2014’s holiday party season is upon us and that leaves a myriad of planning duties for the savviest of hosts. The décor choices, the gift bags, the menu and, of course, the cocktails. There are so many choices to be made depending on the crowd you’re entertaining. For instance, traditional eggnog or hot buttered rum are solid traditional drinks for cozy family get-togethers. But if you want to shake the classics up, or you have a more sophisticated soirée in mind, there are new and inventive cocktail recipes popping up all the time. In the spirit of the season, we decided to have some fun and scour the web for the most delicious cocktail recipes we could find. Here are six goodies that caught our eye:
1. The Evergreen Swizzle (Source: Food & Wine)
Combine 18 ounces of gin, 6 ounces of Yellow Chartreuse, 6 ounces of Zirbenz (pine liqueur), 6 ounces of fresh lime juice and 18 ounces of filtered water in a pitcher and stir well. Either pour into 12 small bottles or keep in pitcher and refrigerate for at least 4 hours until very cold. Serve with small rosemary sprigs.
2. Bubbly Poinsettia (Source: Pop Sugar)
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add 3 ounces gin, 1ounce Pama (pomegranate liqueur), ½ ounce honey, 1 ounce Luxardo (maraschino liqueur), and ½ ounce of lemon juice to shaker and shake for several seconds. Strain the mixture into two champagne glasses and top each with chilled champagne and a lemon slice.
3. Gingerbread Apple Cocktail (Source: Marie Claire)
Chill a coupe champagne glass and coat the edges with agave syrup. Next, dip the edges in spiced graham cracker crumbs—set glasses aside. Place 2 ounces Domaine de Canton, 1 ounce vanilla vodka, 2.5 ounces apple cider and 3–4 lemon juice drops into a cocktail shaker and shake, shake, shake. Strain into the chilled, coated glasses, sprinkle fresh orange zest on top and serve.
4. Baileys Eggnog (Source: Baileys)*
Beat 4 eggs together in a bowl with 4 tablespoons of castor (aka: superfine) sugar and mix until the sugar is completely dissolved. Next, add 5 ounces Baileys, 10 ounces milk and 1 split vanilla bean to the bowl. Whisk well until all ingredients are combined and the liquid has a silky consistency. Now, strain the eggnog and pour into your guests’ glasses. Adorn with a cinnamon stick and sprinkle of cocoa powder and let the decadence begin.
*(This recipe contains raw eggs, so please consider the following and take necessary precautions: There have been warnings against consuming raw or lightly cooked eggs on the grounds that the egg may be contaminated with Salmonella, a bacteria responsible for a type of food poisoning.)
5. Apple-Ginger Sparklers (Source: Martha Stewart)
This non-alcoholic recipe will fill six ice-filled glasses: Place 2 tablespoons of ginger syrup in each glass. Fill glasses with ice and then pour in ¾ cup of sparkling apple cider. Stir to combine. Garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick and a piece of crystallized ginger—then serve.
6. Sleigh Driver (Source: Eating Well)
Combine 1 cup of filtered water, ½ cup sugar, 1 two-inch piece of peeled and sliced ginger and 1 chopped pear in a large saucepan. Boil the mixture over med-high heat—stir occasionally. Strain the mixture to remove the solids and return to the pan. Add 2 more chopped pears, 2 quarts of apple cider, 1 sliced lemon and 1 tablespoon of ground allspice and heat again over med-high meat for 15 minutes—stir frequently. Now, add 1 cup of fresh cranberries and 2 tablespoons of vanilla and lower heat to med-low so the mixture is just simmering. Let simmer for 10 minutes and serve in mugs.
What are your go-to holiday cocktail recipes? Let us know your favorites in the comments section below!