'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 ingredientstest. 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.
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.
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.
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!