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Chic holiday cocktails Part 1

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A new series starting today where I share some chic cocktail ideas for your holiday parties. Each of these cocktails calls for top-shelf liquor to create, but the extra investment will make the drinks the way they were meant to be mixed.

Dijon Sidecar

  • 2 oz. Hennessy VS cognac
  • 1 oz. good-quality Crème de Cassis de Dijon (preferably Mathilde)
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice.

Shake ingredients together and strain into chilled martini glass; serve with lemon twist.

Bolshoi Basil

Both ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks believed basil could open the gates of heaven. The good news is we don't have to wait until our souls leave our bodies to enjoy basil's sensitive warmth and subtle sweetness.

  • 4 parts Russian Standard Vodka
  • 3 parts fresh lime juice
  • 3 fresh basil sprigs
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • Soda water

Muddle the basil and sugar in a highball glass. Fill with ice, add vodka and lime juice, and stir. Finish with a dash of soda and garnish with a sprig of basil.

The Ninth Night

  • 2 oz. SKYY Infusions Citrus
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 oz. white cranberry juice
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Lime juice

Combine SKYY Infusions Citrus, Triple Sec, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into tall rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with soda and lots of fresh lime juice. Garnish with blue ribbon around the glass.

Perrier-Jouët Fraise Sauvage

  • 2 oz. Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut
  • 1 1/4 oz. Absolut Vodka
  • 3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 whole strawberry

Directions: In a bottom of a mixing glass muddle the strawberry into a purée. Add all ingredients except Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut. Add ice, cover and shake vigorously for 7-8 seconds. Pour Perrier Jouët Grand Brut into a chilled cocktail-martini glass and pour the cocktail over it. Garnish with half a strawberry.

Crimson Crush

  • 1.5 oz (BELVEDERE)RED vodka
  • ½ oz St Germain Elderflower liqueur
  • 3 bar spoons of pomegranate seeds
  • 4 chunks pink grapefruit

Muddle pomegranate seeds and grapefruit with the elderflower liqueur. Add Belvedere and top with crushed ice. Churn.



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