Five Festive Cocktails that Bring Holiday Cheer

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With the holidays comes lots of celebrations. There are many cocktails to choose from and you want to make sure you select one that is a crowd pleaser. Here at Fashion Reverie, we have gathered up some of our favorite holiday cocktails that remind us of the holidays and that emulate the feelings of gathering with those that you treasure most. Whether you prefer wine, whiskey or vodka, Fashion Reverie has the right drink for you.

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Apple Strudel Punch

This festive cocktail punch is easy and delicious and can be served either hot or cold. With just a couple of ingredients needed, you are sure to enjoy this one. If in a pinch regular apple juice is fine, but I like to go for the fresh pressed apple juice that is meant for cider as it elevates the drink. The unlikely pairing of apple juice and malibu makes for a drink that is surprisingly delicious. Make sure to garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slice.

1 part Malibu Original

2 parts Fresh Pressed Apple Juice

2 Cinnamon sticks

Apple slices

Cinnamon Sticks

  • If wanting a hot cocktail, in a medium saucepan add fresh pressed apple juice, cinnamon sticks and malibu over medium heat making sure not to bring it to a boil so the alcohol does not get cooked out.
  • If wanting a cold cocktail, add fresh pressed apple juice and malibu rum into a bowl.
  • Pour punch into a festive mug or glass of your choice and add ice if wanted.
  • Top with a cinnamon stick and apple slice for a cute festive look.

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Holiday Spritz

This drink is a great take on the summer favorite, an aperol spritz. With the addition of cranberry juice and rosemary this cocktail can easily go from your summer favorite to your holiday favorite. Adding cranberry juice to a cocktail makes it instantly festive as well as delicious. Make sure to enjoy this fresh take on an aperol spritz in your favorite wine glass.

3 oz. Aperol

3 oz. Prosecco

1 oz. cranberry juice

2 oz. club soda

1 orange wedge

1 orange zest twist

1 sprig of rosemary

  • Combine the aperol, prosecco, and cranberry juice in a glass with ice.
  • To garnish add in an orange wedge and an orange twist and then pop in a sprig of rosemary for a finishing touch.

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Gingerbread Espresso Martini

Gingerbread is one of those quintessential holiday flavors and an Espresso martini is a very classy cocktail. When you put the two together, you get a classic cocktail with a festive spin that is rich with flavor. All the flavors that come together in the gingerbread syrup, plus the addition of Bailey’s Kahlua, and Espresso makes for a very memorable cocktail.

FOR THE GINGERBREAD SYRUP:         

¾ cup dark brown sugar (light brown sugar works too)

¼ cup molasses

2 cups water

3 whole cinnamon sticks (or 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon)

8 whole allspice berries (or ½ teaspoon ground allspice)

6 whole cloves (or a pinch of ground clove)

2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger

GINGERBREAD ESPRESSO MARTINI:

2 oz. vodka

2 oz. Irish cream liqueur, such as Bailey’s

1 oz. coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua

1 oz. gingerbread syrup

2 oz. espresso coffee, cooled

gingerbread cookies for garnish

GINGERBREAD SYRUP:

  • In a medium saucepan whisk together brown sugar, molasses, and water. Bring to a boil, whisking occasionally until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the cinnamon stick, allspice, clove, ginger, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • Lower heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mixture should be slightly thickened.
  • Strain syrup through fine mesh strainer. Let cool to room temperature then transfer to air-tight container or mason jar.

GINGERBREAD ESPRESSO MARTINI:

  • In a cocktail shaker with ice, add vodka, Irish cream, coffee liqueur, gingerbread syrup, and cooled espresso coffee.
  • Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  • Pour into martini glass, garnish with gingerbread cookie, serve and enjoy!

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Brulee Blood Orange Whiskey Sour

The classic whiskey sour was first noted of in 1862 and has now been reinvented countless times. This version of a whiskey sour is great for your next holiday get together as it incorporates blood orange which is a citrus fruit that is abundant during the colder months. It is also great as an additive to this cocktail as the whiskey sour requires a citrus component that is usually lemon but adding blood orange adds dimension. Make sure to include this cocktail while planning your next holiday soiree.

2 oz. Whiskey

1 oz. Blood Orange juice

¾ oz. Lemon Juice

½ oz. Simple Syrup

1 egg white

Ice

Brûlée orange: 1 blood orange slice, sugar & a torch

  • In a cocktail shaker add whiskey, blood orange juice, lemon juice, and 1 egg white.
  • Shake without ice.
  • Shake again with ice.
  • Double strain into a rocks glass.
  • Garnish with your brûlée orange wheel and enjoy!

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Glühwein (Mulled Wine)

This aromatic warmed wine beverage originally came from Germany around 1420. This is based on the discovery of a Glühwein tankard which is thought to have belonged to Count John IV of Katzenelnbogen. Since then, it has been a Holiday staple served at Christmas markets around the world. The simmering wine with cinnamon sticks will leave any home smelling like the holidays.

1 bottle dry red wine like merlot, zinfandel, or garnacha, 750 mL

¼ cup brandy or orange liquor, 60 mL

1 orange sliced

2 tbsp sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or sugar

5 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

2-star anise

Optional garnishes: cranberries, cinnamon stirs, star anise, orange slices

  • Add all ingredients to a large pot over medium/low heat. When mixture begins to steam slightly, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Ladle into mugs and serve with optional garnishes. Cheers!

—Phoebe Howard

Comments

  1. These would all be fun to try over the holidays. I have not had any of these – they all look so festive!

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