We love cocktails here at Sophisticated Woman. Here are four recipes that will put you in the holiday spirit!
Fruity Frostbite –
2½ parts vodka,
1¼ parts fresh red grapefruit juice,
3/4 part simple syrup,
1 fresh basil leaf, Ice cubes.
Garnish: fresh basil leaves, candied grapefruit peel.
Muddle a large basil leaf with simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add the remaining ingredients and the ice. Shake well until chilled. Strain into a glass and garnish with a fresh basil leaf and or grapefruit peel.
Moscow Reindeer –
2 shots vodka,.
8 ounces ginger beer,
1/2 cup cranberry juice,
1 bag cranberries,
Put a handful of ice into a Moscow mule mug. Add vodka, ginger beer and top with cranberry juice. Cut the lime in half and squeeze both halves into the drink mixture. Stir. Top with a handful of cranberries, and garnish with a slice of lime.
Santa’s Lil’ Helper –
1 bunch fresh mint, trimmed,
1/2 cup sugar,
1 ¾ cups light rum,
1 ¼ cups fresh lime, juice,
3/4 cup frozen, cranberry juice cocktail concentrate, thawed,
2 10-ounce bottles sparkling water, chilled.
Using a wooden spoon, mash mint with sugar in bottom of large pitcher. Add rum and lime juice; stir to dissolve sugar. Mix in thawed cranberry juice concentrate and water. Mix in 6 cups ice. Pour into glasses, and garnish with fresh cranberries.
A Hug in a Mug –
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar,
1 stick unsalted butter room temperature,
1/4 cup honey,
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon,
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg,
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves,
3/4 cup spiced rum,
2 cups boiling water
Using an electric mixer, mix brown sugar, butter, honey and spices until smooth. Add the rum and two cups of boiling water. Transfer to four mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks.