A Cocktail Pairing Guide to Make the Holidays Even Happier
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A Cocktail Pairing Guide to Make the Holidays Even Happier

This heart-warming holiday cocktail pairing guide will help you host a party to remember.

Glazed Party Meatball Appetizers:

Mulled Apple Bourbon Cider

  • 2 quarts Apple Cider
  • 1 orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cup bourbon

In a saucepan, heat the apple cider, orange peel and cinnamon to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the bourbon. Serve in mugs with a cinnamon stick as garnish.
Serves 10

Melted Cheddar & Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf Bites:

Hot Buttered Rum

  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups dark rum
  • 2 cups boiling water

With an electric mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth and fluffy. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into a mug. Fill the mug halfway with rum. Top with boiling water and stir well.
Serves 10

Chicken Pot Pie Bites:

Chocolate Holiday Martini

  • 3 ounces chocolate liqueur
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 tablespoons half and half
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup, plus extra to rim glass

Into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, chocolate syrup and half and half. Shake well. Pour into a martini glass that has been rimmed with chocolate syrup.
Makes 1 Chocolate Holiday Martini

Sriracha Chicken and Brown Sugar Bacon Bites:

Pomegranate Holiday Punch

  • 2 bottles fruity red wine
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves and cools)
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced

Chill all ingredients in the refrigerator. When ingredients are cold, combine everything into a large punch bowl. Serve in wine glasses or mugs over ice.
Serves 12

Chicken Cordon Bleu Party Sandwiches:

Champagne Cocktail

  • 1 cup Grand Marnier
  • ½ cup cranberry juice
  • 1 bottle champagne, sparkling wine or prosecco

Into a pitcher, pour the Grand Marnier and cranberry juice. Top with champagne. Serve in wine glasses with fresh cranberries as garnish.
Serves 8

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