Cocktail Hour: Christmas Spirits to Get You in the Christmas Spirit
RECIPES BY KATE BUSH | PHOTOS BY HANNAH AVANT PHOTOGRAPHY | COCKTAILS BY ZACH MOONEY
Holiday parties are in full swing. Here are a few of our favorites to make your spirits bright!
White Christmas Mojito
This drink might look white and festive, but it packs a tropical punch that’s perfect for Christmas in the South. Creamy, light, and fresh, this drink is simple to make and pretty as can be.
- Juice of 1 lime
- 8 mint leaves
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp. white rum
- 1 tbsp. coconut rum
- 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
- Pomegranate arils for serving
In a glass, muddle the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves until the leaves have broken down. Fill the glass half way with ice.
In a blender, combine the white rum, coconut rum, and coconut milk and pulse until smooth. Pour over the ice and stir to combine. Top with sparkling water, mint and pomegranate.
The North Pole Cocktail
This Christmas cocktail combines your favorite flavors of the season. Extra chocolatey with a hint of peppermint and ginger, this Christmas twist on a chocolate martini is perfect for sipping in front of a roaring fire.
- 4 oz. vodka
- 2 oz. Kahlua (or more to taste)
- 4 tbsp. chocolate syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 tsp. molasses
- 1/8 tsp. ginger
- ½ cup heavy cream or whole milk
Whipped cream, candy canes, and crumbled gingerbread for serving
In a cocktail shaker combine the vodka, Kahlúa, chocolate syrup, vanilla, molasses, and ginger. Shake until well combined. Add ice and shake again. Strain into 4 glasses. Top off each glass with heavy cream. Dollop with whipped cream and garnish as desired.
Blackberry Ombre Sparkler
Go Christmas Chic this season with this festive twist on classic champagne. Bubbling with elegance, this drink is simple, fresh, and absolutely beautiful.
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 bottle champagne
- In a small saucepan, combine blackberries, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil on high heat, and then reduce to a simmer and let cook for approximately 15-17 minutes. Take off of the heat and drain the blackberries, keeping the syrup in a separate bowl. Set both aside and allow to cool.
- Once cooled, spoon about 4 tablespoons of syrup into the bottom of each champagne flute (this recipe makes 4 drinks)
- Top with champagne.
- Garnish with fresh blackberries or the cooked blackberries, and a sprig of rosemary.
Caramel Apple Martini
Sugaristas far and wide love this cocktail for its simple decadence. This drink takes your favorite fall snack–caramel and apple–to the next, delicious level.
- 2 oz. caramel-infused vodka
- 3 oz. fresh apple cider
- Salted caramel dessert topping
- Apple slice
- kosher salt
- Fill each martini glass with cold water and ice cubes. Spoon enough caramel topping onto one plate to rim your martini glasses. Add enough kosher salt to another.
- Dump the ice water from each martini glass and drizzle the inside of each glass with caramel sauce. Coat the rim of each martini glass into the caramel and then lightly into the kosher salt.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and mix together the cider and vodka by shaking well. Pour the cocktail into each glass and serve.