This Year's Holiday Cocktail Selection

cranberry cocktail
Cranberry Cinnamon Whiskey Sour (photo by cp)

As you may know, one of my favorite hobbies is crafting cocktails – it’s the perfect complement to an occupation that requires keeping up on the news!! I don’t overdo it, don’t worry, but I do like to do it right! And I take requests 🙂 My husband suggested something with cranberry and whiskey for Thanksgiving so I chose this recipe:
Cranberry Cinnamon Whiskey Sour
This morning I made the cranberry cinnamon simple syrup the recipe calls for (OMGosh is that good!) so it would have plenty of time to cool before I put it in the fridge and I discovered as I strained the cranberries out of the syrup that the strained bits of cooked cranberries are absolutely delicious! I put them in a bowl, added a tiny bit of salt, called it Cranberry Chutney & I’m serving it instead of cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving – it’s delicious! (Note on the drink: my cranberry syrup was a little too tart so I had to add 1 1/2 ounces plain simple syrup to the recipe to get it just right–you might want to play with it yourself depending on how tart yours is.)
I also picked some wintery cocktails for later in the season to blend up with ice in my new vitamix – they look snowy on their own but i put a squirt of whipped cream and a sprinkle of desiccated coconut on top and they look crazy wintery! Next I’m going to try rimming the glass with desiccated coconut – I think that will take the cake–or the cocktail in this case 🙂
Winter Wonderland
This is a photo of the actual drink I made – it is SO yummy! Better than it looks, which is saying a lot!

Almond Joy Cocktail
To be honest with you, I’m really going bananas and am combining these two recipes – the winter wonderland and the Almond Joy cocktail…
I also made an Almond Joy Flip by replacing the half and half in the above recipe with a whole egg, “dry shaking” it (shaking it in a shaker before adding ice), then shaking it with ice (instead of blending it in the vitamix) and serving it up. Man, that was good!
By the way, if you can get your hands on Coconut Koloa Rum, you won’t go back to Malibu, ever! And if you do get some, you might want to try my Winter Blue Martini recipe – this one I invented myself…
My daughter insists on photo credit for catching me in the act of creating the Winter Blue Martini! (I wonder if I should add a little Coco Lopez to make it snowier looking?)

2 parts Coconut Koloa Rum
1 part Blue Curacao
1 part pineapple juice
Shake over ice, rim a martini glass with desiccated coconut & serve up.
Santa’s Whiskey Flip

My last cocktail of this Christmas season will be this one, cause I love flips (that’s a cocktail with a whole raw egg in it, while a nog is cooked with whole egg if I understand the definitions correctly) and I love amaretto:
Santa’s Whiskey Flip
That one literally takes up to a week to make, but I think it’ll be worth it!! (I’ve already got my cinnamon sticks infusing the Makers Mark and I’m sure Santa will find this beats a glass of milk by the fireplace!)

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