Blogmas Day 18: Christmas Cocktails

While reading, listen to Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Frank Sinatra.

Christmas parties are made all the more merry with festive cocktails.


When hosting, the best way to say hello to your guests is by handing them a drink. And if you're a guest, you can't tell me you won't feel instantly welcome, if the coat in your hand has just been replaced with a beautiful cocktail! I am new to the art of making cocktails, but my Dad is not. He is talented in pretty much every way, but the kitchen is where he really shines. Here, he regularly whips up incredible dishes and tasty drinks for our family.

I knew that for Day 18 of Blogmas, I wanted to feature some Christmas cocktail recipes for you all to try! Naturally, I needed my Dad to help me taste test these particular ones. We had to make sure these were especially good if I was going to share them with you ;) I'm grateful for my Dad - for memories with him in our kitchen, and for all of the ways he is constantly teaching me. This was such a fun one for us, and I hope you enjoy these cocktails as much as we did!

The special touches on both recipes are really the cocktail sugars. Each are flavored, and just add such a gorgeous touch to the glasses. Today's #ShopSmall feature is Dell Cove Spice Company, the one stop shop for cocktail recipes and cocktail sugars. Their sugars are the perfect addition to your bar cart for the holidays, and make for creative stocking stuffers! Find their shop here.   

Pomegranate Old Fashioned Cocktail - Dell Cove Spices Recipe

Ingredients:

Pomegranate Seeds - 4 T
Granulated Sugar - 1 tsp
Orange Bitters - 8 to 10 dashes
Whiskey - 4 ounces (or Bourbon)
Water - Splash
Ice
Dell Cove Spice Co.’s Christmas Cocktail Rim Sugar
Pomegranate Seeds - For Garnish

Directions:

If serving in a rocks glass: Rim chilled glasses with cocktail rim sugar. Set aside.Next, add the 4 T of pomegranate seeds, bitters and the granulated sugar into the cocktail shaker. Muddle well, add ice, cover and shake well. Strain into two ice-filled glasses and add the whiskey, along with a splash of water. Stir. Then garnish with the extra pomegranate seeds and serve.  

If serving in a martini glass: Rim chilled glasses with cocktail rim sugar. Set aside. Next, add the 4 T of pomegranate seeds, bitters and the granulated sugar into the cocktail shaker. Muddle well, add ice and whiskey, cover and shake well gently. Strain into two martini glasses, add a splash of water. Stir, garnish with the extra pomegranate seeds and serve.

Southern deviled eggs serve as a wonderful appetizer pairing!


Gingerbread Spice Margarita - Dell Cove Spices Recipe

Ingredients:

Reposado Tequila - 4 oz
Organic Apple Cider - 4 oz
Fresh Limes - 2 whole, juiced
Agave nectar or simple syrup - 1.5 tsp
Dell Cove Spice Co.’s Cinnamon Kiss Cocktail Rim Sugar - 1 tsp
Dell Cove Spice Co.'s Gingerbread Flavored Cocktail Rim Sugar - 1 T and to garnish
Ice
Star anise - to garnish

Directions:

Rim your chilled glasses with the Gingerbread flavored Cocktail Rim Sugar. Fill glasses with ice and set aside. Combine tequila, apple cider, lime juice, agave nectar, Cinnamon Kiss Cocktail Rim sugar and 1 tablespoon of the Gingerbread sugar to a cocktail shaker full of ice. Cover shaker and shake vigorously until shaker is chilled. Strain into glasses. Add a star of anise for garnish and serve.

Fried plantains with guacamole or mini churros would be a perfect appetizer pairing for this margarita recipe!


What will you be drinking this holiday season? Share in the comments! And let me know if you try any of these recipes! I'd love to hear how they turned out. See you tomorrow, and Merry Christmas!