Holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family and they are a perfect opportunity to try out some crowd pleasing seasonal cocktails. Here are some ideas to try this month:
1 oz pure cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail)
1/2 oz Cointreau
Dry sparkling wine to fill (such as Champagne, Cava, Prosecco)
Garnish: orange twist, cranberry
Add cranberry juice and Cointreau to champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish. (For a crowd, combine cranberry juice and Cointreau in advance and add 1 1/2 oz to each glass before adding sparkling wine. Plan on 6 oz of cranberry juice and 3 oz of Cointreau for each bottle of sparkling wine.)
Turkey and Sage
3-5 leaves sage
3/4 oz simple syrup (see below)
2 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
Garnish: sage leaf
Muddle sage with simple syrup. Combine remaining ingredients in cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a sage leaf on top.
(To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small pot. Heat just until sugar is dissolved. Let cool and store refrigerated in a sealed container. Makes enough for 8 drinks.)
Raspberry Rum Punch
2 6-oz packages fresh raspberries (or 1 10-oz frozen)
1/2 cup sugar
Combine in food processor and puree.
1 750 mL bottle aged rum
12 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
12 oz pineapple juice
Combine with raspberry puree in large pitcher or glass jar. Chill for at least 4 hours.
12 oz dry sparkling wine (such as Champagne, Cava, Prosecco)
20 oz club soda
Garnish: fresh raspberries
Strain contents of pitcher or jar into a punch bowl. Add club soda and sparkling wine. Add an ice block or large ice cubes. Garnish.
Makes around 24 4-ounce servings.