Here Are Three Holiday Cocktail Recipes You're Going To Want To Make

December 15, 2017

Have you ever heard of a "Clausmopolitan"? They're fancy and oh-so tasty. Bottom's up!

By 
Adam Centamore
Holiday cocktail recipes

Well, here we are. The holidays. Remember way back in June when we thought the warm, sunny days would go on forever? Yeah, neither do I. 

This time of year is often defined by chaos, stress, and whenever we can sneak it in, holiday cheer. For many (including me), that cheer comes in the form of a delicious, seasonal cocktail. There’s just something about boughs of holly and Jack Frost nipping at your toes that make us crave something just a little sweet, a little over the top, and a whole lot festive. 

Here are three holidays cocktails sure to warm the cockles of your heart. 

Holiday cocktail recipesElderflower Ginger Fizz

A  delightfully light-bodied combination of St. Germain elderflower liqueur, sparkling wine (like Prosecco or Champagne), lemon juice and ginger syrup. It’s a breeze to assemble - you can even pre-mix everything except the bubbly, and simply pour as you go.

The original recipe from Country Living calls for Maraschino cherries as a garnish, but I’m going with a chef friend’s excited suggestion to top this welcoming drink with a sprig of rosemary and a lemon peel. It really brings out the refreshment sip after sip.

If you need to make ginger syrup, here’s a super-easy recipe. (Any leftover syrup works mighty nice on waffles.)

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 1 oz Ginger syrup
  • ½ oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 4 oz  Sparkling wine 
  • 1 Rosemary sprig (for garnish)

Directions:

  • Pour the St. Germain, ginger syrup, and lemon juice into a fluted glass. Stir to blend.
  • Top with sparkling wine
  • Garnish with rosemary sprig

 

Holiday cocktail recipes

White Christmas Mojito

While I can’t speak to whether Havana, Cuba, has ever seen snow, I can speak to the deliciousness of their signature cocktail. A blend of rum, mint, and sugarcane, the name mojito is thought to come from the Spanish diminutive word for “a little wet”, mojadito.

This recipe from food blogger Half Baked Harvest turns this classic into a beautiful, striking holiday cocktail with the addition of coconut rum and coconut milk. The garnish of pomegranate arils adds to the visual appeal in the glass and provides just a touch of tartness.

You can make this ahead of your party to keep things nice and easy. Just give it a quick stir when you’re about to pour. 

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup     White rum
  • ½ cup     Coconut rum (more or less to suit taste)
  • 1 cup      Fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup     Sugar
  • 1 cup      Coconut milk (not coconut cream - totally different)
  • ¼ cup     Fresh mint leaves
  • Sparkling water to top (or sparkling wine)
  • Pomegranate arils for garnish

Directions: 

  • In a large pitcher muddle the mint leaves, sugar, and lime juice until leaves have broken down.
  • In a separate pitcher or blender mix the rum and coconut milk until smooth
  • Mix in rum blend with muddled leaves and stir to combine
  • Serve over ice, with pomegranate arils for garnish.

 

Christmas Cosmopolitan, a.k.a. The “Clausmopolitan” (pictured above)

In the spirit of fair disclosure, I did not come up with the name “Clausmopolitan”, but I sure wish I did. The name, like the drink, has just the right amount of kitsch and shake-your-head awfulness to make it right at home with bad holidays sweaters and even worse jokes from your uncles.

This recipe from Good Housekeeping calls for a simple lime peel garnish but if you find yourself feeling ambitious, I think a rim coated in deep green lime sugar really makes this jolly.

Or go the full monty and get yourself a package of edible spruce tips. They really make a statement. 

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Vodka
  • 1 cup Pomegranate-cranberry juice blend
  • ¼ cup Orange liqueur (like Grand Marnier or Curacao)
  • 3 tbsp Fresh lime juice

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Stir to blend.
  • Serve over ice with a garnish and/or lime sugar on the rim

I hope these drinks bring you lots and lots of holiday cheer! If you have a holiday drink recipe I simply must know about, or love spruce tips as much as I do, I’d love to hear from you at adam@adamcentamore.com, on Instagram at @eatdrinklearn, and on Twitter @100Loves.

Happy holidays, all. 

 

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