Cocktails for your Winter Wonderland

Very Merry Bourbon Alexander

1 oz bourbon
1 oz crème de cacao
1 oz half and half
One egg white
Dash of simple syrup
Dash of salt

Combine ingredients in shaker, add ice, shake vigorously, strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with nutmeg, cranberries ,and a sprig of rosemary.

Courtesy of the Kentucky Derby’s Bourbon Ambassador, Monica Wolf


Mistletoe Margaritas

If you prefer your margaritas on the rocks skip the blender step!

1/2 c. whole cranberries
1/4 c. granulated sugar, divided
2 tbsp. kosher salt
1 wedge lime, for rim
2 c. cranberry juice
12 oz. silver tequila
8 oz. triple sec
3/4 c. lime juice, divided
6 c. ice
Mint, for garnish

In a medium bowl, toss cranberries with 1/4 cup lime juice. Drain out lime juice, then toss with 2 tablespoons sugar. Pour onto a baking sheet to dry.
Combine remaining sugar with salt on a shallow plate and mix to combine. Using the lime wedge, wet the rim of each glass, then dip in sugar salt mixture.
Combine cranberry juice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and ice in a large blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into prepared glasses and garnish with a sprig of mint and a couple sugared cranberries.

Original recipe via 


White Christmas Margaritas

1 (14-oz.) can coconut milk
12 oz. silver tequila
8 oz. triple sec
1/2 c. lime juice
2 c. ice
1/2 c. Mint, for garnish
1 lime, sliced into rounds for garnish
Lime wedge, for rimming glass
Sanding sugar, for rimming glass
Cranberries, for garnish

Combine coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Rim glasses with lime wedge and dip in sanding sugar. Pour into glass and garnish with lime and cranberries. Serve.

Original recipe via 


Snowflake Martini

3 oz. white chocolate liqueur
2 oz. Vanilla Vodka
2 tbsp. heavy cream
1/2 c. ice
1 lemon wedge, for rim
1/3 c. white sanding sugar, for rim

Using a lemon wedge, wet the rim of your martini glass. Dip in sanding sugar until rim is coated.
In a cocktail shaker, combine white chocolate liqueur with vanilla vodka and heavy cream.
Fill shaker with ice and shake well.
Strain mixture into prepared glass and serve.

Original recipe via 



The key to this amazing hot toddy cocktail is the caramel vodka. We got this on a whim, but it really makes this drink perfect. This Caramel Apple Cider Hot Toddy is warm, cozy, and delicious. It’s just so good!


Apple Cider
Caramel Vodka
Cinnamon Sticks
Whipped Cream (to top it off)


Combine apple cider, vodka, bourbon, and cinnamon sticks in a pot
Heat on the stove top and let it simmer until hot
Pour into heat-proof mugs or glasses and top with whipped cream! We used cool whip to top it off, but real whipped cream would be just as good (if not better). I prefer this drink served hot, but it would also be good served chilled, or even frozen into a slush! This recipe makes about 12 glasses, but you can easily double the recipe if you have guests over, or if you are throwing a holiday party.

Original recipe via 


Moscow Reindeer Cocktails

a handful of fresh mint (or fresh peppermint)
2 oz vodka
juice of 1/2 a lime
6 oz ginger beer (more or less to taste)
crushed candy cane- for garnish
whole candy cane- for garnish
crushed ice

Fill copper mule mug with crushed ice and handful of mint. Muddle.
Stir in vodka, lime juice and top with ginger beer.
Sprinkle crushed candy cane on top and garnish with a whole candy cane.

Original recipe via Freutcake


1 oz Cream of coconut (such as CocoLopez)
1½ oz Vanilla Vodka
1½ oz Creme de Cocoa

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine cream of coconut, vanilla vodka and creme de cocoa. Shake until well chilled and combined. Strain into an ice-filled glass.

Original recipe via The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie.

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