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Holiday Cocktails

As we all know the holidays are coming and you know what that means. Forced Family Bonding.  Nothing everyone loves more than being forced to spend time with your family that you never see.  Maybe this is why the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is notorious as the biggest drinking day.  To make your holiday better I’ve compiled a list of my favorite holiday drinks and how to make them!

This is an Autumn Punch I found on Pinterest (I love Pinterest. You can find amazing things there and Pinterest will bring you to the orignal site)

Ingredients:

  1. 2 teaspoons of whole cloves
  2. 1/2 of a vanilla bean (make sure you split the bean)
  3. 1 64 once bottle of apple-cranberry juice
  4. 4 medium plums green and purple
  5. 1 750 mL bottle of a fruitty wine (when I make my fall sangria I used White Merlot.  It has a nice body to it while complementing the fruit)

Directions:

  • Place cloves and vanilla bean in center of a double-thick 6-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners of cloth together; tie closed with clean string. Pour apple-cranberry juice into a large container or pitcher. Add plums and spice bag. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
  • Remove and discard cheesecloth bag. Stir in Gewurztraminer. Serve beverage and plum slices over ice. (Or omit the ice and heat the juice mixture and wine in a 4-quart Dutch oven until hot. Serve in heatproof mugs.) Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Now you have an Autumn Punch. I usually make something incredibly similar to this every holiday season.

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Autumn Punch
Photo Courtesy of Pinterest

Who does not enjoy a margarita? Instead of the classic margarita we have the Apple Margarita courtesy of How Sweet It Is.

What you need:

  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz gold tequila
  • 5-6 oz of apple cider
  • orange and apple slices
  • cinnamon, cane sugar, something similar for the rim of the glass
  • cinnamon stick

Directions:

  1. Run an orange around the rim and press the glass into the sugar, cinnamon etc.
  2. Mix the alcohol and cider
  3. Add a cinnamon stick and apple or orange for garnish
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Finished Apple Margarita
Photo Courtesy of How Sweet It Is

Pumpkin Pie Martinis are next on our list of holiday drinks.  This recipe from from Jennifer Carrol.

Ingredients: 1/2 oz Drambuie Sylk Cream Liqueur

  1. 1/2 oz Drambuie Sylk Cream Liqueur
  2. 2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  3.  1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur
  4. 1 tsp whipped cream
  5. Cinnamon stick for garnish

Directions:

  • Mix the Drambuie and vodka
  • Then add the pumpkin
  • strain into a chilled martini glass
  • add the whipped cream and garnish with that cinnamon stick
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Finished Pumpkin Martini
Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Carrol

Here is our final holiday drink and my personal favorite: Fall Sangria.  Sangria Sunday’s are my favorite day of the week.

Ingredients:

  • Big bottle of White Merlot or any fruitty type of wine
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Pears

Directions:

  1. Pour the entire bottle of wine into a bowl
  2. slice up your apples, oranges and pears and add to the bowl
  3. let it sit and chill for at least an hour
  4. Pour into a mason jar and garnish with a cinnamon stick
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My Sangria
Photo Courtesy of Ashley Hoff

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Finished Sangria
Photo Courtesy of Ashley Hoff

As we’ve seen the staple of any holiday drink is the cinnamon stick.  I also recommend the mason jars.  It certainly beats putting your cocktail into a wine glass.

Don’t worry I’ll be giving everyone a list of Christmas and New Years Eve cocktail favorites too when the time is near!

If you try any of these let me know how they turned out, how you liked them, if you’d change anything, etc!

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