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2 Easy Holiday Cocktails

Posted by Brittany Fuson on

'Tis the season for eating, drinking and being merry!

Today we're bringing you two of the easiest cocktails that will surely make a splash 
with your guests. Whether you're the host or simply being a gracious guest by not showing 
up empty handed, these are two cocktails you'll want to have in your arsenal. Seriously, 
they're are so easy (translation: they take about 5 minutes to throw together and have about
 4 ingredients total). 

They pass the taste test, the time test, and most importantly, the short list of ingredients
test. I have been wanting an excuse to use my fresh rosemary plant, and both of these
cocktails called for a garnish of rosemary!

I came across the first one while flipping through the Favorite Things issue of the O Mag. 
Oprah always seems to kill it at all things Christmas, let's be serious. The only thing that
takes a little planning is freezing ice cubes in advance. They are what takes this one to the
ultra fancy (looking) Christmas punch level. I halfed the recipe below to simply make one
pitcher full.

pitcher: World Market  |  champagne flutes: World Market  |  tray: West Elm  |  "Eloise" notecards

2 bottles Prosecco (chilled)
3 C white cranberry juice (or white grape juice)
20 drops Angostura bitters
1 C fresh cranberries
Rosemary sprigs (for garnish)

In each section of a large ice cube tray, place a few cranberries and a cluster of rosemary leaves. 
Fill with water and freeze about 6 hours or overnight. In a punch bowl, combine Prosecco, juice, 
and bitters. Add prepared ice cubes and additional fresh cranberries to bowl just before guests arrive, and serve.

(recipe source)

The next one popped up on my instagram feed as a sponsored ad and instantly grabbed 
my attention. It screams cold weather with hints of maple syrup, a splash of something
sweet in the grapefruit juice and a Christmasy touch of rosemary as a finishing touch. 

wine glasses: Pier 1  |  "Mays" notecards  |  all photos: Catherine Truman Photography

4 parts Vodka (Grey Goose)
1 part organic maple syrup
5 parts freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
1 pinch of sale
1 sprig of rosemary

Add the maple syrup, a pinch of salt, and a sprig of rosemary to a glass. Mash
the rosemary to combine the flavors. Top with the vodka and fresh grapefruit juice. 
Serve over ice.

Cheers to the holiday season! 


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