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Holiday Cocktails

Liven up your holiday festivities with these libations. We have included both alcoholic and non-alcoholic suggestions to please everyone in attendance. Share your creations with us. Business Consumer Alliance wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.

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Italian Eggnog Martini

Italian Eggnog Martini

INGREDIENTS:

1 oz. (30ml) amaretto
1 oz. (30ml) vanilla vodka
2 oz. (60ml) eggnog (can use store bought)

ice
nutmeg
cinnamon 
brown sugar
caramel syrup
maraschino cherry
candy cane and cinnamon stick for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

1.       Coat the inside of one small plate with caramel syrup and place brown sugar and a few sprinkles of nutmeg in another small plate. Dip the rim of a martini glass in the caramel syrup first followed by the brown sugar mixture and spin until the whole rim is coated. Place the glass in the freezer.

2.       In a shaker with ice, add the eggnog, vodka, amaretto and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Shake for a minute.

3.       Remove glass from freezer. Place one maraschino cherry in the bottom of the glass.

4.       Pour mix from shaker into glass and sprinkle with cinnamon. Garnish with a candy cane and cinnamon.

Jack Frost

Jack Frost drink

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups ice cubes

1 cup pineapple juice, chilled
? cup blue curacao

? cup light rum

? cup cream of coconut

4 slices pineapple

For coconut rim:

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 teaspoon water

1/2 cup sweetened, flaked coconut


DIRECTIONS:

1.       In a blender, combine and mix all of the ingredients together until slushy.

2.       Serve in coconut flaked rim glass (instructions below)

To make coconut rim:

1.       Combine the powdered sugar and water.

2.       Place the mixture on a plate and roll the outside of the rim of the glass in the sugar mixture.

3.       Take the sugar rimmed glass and press a handful of coconut to the rim.

(Note: The coconut rim can be made days ahead. Once the coconut and icing dries it is set)

Champagne Holiday Punch

Champagne holiday punch

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup water

? cup sugar

3 cinnamon sticks

4 whole cloves

2 cups cranberry juice

? cup pineapple juice

1 bottle champagne

small amount of Grand Marnier (or any orange liqueur you prefer)

red sugar

green sugar

DIRECTIONS

1.       In a saucepan, bring water, sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Discard cinnamon and cloves. Cool to room temperature and pour into a large pitcher.

2.       Add cranberry juice and pineapple juice. Chill in fridge until ready to serve.

3.       At serving time, add 1 bottle of chilled champagne.

Christmas Tree Cocktail

Christmas Tree cocktail

INGREDIENTS

3 oz pomegranate juice (or cranberry)

2 oz gin

1 oz simple syrup

ice

lime juice (juice from 1-2 wedges will do)

a few fresh mint leaves

Pomegranate seeds & lime wheel for garnish

DIRECTIONS

1.       Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup at the bottom of your glass.

2.       Add ice, then add gin, juice, and lime juice.

3.       Stir, and garnish as pictured above.

North Pole Strawberry Smoothie

North Pole strawberry smoothie

INGREDIENTS

1 package (10 ounces) frozen strawberries in syrup, partially thawed and undrained

? cup water

2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt

2 tablespoons vanilla reduced-fat yogurt

1 strawberry-flavored or peppermint candy cane, about 6 inches long, finely crushed

green decorating gel

DIRECTIONS

1.       Place strawberries and water in blender. Cover and blend on medium-high speed until slushy. Blend on medium speed until smooth. Transfer to 2-cup measure.

2.       Wash and dry blender. Place frozen yogurt and reduced-fat yogurt in blender. Cover and blend on medium speed until smooth.

3.       Place crushed candy cane on small plate. Pipe decorating gel around rim of two 12-ounce glasses. Dip rims into crushed candy.

4.       Carefully pour yogurt mixture and strawberries at the same time into glasses, creating a half-and-half design. Serve with large drinking straws if desired.

Apple Ginger Sparklers

Apple Ginger Sparklers

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup Ginger Syrup

4 1/2 cups sparkling apple cider

6 cinnamon sticks

6 pieces crystallized ginger

DIRECTIONS

1.       Place 2 tablespoons ginger syrup in each of six glasses.

2.       Fill glasses with ice cubes, pour in cider, and stir to combine.

3.       Garnish with cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger, and serve.

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