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Blogmas Day 4: Christmas Cocktails

This year is all about enjoyment, is it not? We enjoy family, traditions, and food. Don’t forget about the drinks. I’m personally not much of a drinker, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to share recipes for others. I’m taking these recipes that people have tried and told me that they really enjoyed.

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Rudolph’s Sleigh Sidecar Cocktail

https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/rudolphs-sleigh-sidecar

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce Lemon juice, raw
  • ¼ oz. ginger syrup
  • ¼ oz. cinnamon syrup
  • 1 ¼ oz. Remy Martin
  • ½ oz. Cointreau
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 tablespoon Sugars, granulated
  • 1 lemon peel (optional)

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1 Wet the rim of your glass, and roll in sugar to create a sugared rim.
  • Step 2 Shake the rest of the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.
  • Step 3 Serve in a sugar rimmed glass, with a lemon twist garnish.
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Gingerbread martini

Gingerbread martini recipe
https://www.taste.com.au/recipes/gingerbread-martini-recipe-2/aczas1nl

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce
  • 1/4 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup thickened cream
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 tbsp Baileys Irish cream liqueur
  • Whipped cream, to serve
  • Extra caramel sauce, to serve
  • Small gingerbread men, whole and crushed, to serve

Directions

  • Step 1 Combine caramel sauce, mixed spice and ginger in a small jug.
  • Step 2 Place ice cubes, cream, caramel mixture, vodka and Baileys in a cocktail shaker. Secure lid. Shake well to combine.
  • Step 3 Pour into chilled serving glasses. Dollop with whipped cream. Drizzle with extra caramel sauce. Decorate with whole and crushed gingerbread men. Serve.
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Spicy Pomegranate Moscow Mule

30 Best Christmas Cocktails - Easy Recipes for Christmas Drinks
https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/spicy-pomegranate-moscow-mule/

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • juice from 1/2 lime juice
  • juice from 1/4 of a small grapefruit, plus grapefruit slices for serving
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1-2 jalapeño slices
  • ginger beer, for topping
  • pomegranate arils, and fresh mint, for serving

Instructions

  • Fill a cocktail glass with ice.
  • Combine the vodka, lime juice, grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, and jalapeños in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until combined, about 1 minute. Strain into your prepared glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish as desired. Enjoy!
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Snowflake Martini

Snowflake Martini Video - How to Make A Snowflake Martini Video
https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a57464/snowflake-martini-recipe/

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 oz. white chocolate liqueur
  • 2 oz. Vanilla Vodka
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1/2 c. ice
  • 1 lemon wedge, for rim
  • 1/3 c. white sanding sugar, for rim

DIRECTIONS

  • Using a lemon wedge, wet the rim of your martini glass. Dip in sanding sugar until rim is coated.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine white chocolate liqueur with vanilla vodka and heavy cream.
  • Fill shaker with ice and shake well.
  • Strain mixture into prepared glass and serve.
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Christmas Margarita

White Christmas Margarita
https://www.thespruceeats.com/christmas-margarita-4770127

Ingredients

  • Cinnamon sugar, for rimming
  • 1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce coconut milk
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce white cranberry juice
  • Lime wedge, for garnish
  • Cranberries, for garnish
  • Rosemary sprig, for garnish

Directions

  • Gather the ingredients.
  • Rim an old-fashioned glass with cinnamon sugar: Begin by wiping a lime wedge around the edge of the glass to wet the rim, then roll it in a shallow dish of cinnamon sugar.
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the tequila, orange liqueur, coconut milk, lime juice, and white cranberry juice. Shake well.
  • Strain into the prepared glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge, a few cranberries, and a sprig of rosemary. Serve and enjoy.
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Cîroc Holiday Spice Cocktail

Ciroc holiday spice cocktail recipe
https://www.thespruceeats.com/ciroc-holiday-spice-cocktail-recipe-760947

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces coconut vodka
  • 1 ounce whole milk
  • 1/2 ounce cream of coconut
  • 1/4 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 dashes ground cinnamon, divided
  • 2 dashes ground nutmeg, divided
  • 2 dashes ground allspice, divided
  • Coconut flakes, for garnish

Directions

  • Gather the ingredients.
  • Combine the vodka, milk, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, egg white, and one dash of each of the spices in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds to ensure the egg is properly mixed.
  • Strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass.
  • Top with the remaining spices and coconut flakes.
  • Serve and enjoy.
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Winter Sangria

winter sangria
https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/recipes/a32303964/winter-sangria-recipe/

Ingredients

  • 2 750-ml bottles of dry red wine
  • 1 c. cranberries (thawed if frozen)
  • 1 c. orange liqueur (such as Cointreau) 
  • 1/2 c. Campari or Aperol
  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced and quartered
  • 2 apples, cut into 1-inch pieces

Directions

  • Combine the wine, cranberries, orange liqueur, Campari or Aperol, oranges and apples in a large pitcher or punch bowl.
  • Refrigerate the sangria for 2 to 6 hours before serving.
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Christmas Jones Cocktail

Christmas Jones cocktail
https://www.thespruceeats.com/christmas-jones-cocktail-recipe-761217

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 5 ounces pineapple juice
  • 4 fresh strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 3 to 4 ounces lemon-lime soda, to taste
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish

Directions

  • Gather the ingredients.
  • In a blender, whiz the vodka, pineapple juice, strawberries, and sugar together.
  • Pour the mix equally into two highball glasses.
  • Top with lemon-lime soda.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve and enjoy.
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Chocolate Peppermint Martini

chocolate peppermint martini
https://amandascookin.com/chocolate-peppermint-martini/

Ingredients

  • 3 oz chocolate liquor or creme de cacoa
  • 3 oz peppermint vodka
  • 5 oz light cream or half & half table cream, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder or hot chocolate mix
  • 1 tbs chocolate syrup
  • 2 oz chocolate bark 1/2 a brick
  • 1 candy cane smashed

Directions

  • Crush the candy cane with a kitchen mallet or rolling pin and place in a small bowl that is wide enough for the rim of your martini glasses to dip into. Melt your chocolate in the microwave in a small bowl, heating for 30 seconds, then stirring, then reheating as needed in 30 second increments. Delicately swirl your martini glass edge through the melted chocolate. Immediately run the martini glass rim through the crushed peppermint to allow it to stick to the rim of the glass. Set aside for the chocolate to dry as you prepare your cocktails.
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add your chocolate liquor, cream, peppermint vodka, cocoa powder and chocolate syrup. Shake well and then taste to adjust the flavoring, as needed.
  • Pour the cocktail into your decorated martini glass.
  • If you’d like a little swirl on top, carefully pour some cream in a swirl shape overtop of the martini and then drag a toothpick or skewer through the design to make it even more decorative.
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Mulled Apple Cider

mulled apple cider recipe
https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/recipes/a10425/mulled-apple-cider/

Ingredients

  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 8 whole allspice berries
  • orange peel from 1 orange
  • lemon peel from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 c. maple syrup
  • 6 c. unfiltered (fresh squeezed is great) apple juice
  • apple slices and orange twists, for garnish
  • 1/2 c. dark rum, optional

Directions

  • Place the cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in a medium saucepan. Pour in the maple syrup and apple juice, then bring to almost a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve in mugs with apple slices and orange twists for garnish. Add a splash of rum for an adults-only version! Yum, yum, yum.
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I hope that you will enjoy them and that you take the time to click on the links to see the recipes for yourself. Some have some amazing photos and some cute videos too. If you give them a try, let me know what you think.

Until next time,

Ruth

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