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December 13, 2012

Delectable Drinks for Tasty Toastings

Break out the bar--it's time to toast the holiday season in style. Whether your guest list includes a dozen or hundreds, these cocktails are sure to please any crowd.

Berry Berry Belini

Ingredients
1 oz. pureed raspberries
1 oz. raspberry liqueur
4 oz. Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry Champagne or a comparable brand

Method
Pour all ingredients over ice in a martini shaker and shake lightly. Add a berry kabob and serve.

From www.rollingout.com

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Ingredients
1/2 oz. Stoli Vanilla (optional to give it kick)
1 oz. pumpkin spice liqueur
1/2 oz. Kahlua
1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 oz. half-and-half
Crushed graham crackers ?Cinnamon sticks (garnish)

Method
Add all liquids in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into large martini glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

From www.hgv.com

Reindeer 'Rita
Servings: 4

Ingredients
8 oz. tequila
4 oz. fresh lime juice
4 oz. organic pineapple juice
2 oz. organic blueberry juice
3 limes
4 oz. fresh blueberries
4 fresh mint sprigs
Ice

Method
Mix tequila and juices in a pitcher filled with ice. Allow the mixture to sit for a minute, giving time for the flavors to marry. Pour into ice-filled glasses. Slice the limes. Add a few slices and about 6 blueberries to each glass. Garnish with blueberry skewer and lime wheel.

To make garnish: Thread blueberries onto skewer and top with a sprig of fresh mint. Garnishes can be made ahead and kept in refrigerator for up to 2 days.

From www.ivillage.com
Photo: Jack Deutsch

Cool Yule
Servings: 10

Ingredients
3 cups pineapple juice
2 cups mango nectar
2 cups passion fruit nectar or juice
1 cup orange juice
2 1/2 cups light rum
1/2 cup Cointreau
1/2 cup Apricot Brandy
Orange slices
6 cups ice

Method
Mix all ingredients in a punch bowl or drinks dispenser. Serve.

From www.ivillage.com

Candy Cane Martini

Ingredients
1 1/4 oz. vanilla vodka
1 1/4 oz. white crème de cacao
3/4 oz. peppermint schnapps
Garnish: peppermint candy

Method
Combine vanilla vodka, white creme de cacao, and peppermint schnapps in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with peppermint candy.

From 101 Martinis (Wiley & Sons, 2006) by Kim Haasarud; liquid-architecture.com.

Via myrecipes.com

Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty

Marti's Hot Apple Pie Toddy
Servings: 1 large mug

Ingredients
2 oz. Tuaca Liqueur
6 oz. apple cider
A little fresh ground nutmeg for garnish
Whipped cream
Cinnamon sticks

Method
Warm apple cider in a saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat (and open flames) and add Tuaca. Pour into a large mug, add a big dollop of whipped cream, a little fresh nutmeg, and a cinnamon stick;tastes just like mom's apple pie!

From www.martieknows.squarespace.com

December 2012 eNews

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