Five Delicious Holiday Cocktail Recipes | Clean Plate Charlie | South Florida | Broward Palm Beach New Times | The Leading Independent News Source in Broward-Palm Beach, Florida

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.


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


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. 

Follow Clean Plate Charlie on Twitter: @CleanPlateBPB.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
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.
Contact: Laine Doss

Latest Stories