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December 18, 2015
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Looking for something new and different to serve at this year’s party? Here are a couple of holiday cocktail ideas that will have your guests singing your praises, in addition to carols.

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gingerbread-martini-sl-xGingerbread Martini

Ingredients

  • Ginger liquer (for rim)
  • Crushed gingersnaps (for rim)
  • 2 tablespoons ginger liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla-citrus liqueur
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coffee-flavored rum
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons whipping cream
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Garnish: partially split vanilla bean brushed with liqueur and rolled in sugar (optional)

Preparation

Dip glass rims in ginger liqueur and crushed gingersnaps. Store glasses in freezer up to 2 days. Stir together ginger liqueur, vanilla-citrus liqueur, coffee-flavored rum, honey, and whipping cream in a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes; cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled (about 30 seconds). Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish, if desired.

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merry-berry-sl-xBerry Christmas “Mocktail”

Ingredients

  • 5 fresh raspberries
  • 4 fresh blueberries
  • 2 fresh blackberries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light agave nectar
  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons ginger ale
  • Garnish: halved fresh raspberries and blackberries (optional)

Preparation

Muddle 5 fresh raspberries, blueberries, 2 fresh blackberries, light agave nectar, mint leaves, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Stir in crushed ice and water. Cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled (7 to 10 seconds). Pour mixture into a 16-oz. glass, and top with ginger ale. Garnish, if desired.

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hot-buttered-rye-sl-xHot Buttered Rye

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup rye whiskey
  • 6 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 tablespoons ginger liqueur
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Preparation

Beat heavy cream and maple syrup with an electric mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until consistency of softened butter. Cover and chill 1 to 24 hours. Pour rye whiskey, hot water, and ginger liqueur into a 6-oz. heatproof cup. Top with about 1/4 cup maple-cream mixture and freshly grated nutmeg.

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Recipes and photos courtesy of Time, Inc.

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