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Festive Holiday Cocktails

December 3, 2014 No comments

The holiday season is officially upon is. And tis the season for family, friends and memories to be made. Whether you are enjoying a cozy night in or entertaining for your next holiday party, we have a few festive holiday cocktails that will be sure to impress.

The Classic Hot Toddy
1 ½ oz brown liquor (whiskey, brandy or rum)
1 – 2 tablespoons honey
½ oz lemon juice
1 cup hot water
Lemon wedge, cinnamon stick and star anise for garnish (optional)

Too cold to go out? Turn on your favorite holiday movie and relax with this classic winter drink. To make measuring simple, use the new Rabbit Adjustable Jigger to measure out liquids for perfect precision. Combine the liquor of your choice, honey, lemon juice and hot water into a warmed mug. If desired, garnish with the lemon, cinnamon stick or star anise.

Ginger Cranberry Cocktail
4 in piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup frozen cranberries
1 lime, juiced
2 cups vodka or gin
2 cups cranberry juice
Splash club soda
Shaved ginger

To make the ginger syrup, place all syrup ingredients (4 inch piece of ginger, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 cups water) in a saucepan and simmer until sugar dissolves and the ginger is infused in the syrup (about 20 minutes). Strain and allow to cool fully.
Crush the frozen cranberries in a large glass pitcher. Add the lime juice and their juiced wedges to the pitcher. Pour in the vodka, cranberry juice, and the ginger syrup. Pour in glasses about 2/3 full and top off with club soda. Garnish with a shaving of fresh ginger.
Pro Tip: Want to keep your cocktail cool without watering it down? Keep the pitcher in the fridge (without ice) and when you are ready to serve, place a new Rabbit Jumbo Chilling Stone at the bottom of the glass. Then simply fill, serve and enjoy!

Hot Spiced Sangria
2 bottles red wine
2 bottles white wine
1 cup brandy
1 sliced orange
2 cups frozen cherries
2 cups frozen peaches
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup simple syrup

This has to be the easiest cocktail recipe, especially if you are making drinks for a large get together. Simply combine all of the ingredients listed above into a large slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour, then keep warm on low until ready to serve. If you do not have a slow cooker, keep the drink warm on a stovetop in a saucepan over low heat. Pro Tip: That's a lot of wine – to save time on opening bottles, use the new Rabbit Automatic Electric Corkscrew. No buttons, no fuss. Simply place on top of the bottle and the corkscrew automatically removes and ejects the cork for you! This recipe just got a whole lot easier.

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