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Easy holiday cocktails

Updated: Dec 12, 2022

Three refreshing winter cocktail recipes

A pleasant by-product of cold winter evenings is access to a warm fireplace. We are particularly partial to a crackling fire during the holidays, and having a holiday-inspired cocktail makes it doubly cozy.

Dark 'n Stormy

garnished with a slice or wedge of lime

A favorite cocktail recipe that complements the winter season is the Dark ‘n Stormy. I was introduced to this cocktail on a business trip to Bermuda, where it is considered the national drink. The name refers to the ‘dark’ color of Goslings Black Seal Rum (from which the recipe originates) and the ‘stormy’ froth created when ginger beer is poured over the rum. Goslings also makes a ginger beer that gives a spicy and warming sensation.

Spicy Pomegranate Moscow Mule

a copper mug is the traditional way to serve a Moscow Mule

Recently, we hosted neighbors for an evening meal, and they offered to bring a cocktail that has become a new favorite. The recipe is a version of a Moscow Mule, which comprises vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. But this holiday version, called a Spicy Pomegranate Moscow Mule adds grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice and spicy jalapeños. The ingredients are combined in a cocktail shaker and then poured over ice and garnished with mint (or sage), pomegranate seeds and/or grapefruit slices.

Cinnamon Bourbon Fizz

Christmas in a glass

We began trading cocktail recipes during dinner that evening and all agreed that a Cinnamon Bourbon Fizz was one we had to try very soon. Bourbon, Aperol, cinnamon & honey simple syrup and a touch each of lemon and bitters are combined in a cocktail shaker and then poured over ice. Top of the drink with sparkling water. The red color looks like Christmas and the rosemary and/or cinnamon stick garnish adds a holiday touch.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

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