Holiday Party Cocktails

Looking for inspiration for your holiday cheer? Here is our list of favorites. Yes, they've been tested to make sure they work. Enjoy!

Pomegranate Party Punch

1/2 cup simple syrup
1 750 ml bottle sparkling wine
1/2 cup white rum
3/4  cup pomegranate juice
1 lemon, thinly sliced
Pomegranate seeds for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl.  Add ice, serve cold.  For a festive ice ring, place pomegranate seeds in a bundt pan, fill half way with water and freeze.

Cocoa Cheer

1 ounce vodka
1 ounce half & half
1/2 ounce grenadine
1/2 ounce white chocolate syrup
4 ounces prepared Equal Exchange Organic Hot Cocoa

Prepare hot chocolate in pan on stove as per package instructions. Add other ingredients, heat gently (do not simmer). Pour into mug, top with whipped cream and marachino cherry. For multiple servings, multiply ingredients and keep warm in a crock pot.

Cranberry Martini

2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce orange liquer
2 1/2 ounces unsweetened cranberry juice
Coarse-grind sugar
Fresh cranberries

Fill cocktail shaker with ice, add liquid ingredients. Shake about 30 seconds. Strain into martini glass rimmed with sugar. Add three cranberries.

Mojito

6 mint leaves, plus 1 sprig
3/4 ounce simple syrup
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1 1/2 ounces white rum
1 1/2 ounces club soda
Lightly muddle (crush) mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add simple syrup, lime juice and rum, and fill with ice. Shake well and pour unstrained into a Highball glass. Top with club soda and garnish with mint sprig or slice of lime.

Classic Manhattan

2 ounces rye whiskey
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Serve stirred, never shaken. Kiss with cherry.

Sidecar

1 1/2 ounces cognac
3/4 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
Rub rim of a chilled cocktail glass with lemon, dip in sugar. Shake above ingredients with ice. Strain into glass, and garnish with slice of lemon.