Isn’t it nice how a fabulous cocktail sets the entire mood of a party? After all, when you have a good-looking and great-tasting drink in your hand, your mood is generally soarin’ high!
Listed below are seven simple (and inexpensive) holiday cocktails that you can make without breaking the bank.
This delicious and fruity cocktail is the perfect shade of crimson. Here’s what you need:
1/2 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce cranberry juice
1 teaspoon lime juice (squeeze it fresh for the best taste)
1 oz vodka
Combine all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Serve in a frosted martini glass (just place it in the freezer for a few hours). To garnish, add a few cranberries – they’ll float!
The holiday’s are always nicer with a hint of mint. Try this lovely and refreshing mix at your next holiday bash:
1.5 ounces creme de cacao
1 ounce half/half (try lowfat milk if you’re on a diet)
1 ounce peppermint schnapps
Place in a cocktail shaker with ice and mix well. Strain and place into a beautiful glass of your choice. To garnish, add a short peppermint stick!
Let it Snow
This intoxicating mixture is an interesting wake up call for your taste buds.
2 ounces pear Shnapps
1 ounce half/half (or milk)
a dash of cinnamon
Place the Schnapps and cream into a cocktail shaker with ice. Mix thoroughly and strain into a fabulous glass. You can also try this drink blended. Simply combine the Schnapps and cream with ice and blend until smooth. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top!
Scotch Reindeer Sour
This drink is especially fab for the gentlemen on hand. Serve this in an old fashioned, short glass and hand it over with a coy eye!
1 1/2 ounces whisky (try the Canadian kind!)
1 1/2 ounces orange juice
1 teaspoon of grenadine
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Combine all the ingredients into a shaker or blender. Pour into your glass and add a lemon slice to garnish!
This silky drink is better than any dream you could conjure! Not to mention, it’s as easy as 1-2-3!
1 ounce amaretto
1 ounce half/half
1 ounce vodka
Mix this lovely trio in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry or nutmeg.
Maybe this drink won’t steal all your presents, but it sure knows how to steal hearts!
2 ounces Midori
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp sugar syrup (try Karo)
Mix all three ingredients into a shaker and strain into a chilled martini glass. This green drink looks fabulous with a cherry garnish!
Hot Mint Chocolate
This is my all-time favorite, so of course I’ve saved the best for last! This drink is great for low-key parties or snuggling up with your loved one(s).
5 to 6 ounces of hot chocolate (hot!)
1 ounce peppermint schnapps
Pour the schnapps into a mug or glass that is heat-safe. Add your hot chocolate and stir well. To garnish, add crushed candy cane around the rim of your glass or simply add a candy cane stick.
I really have to make the ‘Let it Snow’ now!