Remake your favorite cocktails or try some new concoctions this Christmas. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Just remember, if you’re out partying, to drink and drive responsibly.
Mele Kalikimaka Martini
I love Christmas kitsch. And nothing is quite as wonderful as Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters singing “Mele Kalikimaka,” Hawaii’s way of “saying Merry Christmas to you.” I will now enjoy it even more with a Mele Kalikimaka Martini in one hand.
Mele Kalikimaka Martini
1.5 ounces SKYY Infusions Pineapple
3 ounces eggnog
Splash of coconut cream or coconut milk
Nutmeg, to taste
Cinnamon, to taste
In a shaker filled with ice, mix Skyy Infusions Pineapple, eggnog and coconut cream. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon.
Makes 1 martini.
MexiCabo Hot Chocolate
This adult take on Mexican chocolate is a real winter warmer.
1½ ounces blanco tequila
4 ounces hot chocolate
½ ounce coffee liqueur
Pour tequila, hot chocolate and coffee liqueur into a coffee mug. Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
Makes 1 drink.
Adapted from Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila
This punch recipe gets its sparkle from Champagne and an extra kick from Grand Marnier.
3 spoonfuls of fruit cocktail
1 ounce Grand Marnier
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces pineapple juice
6 ounces Moët & Chandon White Star Champagne (almost 2 cups)
Directions: In the bottom of a 17-ounce pitcher, muddle the fruit cocktail. Add the Grand Marnier, simple syrup, lemon juice and pineapple juice. Stir contents. Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. When ready to serve, stir contents and top with chilled White Star Champagne. Stir again and serve with cocktail glasses filled with ice.
From White Star/Kim Haasarud, Liquid Architecture
Candy Cane Swirl
Mint lovers can indulge their passion this holiday season. Here’s yet another way to enjoy candy canes.
Candy canes, some crushed fine
1 ounce SKYY Infusions Raspberry
3 ounces cranberry juice
1/2 ounce Grenadine
1/2 ounce peppermint schnapps
Rim martini glass with crushed candy cane. Combine SKYY Infusions Raspberry, cranberry juice, Grenadine and peppermint schnapps into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with lemon-lime soda and garnish with small peppermint candy cane.
Makes 1 cocktail.
This variation on Scandinavian mulled wine includes vodka.
1.5 tablespoons mulling spice
12 ounces vodka
1 (750-milliliter) bottle dry red wine
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons blanched almonds
4 tablespoons raisins
Wrap mulling spice in cheesecloth. In a large saucepan, combine the vodka, wine, cheesecloth with mulling spice, orange zest and sugar. Allow to very lightly simmer over medium heat for at least 30 minutes (do not boil). Discard the mulling spices. Drop a few raisins and almonds at the bottom of each mug and top with the hot liquid.