Hot Holiday Cocktails
Hot Holiday Cocktails
Vita Coco Crantini
What do you get when you blend electrolyte-packed Vita Coco coconut water with cranberries, sugar and Belvedere vodka? A libation that is naughty and nice.
amp#149; 1.5 oz. Belvedere Vodka
amp#149; 2 oz. cranberry juice
amp#149; 2 oz. Vita Coco Pure
amp#149; frozen cranberries
amp#149; coarse green sugar crystals
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with cubed ice. Rim a martini glass with coarse green sugar crystals (or green sanding sugar). Place frozen cranberries in the bottom of the martini glass, and strain liquid into glass.
Mayan Hot Chocolate
Leave it to Sin City to make hot chocolate sexy. Award-winning mixologist Patricia Richards of Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas created this grown-up version of the childhood treat that’s easy to recreate for a romantic night in.
amp#149; 1 oz. hot chocolate powder
amp#149; 1/4 tsp. Valrhona Dutch Cocoa Powder
amp#149; 1/8 tsp. Ground Pasilla Chili Powder by El Guapo
amp#149; 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
amp#149; 6 oz. scalding hot water
amp#149; 3/4 oz. Hennessy VSOP Cognac
amp#149; 3/4 oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
Preheat 11 oz. tempered glass mug with scalding hot water for 1 minute. Discard this water and add hot chocolate powder, dutch cocoa powder, chili powder and ground cinnamon with fresh scalding hot water and stir until dissolved. Add liquor. Garnish with 1 oz. heavy whipping cream on top of hot chocolate, pouring over a bar spoon so cream floats. Lightly sprinkle with freshly grated cinnamon and serve.
Naughty or Nice Tartini
If you're looking to save a few calories without skipping the spirits, go for this simple (and organic!) alternative.
• 2 oz. Prairie Organic Vodka
• 2 oz. Honey-Rhubarb Simple Syrup
• 4 oz. Soda
Shake with ice and strain over fresh ice in a tall glass. Fill the rest of the glass with soda water.
MORE! Save 1,000 Holiday Calories
Perrier-Jouet French 75
Give your traditional toast a new twist with a cocktail stars like Emily Blunt and Amy Adams have been spotted sipping on from Perrier Jouet.
• 1 1/2 parts gin
• 2 tbsp. of superfine sugar
• 1 1/2 parts fresh lemon juice
• 3-4 parts chilled Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne
In a shaker, mix all ingredients except champagne over ice. Strain contents into a tall champagne flute, top with champagne and garnish with a raspberry.
Vixen's Wonderland Nog
Forget store-bought! Whip up a batch of this creamy, tequila-spiked eggnog created by bartender Raul Yrastorza of Los Angeles hot spot Las Perlas.
• 4 egg yolks
• 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tbsp.
• 1 pint whole milk
• 1 cup heavy cream
• 4 oz. Cabo Wabo Reposado
• 1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
• 4 egg whites
Beat egg yolks in a bowl until they lighten in color. Gradually beat in ½ cup sugar and beat until it has dissolved. Stir in milk, cream, tequila and nutmeg. Place the egg whites in a separate bowl and beat to soft peaks, then gradually add 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Whisk egg whites into the mixture. Chill and serve. Top each glass of egg nog with grated cinnamon and nutmeg.
and Tori Spelling have warmed up to this spicy holiday favorite from New York City’s Southern Hospitality.
amp#149; 1/2 gallon apple cider
amp#149; 12 oz. red wine
amp#149; 2 cinnamon sticks
amp#149; 3 cloves
amp#149; 1 orange cut in half
amp#149; 8 oz. brandy
Combine ingredients in large bowl and stir.
Skip dessert and head straight for this pumpkin pie-inspired cocktail made with Prairie Organic vodka, a favorite of stars like Jeremy Piven.
• 1 3/4 fl. oz. vanilla bean infused Prairie Organic Vodka
• 3 oz. pumpkin syrup
• 1 oz. chilled Bailey's liqueur
• 1 lb. pulp of a pumpkin, roasted, or pumpkin pie puree
• cinnamon stick, 1 each
• 1/8 tsp. of ground nutmeg
• 1 cup simple syrup
Bring the simple syrup (1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water) to a boil in a saucepan with the whole cinnamon stick and nutmeg. Remove from heat and add the pumpkin puree, stirring until completely blended. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand 20 minutes (stirring every five minutes). Remove the cinnamon stick and chill completely.
In a Boston shaker, add ice, pumpkin syrup, cream liqueur and vanilla vodka. Shake vigorously and pour into a cocktail glass. Top with a fresh dollop of unsweetened whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Apple Snowflake Martini
City girls Blake Lively and Sophia Bush have been spotted sipping this updated version of the apple martini at New York's 1Oak nightclub.
• 3 parts SVEDKA Vodka
• 3 parts Hiram Walker Sour Apple Schnapps
• 3 parts apple cider
Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an apple slice.