RANDOM POST OF THE DAY: Winter Candle Inspired Holiday Cocktails

I was going thru my blog recently and I realized that I had done a cocktail post in awhile; anybody who watches my videos know how much I love cocktails. And with New Years right around the corner and then Twelfth Night and eventually Carnival/Mardi Gras for my Louisianian readers, there are plenty of opportunities to make some festive cocktails. That said, I thought of some quick and easy cocktails inspired my some of my favorite winter scents.

Tis the Season (old fashioned,on the rocks)

apple cider
brown sugar
red food coloring

Muddle your rosemary with brown sugar and a splash of lemon. Add ice then pour a splash of Calvados, apple cider then a drop of coloring. Shake and pour on ice. Your can garnish with either a cinnamon stick or a spring of rosemary or both.

*You can also serve topped with Martinelli sparkling cider 

Winter Garland (bellini)
Martinelli Sparkling Apple Cranberry
cranberry juice
blood orange juice
dry champance

Pour blood orange juice first then cranberry juice then Martinelli and finally top with champagne

Vanilla Spice (Irish coffee mug)
Southern Comfort Vanilla Spice Eggnog
vanilla extract

Pour in your eggnog. Add one drop of vanilla extract and stir. Pour a splash of amaretto (preferably Amaretto di Amore) and pour 2 splashes of whiskey (preferably Makers Mark) and stir. Can be served eith hot or cold.

Sleigh Ride (margarita saucer glass or martini glass)
rosemary, rosemary syrup
lemon juice

Muddle rosemary with sugar and a squirt of lemon juice. Pour in your gin (preferably Bombay Sapphire). Pour 2-3 tablespoons of syrup (I use homemade syrup since rosemary flavored ones is hard to find but you don't have to use it, muddling is fine) then top with a splash of vermouth then some ice. Shake and pour. Garnish with a sprinkle of rosemary leaves.

Twisted Peppermint (shot)
Pinnacle Whipped Cream vodka
Peppermint Schnapps

Pour Rumchata into shaker with ice first, then the vodka and finally a small splash of Schnapps. Shake and pour.

*If you wanna be fancy, line the rim of your shot glass with lemon and roll it around in crushed peppermints or candy cane

Frosted Cranberry (cosmo)

White Cran-Peach juice
Cran-Raspberry juice
Peach Schnapps
Absolut Cherry-kran
Triple Sec
lime juice

Go half and half with both cranberry juices over ice. Then pour in your vodka. Top with a small splash of  schnapps and a smaller splash of Triple Sec then a small squirt of lime. Shake, pour and serve

*To be fancy, you can add drop in frozen cranberries or a skewered cranberries and/or raspberries on a cocktail stick

Cranberry Pear Bellini (bellini)
Absolut Pear (La Poire Grey Goose)

Pour in vodka and juice over ice in shaker. Shake and pour into glass. Top with Prosecco

*You can add fresh black currant juice instead or with cranberry juice; it's available at any Whole Foods. You can also add frozen cranberries or currrants to bottom of glass before pouring.

Mint Chocolate (shot)
Baileys (preferably Mint Chocolate flavor)
Godiva chocolate liqueur
Pinnacle Peppermint Bark

Pour in Baileys', then a splash of Godiva and then a smaller splash of Pinnacle over ice in shaker. Shake, pour and serve

Winter (old fashioned glass or cocktail glass)
Dom de Canton ginger liqueur
orange juice

Muddle rosemary with a splash of orange juice in shaker, then add ice. Pour in a splash of DDC. Add one dash of cinnamon and one of clove. Shake and pour into glass. Top with with Lillet

*You can also add marmalade to concoction for sweeter thicker consistency

Chestnut & Clove (high ball or Irish coffee mug)
Vanilla vodka (Pinnacle, Smirnoff, or Absolut)
chestnut syrup (Torani or Monin)
pumpkin pie spice

Pour Bailey's into shaker (with or without ice). Pour in splash of vodka then about 3 tablespoons of syrup. Add a dash of spice then stir and pour in glass.

*You can add whipped cream with/without dash of nutmeg

Merry Mistletoe (cosmo)
Cran-Pomegranate juice
Absolut Pear
Grand Marrnier (or Triple Sec)

Muddle rosemary with sugar and GM. Add ice and pour in juice. Add a splash of Absolut and a smaller splash of GM. Shake, pour and serve.

Joy (martini)
Pinnacle Marshmallow vodka
Pinnacle Peppermint Bark vodka
Peppermint Mocha creamer

Pour Rumchata over ice in shaker. Then add creamer, then half and half of both vodkas. Shake and pour.

*You can garnish with mini marshmallows on cockatil stick, whipped cream with a dash of cocoa power and line the rim with crushed Hersheys chocolate candy canes

Pumpkin Gingerbread (shot)
Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie vodka
Dom de Canton ginger liqueur
pumpkin pie spice

Pour Rumchata over ice in shaker. Then add a splash of Pinnacle and a small splash of DDC. Add a dash of spice then shake.

*You can top shot with whipped cream showered in either pumpkin pie spice or gingerbread crumbles

Champagne Toast (mimosa)
black currant juice
orange juice

Pour a very small amount of black currant juice. Then pour in orange juice. Top with champagne

Holiday Pomander (punch glass or grande wine glass)
Cran-Pomegranate juice
Pama liqueur
Grand Marnier

Pour about half of CP juice in either pitcher or pot. Pour in a substantial splash of Pama and a small splash of GM. Add a dash of cinnamon and two dashes of clove. Stir and let sit.

*can be served hot or cold. For presentation in punch bowl, you can add orange slices with/without cinnamon sticks and rosemary leaves


TALK TO Y'ALL IN 2016!!!


  1. Do you come up with these on your own?!? Impressive and I don't even drink!!

    1. I do, all on my own. DO you not drink just cuz or because of your diabetes?

  2. Yeah I don't drink because of that. The last time I did it was Boone Farms strawberry hill and I paid for it for a week!! Old school but you do an awesome job!


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