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Get in the Spirit!

Posted by: Amanda Sullivan

Just in time to start planning your holiday entertaining—and your own festive imbibing—come two tantalizing cocktails with the perfect touch of holiday flair. These beverages are as beautiful as they are easy to make.

BERRY ROSEMARY MARTINI
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Give your holiday guests a proper cocktail arrival with this this refreshing libation that will spark up their spirit just looking at it.

This recipe makes four cocktails. Make as much as you want and keep in the refrigerator until it is time to shake it up, then pour in glasses and top it with the champagne just prior to your guests arriving.

To make a single serving, just divide by four, or by two if you want to make two.

Ingredients
4 oz Vodka
16 oz Cranberry Juice
4 tsp Rosemary Simple Syrup
1 Bottle of Champagne
Rosemary Sprigs

To make rosemary simple syrup, bring ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add a sprig of rosemary. Steep for 2 hours, and then remove rosemary sprig.

Preparation
Add the first three ingredients to a pitcher, preferably with an airtight lid. Add ice and shake, or stir vigorously. Pour into four martini or coupe glasses and then top with champagne and a rosemary sprig.
Enjoy a few sips of yours, and then get ready to great your guests! 

Optional: If you want a snow-rimmed glass, use the rosemary simple syrup to rim the glass and then dip in sugar. You can also do this for just half the glass if you want the effect but not all the sugar.




IRISH EGGNOG MARTINI
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For cozy evenings by the fire, the Irish Eggnog Martini will warm your spirits well into a winter’s night.
This recipe is for a single serving.

Ingredients
1 oz Kahlua
1.5 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
4 oz Eggnog

Preparation
Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake it up.  Pour into a chilled martini glass and top with fresh grated nutmeg.