One of the favourite pastimes of the holidays is to relax and raise a glass with friends and family! It's the perfect time of year to indulge in more exoctic concotions than the standard mixes throughout the rest of the year. To help inspire your palate, we've scoured the web to compile a list of recipes for young and old, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, ranging from easy to more intricate blends!
If you're so inclined, why not try to make your own creation of flavours and pen a cocktail named after your own choosing! Here's a start to help your creative juices:
Grapefruit White Wine Sparkler - By Martha Stewart
1 cup gin
4 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1 bottle dry sparkling white wine or Champagne
6 thin lemon slices
In a punch bowl or large pitcher, combine gin and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves, 1 minute. Add grapefruit juice and bottle of sparkling wine; stir to combine. To serve, fill six glasses with ice and wine mixture, then garnish with thin lemon slices.
Ramos Gin Fizz - By Martha Stewart
1 ounce gin
3 dashes fresh lime juice
3 dashes lemon juice
3 dashes orangeflower water
2 teaspoons superfine sugar
1 large egg white
1/4 cup light cream (or half-and-half)
1/4 cup seltzer
Ground cinnamon, optional (for garnish)
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine gin, lime juice, lemon juice, orangeflower water, sugar, egg white, and light cream (or half-and-half). Shake vigorously, and pour into a cocktail glass. Top drink with seltzer, and garnish with ground cinnamon if desired; serve immediately.
Cherry Bombs (No Alcohol - By Martha Stewart)
1 cup grenadine
1 liter clear citrus soda, or seltzer
18 maraschino cherries
Place 2 cups water in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add grenadine; stir to combine. Pour mixture into two ice-cube trays. Freeze until solid, 2 hours or overnight.
Fill six glasses with grenadine ice cubes. Top with soda. Garnish with cherries, and serve.
Apple Ginger Sparkler (No Alcohol - By Martha Stewart)
1/4 cup Ginger Syrup
4 1/2 cups sparkling apple cider
6 cinnamon sticks
6 pieces crystallized ginger
Place 2 tablespoons ginger syrup in each of six glasses. Fill glasses with ice cubes, pour in cider, and stir to combine. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger, and serve.
Candy Cane Punch (No Alcohol)
2 jars (10 ounces each) strawberry jelly
2 liters lemon-lime soda, divided
2 quarts peppermint stick ice cream
Miniature candy canes, optional
In a large saucepan, melt jelly with 2 cups soda. Chill the jelly mixture and remaining soda. Just before serving, place 6 cups ice cream in a punch bowl. Gently stir in jelly mixture. Add remaining soda. Add remaining ice cream by scoopfuls. Garnish with candy canes if desired.
Grinch Punch (No Alcohol)
1/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons water
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
12 drops neon green food coloring
1 bottle (2 liters) lemon-lime soda, chilled
2 pints vanilla ice cream
In a large saucepan, combine sugar and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved; remove from the heat. Stir in milk and extract. Transfer to a bowl; cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Just before serving, transfer milk mixture to a punch bowl. Stir in the food coloring and soda. Top with scoops of ice cream.
1 Bunch Fresh Mint, trimmed (1 cm)
1/2 c. Sugar
1 3/4 c. Golden Rum
1 1/4 Fresh Lime Juice (about 6 Limes)
3/4 c. Frozen Cranberry Juice Cocktail Concentrate, thawed
2 10 oz. Bottles Sparkling Water, chilled
In a large pitcher crush the mint with the sugar (use wooden spoon). Add rum and lime juice; stir to dissolve sugar. Add the thawed cranberry juice concentrate and sparkling water and mix together. Mix in 6 cups ice. Add a few whole cranberries for decoration.
Gingerbread Apple Cocktail
2 oz. Domaine de Canton
1 oz. vanilla vodka
2.5 oz. apple cider
A few drops of lemon juice
Graham crackers (crushed)
Dip the rim of the serving glass into the agave syrup and then into the graham cracker crumbs. In a cocktail shaker add the Domaine de Canton, vanilla vodka, apple cider, lemon juice and shake vigorously. Strain into glass. Freshly grate orange zest on drink and serve immediately.
Santa Jiggle Belly Shots
a 3 oz box of jello
1 cup chilled champagne
1 cup boiling water
Fresh strawberries (optional)
Add 1 cup of boiling water to the gelatin mix and stir until the gelatin dissolves completely. Leave the mixture to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, pour in the cup of chilled champagne stirring continually. Pour the mixture into a shallow pan. You can now add fresh strawberries to the mixture and then leave to refrigerate until firm (about 4 hours). When the jello is firm, place the bottom of the pan into hot water and the jello should slide out. Cut into shot pieces and decorate with sugar!
Awesome Frozen Bottle Holder - BY JAMIE OLIVER
1 x 700 ml bottle (vodka, gin or tequila)
sprigs of herbs
Cut the top off a 1 litre plastic bottle, pop a 700ml bottle of vodka, gin, tequila or whatever you fancy in there. Fill inside the plastic bottle with water then shove leaves, sprigs of herbs, holly branches and berries, and sliced fruits all around the side.
Stand this carefully in the freezer and leave it for a few hours so everything freezes around the bottle. When you're ready to serve it, simply run the sleeve quickly under a tap then slide it off. You'll have a perfect ice wrap around the bottle to keep it cold for the night - and look gorgeous!
2 fluid ounces vodka
1 fluid ounce hazelnut liqueur, such as Frangelico
1 fluid ounce coconut flavored rum
1 fluid ounce half-and-half cream
2 (4 inch) cinnamon sticks
1 maraschino cherry
Pour the vodka, hazelnut liqueur, rum, and half-and-half into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass; garnish with the cinnamon sticks to look like antlers, and the cherry on the rim to look like a nose.
1/3 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger coffee flavored liqueur
1/3 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger creme de menthe liqueur
1/3 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger Irish cream liqueur
In a shot glass, combine the coffee liqueur, creme de menthe, and Irish cream liqueur. Drink all at once!
And for those poor souls still coming off the pumpkin-spice high of the Fall, we've thrown you a bone with the sinfully delicious looking twist on the pina colada family!
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup pumpkin spice coffee-flavored liqueur (such as Kahlua®)
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
8 cubes ice cubesl
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into glass and garnish with whipped cream, if desired.
Hopefully you've found some tasty thought starters to help make your holiday gatherings even more festive! Remember, drink responsibly and don't drink and drive!