Holiday Party Cocktails, Green Gourmets Style

14 Dec

by Green Gourmet K

Are you in the holiday spirit yet?  How about a holiday cocktail to get you in the mood to celebrate?

There are two things, among many others, that my dear friend A and I have in common; we both love sparkling wines (at any time, for any occasion) and we share an irrational fondness for Bon Appetit magazine (food nerd alert!).  So when we needed some inspiration for what to serve at her holiday party this past weekend we turned to the December Bon Appetit.  One thing that immediately stood out was the recipe for Cranberry Champagne Cocktails.  As usual we changed the recipe a little so I have the original for you and my tweaked version.  A and I also thought  a warm beverage option would be very festive so we went with hot apple cider and spiced rum.  This was an “add your own rum” situation so that made it friendly for those not wanting to imbibe.  I hope you enjoy these recipes.  What are your favorite holiday cocktail recipes?

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

(original recipe from the December 2010 Bon Appetit)

Makes 8 drinks.

8 tablespoons of Cointreau, chilled

12 teaspoons frozen cranberry juice concentrate, thawed

1 750 ml bottle of Champagne, chilled

8 fresh or frozen cranberries

Place 1 tablespoon Cointreau and 1.5 teaspoons cranberry juice concentrate in each of the 8 Champagne flutes. Top with champagne. Drop 1 cranberry into each cocktail and serve.

Green Gourmet Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

We found the Cointreau a little strong so we lightened up a little on that. We also could not find cranberry juice concentrate and wanted to use some real cranberry juice instead.  We used Cava and a couple other dry sparkling wines instead of Champagne in this recipe.  Real Champagne would be nice, but a perfectly delicious, and far more affordable, sparkling wine will do.

For each drink:

Put 2 teaspoons of Cointreau into your champagne flute, add 3 teaspoons of cranberry juice, top with sparkling wine and a fresh cranberry.

Hot Apple Cider with Spiced Rum

1 gallon apple cider

1 organic orange

12-15 whole cloves

spiced rum

Pierce the orange with the cloves in the pattern of your choosing.  Put the whole orange in your crockpot with the cider.  Turn your crockpot on high and once the cider is piping hot, turn it down to warm.  Place your spiced rum next to the crockpot so that your guests can add their own spirits, or not.

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4 Responses to “Holiday Party Cocktails, Green Gourmets Style”

  1. MAM December 14, 2010 at 9:20 AM #

    Love the recipes. The pumpkin lasagna was a great hit. We will use the hot apple cider recipe for a caroling party. Can’t wait to try the champagne cocktail on Christmas Eve.

    • thegreengourmets December 14, 2010 at 1:22 PM #

      Thanks Mam! Hope you’re “little friends” also enjoyed that pumpkin lasagna. Otherwise, they too might be like Green Gourmet L’s coworkers and not get any ginger snaps!

      • Brian December 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM #

        the ginger snaps are awesome!! I think the crystallized ginger is the difference… very hard to find, but well worth it!!

      • thegreengourmets December 15, 2010 at 7:54 PM #

        Thanks D! You’re jumping the gun though, I am planning to share that recipe (as well as other Homemade Gifts) on Friday. 😉

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