Whether you will be entertaining during the holidays and are looking a quick cocktail fix with a punch or want to try something more creative, here are the top ten cocktails to celebrate Christmas in the Hamptons.
1. Candy Cane Lane:
This traditional holiday candy tastes just as delicious when in cocktail form.
• 2.5 oz. Van Gogh Blue Vodka
• 1 oz. White Creme de Menthe
• 1/2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
• Splash of Grenadine
• Peppermint Candy for garnish
Add a dash of grenadine into the bottom of a chilled martini glass and set aside. Pour the rest of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into the glass with grenadine to create a "swirl" effect. Garnish with peppermint candy.
2. Cranberry Carousel:
This easy to make cocktail gives off warm notes and is perfect for a no fuss holiday drink.
• 1.5 oz. Grand Marnier
• 2.5 oz. Cascal
Ripe Rouge Natural Soft Drink
• Fresh Cranberries
Fill a highball glass with ice, pour in Grand Marnier, then Cascal. Stir gently. Garnish with fresh cranberries. (Tip: macerate the cranberries in dark rum the night before and muddle the cranberries into the bottom of the glass.)
3. Apple Pie Smoothie:
Looking for a tasty treat for the kids, try this delicious smoothie and if the adults want one add a kick with spiced rum.
• 3/4 Cup Apple Pie Filling
• 1/4 Cup all-natural Coffee-mate
• 3 Tbsp. Plain Yogurt
• Pinch of Cinnamon
• Ice Cubes
• 1 oz. Spiced Rum (Optional)
Remove insides of leftover apple pie filling and place in blender. Add leftover coffee creamer, yogurt, cinnamon, cinnamon and handful of ice cubes. Blend for 15 seconds. Serve in a tall glass. (For adults: Add 1 oz. Spiced Rum and stir in.) Garnish with Cinnamon on top.
Dutch Tea and Apple Pie Smoothie. (Courtesy Photo)
4. Sparkling Cherry & Spice Punch:
Created by Jonathan Pogash
(The Cocktail Guru
), this bubbly punch is perfect for the holidays.
• 1 Bottle (750ml) Grand Marnier Cherry
• 1 Bottle Chandon Rose Sparkling Wine (alternatively 1 liter Seltzer Water)
• 3/4 Cup Fresh Lime Guice
• 5 Tsp. Freshly grated Ginger (muddled and strained)
In a large punch bowl mix together the ginger juice (from the muddled and strained grated ginger) and Grand Marnier Cherry. When ready to serve add plenty of ice to chill and dilute. Then pour in 1/2 bottle of Chandon Rosé sparkling wine. Ladle into flutes and top with splash of Chandon Rosé sparkling wine. Garnish rim of each flute with candied ginger. Serves approximately 20.
5. Dutch Tea:
Sit by the fire and enjoy this cocktail created by James Labe
• 4 oz. Numi
• 2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
• 1 oz. Heavy Cream
Steep 1 Numi Chocolate Pu-erh tea bag at normal strength with freshly boiled water for 3 minutes, then remove bag. Add Vodka and stir. Whip cream with a little sugar and float on top. Dust with Powdered Cocoa to garnish.
Cruzan Holiday Punch and Kilbeggan Irish Sleigh Ride (Courtesy Photo)
6. Cruzan Holiday Punch:
Another great option if you will be entertaining this Christmas.
• 2 parts Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum
• 3 parts Blood Orange Soda
• 1 part Orange Juice
• 2 parts Pomegranate Juice
• 2 parts Club Soda
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and stir for 30 seconds. Serve over ice with a blood orange slice for garnish.
7. Effen Gingerbread Man:
If you skipped decorating a gingerbread house this year get your fill with this yummy cocktail.
• 1 part Effen Vodka
• 3/4 parts Kings Ginger Liqueur
• 3/4 parts Frangelico
• 1/2 part Simple Syrup
• 1 part Cream
In a mixing glass, combine ingredients over ice. Shake, and strain into a cocktail glass dusted with cinnamon.
Crave Cherry Macaroon Martini, EFFEN Gingerbread Man and Season of Mist. (Courtesy Photo)
8. Kilbeggan Irish Sleigh Ride:
This cocktail will help warm you up after a day of sleigh rides.
• 2 parts Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
• 1 part DeKuyper
Creme de Cassis
• 2 parts Fresh Lemon Sour
• Flamed Orange Peel for garnish
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.
9. Crave Cherry Macaroon Martini:
If you are too full for dessert after your holiday dinner this cocktail will satisfy your sweet tooth.
• 1 part JDK & Sons
Crave Chocolate Cherry Liqueur
• 1 part Cruzan Coconut Rum
• Splash of Soda
Shake all ingredients (except soda) with ice. Strain into a martini glass and top with a splash of soda. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.
10. Season of Mist:
If you are in the mood to try something completely unique try this creative cocktail was created by professional mixologist from New York City George Carney
• 2 oz. Ron Abuelo
• 3/4 oz. Dragon Fruit Puree
• 3/4 oz. Poor Man's Kitchen 5 spice syrup
• 1/2 oz. Lime Duice
• 2 healthy dashes of Yuzu Bitters (such as Miracle Mile brand)
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and double strain into a rocks glass (no ice, serve up).
Nicole is the Deputy Editor of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com