While the snow and frigid temps are ever-so present, the warm fuzzy feeling of the holiday season is long gone. The Christmas trees have been stripped of their decorations and hauled to the curb for pick-up; and the festive outdoor lights and decorations that once shined like a joyous beacon have been taken down and packed away.
Despite being closer to Valentine’s Day, there are always a few houses that still proudly display Christmas lights and the creepy animatronic Santa on the front lawn night after night while inside people sip eggnog and recap their favorite holiday moments from every season since they were kids. Yes, you know who you are and so does your neighborhood. And I’m guessing so does the DWP based on your extra electricity usage.
While the holiday decorations may garner mixed emotions from passer-byers, there’s only one thing from the holiday season that is acceptable all year round: Cocktails. These easy to follow recipes are perfect for anyone feeling a little nostalgic. Whether you’re reminiscing about Christmas of the past, planning for next Christmas or just like the flavors of the holiday season, these cocktails by EFFEN, Sauza and JDK&Sons will certainly bring on some cheer.
Sauza Chocolate Peppermint Margarita
2 parts Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 part Peppermint Schnapps
1 1/2 cups Milk
4 tbsp. Hot Chocolate Powder
In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients and shake. Pour into a chilled martini glass rimmed with crushed candy canes.
Pomegranate Truffle Fizz
1 part JDK&Sons Crave Chocolate Truffle Liqueur
1⁄2 part DeKuyper Pomegranate Liqueur
1 part Passion Fruit Nectar
Combine all ingredients, except sparkling wine, in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake. Strain into a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist and pomegranate seeds dropped into the glass
EFFEN Cucumber-Cranberry Yuletide
1 1/4 parts EFFEN Cucumber Vodka
1/4 part Fresh Lime and Simple Syrup (Half Lime and Half Simple Syrup, Combined)
1 part Ginger Beer
1/4 part White Cranberry Juice
Garnish: Red Cranberries
Garnish: Slice of Cucumber
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and stir. Garnish with red cranberries and a slice of cucumber.
Sauza Mexican Eggnog
1 part Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
3 parts Egg Nog (homemade or store bought)
1 part Maker's Mark Bourbon
In a shaker filled with ice combine egg nog, Sauza Blue Silver and Maker's Mark Bourbon. Shake to combine and serve chilled with a dash of cinnamon on top.
EFFEN Salted Caramel Holiday Pie
1 1/2 parts EFFEN Salted Caramel Vodka
3/4 part Pumpkin and Apple Puree (Half Pumpkin Pie Filling and Half Apple Sauce)
1/4 part Cinnamon Simple Syrup
1/4 Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 Egg White
Garnish: Cinnamon Stick
Garnish: Ground Cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and cinnamon over the frothy top. Optional: Use a round edge to create an apple shape over the froth.
Sparkling Chocolate Truffle
1 part JDK&SonsTM Crave Chocolate Truffle Liqueur
1⁄2 part JDK&SonsTM O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
2 dashes Orange Bitters
1 Sugar Cube
In a chilled champagne flute, drop in the sugar cube and dash with bitters. Add liqueurs in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake. Strain into the champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a zested orange peel.