Recipes: Christmas Cocktails

While you’re rocking around the Christmas tree this evening, have one of these festive cocktails, provided by local restaurants and hot spots, in hand.

Biltmore Gingerbread Martini

Gingerbread Martini, courtesy of The Arizona Biltmore
1 ½ oz. Belvedere
1 oz. Bailey’s
½ oz. Gingerbread Monin syrup
Crushed gingerbread cookie for the rim
Shake ingredients and top with gingerbread cookie rim.

chestnut roasting cocktail

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, courtesy of Hidden Meadow Ranch
Roast a fresh chestnut in a 350-degree oven. Make a small “x” through the shell before placing in oven lest it explode.
1 Roasted chestnut
1 T sweet butter
1 T brown sugar
Dash cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
2 oz. dark rum
1 C boiling water
Place chestnut (warm) in the bottom of a mug, with all other ingredients. Pour hot water over and let steep for a couple of minutes. Enjoy your cocktail and eat the chestnut at the end for an added bonus.

white cran marg

White Cranberry Margarita, courtesy of Macayo’s
In a metal shaker, combine the following:
1 ½ oz. Partida Blanco Tequila
2 oz. White Cranberry Juice
1 ea wedge orange fresh squeezed
3 oz. Sweet and Sour
Fill shaker with ice. Shake in metal shaker. Fill a sugar-rimmed 16-ounce glass with ice. Pour ingredients from shaker into glass. Garnish with orange slice and float cranberries on top.

White Chocolate Martini  Cask 63

White Chocolate-Candy Cane Martini, courtesy of Cask 63
1.5 oz. half and half
2 oz. Godiva white chocolate liqueur
1 oz. peppermint schnapps
1 oz. Vodka
Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes. Shake. Strain/pour. Garnish with a candy cane.

snowtini

Snow Tini, courtesy of Uptown Alley
1 ½ oz. Baileys Mint Chocolate
1 oz. Rumplemints
1 ¼ oz. Creme de Mint
Combine Baileys, Rumplemints and ice in shaker tin. Shake contents vigiously. Strain into chilled martini glass. Top with cream and crushed candy cane. Drop 1/4 oz. creme de mint on top. Garnish with candy cane.

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