December 23, 2016 by jackjanssenandcarrietrip
Holiday Cheer – Our Favorite Cocktails for Celebrating
It’s time to break out the holiday cheer!
No matter how long the guest list, this pretty martini is sure to please. And as we once experienced at a neighbourhood Christmas party we hosted in St. Lucia a few years ago – it packs a powerful punch! Jack likes to make one each to get the party started.
Jack calls this one his Green Christmas Martini, because we are never in Canada for a white Christmas.
1 ounce Vodka
1 ounce Midori melon liqueur
Fill shaker with ice.
Add the vodka and Midori. Shake.
Pour into martini glass.
We like to garnish this drink with a maraschino cherry for that extra holiday feel.
A nice touch when in the tropics is to freeze your alcohol and your glasses. Although we advise caution, we’ve broken a martini glass or two this way.
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This next one is Jack’s signature cocktail and my favorite no matter where we are or what the occasion. Clean…meaning no bar mix or sugar added. So it’s all natural and healthy!
Clean Margarita for four
8 ounces of tequila (4 silver and 4 gold if possible)
3 ounces of Cointreau, triple sec or Grand Marnier
4 ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice
1 ounce of freshly squeezed orange juice – pits and pulp strained
Place approximately 3 trays of ice cubes in a pitcher
Add tequila and Cointreau – set aside
Sift the juices and add to pitcher
Stir and let sit for five minutes before serving
Place any unused portion in the freezer in between cocktails.
Some course sea salt on the rim adds a nice touch this time of year. To add more holiday flair to this cocktail try threading some fresh cranberries on a toothpick or spear a lime and maraschino cherry and pop it in the glass.
From our family to yours, Happy Holidays and let’s drink responsibly.
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