By Amanda Ghezzi-Rumore • Dec 6th, 2011 • Category: Day Drinking • Print This Post
Every holiday season, gazing at festooned houses, shopping for loved ones and hearing Christmas tunes everywhere makes people feel warm and fuzzy. Cocktails can do the same thing.
Just after the Thanksgiving dinner plates are cleared, resorts, restaurants and bars start breaking out the holiday spirit in their own way: with festive drinks. You can expect everything from cranberry- and mint-infused martinis, to steaming cups of spiked hot chocolate and coffee.
Many places like to take it a step further, dressing up the glasses with candy canes, cinnamon sticks and sugared rims.
And if you want to play bartender at home for your guests, here are a few celebration cocktails.
Nothing says the holidays like a little bubbly. At Camelback Inn, a master mixologist has dreamed up some heavenly sparkling cocktails that are sure to make your season bright. There’s the Silver Plum Cocktail, made with Pearl plum vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, pomegranate and pineapple juices and Gruet sparkling wine. The Berry Chic Sparkler and Kiwi Mango Bellini are the two other wintery concoctions that you’ll want to drink until the clock hits midnight on New Year’s Eve.
If Rudolph represented a cocktail, apparently to Wildfish Grille, he would be a bit tart. The seafood restaurant has a drink named after the favorite Christmas character called the Red Nosed Reindeer, a mix of Jack Daniel Single Barrel whiskey, sweet and sour, and sour cherry puree. After straining into a small rocks glass, it’s topped with a cherry as bright as Rudolph’s nose. They’re also serving a drink called the Holiday Alexander, a rich blend of Korbel brandy, crème de cacao and heavy cream, strained into a cocoa-rimmed martini glass.