Christmas is positively the most wonderful time of year! Our families are in full holiday mode and the kids are bouncing off the walls with the anticipation of Santa. Their excitement is contagious and it’s hard not to feel the magic of Christmas, especially when family and friends are around. Our family has enjoyed a special holiday cocktail on Christmas Eve for the last few years. It adds a little pizazz to the festivities and well, it’s just fun!
So how do we decide on the perfect cocktail? Research of course! It’s a tough job, but you need to try a few to make sure it’s a crowd pleaser, right?! The gals like fun and the boys enjoy the heavier traditional favorite – eggnog. This year we may just mix it up a bit as we have found several drinks that will have everyone jolly. We will start with sophisticated and fruity and make our way down to the heavier eggnog.
First up, the Champagne Cocktail. While visiting a local specialty store, Belmont’s Specialty Foods, a friend and staff member highly recommended Gilded mixers. I was told that it is great with your favorite vodka and mixes nicely with champagne. Gilded mixers are locally made in Charlotte, fresh, and comes in a variety of flavors. Of course we tried it both ways and it’s too good not to share. If you aren’t local to the Charlotte area, we have you covered and you can make your own Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup. Click here for a great Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup recipe we found on the amazing blog, Natural Fit Foodie.
Blueberry Lavender Champagne Cocktail
- 2.5 ounces Gilded Blueberry Lavender-Aid cocktail mix or Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup
- 4 ounces Prosecco
Vodka Blueberry Lavender Cocktail
- 1.5 ounces Titos Vodka
- 3 ounces Gilded Blueberry Lavender-Aid cocktail mix or Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup
- 3 ounces Sparkling Water
Mix in shaker and pour over ice.
Moving on to a nice half way point between the fruity beverage to the heavier eggnog. We share the Sugar Cookie Martini. It actually does remind you of a sugar cookie, but with an adult twist.
Sugar Cookie Martini
- White frosting and holiday sprinkles for decorating rim
- 3 ounces Vanilla Vodka
- 1.5 ounces Butterscotch Schnapps
- 1.5 ounces milk
Line rim of glass with thin coating of white frosting and dip in holiday sprinkles. Pour vanilla vodka, butterscotch schnapps and milk into ice-filled shaker, and shake well. Pour into sprinkle rimmed cocktail glasses.
- 1.5 ounces Spiced Rum
- 1.5 ounces Bittermilk No. 7 Gingerbread Old Fashioned
- 3 0ounces Whole Milk
Pour Spiced Rum, Bittermilk, and milk into ice-filled shaker, and shake well. While choosing the liquor for this drink, I was told that Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum has a nice vanilla note and is a good match for eggnog.
Any one of these cocktails would be a fun and festive add to your holiday gathering. And please don’t hesitate to comment and share one of yours. We promise we will give it a try!
Thank you for stopping by and we hope that you and yours have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!