Festive Holiday Cocktails


Most of the year, my drink of choice is vodka with cranberry juice. (I like to believe it’s somewhat good for me, with the cranberry juice and all :) It’s a nice enough drink but as we are entertaining some friends tomorrow night, I thought I’d look for some more interesting and festive cocktails to try.

These would also make great cocktail ideas for a New Year’s Eve Party or any holiday event.

Cranberry Margarita

Rub the rim of the glasses with lime or cranberry juice and then dip in sugar!
1 1/4 cups cranberry juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups fresh frozen cranberries (reserve a dozen or so for garnishing)
3/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
3/4 cup tequila
1/2 cup Grand Marnier (or Triple Sec or just plain orange juice, if you prefer)

Mix all the ingredients except the ice in a pitcher.
Pour half of mixture in the blender and fill rest with ice. Blend until slushy. Pour in to glasses and garnish with two or three of the whole frozen cranberries. Repeat with second half of mixture. Makes minimum of two blender batches.

Crantini (Cranberry Martini)

2 oz. vodka or gin
1/2 oz. cranberry liqueur or 2 oz. cranberry juice
Fresh, frozen or dried cranberries for garnish

Pour the first three ingredients into a cocktail shaker or mixing glass with 2 ice cubes. Shake for 10 seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass. Float 3 cranberries for garnish.

Cranberry Lime Martini

2 oz. gin
2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
2 oz. cranberry juice
Lime wedges for garnish

Stir ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. Makes 2 drinks.

Frozen Cranberry Margaritas

1 frozen container limeade or margarita mix
1 tray ice cubes
8 shots tequila
4 cups cranberry juice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high. Serve. If your blender is small or not high-powered, make the margaritas in 2 batches.

Snowman Twinkle Martini

1 oz. Cinammon Schnapps
1/2 oz. rum
2 teaspoons Kahlua coffee liqueur

Combine all ingredients in a shaker 3/4 full of cracked ice and shake, shake, shake! Strain into 2 well chilled martini glasses and enjoy!

Kahlua Hummers

1/3 to 1/2 cup light rum
1/3 to 1/2 cup Kahlua
1 quart vanilla ice cream

Combine all ingredients in a blender container; process until smooth. Serve immediately.

Coffee Frangelico

3/4 ounce Kahlua
2 teaspoons Frangelico liqueur
3/4 ounce vodka
3 ounces crushed ice

Combine Kahlua, Frangelico and vodka. Stir well. Pour over ice and serve in old fashioned glass.

Sea Breeze

3 oz. Cranberry Juice Cocktail, chilled
3 oz. White Grapefruit Juice
1 1/2 oz. Vodka

Pour all ingredients into a tall glass filled with ice.

Cranberry Raspberry Flirtini

2 oz.Cranberry Juice Cocktail
1 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. raspberry liqueur
1 oz. champagne or sparkling wine
Frozen Cranberries for garnish

Combine the cranberry juice cocktail, vodka, and liqueur in an ice-filled martini shaker. Shake gently and strain into a large martini glass. Top with champagne and garnish with fresh cranberries and raspberries.

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

1 1/4 oz light rum
1 1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz Grenadine
Ice cubes
Fill with Cranberry juice
1 wedge Lemon

Mix the light rum, lemon juice, and grenadine. Add the ice cubes and fill to your own taste with Cranberry juice. Add a wedge of lemon on your glass and enjoy!

Cranberry Kiss

2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup vodka
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
Ice cubes
Clementines, peeled, separated into segments

Mix cranberry juice, vodka and orange juice in pitcher. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
To make drinks, fill cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Pour in 1 cup vodka mixture. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into 2 Martini glasses. Garnish each with clementine segment.

Oprah’s Pomegranate Martini

1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
2 oz. Absolute Citron vodka OR white tequila
1 oz. Cointreau liquor
Cup of ice
Optional: Splash of sparkling water
Optional: Squeeze of lemon

Shake ingredients in a shaker and put in chilled martini glasses. Put pomegranate fruit into glass as garnish.
Some nice looking cocktail ideas from the LCBO’s Food & Drink Magazine

Blue Christmas

1-1/2 oz. blue Curaçao
1/2 oz. orange juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 oz. lime juice, freshly squeezed
Tonic water

Stir together blue curaçao and freshly squeezed orange and lime juice. Pour into a cocktail glass and add ice, then top with tonic water.

Pink Sangria with Winter Fruits

3- 750 mL bottles of chilled dry rosé wine
3 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tsp Grenadine
2 oranges, thinly sliced
2 limes, thinly sliced
Seeds of 2 pomegranates
4 cups chilled sparkling apple cider

In a large punch bowl, combine wine, orange juice, lime juice and Grenadine. Add orange slices, lime slices, pomegranate seeds and apple cider. Let steep in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Add ice ring to punch bowl and serve.

Raspberry Cosmo and Miracle on 34th Street

1 1/2 oz raspberry vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau
Juice of 1/4 fresh lime
2 oz cranberry juice

In a cocktail shaker add the above ingredients. Stir and strain into a martini glass and garnish with a cranberry.

Rudolph’s Treat

11 oz raspberry juice
3 oz vanilla schnapps
1 oz rum

To a pitcher, add 11 oz raspberry juice and 3 oz vanilla schnapps. Stir to mix. Pour into a 14-cube ice cube tray. Freeze for at least 2 hours, or overnight. To a blender, add 1 oz amber rum and 7 cubes. Blend until slushy (about 10 seconds). Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with a fresh raspberry.

Sparkling Cosmopolitan

1 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz cranberry juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh lime juice
1 tsp (15 mL) superfine granulated sugar
4 oz chilled sparkling wine
Orange slice for garnish

Add Grand Marnier, juices and sugar to a Champagne flute and top off with sparkling wine. Garnish with orange slice.

Sparkling Pomegranate

1/2 oz pomegranate juice
1/2 oz Cointreau
Sparkling wine

Pour pomegranate juice and Cointreau into a Champagne flute, then top with chilled sparkling wine.


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