Cocktails & Spirits

Five Delicious Holiday Cocktail Recipes

The holidays are a good time to dress in your finery and enjoy a smart cocktail instead of your usual beer and tequila buzz. These festive drinks are sure to get you in the holiday mood - just remember to sip, not gulp.



The Grinch


This green cocktail is as sweet as the Grinch himself.



1oz Midori


1oz Vodka

1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice



Mix ingredients and ice into shaker. Strain into a chilled Martini Glass. Garnish with red cherry.



Cinnamon Apple


The taste of a warm spiced cider, chilled for South Florida winters.


2oz Dark Rum

Apple Juice or cider


1 tsp Cinnamon


1 tsp Sugar



Pour rum and apple juice into a highball glass filled with ice. Add

cinnamon and sugar and stir. Garnish with a green apple slice.



Snowball


This snowball is welcome even in South Florida. The shaved ice makes

you feel like you're eating snow. Use more shaved ice for a "snowier"

consistency, or less for a more traditional martini-like drink.


2 oz Vanilla Vodka


1 oz Kahlua


2 oz Heavy Cream


Mix ingredients and ice into shaker. Strain into a martini glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.



Christmas Champagne "Mimosas"


This take on a mimosa is great for Christmas brunch or to sip on while

opening presents. The green and red colors make for a festive drink.



Bottle of Champagne or Prosecco


Midori Liquor


Fresh Strawberries (tops cut off and sliced)



Place two slices of strawberry into each champagne flute. Add 1/2 oz Midori. Top with champagne. Garnish with whole strawberry.



Christmas Bloody Christmas


If you partied too hard on Christmas Eve and now have to assemble toys

with a hangover, this drink is the perfect "hair-of-the-reindeer" to

help you through a long Christmas morning.


2 oz Pepper Vodka


Bloody Mary Mix


Tabasco Sauce


Olives,

Grape Tomatoes



Pour Vodka and Bloody Mary mix into a highball glass filled with ice.

Add Tabasco sauce to taste. Garnish with olives and grape tomatoes. 


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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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