While we might not be holding our traditional big holiday parties this year, we can still share the fun with the ones close to us at home. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite holiday cocktails that you can make at home. So, get ready to wrap up in a blanket and snuggle near the fireplace and sip these delicious boozy creations.
Rudolph Red Rosemary Cocktail
Hit the festive holiday cocktail mark with the flavors of the season.
- 1 satsuma (peel only)
- Juice of 1/2 small lime
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 1/2 ounces pomegranate juice
- 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup (see below)
- Lime peel (garnish)
Combine all ingredients except garnish and muddle. Strain into glass and garnish with lime peel.
Rosemary Simple Syrup
Combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a stovetop pan. Toss in two sprigs of fresh rosemary. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Strain and chill.
Sparkling Lemon Sorbet Christmas Cocktails
This classic, swoon-worthy, Italian lemon cocktail is so pretty, yummy, and frothy, thanks to the lemon sorbet. I serve this drink in my grandmother’s vintage Champagne coupe glasses, lined with lemon peel, and garnished with a sprig of fragrant garden rosemary.
- 1 cup chilled prosecco
- 2 tablespoons vodka
- 1/2 cup lemon sorbet
In a bowl, add chilled prosecco, vodka, and sorbet. Whisk the ingredients until the prosecco begins to get frothy but the sorbet hasn’t entirely melted. Ladle into coupe glasses, garnish, and enjoy.
The Very Merry Mule
Keep your guests’ spirits high with my holiday take on the Moscow Mule in festive copper mugs from West Elm.
- 1 1/2 shots vodka
- 1 shot cranberry juice
- 1 shot ginger ale
- 1/2 shot rosemary simple syrup
- 1/2 shot freshly squeezed citrus juice
- 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Muddle well, and strain over ice into copper mugs. Top off with more ginger ale, if desired. Add garnishes — I used a sprig of fragrant rosemary from the garden and organic fresh cranberries dipped in juice and glazed with vanilla bean sugar.
I always like to kick off holiday gatherings with Champagne. It just says celebration. There’s nothing like a few embellishments to take your holiday Champagne cocktails to the next level. Fresh pomegranate seeds and sprigs of garden rosemary combine for one glorious glass of holiday bubbles!