Is anyone else starting to feel the holiday crunch?? I feel like everyday is another party or dinner, and I can’t count how many times I’ve run to Charles St to pick something up in the past few weeks. Last week I was so busy, I gave myself a cold (yes, mom, I haven’t been sleeping enough) But back to my point- December is a hectic month! So its important to set aside some “me” time everyday- and what better way to unwind than with a great cocktail?
Today I’ve asked four bloggers to share their signature holiday drinks-Drew of Catfish & Caviar, Matt of Boston BarHopper, Elisabeth of Headbands and Bagels and Liv of Liv.Love.Blog. Four drinks that are not only boozy, but full of seasonal ingredients that conjure up visions of sugarplums and the sounds of sleigh-bells. Let me just say, I can’t WAIT to try them, and I’m sure you can’t either! Reading these recipes puts me in such a Christmassy mood.
So a big cheers to all bloggers out there- and don’t worry- we can make it!
Drew of Catfish & Caviar: PomRazz Mintini
This is def my favorite Holiday cocktail because its super simple & includes all the Holiday colors! The pom, raspberries, & mint leaves make me feel healthy while I’m guzzling them down Christmas Eve 🙂
Matt of Boston BarHopper : Hazelnutcracker
This simple recipe yields a creamy, frothy, nutty drink that you can reward yourself with after a long day of Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, sending greeting cards, what have you. It calls for a raw egg, which tends to make people a little squeamish. An egg was not uncommon in older cocktail recipes, but it gradually became something of a lost art. I’ve been seeing it more frequently in recent years, as mixologists revisit classic concoctions like fizzes and flips. It contributes a meringue-like creaminess that, unlike milk or cream, doesn’t weigh the cocktail down. If it still makes you uneasy, just use a fresh egg (organic if that’s the way you roll), shake well, and you’ll be fine. Adding a little extra alcohol can’t hurt, either.
- One large brown egg.
- 2 ounces Frangelico (if the holiday stress is really getting to you, throw in a little vanilla vodka).
Crack the egg into a shaker. Shake vigorously for at least one minute; your egg should look thick and frothy. Add the Frangelico and four or five ice cubes. Shake again, for at least another minute; frost should form on the exterior of the shaker. Strain into a glass. Sprinkle with nutmeg, and use a stirrer or straw to swirl the nutmeg on the surface. Best enjoyed on a snowy night in front of an open fire.
Elisabeth of Headbands and Bagels: Hot Buttered Cider
This recipe is one of my dad’s holiday standards. At past Christmases, we have enjoyed hot buttered cider with our homemade apple cider on Christmas night while we open our stockings. Its a warm, comforting holiday drink and is great when the snow if falling all around you.
Ingredients per cup:
- Rum or Jack Daniels 1oz per 8oz of Cider (pick your poison)
- Apple Cider 8-12 oz (I usually pick fresh cider in the refrigerated section)
- Cinnamon sticks (1 per cup)
- Butter (1 Tbsp per cup)
If you are making a large batch, I suggest heating all the ingredients in one pot on the stovetop. Cook until liquid is warm and butter is melted. Do not let it come to a boil.Make sure to stir while heating. This option is great if you are making a batch for a group larger than 5. If you are making a small batch, using the microwave is just as easy. Each mug should be heated for approximately 2 minutes, or until butter is almost melted. Stir each mug once heating is done to ensure all the ingredients are well mixed. Great option for small batches or a cup on your own. Happy Holidays!
Liv of Liv.Love.Blog.: Yule Mule
If you know me, you know I love Moscow Mules. In the summer, I love them with watermelon infused vodka and big watermelon slices in them, and in the winter, I swap these flavors for cranberry. This cocktail is especially light and refreshing- cheers!
- 2oz Triple 8 Cranberry Vodka( If you can’t find cran. vodka- 2 oz regular vodka and a splash of cranberry will do)
- Ginger Beer
- Lime Juice
Pour Vodka over ice in a low-ball glass, fill up the rest of the glass with ginger beer and stir. Squeeze in juice from one lime wedge and garnish drink with cranberries and edible glitter stars.