‘Tis the Season of Giving & Good Cocktails!

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The holiday season is all about giving, and this year we’re giving you the inside scoop on some of our favorite fall, winter & holiday drink recipes. From punches perfect for parties, champagne with a seasonal twist, to turning that eggnog into something really tasty… we’ve listed our top 4 favorites recipes below for your enjoyment. Happy Cocktailing!

Our Top 4 Favorite Holiday Drinks:

Spiced Citrus Champagne Cocktail
Spiked Coconut Eggnog
Hot Buttered Rum
Apple-Cranberry Ginger Punch

How to Make ‘Em:

Spiced Citrus Champagne Cocktail

The Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • Zest of 2 Lemons, cut in to long strips
  • 1 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 4 Whole Star Anise
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 12 Whole Cloves
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Orange Juice
  • Champagne, or Dry Sparkling White Wine

The Process:

  • Bring Water, Honey, Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice, Star Anise, Cinnamon Stick & Cloves to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat
  • Reduce heat to low, and cook for 15 minutes
  • Cool syrup
  • Serve each glass of sparkling wine with 1 tablespoon of spiced syrup and a splash of orange juice (optional), to taste.
  • Garnish with a slice of star fruit or a lemon twist.

Spiked Coconut Eggnog

The Ingredients:

  • 4 Cups Light Coconut Milk
  • 6 Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 8 oz Spiced Rum
  • 2 TSP Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Toasted, Large Unsweetened Coconut Flakes (for garnish)
  • Ice

The Process:

  • Bring Coconut Milk to a simmer in a medium pot over medium-high heat.
  • Whisk together egg yolks, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until smooth and pale.
  • Gradually whisk half the hot coconut milk into the egg mixture, then pour into pot with remaining coconut milk.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring, until thick and mixture nearly coats the back of a wooden spoon, approx. 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl.
  • Stir in rum, and refrigerate at least 3 hours and up to overnight.
  • Pour into a pitcher, serve over ice, and garnish with coconut flakes.

Hot Buttered Rum

The Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Unsalted Butter (Room Temperature)
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar (Packed)
  • 1 TSP Orange Zest (Finely Grated)
  • 3/4 TSP Ground Cinnamon
  • 3/4 TSP Ground Ginger (Fresh)
  • 1/2 TSP Ground Nutmeg (Fresh)
  • 1 1/2 oz Dark Rum
  • 3/4 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1/2 Orange (Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice)

The Process:

  • Beat Butter, Sugar, Orange Zest, Cinnamon, Ginger and Nutmeg with a mixer on medium speed until combined. Abut 1 minute.
  • Combine 2 TBSP Spiced Butter Mixture with 1 1/2 oz (3 TBSP) Dark Rum in each of 4 heatproof glasses.
  • Pour 3/4 cup Boiling Water over each, and stir.
  • Top each with a squeeze of fresh orange juice.

Apple-Cranberry Ginger Punch
Make it a mocktail OR a cocktail!

The Ingredients:

  • 1/3 Cup of Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Fresh Apple Cider
  • 1/2 Lemon (Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice)
  • 2 TBSP Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup Chilled Ginger Beer (Fresh or Local Pressed, if available)
  • 3 1/2 oz Gin (Floral Selection)

The Process:

  • Muddle Cranberries with Sugar in a pitcher.
  • Add Apple Cider, Ginger Beer, Lemon Juice and Gin (eliminate the gin to make it a mocktail!).
  • Divide amount 4 glasses. Serve chilled or over ice.

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