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Hump Day: Festive Holiday Cocktails

Happy Hump Day everyone!  It's official, the holidays are in full swing.  Tomorrow I'll be attending my first of many holiday parties this season and to get in the spirit, I thought I'd share some pretty delicious looking and festive cocktails that I found.  I can't wait to try these out .  What's your favorite holiday cocktail?

Peppermint Patty

You'll Need: - 1 oz. Smirnoff Vodka - 1 oz. Peppermint Schnapps - 1 oz. creme de cacao - 1 oz. Light cream Garnish: peppermint stick (red and green)

Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with red and green peppermint stick.

Gingerbread Apple Cocktail

You'll Need: - 2 oz. Domaine de Canton -1 oz. vanilla vodka - 2.5 oz. apple cider - A few drops of lemon juice -Orange zest - Agave syrup

Directions: Line a chilled martini glass lightly with agave syrup on a dish followed by spiced graham cracker crumbs. Place all ingredients except for orange zest in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into glass. Freshly grate orange zest on drink and serve immediately.

Jingle Juice

You'll Need: - 5  cups  orange juice -1 cup vodka - 1/3  cup  orange liqueur - 1/4  cup  fresh lemon juice -1/2  cup  maraschino cherry juice - Garnishes: fruit-flavored candy cane sticks, cherries with stems, orange and lemon slices

Directions: Stir together orange juice and next 4 ingredients; serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.  Makes 1 ½ quarts.

Non Alcoholic version: Omit vodka and orange liqueur. Add 2 cups chilled lemon-lime soft drink. Proceed as directed.

White Cosmopolitan

You'll Need: - 1/2 cup white-cranberry juice - 2 oz. vodka - 1 oz. Cointreau

Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, vodka, and Cointreau.  Shake well to combine.  Strain into a martini glass and serve immediately.


You'll Need: - 1 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder - 1 tsp. cinnamon - Pinch of chili powder - Pinch of cayenne pepper - 3/4 cup almond milk (can substitute Irish Creme, coffee-flavored liqueur or milk) - Splash of agave nectar (can substitute honey or maple syrup) -1 oz. Silver tequila - Paprika - Cinnamon stick

Directions: In a saucepan over low heat add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Toast until spices begin to release their aromas, about a couple of minutes. Using a small whisk or wooden spoon, slowly incorporate the almond milk. Raise the temperature to medium-high and bring to a slow simmer. Stir in the agave nectar and remove from the heat. Rim a mug by dipping into a saucer of water, blotting and dipping into saucer of paprika. Pour in tequila. Add hot cocoa mixture. Stir with a cinnamon stick and serve.


7 Responses to “Hump Day: Festive Holiday Cocktails”

  1. mrT, n msS says:


    please send 2 of each, next day post, to Guanajuato, MX.


    mucho amor a tu y Fig (ok, y a michael, tambien)


  2. Matilda says:

    Painting blue is definitely still a good idea, I think. It just baffles me how people will strain their thinking muscles trying to connect Chitstraniiy to various exotic faith traditions when it’s clearly just Judaism 2.0, at least in the early years. This has long been a burr under my saddle, and I suppose I will be grumbling about it forever.

  3. http://www./ says:

    Now I’m like, well duh! Truly thankful for your help.

  4. So glad to have found this resource. As a RPCV, I have never ceased following PC developments. My husband and I were in Agaro’72-’74 and have reconnected with our resident student from there, who is now living in North Carolina. The world is small, beautiful, and exciting. Our daughter is now a PCV in eastern Europe, so the circle expands.

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