Festive & Refreshing! The Poinsettia Christmas Cocktail

This year I’m going with the classic poinsettia cocktail with a slightly modified recipe I prefer…this makes four cocktails …

Put four champagne flutes in the freezer.

Combine the following three ingredients and chill:

4 oz cointreau
3 oz vodka
8 oz cranberry juice cocktail

When ready to serve, divide the mixture evenly among the four glasses and top with about 3 oz champagne each glass and garnish with a twist of orange.

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For a non-alcoholic cocktail, simply fill half the glass with cranberry juice cocktail and top it off with seltzer, 7UP or maybe even ginger ale. Garnish with a twist of orange and enjoy!

Cat Nip Cocktail

This is my selection for a Halloween cocktail this year – it may take some lead time because you might have to track down the ingredients, but I think it’s worth it! This is an original recipe & I love it!

Makes 2 cocktails…

Chill two Nick & Nora, martini or coupe glasses by filling them with ice and setting them aside or by putting them in the freezer.

5 ounces Ransom Old Tom Gin (available at Total Wine and elsewhere)

1.5 ounces fresh squeezed clementine juice

1.5 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice (or lemon juice if you prefer)

1 ounce Traeger Smoked Simple Syrup (available at Amazon and elsewhere)

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake thoroughly. Strain into chilled glasses.

*A note on the name…every time I squeeze clementines I feel like I’m milking a cat a la Meet the Fockers (click link below!), plus this is related to the Tom & Jerry (5 parts Old Tom, 2.5 parts lemon juice & 1.5 parts simple syrup)–again a cat…given the name and the color, as well as the autumnal notes imparted by the vanilla, clove & smoke simple syrup, I thought this would be the perfect cocktail for Halloween! 

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