Friday, December 21, 2012

12 Projects: Christmas Cocktails

Seasonal snacks don't have to end with sweets and coffee flavors.  One of the great bonuses of being an adult is being able to indulge in adult beverages (responsibly). Here are a few fun holiday drink recipes I tried out this year.

5 ounces sparkling wine
.5 ounce cranberry juice
.5 ounce orange juice
Mix together and pour into glass.  A delicious twist on a mimosa! 

Spiced Champagne
5 ounces sparkling wine
.5 ounce cinnamon schnapps
.5 ounce butterscotch schnapps 
Mix together in a glass, a spicy champagne cocktail!

Spiced Apple
3 ounces apple cider
1 ounce spiced rum
.5 ounce cinnamon schnapps
.5 ounce butterscotch schnapps
Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice.  Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Spiced Nog
6 ounces egg nog
1.5 ounces spiced rum
.5 ounce butterscotch schnapps
Mix, pour into glass.  Top with cinnamon.  I'm not normally a big fan of egg nog, but the butterscotch complements the creamy texture.   

Peppermint Bark
1.5 ounces chocolate wine (like Chocovine)
 1 ounce vanilla vodka
1 ounce peppermint schnapps
splash of milk
Shake ingredients over ice.  Pour into glass.  Garnish ideas: rim the glass with chocovine and crushed candy cane.

Mint Mudslide Milkshake
1 ounce creme de menthe
1 ounce coffee liquor (like Kahlua) 
1 ounce irish creme liquor (like Bailey's)
1 ounce milk
1 2 scoops peppermint ice cream
Blend all ingredients.  I used an immersion blender, but you can can easily make a bunch at once for a party.  It is a tasty dessert and drink all in one!  Garnish ideas: Mini Candy Cane

There are some more great ideas over at the Boozeblogger, who did 12 Drinks of Christmas in 2010. 

Don't like liquor?  There are tons of great seasonal beers and wines.  Bring a bottle from a local vineyard or brewery on out of town holiday visits!  I picked up Christmas Wine Carolina Red and Naughty and Nice sweet white, both made nearby at Duplin winery to take home to Virginia.  I actually have no idea what they'll taste like, but the bottles were too cute!   

Thank you all for joining me for the 12 projects of Christmas.  This has been a great exercise in making myself write and learning to document projects.  I do hope to continue blogging regularly even after the holiday.  Please send me links or photos if you decided to try any of these projects.  Got any ideas for next year?

Missed something?  Check out The 12 Projects of Christmas.

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