Ten Holiday Cocktails to Make Everything Merry and Bright

Christmas Eve is upon us and you are most likely wrapping your final gifts and delivering special goodies to friends and family.  Craig is going to play Santa this afternoon and deliver our family holiday goodie baskets to friends and neighbors.  As you are making your final holiday plans we thought this would be a great opportunity to remind you of some special holiday cocktails.  Any of these spirited drinks pair nicely with a fire and some Christmas cookies, or make a great after dinner drink on Christmas day.

Christmas at The Blind Pig household has been pared down this year.  We are not traveling to see family, nor are we gathering with big groups, but these cocktails can help to make our celebration a little brighter as we look toward 2021 with hope and anticipation.

  1. Midnight Spice: This cocktail is one that we shared with you several years ago, it makes a delicious dessert cocktail.  It is also great for sipping on a little something around the fire.
  2. Spiced Manhattan was introduced to you as a Fall drink, but its bold flavor holds its own with rich holiday foods.  It’s the perfect cocktail for an evening toast.
  3. Punt e Mes Margarita: Margaritas are always a crowd pleaser.  This recipe has a robust flavor from the Punt e Mes. What better way to toast to Feliz Navidad!
  4. Punt e Mes Sangria: Are you making cocktails for a crew? The rich, bold flavor of the Punt e Mes Sangria will not only please your guests, but it will also keep you from mixing drinks as you entertain.
  5. Jingle Gin Punch: One of Rhonda’s all time favorites from The Blind Pig. How can you celebrate the holidays with out a little punch?
  6. Holiday Margarita: We took the popular margarita and added a little holiday to it.
  7. Merry Margarita: Another one of The Blind Pig Blog’s favs, this margarita is so easy to make, and yet so festive!
  8. Holiday Aperol Spritz: If you are a fan of the Aperol Spritz, this is fun way to spruce up the spritz as you celebrate.
  9. Pomegranate Paloma: This cocktail has been our house go to during the holiday season.  It is so pretty and festive and easy to mix.
  10. The Mistletoe: Another winner gin-based cocktail that has few ingredients and requires little prep.  You may even be able to earn an extra kiss from your sweetie if you mix up this beverage.

What are your plans for Christmas and New Year’s?  If you try out one of our cocktails, we would love to hear from you.

Our Blind Pig Family had a difficult time getting a good family pic this year for our Christmas cards. We did manage to find this one for the back of our card.

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2021.

 

Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older. We do not condone underage drinking. Drink responsibly.

The Mistletoe

Christmas is quickly approaching and this week we are happy to share with you an excellent Christmas cocktail.  Whether you are toasting on this Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, it is the perfect cocktail to top off your holiday celebrations.

This cocktail is quick and easy to make. There is no need for fussy ingredients.  It is light and a bit tart so it pairs nicely with a Christmas ham or delicious holiday sweets.

To make this delicious, festive cocktail you need your favorite gin, lemon juice, cranberry simple syrup and an egg white. There is a little bit of prep with creating your own cranberry simple syrup. It’s not very time consuming, but you will want this prepped before guests arrive.

We’ve made simple syrups in other recipes before, like in the Mojito and The Savannah Special.  Just follow the recipe or take a look back at our other posts.

Garnish this cocktail with some frozen cranberries and a sprig of rosemary and you have a holiday winner!

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for The Mistletoe.

We have one more post that we are going to send your way this week, and then we are taking some time off to enjoy life with the piglets.  Look for a post Wednesday or Thursday for one more holiday recipe.  We are going to be busy this week completing shopping, baking and wrapping.  What are your plans for the countdown to Christmas?

Make sure to check out these  and other Blind Pig Blog holiday recipes.

Cranberry Rum Slush

Holiday Aperol Spritz

Holiday Margarita

Jingle Gin Punch

Merry Margarita

Pomegranate Paloma

Boozy Peanut Butter Blossoms

Borghetti Brownie Caramel Bites

Golden Mint Crinkles

Love You More Cookies

Menta Truffles

Menty Brownies

Thin Mentas

Yum Rum Balls

 

Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older. We do not condone underage drinking. Please drink responsibly.

Bring on the Merry with a Pomegranate Paloma

Did you try out last week’s Holiday Margarita?  We have another cheerful cocktail to share with you.  You may remember from past posts that Paloma’s are one of our favorite easy-to-fix cocktails for summer.  We  love the festive flair that pomegranates bring to cocktails during the holiday season.  We combined these two favorites for a cheerful pom paloma drink.

There are many pomegranate paloma recipes on the internet, but we have developed our own which earned six thumbs up (Craig, Rhonda and Blind Piglet #1)!  We make ours with blanco tequila (we used Espalon), pom juice, lime juice, cocktail ready agave nectar and Topo Chico with lime. Since this cocktail has 1.5 ounces of alcohol shared among too drinks, it won’t get you too tipsy under the mistletoe.

If you are viewing this post via email, please visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a full printable recipe for the Pomegranate Paloma.

Pomegranates are always a great addition to any holiday cocktail. The fruity flavor gives a festive vibe without overpowering appetizers or desserts, the color is beautiful and looks great near any holiday spread, and its easy to garnish with rosemary or other holiday trinkets.  In fact, the color of the Pomegranate Paloma is such a beautiful, rich, red that you might see this pop up again if a certain team makes it to the Super Bowl!

Try out this easy-to-fix and drink cocktail tonight.  We’d love to hear what you think. More fun holiday ideas are on the way to you over the next few weeks.  We are hoping that we can get all of them in before we reach Christmas. (Fingers crossed!)  Good luck with your holiday decorating, shopping, and wrapping!

 

Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older. We do not condone underage drinking.  Drink responsibly.

 

Berry and Bright: Cranberry Rum Slush

Hi friends! We have been busy getting ready for Christmas and keeping up with our kids’ sports.  Our daughter is home from college and our house feels like grand central station, but we wouldn’t change a thing. We managed to squeeze in a fun brunch at Whiskey Cake on Sunday.  We sat at the bar and watched the bartenders make drinks.  We are easily entertained.

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Today we want to share a drink with you that we adapted from our cookbook, For Goodness Taste by the Junior League of Rochester. This is the same cookbook that we found the recipe for PBIF Pie, so you know this is going to be good!

The Cranberry Rum Slush is a great beverage to serve for a holiday get together or on Christmas Eve.  It might seem weird that we are recommending a slush drink for a winter holiday.  The flavor of the rum gives this sweet drink a warm finish, and the color makes for a festive appearance.

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The ingredient list is very simple.  You will need a can of frozen cranberry juice concentrate, rum, Rose’s lime juice, and fresh lime juice.  We had never purchased Rose’s lime juice before, but we easily found it at Kroger on the wine aisle near the Grenadine.  The original recipe also called for adding a little bit of sugar, but we think the drink is plenty sweet without it.  If you don’t like drinks that are too sweet or if you are just watching your calorie intake, you may be able to forgo Rose’s lime juice which is a lime flavored sweetener.  We find that when you use a high quality rum, such as Zaya Rum,  that you don’t need added sugars.

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Cranberry Rum Slush

  • 1 can twelve ounces of frozen cranberry juice concentrate
  • 6 ounces of Zaya Rum
  • 1 ounce Rose’s lime juice
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth.  Add ice and blend to a slush.

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We hope that you will enjoy serving this festive drink at your holiday gatherings.  We have more beverage and gift ideas that we want to share with you before the holidays.  You may be seeing some extra posts in your mailbox this week.  Enjoy your last week to shop before Christmas!

DISCLAIMER: THE BEVERAGES ON THIS SITE ARE MEANT FOR ADULTS 21 YEARS AND OLDER.  WE DO NOT SUPPORT OR ENCOURAGE UNDERAGE DRINKING.  ALWAYS DRINK RESPONSIBLY AND NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE