‘Tis the season for entertaining so when your guests arrive be sure to be a fabulous host and greet them with a vibrant cocktail to get the festivities started. Here are some of our favourites to try! Cheers!
Pear Champagne Cocktail (serves 5)
1 bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine
2 oz pear brandy
juice of 1 lemon
5 tsp sugar
Pour Champagne into 5 flutes. To each, add a splash of pear brandy, about 1 tsp lemon juice and a dash of sugar. Garnish with a thinly sliced pear.
Blood Orange Shooter
Made with blood orange soda, a shot of orange vodka and a splash of ginger ale. Garnish with a thin slice of orange.
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Mix in a cocktail shaker:
2 oz of black cherry vodka
3 oz of white cranberry juice
1 tsp pomegranate ‘jewels’
Serve in a classic cocktail glass rimmed with vanilla infused sugar and garnished with a fresh sprig of mint.
Candy Cane Cocktail
2 oz raspberry vodka
4 dashes white crème de menthe
2 ½ oz cranberry juice
crushed candy cane for garnish
Rim glass with crushed candy canes. Combine vodka, crème de menthe, cranberry juice and ice in a cocktail shaker.
Winter Solstice Cocktail
1.5 oz orange vodka
½ oz Cointreau
½ oz lemon juice
club soda or sparkling water
mint and raspberries for garnish
In a cocktail shaker combine vodka, Cointreau, lemon juice and ice; shake and strain.
Add a splash of soda and garnish with a mint leaf and a couple raspberries.
Pomegranate Champagne Punch
1 ½ cups pomegranate juice
1 cup pear nectar
¼ cup Grand Marnier
1 bottle sparkling wine or Champagne
In a large pitcher,combine pomegranate juice, pear nectar and Grand Marnier. Slowly add Champagne. Serve over ice.
Holiday Citrus Punch (non-alcoholic)
2 cups pear nectar
4 cups fresh orange juice
2 cups club soda
1 cup light rum* (optional)
orange slices for garnish
Strain pear nectar and orange juice into punch bowl. Add soda just before serving and garnish.