It’s the holiday party season – hooray!
Eggnog is being served – um, actually, let’s be honest, that stuff is pretty gross. While going to shindigs and knocking back a few is one of the great joys of the holiday season, drinking those same old beverages just for tradition sake is just like wearing a cheesy sweater with a giant reindeer on it (good in theory, bad in practice).
Instead, spice up your holiday libation offerings with a little theme action. Everyone knows all of the characters associated with the holidays, so why not base your drinks on a few favorites? They will be both a talking point for your guests, and a way to bring a little holiday magic to the proceedings.
What makes Rudolph the most special reindeer? He had a very shiny nose! You can create a similar effect in your cocktail by adding a dose of grenadine and not mixing it, a detail that is very festive and totally easy at the same time.
Take your favorite vodka and mix it with the juice of half a lemon in a cocktail shaker. Shake it up, and pour it into a martini glass. Then, take some grenadine and pour it directly into the middle of the glass. It should settle at the bottom, creating a dab of red that would make Rudy proud. If you look closely – you would even say it glows…
Mr. Grinch was a mean one, so you should definitely have a mean drink to serve inspired by the holiday villain. Making a Grinch cocktail is really easy if you have a bottle of Midori on hand. This melon-flavored liqueur is a shade of green that’s uncannily close to the Seuss character’s fur.
Pretty much any Midori cocktail will do, but a Midori sour really fits well with the character’s personality. Mix a shot of Midori with a shot of vodka in a highball glass, and top off with sour mix. If you don’t want to be too bah-humbug, simplygarnish the beverage with a candy cane. After all, while he started off as a sour puss, he did come around by the end.
Don’t celebrate this holiday hater by being stingy with the booze – while it would be accurate, it wouldn’t be much fun. Instead, serve a seasonal cocktail that would have been available in Dickens’ day. In the 1800’s, drinkers would heat up their alcoholic beverages to provide some extra warmth, since they didn’t exactly have central heating back then. Good old Ebenezer would have loved a hot gin punch (it’s better to make the steamy drinks as batches, since they take time to heat up).
Mix three cups of gin with three cups of ruby port. Then – throw in the spices – a pinch of nutmeg, a few cloves, a teaspoon of cinnamon a few tablespoons of brown sugar, lemon and orange twists, four spoonfuls of honey and the juice from two lemons. Simmer the mixture for about twenty minutes on the stove and voila – you’ll have a drink that would make even the biggest scrooge in the bunch smile for the holidays.