Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Drunk the Halls

Sleigh yourself with these holiday cocktails

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Maybe your favorite part of Christmas is the chance to gather your beloved family, share memories of holidays past, and make new ones to pass on to the little ones perched around the tree.

For us, it's 24-plus hours of no-excuses boozing. Here are four ways in which we like to celebrate:

WARM WINTER MARGARITA

  • 4 shot glasses Sauza Blue Silver Tequila
  • 3 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups dried fruit of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
Combine apple juice and cinnamon in a heavy pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick carefully. Add sugar, dried fruit, and tequila. Mix well. Serve warm. Serves 4. 

TOASTED MACAROON
  • 1 oz. coconut milk
  • 1-1/2 oz. coconut rum
  • 1/4 oz. Licor 43
  • 1/2 oz. Partida Blanco Tequila
  • 1/2 oz. Frangelico
Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a glass filled with ice and garnish with toasted coconut shavings on top.

BAILEY’S PEPPERMINT CREAM
Served at NYC's Haven Ski Chalet at The Sanctuary Hotel
  • 2 ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream with a hint of Mint Chocolate
  • 4 ounces hot chocolate
  • 1/2 ounces of crème de cacao
  • 1/4 ounces of crème de menthe
  • Fresh whipped cream
  • Candy cane
  • Mint leaf
Crush candy cane with the back of a spoon. Pour hot chocolate and Baileys into a coffee mug. Top with a dollop of whipped cream. Sprinkle crushed candy cane on top. Garnish with mint leaf.

CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT COOKIE
  • 3/4 oz. Partida Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz. Peppermint schnapps
  • 3/4 oz. Godiva liqueur
  • 1-1/2 oz. cream
Rim martini glass with chocolate syrup and crushed candy canes. Shake ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into martini glass.

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