Happy Saturday, my Loves! I don’t know which I love more, the Christmas holiday itself or the festivities centered around it. Nothing gets me in the spirit more than a festive drink, so I wanted to share some of my favorites as well as a new one my boyfriend introduced to me – Patron XO Cafe. Has anybody else been living under a rock or just me?! Who knew there was a coffee tequila?? I know I didn’t, because one, I hate tequila and two, I HATE tequila. I don’t even like the smell of tequila, but the XO Cafe paired with Bailey’s Original Irish Cream tastes DIVINE. I’m not exaggerating. So good. Check out the rest of my holiday drink picks below. These holiday drinks are sure to get you in the Christmas Spirit!
1. Spiked Vanilla Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
2. ORGANIC APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULE
4 fluid ounces vodka
4 fluid ounces apple cider
Juice of 2 lime wedges
24 fluid ounces ginger beer
1⁄4 teaspoon Simply Organic® Ceylon Cinnamon
2 Simply Organic® Cinnamon Sticks
In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, apple cider and lime juice. Shake until well mixed.
Fill 2 copper mugs with ice, then divide mixture between mugs. Divide ginger beer between mugs, filling to top.
Top off with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick. Serve and enjoy!
3. Holiday Punch
Frozen Orange Concentrate
Frozen Limeade Concentrate
Cranberry Juice Cocktail
Rim the glass: Dip the rim of the glass in a bowl of water. Next, evenly dip the rim into a small bowl of red and green sugar sprinkles.
The Drink: Simply mix the concentrate, juice cocktail, 7up and vodka in a bowl. Scope out and into glass. Serve.
4. White Chocolate Peppermint Martini
1/4 teaspoon Simply Organic Peppermint Flavor
1/4 teaspoon Simply Organic Pure Vanilla Extract
4 ounces coffee liqueur
4 ounces white chocolate liqueur
4 ounces vodka
4 ounces half and half
4 peppermint sticks
Granulated sugar, for rimming glasses
1. Rim glasses Put water into shallow plate or saucer. Put sugar in another plate. Dip rims of four martini glass in water, then dip into sugar. Let dry.
2. Add coffee liqueur, white chocolate liqueur, vodka, cream, peppermint flavor and vanilla extract to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Shake until condensation forms on the shaker.
3. Strain into chilled and rimmed martini glasses. Garnish with peppermint sticks. Serve immediately.
5. Holiday Bourbon Punch
2 quarts apple cider
1/2 cup water, (optional. If the punch tastes to thick to you add the water to think it out)
2 quarts Orange Spiced Sweet Tea (recipe follows)
1 750 ml bottle of Four Roses Bourbon
Garnishes: orange slices, cranberries, rosemary sprigs
Orange Spiced Sweet Tea:
4 cups water
2 family sized black tea bags.
1 orange peel
1 cinnamon stick
1 whole clove
1/2 cup sugar
6 cups ice.
Orange Spiced Sweet Tea Instructions:
In a pot place water, tea bags, orange peel, cinnamon stick and clove and bring to a boil. Once it starts to boil remove from heat and let brew for 3-4 minutes.
Remove tea bags, peel, cinnamon stick and clove and pour tea into a large pitcher.
Add the sugar and ice and stir until ice melts completely.
Refrigerate until you are ready to make the Bourbon Holiday Punch.
Holiday Bourbon Punch Instructions:
In a large punch bowl mix together the apple cider, water, bourbon, and Orange Spiced Sweet Tea.
Add 3 cups ice, 4-5 orange slices and 1/2 cup cranberries to the punch.
Place garnishes on a serving plate.
Have glasses and ice available for guests to serve themselves.
What are some of your favorite holiday drinks? Please do share!