How to Make the Perfect Holiday Cocktail

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Today is Day 6 of 12 Days of Christmas. We have had a lot of great holiday-making ideas. Check back at South House Design to see all of her great DIY ideas. Yesterday she shared how to snow crust Christmas greenery. Today I’m snow-crusting cranberries and raspberries to use as a garnish on my Holiday cocktails.

It’s really simple. Dip your cranberries and raspberries into simple syrup, to coat. Then put your fruit into a bowl of sugar and gently toss the fruit to coat. Using a slotted spoon, remove the fruit from the bowl of sugar and let rest on a piece of parchment paper.

5 Holiday Cocktails for 5 Holiday Events

When you’re having company for the holidays, you’ll want to know how to make the perfect holiday cocktail.

While I want everyone who I entertain to enjoy their favorite beverage, I also like to offer a festive signature holiday cocktail.

It’s been my experience that most people will only want one and then switch to their preferred drink. That being said, you don’t need to spend a fortune on ingredients for a ton of drinks. I also only have one “special” drink per event.

I’m going to share some of my favorites and the occasion that I would serve them.

I also love a great charcuterie board for any type of entertaining. I share how to make a perfect board HERE.

Holiday Cocktail Party

Casual Football Sunday Holiday Get-Together

Beer Infused Old-Fashion

Prep Time3 mins

  • 1 oz oatmeal stout I used Samual Smith
  • 1-1/2 oz bourbon I use Woodford Reserve
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 3 dashes bitter
  • orange peel & maraschino cherries

  • Mix all in a glass with large square ice cubes. Garnish with cherries and orange peel .

Holiday Cookie Exchange
Cran-Raspberry Wine Spritzer

Prep Time5 mins

Servings: 1 drink

  • 2 ounces Prosecco
  • 1 ounces sparkling water
  • 1 ounces cran-raspberry drink

  • Pour over ice and garnish with raspberries

Ice Skating Party
Bailey’s Peppermint Coffee

Prep Time10 mins

  • 1-1/2 oz baileys
  • 5 oz coffee
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Crushed Peppermint candy or peppermint bark

  • Brew coffee and add to cup with baileys
  • Whip cream until stiff – spoon the whipped cream on top of the coffee mixture
  • garnish with crushed peppermint or peppermint bark

Christmas Eve
Raspberry Moscow Mule

Prep Time5 mins

  • 1-1/2 oz vodka
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • juice from 1/2 of lime

  • mix all ingredients in a copper mug and add ice
  • garnish with rosemary and sugared cranberries

What Do You Serve Your Cocktails In?

I love vintage! I collect all things vintage and I love to use my vintage glassware for entertaining. How beautiful is it to have a cocktail in a stunning vintage Waterford Double Old Fashioned or an etched glass Fostoria Wine Glass?

If you have beautiful things, you should use them. I believe it was Oprah who said that!

What is the point of having nice things if you don’t enjoy your treasures?

I also have glassware from Dollar Tree and I treasure them too. Everything I have, I have because I love it and it serves a purpose. There is a place in my home for both the old and new.

12 Days of Christmas Making

Earlier this week I shared our family Christmas Eve Tradition of making Swedish Potato Sausage. You can read my little sentimental journey HERE.

We will pick up with Day 7 of 12 Days of Christmas Making on Monday at South House Design! I can’t wait to see what Diane is up to.

I hope you are having a great weekend and I’ll see you on Tuesday!


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How to Make the Perfect Holiday Cocktail
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  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 5 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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  • 1 oz champagne or prosecco
  • 1-1/2 oz Raspberry Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Cran-Raspberry Cocktail Juice
  • 1 tblsp fresh lemon juice

Pour champagne or prosecco into a martini glass
Shake remaining ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with sugared raspberries and fresh rosemary
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  • Victoria Victoria on Dec 06, 2021

    Hi there!

    Can you please confirm the ingredients in the Raspberry Moscow Mule? I don't see anything raspberry in the ingredient list and wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything! Thank you!

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    • Liv28699699 Liv28699699 on Dec 26, 2021

      Moscow mules are made with vodka no matter what .!get vodka flavored or add your own flavor . I like mine blended . That way if you use fresh fruit it’s better to blend . Plus I’m not much on vodka ..

  • Cynthia O’Connor Cynthia O’Connor on Dec 05, 2022

    HI. What about the pretty sugared rim? Do you simply roll the raspberries in a turbinado sugar? This looks pretty and delicious...Happy Holidays!

    • Hi Cynthia - I actually dipped the rim into a little bit of fresh lemon juice and then into sugar. You can use lime juice or even water to get the same effect.