Holiday cocktails your guests will gush over

Party season is ramping up, and it's not just stores that are decking the halls. Friends have swapped their jack-o-lanterns for white Christmas trees covered in faux snow, and mantles are lush with garland (of which Ladles and Linens has a beautiful collection).

Whether you decorate before or after Thanksgiving, one thing is for certain: the invitations are already starting to roll in. Last year was quite different. The vaccine had yet to come out and I was extolling the virtues of intimate gatherings with your inner circle.

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This year, some people are eager to make up for lost time. If you're one of them, a great way to ring in the holidays is with a seasonal cocktail. Reconnecting with those you've missed will make things extra merry, and a festive drink helps to break the ice. Fall is all about abundance, and the harvest is bursting with cocktail accoutrements: cranberries, orange peel, rosemary and more. Read on for a little inspiration...

cranberry cocktail

Cranberry Cosmopolitan

Yes, the cosmo is back and will pair perfectly with the December 9th release of Sex and the City on HBO. Only this time, it's cranberry-flavored!

What you'll need:

  • 1 shot of vodka¬†
  • 1 shot of 100% cranberry juice (unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon of¬†Cointreau
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1¬†wedge of lime
  • 1 teaspoon¬†of 100% natural maple syrup, or simple syrup¬†
What do do:
  1. Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice, save for the squeeze of a lime before tossing the rind.
  2. Shake, shake and strain into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel and enjoy!

rosemary cocktail

Blood Orange Rosemary Cocktail

Yes, you'll need to make the rosemary simple syrup in advance, but it's a handy ingredient at the bar. The herbal flavor lends itself to a lot of gin-based drinks, and is delicious in lemonade!

What you'll need:

  • 1/2¬†cup¬†blood orange juice
  • 1/2¬†cup¬†rosemary¬†(infused simple syrup)
  • 2¬†shots of¬†vodka
  • ice
  • rosemary sprig
  • A blood orange wheel

What to do:

  1. Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice, save for the sprig of rosemary and blood orange wheel. 
  2. Shake, shake and strain into a tumbler.
  3. Garnish with a blood orange wheel, drop in a sprig of rosemary and enjoy!

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