Dazzle your holiday guests with one of these jazzy cocktails. By Julianna Grimes
If you start your holiday party with one of these festive cocktails, we can assure you, guests will be dazzled from the very
First up, a luxurious confection with a whitty moniker.
The flavor of this Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, distilled from sour cherries, captures the essence of the pristine fruit.
View Recipe: The G-Word
Not to be confused with cheap imitations, Plymouth Sloe Gin—a sweet-tart spirit featuring sloe berries—is made from a time-honored
recipe and worthy of a special libation.
View Recipe: The Sun Also Rises
Be sure to use Clear Creek brandy—you'll actually experience the fragrance and texture of fresh Oregon pears—the pear is grown
inside the bottle.
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Suze, a bitter French liqueur that's immensely popular in Europe, is newly available in the U.S. Order online, or look in
boutique liquor stores.
View Recipe: Haymarket
Sweet and sunshiny, this sophisticated twist on a standard mimosa is ideal for a holiday brunch.
View Recipe: Clementine Sparkler
A little rosé pairs wonderfully with Campari, an Italian aperitif which gives the drink a bitter edge and beautiful rosy color.
View Recipe: Campari and Orange Sparkling Cocktail
A classic combo—sparkling wine, cognac, sugar, and a dash of bitters—makes for an elegant drink worthy of a special celebration.
View Recipe: Cognac Sparkling Wine Cocktail
If the recession has been thumbing its nose at you, dip into Spanish cava or Italian prosecco for bubbles: Some cost less
than $10 per bottle and are delicious in this lime-tangy crowd-pleaser.
View Recipe: Pomegranate Fizz
Pear liqueur and a dry sparkling wine make for a heady combo in this beautifully aromatic sipper.
View Recipe: Sparkling Pear Cocktail
A classic gin sling is dressed for festive parties when made with seasonal pomegranate juice and decorated with crimson pomegranate
fruit. Both simple syrup and agave syrup are widely available at liquor stores. To make your own simple syrup, boil 2 parts
sugar to 1 part water, stirring just until sugar dissolves; reduce until thickened. Cool before using.
View Recipe: Pomegranate Gin Sling
No need to forgo one of the holidays' favorite indulgences—creamy, rich eggnog. This version gives you all the satisfaction
of the full-fat version without the guilt, and it can be made up to a week in advance.
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This simple twist on the traditional kir royale blends tart-sweet pomegranate juice with subtle herbal notes from a rosemary-infused
syrup. Float rosemary leaves on the drinks for a pretty garnish.
View Recipe: Pomegranate-Rosemary Royale
For the best flavor, let the sangria chill overnight so all the ingredients can meld together. If you can’t find satsumas,
tangerines will also do the trick.
View Recipe: Winter Sangria