I was recently interviewed by a local newspaper about holiday cocktail traditions and was inspired to create a few new ones to add to my spirited stockpile. Most of these may be adjusted for alcohol-free versions for the kiddos and designated drivers, and for those who simply do not partake. Cheers.
1 quart Cranberry Juice cocktail
1 quart pink lemonade
1 can frozen pink grapefruit juice, thawed
1/4 cup grapefruit liqueur (creme de pamplemousse…preferred brand is Giffard..available at most fine wine and spirit shops)
1 750ml bottle Prosecco, Cava, or other high quality sparkling wine
Combine 1st 4 ingredients in a large punch bowl or whatever container you will be using. Add the sparkling wine and serve. Garnish each cup with few cranberries on a cocktail stirrer or threaded through a thin straw.
For the Non-Alcoholic version: Simply omit the grapefruit liqueur, use sparkling water in place of sparking wine, and add a pint of rainbow sherbet to the punch bowl.
Strawberry Sangria Punch
2 750ml bottles fruity red wine, such as Beaujolais or Red Zinfandel
1 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 cup strawberry liqueur (such as Giffard)
1 cup best quality orange vodka (such as Stoli)
1 cup strawberry nectar
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup sliced oranges
club soda (may use plain club soda…or your favorite flavor of sparkling seltzer…lime works well)
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2 parts Grey Goose Cherry Noir
1 part Luxardo Cherry Liqueur
1 part Cran-Cherry juice
splash freshly squeezed lime juice
garnish: 1 maraschino cherry and 2 cranberries threaded onto a cocktail pick.
Mix first 4 ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice. Mix. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish appropriately.
1 1/2 parts Coole Swan Irish Dairy Cream Liqueur
1/2 part green creme de menthe
1/2 part white creme de cacao
Garnish: sprig of fresh mint and chocolate shavings on top.
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with shaved ice. Strain into a frosted martini glass and garnish with mint and chocolate shavings. Those chocolate stirrers also make a festive garnish!