How to Make: Tasty Winter Cocktails

On December 11, I will be hosting my very first holiday cocktail party! Woo hoo! I couldn’t be more excited and have spent the last few days planning, decorating and searching for the perfect holiday cocktails to serve. There are a ton of options out there! I came across everything from eggnogs to hot toddies and ciders to winter sangria. In the end, I went with two beverages that use simple and relatively inexpensive ingredients, which will hopefully save me some money and time in the long run.

Both of these recipes come from the Martha Stewart website. I slightly modified the Berry Little Cocktail to better suit my guests and budget. Here is the original recipe.

How to Make: A Berry Little Cocktail


1/2 cup sugar
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 oz vodka
2 oz Champagne
1 oz cranberry juice

“In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, dissolve sugar into 1 1/2 cups water. Add cranberries and simmer for 5 minutes, or until softened. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain, discard liquid, and place cranberries on a tray in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Chill vodka, Champagne, and juices, then mix in a champagne glass. Garnish with skewer of 4 or 5 frozen candied cranberries. Reserve the rest for another drink.”

How to Make: A Winter Solstice Cocktail


1 1/2 oz orange vodka
1/2 oz orange flavored liqueur
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
club soda & ice

“In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and ice; shake until well combined. Strain into a chilled martini glass; add a splash of soda.”
Read more at Winter Solstice Cocktail – Martha Stewart Recipes


Other Great Holiday Cocktail Resources:

Delish’s Holiday Cocktail Guide (A ton of options to pick from!)

Epicurious’s Drink Recipes (Their list includes holiday beverages like Santa Sangria and the Lemon Rose Bellini. And its sorted by liquor and hot vs. cold drinks.)

SLOSHED! (Posts really great seasonal drinks. I’ll be keeping an eye on this site until party time)

CocktailNerd’s “A Cocktailian Christmas List” (Its not a drink list BUT it is a good gift guide for the cocktailers in your life!)


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