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Holiday Cocktails to Keep You Sipping All Season Long

Story and images by Lisa L. Bynum What better way to add a little merriment to your holiday season than with a delicious craft cocktail? Whether you're planning a cozy night by the fireplace or a lively holiday party, these cocktail recipes promise to infuse your festivities with the perfect blend of flavors that will be remembered long after the last sip. Raise a toast to the magic of the holidays.

cocktail, bourbon milk punch

Bourbon Milk Punch Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

Method: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until well-chilled and pour the cocktail into a rocks glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick if desired.

cocktail, rosemary and gin grapefruit

Rosemary and Gin Grapefruit Cocktail Makes 1 cocktail Ingredients for the rosemary simple syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 large sprigs of fresh rosemary

Ingredients for the Rosemary and Gin Grapefruit Cocktail:

  • 2 ounces gin (such as Wonderbird Spirits Gin No. 61)

  • 3 ounces ruby red grapefruit juice

  • 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup (more if you want it a little sweeter)

Method to make the rosemary simple syrup:

  1. Combine the simple syrup ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Bring to a boil, then allow the mixture to simmer until the sugar has dissolved, about 1-2 minutes.

  3. Remove the pan from heat. Allow the mixture to cool completely.

  4. Remove and discard the rosemary stems before serving.

How to make the Rosemary and Gin Grapefruit Cocktail: Combine the cocktail ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for a few seconds until everything is combined. Strain into an ice filled glasses and garnish the cocktail with grapefruit wedges and rosemary springs if desired.

cocktail, tuaca pineapple martini

Tuaca Pineapple Martini Makes 1 martini Tuaca (pronouced too · aa · kuh) is a type of Italian brandy flavored with citrus and vanilla spice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Tuaca

  • 1 oz. Amaretto

  • 1 oz. vodka (such as Cathead Vodka)

  • 1 ½ oz. pineapple juice

  • Maraschino cherries, for garnish

Method:

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Pour in liqueurs, vodka, and pineapple juice. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and shake until combined. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with cherries if desired.

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