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The Sparkling Sleigh Ride at Morton's The Steakhouse Miami Beach

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'Tis the season for festive cocktailians, and drinks will be freely poured from now until the New Year. There are many, many cocktail options, but not all make Santa's nice list. Be wary of the super-sugary, the heavily weighted and the just plain terrible. As you traverse the wild world of holiday cocktails, a few good suggestions can cut out wasted time and wasteful libations.

Among the lovely cocktails that honor the spirit of the season is a little number at Morton's Steakhouse known as the Sparkling Sleigh Ride. Delicately mixing crisp prosecco with robust Luxardo and mellow Tuaca, The Sleigh Ride finishes with a light addition of cranberry. The mint leaf garnish adds a holiday touch and gives a freshness to the nose, but it is best to remove it before imbibing. The cocktail opens with crispness and a light sweetness. Expect a merry mix of traditional Christmas flavors: dried fruit, mild herbaceousness and subtle warm spices followed by a clean, short finish. The Sparkling Sleigh Ride's balance of authentic sweetness, gentle bubbles and crispness means this holiday cocktail can be imbibed by itself, with appetizers or after a meal, particularly with a slice of New York Cheesecake.

Available through New Year's Eve, the Sparkling Sleigh Ride is available for $14.50. Order it before 6:30 p.m. or after 9 p.m. and catch the new bar bites for $5-6. Satisfying plates such as the new Smoked Salmon Pizza (smoked salmon, sour cream, capers and red onion on top of a crust midway between a cracker and focaccia) or the melt-in-your-mouth Mini Prime Cheeseburgers are offered in generous portions. Just be certain to bring a friend, so you can toast to the season.

View the appetizing slideshow here.

Happy Holidays, Cocktailian!

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