EXTRAVAGANT COCKTAILS!

By Published On: January 24th, 2017Categories: Meals, Uncategorized0 Comments

Holidays are a wonderful time to indulge with a special cocktail, but they don’t need to be reserved just for the holidays. This years signature Christmas Eve drink was a Pomegranate Martini. Leave off the crushed candy cane; drop in a few pomegranate seeds, skewer some fresh cranberries or add a twist of lemon for garnish and you have a terrific martini for any time of year.

POMEGRANATE MARTINI

Ingredients:
2 oz. Pomegranate Vodka
1/2 oz. Orange Liquor (like Cointreau)
1/2 oz. dry Vermouth
3 oz. Pomegranate Juice (or more/less to taste)

Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice and add all ingredients. Cover and shake until chilled. Run a squeeze of lemon along rim of martini glass. Roll the rim in crushed peppermint candies or candy canes. Strain into cocktail glasses.

Dennis hard at work making drinks!

Or here’s a twist:

CRANBERRY MARTINI

Ingredients:
2 oz. Cranberry Vodka
1/2 oz. Orange Liquor (like Cointreau)
1/2 oz. dry Vermouth
3 oz. Cranberry Juice

Much like a Cosmo, but the Vermouth adds a different flavor. Adjust the ingredients to your liking…a little sweeter or a little more dry.

And his wife, Diana, enjoying the fruits of his labors.

Our special Christmas cocktail was a…

 
MAPLE MANHATTAN WITH BACON GARNISH

Ingredients:
2 oz. good Bourbon (like Makers Mark)
1/4 oz. sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz. pure Maple Syrup
2 dashes bitters (or more to taste)

Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice. Add all ingredients. Shake until cold and well blended. Serve either straight up or in your favorite rocks glass. Add a bacon garnish; optional, of course, but quite fun and surprisingly balanced flavor with the sweet bourbon. No matter how much bitters you add this is a sweet drink, but so exotic that you will feel very special sipping.

The cook was pretty happy to receive a second Maple Manhattan!

I will keep interspersing our Christmas menu with other blogs. Next time I want to share the best breakfast I’ve ever had…in Jerome, Arizona, or maybe anywhere!

THANK YOU ALL FOR TUNING IN AGAIN TO SHARE MY PASSION OF FOOD AND COOKING!

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