Dazzling Drink Recipes To Make Your Season Bright

Holiday adult beverages should be as festive as the décor! Simple is elegant and ever so tasty!

Poinsettia our “winter version” of the Mimosa!                                                        

 Fill wine or champagne glass halfway with champagne, add cranberry juice and drop 3 cranberries into the glass. *for economical “champagne look alike” find Verdi at your local beer distributor. Made in Italy from grapes, it is considered a malt but is fantastic! We used it for catering and wedding toasts (at the hosts’ request as a major savings) be sure you get the regular. There is a peach also.


Berry Sangria  – Great for groups! Break out the punch bowl or a nice glass vessel with spigot. Just a few minutes to prep. A perfect choice to serve all year long.                                                                                                                                      

Add all together and chill for an hour. If you’ve got a ring mold-add cranberry and water, drop in some of all fruit and freeze. When setting out Sangria, set ice mold in warm water to loosen. Remove from mold and gently-no splashing-place into punch bowl.                                                                                                                                   

Cabernet – 1 (750ml) bottle       

Razzmatazz- 1 C. (raspberry liquor or schnapps) *option: V8 Berry Splash    

OJ – C.                  

Cranberry juice- 1 C.                                                                                                       

Maraschino cherries- ¾ C.                                                                                         

Raspberries- 1 small carton

Slice oranges and limes- remove seeds                                                                              

*if you like fizz, simply add some sprite or lemon-lime soda


Hot Apple Pie– Like a liquid dessert and ever so yummy, this is great for winter weather parties!  Basically only two ingredients and garnish put together this crowd pleaser. Below is by the mug, but for a crowd I do a crock pot with cinnamon sticks floating. Whipped cream garnish after ladling.                                                                                                                            

2 oz. Tuaca (Italian liquor with a fantastic combo of citrus and vanilla-excellent as a sipping cordial too!)                                                                                                        

½ C. Hot Apple cider   

Garnish with a dab of whipped cream and a cinnamon stick . For crockpot: 1 gallon apple cider with about 1 qt. Tuaca, drop in about 10 cinnamon sticks-set to warm. Side benefit….the house will smell great!



Here we go a Wassailing! The Anglo-Saxon phrase “waes hael” which translates to “good health”. Historically this was an important part of the wassailing, a drinking and singing tradition in medieval England. It was supposed to insure a good apple harvest the following year by singing to the trees in the orchard. Hmmmm…..perhaps they drank a tad too much? So break out your mugs, get your singing voices ready as it seems appropriate for your next get together with good friends. Originally containing mulled ale, curdled cream and eggs, the many modern versions have dropped these-thanks goodness! Break out the crock pot or slow cooker and allow this elixir to step and send the most glorious odors wafting about. Rarely would you need or want a scented candle when you’ve got this cranking about in the kitchen!                                                                 

 Add all to pot and simmer on low-ladle into mugs:                                         

2 C. dark rum                  1 gallon apple cider         1 apple slice          2 C. Orange juice   

 ½ sliced orange             10 cinnamon sticks

¼ tsp. ground cloves





Cranberry Snow– Really a Cosmo but rimmed in snow!                                           

Finely ground dry sugared coconut (if can’t find simply pass thru’ food processor)                  Place coconut into round dish. Using a wedge of lime, “rim” the glass by placing lime onto rim and slide all the way around. Now invert the Martini glass into dish and gently rotate to coat edges with “snow”.  Set aside. Into shaker, add ice and rest of ingredients. Shake vigorously, strain into glass and serve.


1.5 oz. vodka                                                                                                                          

 ½ oz. triplesec                                                                                                                             

1 oz. cranberry 





Christmas Lights Out–  a nice little sippin’ treat

Ingredients:3 oz. vodka                 

1.5 oz. bourbon whiskey                                                                                                           

1 tsp. maple syrup                                                                                                               

 ½ tsp. vanilla                     

4 oz. low fat milk                                                                                                                   

Shake and serve over ice.


Banana Nut Bread – A drink with crust!                                                                      


Ground graham cracker * if can’t find, simply crush and grind graham crackers in the food processor, add 1 tsp. cinnamon  and 1 tblsp. sugar                                                                                    Mix 1st 3 together and set in wide round dish. Wet just the edge of martini glass, shake off excess and invert into graham cracker mix-moving glass around to fully coat. (can use a lemon wedge to moisten rather than H20)

1 oz. vodka ½ oz. banana liquor 

½ oz. hazelnut (Amaretta)  Combine all liquors, shake with ice and strain into rimmed glass. This is a yum drink for sure!


Remember folks, go easy this holiday. Consider using a designated driver, taxi or Uber. Better yet- have the party at your house and not have to leave! Have a great one from all of us at JERSEYSHORESCENE!

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