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
2 thin slices of habanero chili pepper
4 tsp Brown sugar
4 oz milk
Dash of cinnamon
Pour the rum, chocolate liqueur and milk into a small pot. Add the chili pepper slices, brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Simmer on low until hot but not to boil. Strain the mixture into your favorite mugs and top with a bit of whipped cream.
The Situation: You’re hosting a New Years Eve bash. While guests may be enjoying their cocktail of choice for the evening, it’s tradition to serve champagne for the midnight toast. Here’s a nice champagne cocktail alternative.
The Cocktail: The Lanesborough
1.5 oz Grand Marnier
1.5 oz Cranberry Juice
1.5 oz Passion fruit juice
4 oz Your favorite Champagne
Add Grand Marnier, cranberry juice and passion fruit juice to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well. Strain into two separate champagne flutes. Top with champagne.
Happy holidays and happy drinking! As always please drink and serve responsibly. For more fab cocktail ideas visit LaToya over on fashionandcocktails.tumblr.com and follow her on twitter: @Fashn_Cocktails.
Cheers to a fab holiday season and New Year!