With the holidays right around the corner, we wanted to share some of our favorite must have drinks to spice up any occasion. Whether you are hosting a bridal shower, baby shower, wedding, birthday or just having some friends over for a fun evening, these drinks are sure to impress any guest!
1. Raspberry Peach Mimosas - Iet's kick brunch up a notch
- Peach Juice
- Sparkling Wine
- Raspberry Liquor
- Slices of raspberries and peaches (for garnish)
- In a champagne flute, combine juice and champagne (I used 1/3 juice and 2/3 champagne). Top with a splash of raspberry liqueur, and garnish with raspberries and peaches.
2. Christmas Sangria - Would Santa like a cold beverage?
- 1 (12-ounce) container frozen white grape juice concentrate, thawed
- 1 (750-ml) bottle chilled Riesling
- Rosemary Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
- 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
- 1 red pear, cored and sliced
- 1 blood orange, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 3 fresh rosemary sprigs
- 1 (750-ml) bottle chilled Prosecco
- Garnish: fresh rosemary sprigs
- In a large pitcher, stir together grape juice concentrate, riesling, and rosemary simple Syrup. Add apple and next 7 ingredients, stirring to combine.
- Just before serving, stir in Prosecco. Garnish with rosemary, if desired.
3. Blueberry Mojito Royale
- 1/3 cup blueberries (plus extra for a fancy blueberry swizzle stick)
- 6-8 leaves fresh mint
- 1 tablespoon sugar in the raw
- 2½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces light rum
- Crushed ice
- 2 ounces chilled Prosecco or champagn
- Place the blueberries, mint leaves, sugar, and lime juice in a glass. (I recommend a 12-ounce glass or mason jar, but you can obviously use whatever you like.) Using a muddling tool or wooden spoon, muddle the ingredients in the bottom of the glass until the blueberries have released their juices.
- Fill the glass with crushed ice and pour the rum over. Give it a stir.
- Top with chilled champagne or Prosecco and garnish with extra mint and blueberries if you’re feeling fancy.
4. Earl Grey Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail
- 1½ oz bourbon (I prefer Bulleit Bourbon)
- 1½ oz chilled Earl Grey Tea (I used Victorian Earl Grey tea from Teahaus Ann Arbor)
- ½ oz shot simple syrup
- 1 blackberry
- ½ oz St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur (optional)
- Garnish with a blackberry and a sprig of rosemary
- Muddle blackberry with simple syrup. Crush out as much blackberry juice as you can.
- Add bourbon, Earl Grey tea, Pear Liqueur if using and ice. Stir until very cold.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a coupe glass.
- Garnish with a blackberry and a sprig of rosemary. (If you want to be fancy, poke the sprig into the blackberry and lay across the top of your glass.)
5. The Witch's Brew - This cocktail is scary delicious
- 1 ounce vodka
- Red and green food coloring
- Lemon soda
- 1/2 ounce Chambord
- Blackberries (optional)
- In a shaker, add two ounces of vodka.
- Mix in 10 drops of green and red food coloring.
- Pour in half an ounce of Chambord.
- Stir all the ingredients with a spoon until everything is completely mixed together.
- Pour the mixture into a martini glass and top it off with an ounce of lemonade fizz.
- Drop in a few pieces of dry ice into the glass and watch the smoke appear.
- Add a blackberry as a garnish