Holiday How To: Mix The Perfect Cocktail

By  December 06, 2012

Baby, it’s cold outside, and we want to warm up the season with some fancy and festive cocktails to celebrate with. With these recipes and tips, you’ll be wowing your guests all through December and into the new year.

Before you get to cocktailing, there are some things you can do to make your delicious drinks even more extraordinary. In preparation, freeze ice cubes in holiday themed molds, like stars or wreaths. Stock up on quirky glasses. Mason jars, short vases, tall stems; it’s fun to have a designated glass per featured drink.  Have seasonal garnish, like speared cranberries, mini candy canes, rosemary or cinnamon sticks, ready to make each cocktail decorative and super holiday appropriate.

Next, stock up the bar with the ingredients for our favorite boozy beverages!

Red Stockings
1.5 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
.50 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with chilled Champagne

MARTINI® Zeppole Sparkler
4 ounces of MARTINI® Moscato d’Asti
½ ounce of BACARDI® Gold Rum
Dash of lemon juice
Garnish: Cinnamon sugar
Rim the glass with cinnamon sugar. In a prepared champagne glass, place all ingredients. Stir once, garnish and serve.

EFFEN® Winter’s Kiss
2 parts EFFEN® Vodka
¾ part Lime Juice
¾ part Simple Syrup
½ part Cranberry Juice
2 parts Club Soda
5 Mint Leaves
5 Cranberries
Muddle mint, lime juice and sugar in a tall glass. Add remaining ingredients to the glass with ice and stir.

Cali Wonderland
1 1/2 oz Caliche Rum
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 tsp Granulated Sugar
1 Bar Spoon Maraschino Liqueur
1 Dash Aromatic Bitters
1 Lemon Slice for Garnish
Additional Fresh Lemon Juice and Granulated Sugar for Garnish
Rub the rim of a festive old-fashioned glass with lemon juice and then dip it into the sugar and set aside to dry. Stir all ingredients over ice in a mixing glass and strain into the crusted glass. Garnish with the lemon slice.