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2 oz gin
1/2 oz Grand Marnier orange liqueur
2 tsp lemon juice
1 twist lemon peel
In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the gin, Grand Marnier, and lemon juice. Shake well. Strain into a sour glass and garnish with the lemon twist.
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Pour vodka, cherry brandy, dry vermouth, Campari and creme de bananes into a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes. Stir well, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.
As soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over, the Christmas season is officially on – which means lots of partying and merrymaking. Warm drinks are very much a part of Christmas festivities, but beyond the classic eggnog, here are top 10 mixed drinks you can serve for the holidays.
1. Angel's Delight
Creamy, pink and absolutely delightful, Angel's Delight is a wonderful dessert cocktail to serve at a dinner party. Mix equal parts of triple sec and gin with just enough cream and add a few dashes of grenadine which you can make yourself.
2. Candy Cane
A fun holiday cocktail, Candy Cane is a combination of berry, peppermint and chocolate flavors. Mix equal parts of berry-flavored vodka, Peppermint Schnapps and white Crème de Cacao with a little grenadine to create your base then line the rim with crushed peppermint candy.
3. Christmas Jones
A James Bond favorite, Christmas Jones is a refreshing highball drink that begins with a blend of strawberries, pineapple and vodka, topped off with 7-Up for a little fizz, and then garnished with fresh mint to add a little cheer to the final presentation.
4. Dreaming of Zen
Dreaming of Zen is a fancy dessert martini that calms you down with a full range of flavors, including Zen green tea and Midori liqueurs, mango, pepper, mint and nutmeg. Get an extra mellow feel with some additional cream – perfect for those who are looking for an escape from the chaos.
5. Santa Shot
Perfect for Christmas parties, the Santa Shot features festive layers of red, green, and white which you’ll enjoy shooting with a group. The dominant mint flavor is accented with the fruitiness of grenadine at the bottom. Brush up on your layering technique to get the full "Santa" effect.
Although named after Dr. Seuss' classic holiday character, this cocktail is no nasty Grinch. In fact, after one or two of these melon-flavored drinks, even the meanest Grinch will have a smile on their face. The sweet flavor of Midori and lemon juice is further enhanced by a little syrup. Top it with a maraschino cherry to represent the changed heart of the green man.
7. Holiday Hopper
Holiday Hopper is a Grasshopper with a twist, combining melon, mint, chocolate and cream into an interesting sip of delightful flavors. This pale green cocktail is absolutely delicious and an indulgence you deserve amid all of the holiday hoopla.
8. Tom & Jerry
Truly a classic winter cocktail, Tom and Jerry has been a favorite for longer than almost any other holiday drink. It's a sweet, frothy warm cocktail that is flavored by dark rum and Cognac or any other type of brandy. The use of hot milk instead of hot water makes the drink thicker and scream Christmas.
9. English Christmas Punch
Warm up your holidays with a wonderful English Christmas punch. This cocktail has a dark rum base that is enhanced by the flavors of red wine and tea. The flaming spectacle adds to the excitement of your evening – imagine lighting up an entire punch bowl in the middle of your party!
10. Merry Christmas
Spread the Christmas cheer with a round of these refreshing highballs. Merry Christmas features one of the best flavors of the season: cranberry. Garnish with fresh or dried cranberries and leave the gin out as an option for non-drinking guests.
With Valentine’s Day as a great drink holiday, it’s time that you start thinking about drinks appropriate for lovers on this special day. Sure, you can do the ‘eat out and then catch a movie’ routine but why not opt for something completely different this time? Just what exactly do I have in mind? What about dinner for two at home accompanied by aphrodisiac-inspired Valentine mixed drinks?
Drink Your Way to Love with these Valentine Mixed Drinks
When one says aphrodisiacs, can chocolate be far behind? So why does chocolate have such a romantic lore about it? It’s said that chocolate has phenylethylamine and seratonin, which are our bodies’ natural mood lifters. Another school of thought is that because chocolate was so hard to come by then (only the elite and really special people can afford chocolate) that such an elusive treat was an instant aphrodisiac.
So in honor of chocolate, here are 3 Valentine mixed drinks you can serve up to your loved one.
For a spirited drink to start off the night, try the Chocolate Banana Martini.
2 parts Ketel One vodka
1 part white creme de cacao
1 part 99 Bananas banana schnapps
Fill a mixing glass with the above ingredients, stir and pour into a chilled martini glass.
For a romantic after-dinner cuddle… try the Adult Hot Chocolate.
1 1/2 oz peppermint schnapps
6 oz hot chocolate
1/2 - 1 oz whipped cream
Warm your mug to make the drink last warm longer. Put the peppermint schnapps into the container and then top if off with hot chocolate. Top the drink with whipped cream and serve. (You can place the can of whipped cream beside you guys for… er… extra servings if you wish later.)
To help keep things going all through the night, try the Chocolate Coffee Kiss.
3/4 coffee liqueur
3/4 Irish Cream Liqueur
1 splash creme de cocoa (brown)
1 splash mandarine napolean
1 1/2 oz chocolate syrup
Put the liqueurs and syrup into a glass and fill it with hot coffee. Top it off with whipped cream and garnish with shaved chocolate or a cherry.
Another so-called aphrodisiac is the chili. It’s known as a ‘love inducer’ because it gets your blood pressure going. It gives your cheeks that warm, rosy glow and makes you feel warm and fuzz inside… provided you don’t overdo the chili of course.
Following are chili-inspired Valentine mixed drinks you can try.
First off is of course, good old fashioned Bloody Mary.
3 oz. tomato juice
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1 dash lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
2 or 3 drops tabasco Sauce
Combine and shake all the ingredients with ice. Strain the drink into a highball glass filled with ice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish the drink with a stick of celery or asparagus. (Celery and asparagus are also considered aphrodisiacs thanks to their phallus shape!)
For something a bit radical, try the Acapulco Zombie.
juice of 1 lemon
salt & pepper
3 drops Tabasco sauce
1/2 oz clamato juice
1 1/2 oz Bacardi Limon rum
4 oz Corona Extra lager
Mix the lemon, Tabasco sauce, clamato juice, salt and pepper. Fill the glass with ice, add the rum and fill with Corona beer. Shake and strain into a highball glass.
The next Valentine mixed drink is not really contain an aphrodisiac… or is it?
Try the Viagra Shot.
1/3 oz green creme de menthe
1/3 oz white creme de cacao
1/2 oz Bailey’s Irish cream
1/2 oz amaretto almond liqueur
Blend the ingredients, add ice, strain into a sexy glass… and watch as the evening unfolds.
Prep Time : 10 Min Total Time: 25 min
One quesadilla per person is surely not enough for almost anyone we know so make sure to make plenty to go around. This is a great party food or to make if you are just having cocktails.
1. Mash beans in medium bowl until chunky. Add goat cheese, tomato, corn, scallions, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper, and stir until well combined.
2. Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Spread 1/2 cup bean mixture evenly over 1 tortilla, and top with another tortilla. Repeat with remaining bean mixture and tortillas.
3. Raise heat to medium-high. Grill quesadillas, 1 or 2 at a time, until grill marks appear and filling is hot, about 2 min per side. Cut into wedges and serve warm.
Note: Alternative cooking can give the quesadillas a smoky flavor if you cook them on an outdoor grill.