Are you ready for delicious, warm libations for this holiday season? It’s always fun to have something special in mind, for friends to try or just something as a new tradition. Here are some fun classic cocktails but, maybe new to you, that are guaranteed to warm the body and spirit. And, make for easy and memorable entertaining. Cheers!
CIDER OLD FASHIONED
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 orange slice
1/2 teaspoon grenadine syrup
5 dashes Angostura bitters
1 1/2 ounces brandy
1 1/2 ounces apple cider
Apple slices, brandied cherries, and crystallized ginger, for garnish
1.) Combine brown sugar, orange slice, grenadine, and bitters in an Old Fashioned (or similarly sized) glass. Muddle until brown sugar is mostly dissolved.
2.) Add a handful of ice cubes, then add the brandy and apple cider. Top off with ginger ale. Garnish with an apple slice and/or a skewer of brandied cherries and crystallized ginger if desired.
MAPLE WHISKEY CIDER
5 cups apple cider
2 shots maple flavored whiskey
2 shots apple liqueur
4 cinnamon sticks
1/2 an apple (sliced)
1/2 cup orange juice
Guinness and Champagne
1 bottle Brut Champange
1 can of Guinness
Fill the bottom of the champagne glass with Guinness slowly with no foam, about half way.
Use a large spoon facing down and slowly fill the rest with a slightly yeasty, sweeter Champagne.
Heat a stemmed whiskey goblet
Pour in one jigger of Irish Whiskey
3 cubes of sugar
Fill goblet to within 1 inch of brim with instant coffee.
Stir to dissolve sugar
Top with slightly aerated whipped cream, so that the cream floats on top.
IRISH CREAM COFFEE
1 12-oz. wine glass
Preheated Instant Coffee
1-1/2 shot Bailey’s Original Irish Cream
1/4 c. heavy cream (whipped until stiff peaks form)
Ground cinnamon (optional)
Pour hot coffee into the heated glass
Add the Bailey’s and stir well to blend
Top with a mound of whipped cream
Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.