It’s getting to be that time of year again, to prepare for a fun and festive holiday season. I’ve paired some super cute invitations from Tiny Prints with signature cocktail recipes that go with each one to really pull your holiday parties together.
I enlisted a few friends to take a card and create a cocktail to match. Everyone came over and one at a time made their concoctions for us all to taste. Have I mentioned how much I love my job?
Below you’ll find recipes for a Cosmopolitan, Champagne Fizz, Lavender Sidecar, Coco Snowball and a Thin Mint Martini.
I went first with a somewhat classic Cosmopolitan:
Cosmo Recipe: In a shaker, add 3 oz. vodka, 1 1/2 oz. cranberry juice, 1 oz. cointreau, 1 oz. fresh lime juice and ice. Shake it up and pour it in your favorite martini glass. I added a sugar rim and lemon peel swirl for garnish.
Gina came next with a fabulous Champagne Fizz – perfect for a new years celebration!
Champagne Fizz Recipe: Using a shaker, add 1 1/2 oz. gin, 1 oz. fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp. sugar. Shake well and pour into a champagne flute. Top it off with champagne. Gina also rimmed the glass with agave honey and colored sugar. The agave really made the sugar stick – great tip!
Carissa got fancy with a Lavender Sidecar and she even made her own lavender infused honey by heating up 5 Tbs. raw honey, 1/4 cup dried lavender and 1/4 cup hot water. Once you heat to combine, turn off heat and let sit for 30 minutes and then strain into a container.
Lavender Sidecar Recipe: In a shaker, combine 1 1/2 oz. bourbon, 1/2 oz. orange liquor, 1 oz. lavender infused honey, 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice, and a dash of orange bitters. Add ice and shake up! She rimmed her glass with purple sugar and poured in her cocktail with a little ice to keep it nice and cold. This one made us feel like we were relaxing in an old, low-lit speakeasy in the 1930’s.
My sister and former Eight By Five blogger, Lesley, came next with a colorful Coco Snowball - very Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Coco Snowball Recipe: Shake up 2 oz. vanilla stoli, 2 oz. malibu rum, 2 oz. coco lopez (found at BevMo), 1/2 oz. blue curacao and ice. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel swirl. You can also rim the glass with honey and dip into fresh shredded coconut for a real “snowball” effect.
And last but certainly not least, the Thin Mint Martini. Perfect sweet treat for your Christmas gathering.
Thin Mint Martini Recipe: In a shaker, combine 2 oz. creme de cacao, 1 oz. creme de menthe, 1 oz. baileys, 1 oz. chilled hot chocolate, 2 1/2 oz. cream, and ice. Shake and pour into a martini glass. She sugared her rim and placed some fresh mint for garnish.
There was no way we could pick a favorite, they all were so unique and really tasty.
Which would you, or have you tried?
All photos taken by my friend and fabulous photographer, Amber McGee out of Folsom, CA