The 12 Days, er Drinks, of Christmas*

*Or any other worthy holiday bash!

1) Christmas Mojito: 1 1/2 oz of silver or white rum, 1 1/2 oz simple syrup, splash of cranberry juice.  Add crushed mint, limes and 5 oz. seltzer water and serve over ice.

2) Candy Brandy: 2 oz. of premium brandy served warm over over a dash of simple syrup and an orange rind.

3) Melon Ball: 1 1/2 oz. of watermelon cordial topped with a brandy soaked cherry.

4) Pomegranate Margarita: 1 1/2 oz. tequilla, 2 oz. lime juice, 1 oz. pomegranate juice, 1/2 oz. simple syrup.  Served over crushed ice with a sugar coated rim.

5) Champagne Cordial: 3 oz. champagne, 1 oz. raspberry liqueur.  Garnish with an orange peel.

6) Non Alcoholic Berry Sweetheart: 3 oz. cranberry juice, 3 oz. apple juice, 1 oz. honey.  Serve over ice with maraschino cherry.

7) Mint Kiss: 3/4 oz. white creme de cacao.  Top with 1/2 oz. green creme de menthe and serve in a cool glass rimmed with watermelon sugar.

8) Non Alcoholic Peppermint Hot Chocolate: 1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream, 2 tbs plus 1 tsp sugar, 2 cups whole milk, 4 oz. coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate, 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract.  Click HERE for preparation.  Garnish with mini candy canes.

9) Roasted Toasted Almond: 1 oz. vodka, 1 oz. coffee liqueur, 1 oz. ammaretto, dash of cream.  Serve chilled.

10) Gingerbread Martini: 1 1/2 oz. citrus vodka, 1 1/2 oz. gingerbread liqueur, 1/2 oz. dry vermouth, 1/4 oz simple syrup.  Serve with lime rimmed glass and a lime wedge garnish. 

11) Non Alcoholic Cider Nog: 5 oz. hot apple cider, 2 oz. warm egg nog, dash of sugar.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.

12) Christmas Cosmo: 1 1/2 oz. vodka, 3 oz. cranberry juice, 1 dash simple syrup, 1 dash orange juice.  Serve over crushed ice with a lemon peel garnish.


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