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Peppermint/chocolate martini with candy cane rim


THE HOLIDAY SEASON usually means it is party time. Though gatherings will be smaller than usual, putting celebration high on your must-do list is important as we close out this extraordinary year

Working popular seasonal flavours – cranberry, peppermint, chocolate and gingerbread – into your list of libation offerings will ignite the festive mood.

We researched some creative cocktails exploring those taste temptations and came up with our top 10 recommendations.

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Nothing goes hand-in-hand with the holiday season more than candy canes and chocolate. It’s easy to incorporate these iconic treats into your seasonal cocktails.

2 oz white chocolate liqueur
2 oz vanilla vodka
2 oz peppermint schnapps
Splash of cream or milk
1/4 cup ice
Candy canes

  • In a blender, pulse candy canes to crush.
  • Wet the rim of the cocktail glass, lower into the crushed candy canes and rotate to cover.
  • Blend all liquids in a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.
  • Strain into rimmed cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a candy cane or sprinkle with crushed candy.

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Another seasonal staple is gingerbread, in cookies, edible houses or drinks.

3 oz vodka
3 oz Irish cream
2 Tbsp gingerbread
syrup (or to taste)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 oz cream
whipped cream and crushed gingerbread for garnish

  • Place ice and all liquids in a cocktail shaker.
  • Shake until well blended.
  • Strain into a martini glass and garnish with whipped cream and crushed gingerbread or a whole cookie.

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2 oz Irish cream
2 oz chocolate liqueur
2 oz vodka
chocolate syrup
shaved chocolate (optional)

  • Dip the rim of a martini glass in a thin layer of chocolate syrup to coat.
  • Drizzle some syrup inside the glass.
  • Combine liquors in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake for about 20 seconds, until chilled.
  • Pour and garnish with shaved chocolate if desired.

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Probably one of the drinks most closely associated with the holidays is eggnog.

2 cups milk
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
6 large egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup bourbon or rum (optional)
whipped cream

  • In a saucepan over low heat, combine milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Slowly bring to a low boil.
  • In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks with sugar until yolks are pale in colour. Slowly, in small batches, add the hot milk mixture to egg yolks. Whisk to combine.
  • Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat until slightly thick but not boiling.
  • Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream and bourbon. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • Serve topped with whipped cream and cinnamon.

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Cranberries are another integral part of holiday feasting and make this coconut margarita and winter sangria particularly festive.

Cinnamon sugar (for rim)
1 1/2 oz silver tequila
1 oz coconut milk
1/2 oz orange liqueur
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz white cranberry juice

  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the tequila, coconut milk, orange liqueur, lime juice and white cranberry juice.
  • Shake well.
  • Strain into glass over fresh ice.

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1 bottle of dry red wine (may also use a white pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc)
2 cups cranberry juice
1/2 cup apple cider
1/2 cup brandy
3-4 Tbsp honey (depending on desired sweetness)
1 cup cranberries
1 apple diced
1 pear diced
2 cinnamon sticks (extra for garnish)
2 sprigs of rosemary (extra for garnish plus fruit slice and handful of cranberries)

  • Place all ingredients in a pitcher or punch bowl and stir well to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours to overnight.
  • Serve over ice with cranberries, another sprig of rosemary and cinnamon stick.

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2 oz light rum
1/2 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz lime juice
1/4 oz sugar cane syrup (available most supermarkets) or simple syrup (combine equal parts sugar and water, boil briefly and cool)
1 egg white

  • shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice and shake again.
  • Strain into a glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge.

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While Elvis sings about a Blue Christmas, create your own blue Christmas cocktail with curacao.

1 cup vodka or rum
1 cup white cranberry juice
1/4 cup blue curacao
1 – 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice ice cubes

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, white cranberry juice, curacao, lime juice, and ice.
  • Shake.
  • Strain into chilled martini glasses.

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2 oz tequila
1 oz orange liqueur
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz tangerine juice
Salt to rim glass

  • Rim a cocktail glass with salt (wet rim with a piece of lime or tangerine then roll in a shallow dish of coarse salt).
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, orange liqueur and juices.
  • Shake well and strain into the glass.

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Add spark to your New Year’s Eve champagne with seasonal tastes of cranberry and pomegranate.

2 oz pomegranate liqueur
2 oz cranberry juice
4 oz champagne chilled

  • Combine all the ingredients and garnish with fresh cranberries and pomegranate seeds.

Lifestyle Magazine hopes you and your 10-person family/friend group (number allowed to gather at time of writing) enjoy the party season. Don’t forget to offer non-alcoholic options for your guests and ensure there is a way for them to get home safely.