5 More Alcoholic Sips to Put the Holiday Spirit in You This Season

If you’ve visited this site in the past, then you’ve learned by now that any friend of ours is a friend of yours too, with regard to sharing info on good things to eat and drink. In this post are gathered a few more great alcoholic beverage recipes, courtesy of some friends of ours, for you and yours to enjoy between turkey, touchdowns, and tryptophan-induced naps this Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

NoMa Social rings in the holiday season with a Candy Cane Cooler that screams Christmas spirit. Bare Organic Mixers decks the halls with its Spiced Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita. Balls Vodka serves us three classics: a great Gingerbread Martini, an elegant Egg Nog, and a charming Candy Cane-Infused Vodka. Pour these during your holiday happenings for five fun takes on the celebration season cocktail.


Gingerbread Martini

gingerbread martini

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Balls Vodka
  • 2 oz Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1 oz Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz Gingerbread Syrup
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream, half melted
  • 1 Gingerbread Cookie
  • 1 cup Crushed Ice

Directions:

  1. Crush gingerbread cookie and frost the rim of glass with it.
  2. Half fill cocktail shaker with crushed ice.
  3. Add all remaining cocktail ingredients in it. Shake until frosted from outside.
  4. Take garnished martini glass; strain and pour mixed drink in it.

 Candy Cane Cooler

candycanecooler

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs crushed soft peppermint candy
  • 1½ fl oz vodka
  • splash of white creme de menthe
  • ¼ fl oz brandy
  • ½ fl oz half-and-half
  • Crushed ice
  • Peppermint stick for garnish
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Directions:

Combine the vodka and crushed peppermint.  Stir to dissolve.  Add the remaining ingredients, stir and garnish.


 Egg Nog

eggnog

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz eggnog
  • 1 oz amaretto
  • 1 oz Balls Vodka
  • Cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)

Directions:

Combine the ice, eggnog, amaretto, and vodka in a shaker. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish the cocktail with a little bit of cinnamon or nutmeg.


 Spiced Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita

cranmarg
Ingredients:

For Margaritas

  • ¼ c Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup
  • ¾ c Bare Mixer’s Pomegranate Cranberry Cosmo
  • ¼ c Bare Mixer’s Margarita
  • ¾ c Silver Tequila
  • ½ c Patron Citronge or Grand Marnier
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Sugared Cranberries
  • Green sugar for rimming glasses

For Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • 3/4 c water
  • 2/3 c agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp whole allspice
  • 2 Tbsp whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • One 2″ fresh nob of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 c fresh cranberries, rinsed

Directions:

For Simple Syrup

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and stir over low heat until combined. Raise heat and simmer the mixture for about 5-6 minutes or until the cranberries start to split.
  2. Once most have split remove the pan from the heat and cover with a lid. Let sit for 2 hours for the flavors to infuse.
  3. After the two hours strain the mixture into a jar using a mesh strainer, pressing the mixture against the strainer to extract all of the flavor. Keep in a resealable container and chill completely until ready to use.

For Margaritas

  1. Dip the rim of the glasses in a shallow bowl of the simple syrup and then immediately into a shallow bowl of green dyed sugar. Let dry completely.
  2. Once dry fill the glasses with ice. In a cocktail shaker with ice add 4 Tbsp of the spiced cranberry simple syrup, the tequila, orange liqueur, Bare Mixer’s Pomegranate Cranberry Cosmo and Bare Mixer’s Margarita.
  3. Cover and shake well then strain into the 4 glasses. Taste and add more simple syrup if desired. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and sugared cranberry skewers.

Candy Cane Infused Vodka

candycane

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 miniature candy canes
  • 1-1/4 cups Balls vodka
  • 1 wide-mouth pint Mason jar

Directions:

  1. Add the candy canes to the Mason jar.
  2. Pour the vodka over the candy canes and seal the Mason jar with lid.
  3. Place in a cool, dark spot in your kitchen and shake up every few hours.
  4. Infuse the vodka for up to 24 hours, although candy canes will dissolve much faster.
  5. Store the vodka in the Mason jar in the refrigerator.
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