Toast to the Season With Festive Cocktails

By  December 23, 2009

Entertaining this season? Infuse your holiday parties with good cheer the old fashioned way: with killer cocktails. Created by some of the nation’s best movers and cocktail shakers, the following recipes are guaranteed to get the party started–and keep it going until the well runs dry.

Kathy Casey’s Douglas Fir Sparkletini
Kathy Casey, author of the upcoming book, Sips & Apps: Classic and Contemporary Recipes for Cocktails and Appetizers, shares her gorgeously effervescent cocktail, the Douglas Fir Sparkletini.

1 1/2 oz. Douglas Fir–Infused Gin (recipe follows)
3/4 oz. white cranberry juice
1 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Sour (recipe follows)
Splash of Brut champagne or dry sparkling wine

For garnishing
Tiny sprig of Douglas fir
Fresh or frozen cranberry

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Measure in the infused gin, cranberry juice, and lemon sour. Cap and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and top with a splash of Champagne. Garnish with a fir sprig and float a cranberry in the drink.

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