December 2010

Holiday Libations All Naughty And Nice

Author: Krissy Cantelupe

Looking for holiday drink ideas? While many people enjoy wine, some prefer to mix it up. So why not offer a variety of choices to keep spirits bright? Here are some of my favorites to enjoy throughout the season:

Smirnoff Cranberry Vodka
A MUST have for any well-stocked bar; this vodka is delicious on the rocks or with soda water, or as a party martini. It has the rich taste of cranberry but is not as sweet as other flavored vodkas. With a perfect balance of flavor, cranberry is a great vodka to have on hand.

Drink: try 1 oz of Smirnoff Cranberry in a champagne flute. Top with chilled sparkling wine. Drop in a fresh cranberry. Indulge!
Martini: In a martini shaker, pour 2 oz Smirnoff Cranberry over ice, add ½ oz fresh lime juice, top with ginger ale. Shake gently and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime.

Old New England Chocolate Egg Nog
Eggnog is that crazy drink we have during the Yuletide holidays. I have friends who make eggnog from scratch which is quite time consuming and can be expensive. I found a delicious pre-made that already has the rum, whisky and brandy mixed in. BUT to make it even more delicious, it is flavored with rich chocolate. I was lucky enough to get an early sample, and it is magnificent.

Drink: Try it just on the rocks, or add a couple of fresh mint leaves to give a chocolate mint flavor.
Martini: Put 3 oz of Old New England Chocolate Egg Nog in a martini shaker. Add 4 oz of fresh brewed coffee or espresso (depending on how strong you would like it). Shake and serve in a martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Riondo Pink Prosecco
For Christmas, I always have sparkling wine; but New Year’s is the number one holiday for sparkling wine consumption. This year, try a Prosecco…no try Pink Prosecco! Riondo is one of my favorites. The flavor is one of fresh cherries and ripe strawberries. The Prosecco is not sweet, but rather dry, with a lively, explosive finish, perfect to ring in the New Year.

Drink: Pour into a champagne flute and drop in a fresh strawberry; watch it bounce up and down!
Martini: Pour 2 oz vodka over ice in a martini shaker, add a dash of cranberry juice and triple sec. Pour into a martini glass and top with the chilled Riondo Pink Prosecco. Garnish with a lime or strawberry. Enjoy!

Red, Red, Wine: BV Tapestry Red Blend
With all of the festive holiday feasts, it is sometimes easier to find a red blend that can act as wine to pair with most foods. BV Tapestry Red Blend has what it takes to go well with many different types of food. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec with a full body and flavors of spice, blackberries, mocha and cassis. It can be a little rustic at first, but then the wine shows beautiful, elegant flavors with a graceful finish. Definitely a must for that holiday table.

Drink: Just pour into a glass, swirl, sniff and savor!
Martini: who needs it?

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