No matter how you spend the holiday season, there’s no better way to keep spirits bright than with a magical winter cocktail.
Light up this festive time of year with a few favorites sure to have your yuletide cup overflowing with cheer!
1 1/2 cups frozen cranberries
1 cup tequila blanco
2/3 cup fresh lime juice (from about 6 limes), plus 4 lime slices, for serving
6 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur, such as triple sec
3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
3 tablespoons superfine sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons extra-fine shredded unsweetened coconut
- Divide the cranberries among the sections of a standard (12-cube) ice cube tray. Fill the tray sections with water and freeze until frozen, at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
- Add 1/2 cup of the tequila, 1/3 cup of the lime juice, 3 tablespoons of the orange liqueur, 1 1/2 tablespoons of the coconut milk and 1 tablespoon of the superfine sugar to a large cocktail shaker. Fill with plain ice cubes and shake vigorously until well mixed and very cold.
- Pour the corn syrup onto a small shallow plate. Mix 1 tablespoon of the superfine sugar with the shredded coconut and 1 tablespoon salt on another shallow plate. Dip the rim of a margarita (or other wide-mouth) glass in the corn syrup, then dip the rim in the sugar mixture until well coated. Repeat with 3 more glasses. Pour the shaken margarita mixture into 2 of the prepared glasses. Add 3 of the cranberry ice cubes to each and garnish with a single lime slice.
Vodka Cranberry Punch with Apple Cider Ice Cubes By Jessica Merchant
2 cups apple cider, or more as needed
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1 1/2 cups vodka
1/2 cup orange juice
6 cinnamon sticks
1 cup fresh cranberries
- Fill two ice cube trays with apple cider and freeze 8 hours or overnight. You may need a bit more or less of the cider, depending on the ice cube tray that you use.
- Meanwhile, heat the sugar, cinnamon and 1/3 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat, whisking the entire time. Cook until the mixture begins to bubble, then remove it from the heat. Allow it cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
- Combine the cranberry juice, vodka, orange juice, cinnamon sticks and the cinnamon simple syrup in a large punch bowl or pitcher. Stir well and refrigerate for a few hours before serving-this will marry the flavors. Before serving, add the apple cider ice cubes and cranberries to the bowl or pitcher.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
Bourbon (recommended: Woodford Reserve)
Prosecco or sparkling wine, chilled
- Combine the sugar, water, bean and seeds in small pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool to room temperature, then discard the vanilla bean.
- Add 1 shot of bourbon and 2 tablespoons vanilla bean syrup to a chilled champagne flute. Fill to the top with sparkling wine, and serve.
Gingerbread Martini By: Trisha Yearwood
4 ounces Irish cream liqueur, such as Baileys
4 ounces vodka, such as Kettle One
2 ounces coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
2 ounces Gingerbread Syrup, recipe follows
2 scoops vanilla ice cream, softened
Whipped cream, for topping
Small handful gingerbread cookies, crushed
Combine the Irish cream liqueur, vodka, coffee liqueur, Gingerbread Syrup and ice cream in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Pour into four chilled martini glasses. Top each with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of gingerbread cookie crumbs.
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Add the sugar, water, cloves, cinnamon and ginger to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature before using, about 20 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Peppermint White Russian By: Food Network Kitchen
1 ounce coffee liqueur
1 ounce vodka
¾ ounce peppermint Schnapps
1 ounce heavy cream
For each drink, combine 1 ounce each vodka and coffee liqueur and 3/4 ounce peppermint schnapps in a short glass; fill with ice. Pour in 1 ounce cold heavy cream. Serve with a peppermint stick.
If you are looking for more great ideas, please check out the Food Network’s 59 Festive Drink Recipes.