Christmas Cocktails All Year Long
Christmas might occur only once on the yearly calendar, but cocktails live on the year-round calendar, and you know we won’t judge anyone who makes them Christmas-themed in the spring. After all, Old World Christmas believes the Christmas spirit should be alive all year long. We came up with some recipes for a few delectable aperitifs, accented with Christmas flair, and paired them with one of our popular and delightful cocktail Christmas ornament.
A festive twist on a splendidly dry martini includes eggnog. Because why not? It’s a simple mix of dark rum and vanilla vodka shaken with some holiday eggnog and finished with crushed graham crackers around the rim. This medley pairs perfectly with our martini Christmas ornament.
2 ounces of dark rum
1/2 ounce of vanilla vodka
1 1/2 ounces of Eggnog
Dash of simple syrup
Garnish: Crushed graham crackers around the rim
Blended or on the rocks? Salt around the rim? Yes please. Margaritas hit the spot all year, but make them especially Christmas-themed and perfect for the holidays by giving them jolly flavor and festive color.
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
3/4 cup tequila
1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau or Triple Sec
A warm, winter take on a year-round favorite is mulled wine. It’s warmed, fruited and spiced and takes the edge off a cold, dark winter day. Make a big batch, let it richly perfume your home and sip it slowly with friends around the fire. This dark and moody drink is represented by its base, a bottle of red wine, and we’ve got an ornament for that!
1 bottle red wine (750ml) - use an inexpensive fruity red that's on the sweet side like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Zinfandel
3 cups unsweetened apple cider
1/4 cup honey
3-4 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise
4-5 star anise
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon, fresh ground nutmeg
1/4 cup brandy
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1 small orange, sliced
It’s bright and cheery, sweet and sour, perfect for a Christmas party garnished with a sprig of rosemary topped with a cranberry. The Christmas Cosmo will be a big hit and is perfectly paired with our cosmopolitan cocktail ornament.
1 1/2 ounces vodka, rosemary flavored
1/2 ounce triple sec or 1/2 ounce Cointreau liqueur
1 ounce cranberry juice
1 inch rosemary sprig, for garnish
Garnish: 1 cranberry
Two Takes on a Christmas Moscow Mule
We couldn’t just pick one recipe for a Christmas take on the Moscow Mule. Though different, both recipes highlight the ginger spice and Christmas spirit. Our Moscow Mule ornament is a fan favorite.
Spicy Ginger Man
1 oz Vanilla Vodka
1 oz Hazelnut liqueur
1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
2 oz Ginger Beer
Garnish: Cinnamon stick
Cranberry Ginger Fizz
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup water
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 lemon, cut into wedges
½ orange, cut into slices
1½ cups dry gin - Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater or Tanqueray
1 cup chilled ginger ale
Garnish: 4 mint sprigs
Bloody Mary with Red & Green Christmas Garnish
A Bloody Mary feels like it would be more the preferred drink of the Grinch than Santa, but even this drink can take on a festive feel with red and green garnish: celery and tomatoes. The best garnish, we believe, would be our Blood Mary ornament. Ho, Ho, Ho!
6 oz V8 juice
3 oz vodka
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp horseradish
1/2 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
1 tbsp olive juice from jar of olives
2 tsp lime juice about 1 wedge
1-2 dashes hot sauce
1 tbsp sea salt flaky or fine
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp chili powder
Whichever cocktail and ornament combination you choose, Christmas spirit reigns with them all. Plan ahead for Christmas, host a summer Christmas party or just turn on the Christmas hits and pour yourself a drink, just make sure it tastes like Christmas.
Visions of sugar plums danced in my head as I nestled back into my cozy seat, and in a flash the train was off. Reflecting on my trip while munching on the second pretzel I was amazed with my unexpected trip wondering how I’d describe my trip. If only I had a memento. I carefully unwrapped my early Christmas present from the hands of the man himself to discover delightful replicas of each place I visited. Knowing I’d set it up each Christmas, as a magical visual of an incredible trip, I was thankful for the story to go with it.