Tuesday, December 18, 2012

{Holiday Entertaining} 3 Festive Holiday Cocktail Ideas

No holiday party is complete without a festive cocktail to add a little EXTRA holiday cheer! As always, I've got ya covered! I have rounded up 3 cocktail recipes that are sure to be a hit at your next holiday gathering.

Check out these delish holiday cocktail recipes...

French Kiss


1 oz Chambord 
1 oz vodka 
1 oz dark crème de cacao 
1.5 oz half and half 


Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Jingle Jangle Punch


1.5 cups berry vodka
3/4 cups Grand Marnier
6 pints of fresh berries (raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries)
1 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed—about 8 lemons)
1.5 cups simple syrup
1 bottle sparkling wine (Something Extra Dry)

1. Combine all the ingredients (except the berries and sparkling wine) in a large glass or plastic container (or pitcher). Stir well.
2. Wash the berries.
3. When ready to serve, first fill the punch bowl with ice. Pour a small amount of the mixture in a cocktail shaker.
4. Add about five to seven berries.
5. Top with ice and shake HARD. (Make sure you shake hard enough so that the berries break apart in the cocktail shaker.)
6. Strain into the punch bowl.
7. Keep repeating steps until the mixture is all shaken and in the punch bowl.
8. Top the punch with about 3/4 of the bottle of sparkling wine and stir well.
9. Top the punch with additional berries and serve.

S'mores Martini


1 oz. chocolate vodka
1 oz. Baily's Irish Cream
1 oz. chocolate liquor
1 oz. Cream de Cacao
1 oz. vanilla vodka
2 oz. heavy cream
Toasted marshmallows, 
Graham crackers (crushed)
Chocolate syrup
 Bamboo Martini skewers


1. Dip the rim of glasses into the chocolate syrup, then into the crushed crackers. Chill glasses in freezer.

Pour all remaining ingredients, except marshmallows, into a Martini shaker filled with ice, and shake until well blended.  

3. Pour into really nice glasses.  

4. Skewer the toasted marshmallows on the bamboo skewers, place across the rim and serve..for about 2 servings.

PTE Wants to Know: Do you have a go-to festive holiday day drink that you serve every year? We'd love to hear about it! Please share the recipe in the comments section below.


Nikola Ahaiwe is a Los Angeles wedding /event planner and owner of Platinum Touch Events, a boutique event planning firm servicing southern CA. To  learn more about Platinum Touch Events, please visit our website and become a fan on Facebook to stay connected.

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