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Mix it up: 6 Holiday-Inspired Cocktail Recipes

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Everyone loves festive, holiday-themed drinks. If you are an experienced mixologist or even first-time cocktail server, these fun, seasonal concoctions are simple to make. They’ll also lend some sophisticated flair and seasonal spirit when you host your next holiday soirée at your Alta Dairies apartment or in our club room.

Cranberries Aren’t Just for Sauce

Serve some tart, fruity, cranberry cocktails at your holiday feast, or just sip one or two yourself to get you in a celebratory mood before your guests arrive. Cranberry Champagne Cocktails from chef Tyler Florence are simple to make, and you get a double dose of seasonal cheer thanks to the cranberries and bubbly Champagne. The Holiday Cosmopolitan from Southern Living adds a zesty cranberry twist to a classic cocktail. To save time, you can make the cranberry reduction in this recipe up to a week ahead.

Peppermint – The Flavor of the Season

No flavor says “holidays” quite like peppermint. From candy canes to hot chocolate and peppermint bark, it’s everywhere this time of year. So why not inject some holiday spirits (literally) into your cocktails by incorporating that minty kick of flavor? Peppermint Bark Mimosas from Delish would be a fantastic addition to any holiday brunch or party with a combination of peppermint schnapps and Champagne or Prosecco. The presentation is sure to be next level as the glasses are rimmed with melted chocolate and crushed candy canes, and then garnished with a candy cane before serving. Candy Cane Cocktails are a favorite of Martha Stewart, originally created by Charles Corpion of the Four Seasons Hotel. They include strawberry vodka, white creme de menthe and cranberry juice, and are also topped off with a candy cane.

Warm & Cozy

Even if the weather outside is frightful, you’ll stay toasty and happy with a warm toddy. Savor one as a pre-or post-dinner libation, or to fortify you before you head out for an afternoon of holiday shopping. Spiced Hot Buttered Rum from the Food Network somehow makes you envision the holiday season and a tropical vacation all at once, with dark rum and sweet pineapple juice, plus vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Bobby Flay’s Mulled Red Wine Sangria will fill your whole apartment with its tantalizing aromas of rich red wine, brandy and fruit.

Presentation is Everything

Whichever cocktail you choose, make sure you have the appropriate gorgeous glassware to serve it in. Great presentation will also add to your hip, holiday vibe. Browse some of the antique stores nearby in Freedom Park and Midtown for cool, vintage cut glass and crystal pieces. Contemporary, stemless martini glasses can be found online at a range of price points or buy a plastic version for a large gathering if you need them in bulk. Champagne flutes from Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel are something you’ll use over and over. And don’t forget the cocktail shaker to really up your game as an experienced bartender.

Keep It Simple

A word to the wise: while these holiday libations may sound so delicious that you want to make (and drink) them all, it’s probably best to pick just one “signature” cocktail for your event. And make sure to show a friend how to mix the drink so you’re not chained to the bar for the evening. Now let’s shake things up and get this party started!

Or Take the Party Elsewhere

Not in the mood to mix your own drinks? No worries. Alta Dairies is near a couple of Atlanta’s finest cocktail bars. The Golden Eagle’s hard-hitting lineup is highlighted by the Rise of the Phoenix, a beastly drink featuring rum, brandy, aquavit, graham cracker orgeat, and coconut. It’s so monstrous it serves three people! Also nearby is the Ticonderoga Club, another of Atlanta’s signature cocktail bars. Sip on staples like the Ticonderoga Cup, a mix of aged rum, cognac, sherry, pineapple, lemon, and mint.

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