December 23, 2015

New Year's Cocktails

New Year’s Eve is almost here and some of us are still scrambling to find just the right cocktail to welcome in 2016. Whether you are throwing a large soiree or laying low with your bestie, we have a recipe that is just right for your occasion.


Spiced Apple Margaritas
Serves 1
If you are a margarita guy or gal, but would prefer something with a seasonal and festive variation, try out these simple apple margaritas with honey, spice and everything nice! This drink is perfect for entertaining a small group of friends that would appreciate a fun twist on a classic standby.

2 ounces tequila
2 ounces apple juice (we used Solana Gold)
1 lime, juiced (approximately 1 ounce) 1 ounce honey simple syrup (see recipe)
dash of cinnamon

To make the honey simple syrup: Combine 1 tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir until the honey dissolves. Remove from heat.

Combine the tequila, apple juice, lime juice and honey simple syrup in a cocktail shaker or glass and shake or stir to combine. Pour into ice-filled glasses and sprinkle with cinnamon. Garnish with a lime wedge if desired. Cheers!


Winter Sangria
Serves 4
Looking for a festive New Year’s drink to serve a crowd? This Winter Sangria is one of our favorite drinks for holidays or large get-togethers. Filled with Cara Cara oranges, pears and Satsuma mandarin juice, this sangria is citrusy-sweet and oh so delicious!

2 cara cara oranges, sliced
1 pear (we used red), peeled, seeded and chopped
1 bottle red wine (we used Malbec)
1 cup fresh-squeezed Satsuma mandarin juice (approximately 1 pound mandarins)
3 ounces Triple Sec
ginger ale, to taste

Put the orange slices and pears in a pitcher. Pour the wine, Triple Sec and Satsuma juice over the top. Stir and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
To serve, pour sangria over ice-filled glasses. Top with ginger ale and stir to combine (if you want yours sweeter, add more ginger ale).


Mimosa Meets Mojito
Serves 2-3
Looking for a way to dress-up a Champagne toast with your new sweetheart? Well, we set a mimosa and mojito up on a blind date and it was a match made in heaven! Basically, it tastes like a stronger mimosa with a hint of mint, but this cocktail would be perfect to ring in the New Year (or, you know, brunch whenever).

1 cup fresh-squeezed Satsuma mandarin juice (approximately 1 pound mandarins)
2 ounces rum
large handful mint leaves, removed from stems
sparkling white wine

In a blender or food processor, combine the Satsuma juice, rum and mint leaves. Blend until combined. Strain. Pour the juice mixture into ice-filled glasses about halfway; top with sparkling white wine. Cheers!


Pomegranate Jalapeno Shrub Cocktail
Serves 1

We adore anything that makes whipping up a delicious cocktail effortless, and shrubs are perfect the perfect/easiest last-minute holiday cocktail out there. Although the pomegranate and the jalapeno make for an unlikely combo, rest assure that they have great chemistry together. Not sure what a shrub is? Well, it is a syrup made from fruit and vinegar. The vinegar preserves the fruit, which is then used to mix cocktails or mocktails. And the best part is that it comes from Happy Girl Kitchen located in Northern California, which is one of our favorite boutique businesses. They work closely with area farmers and use organic produce for all their products.

2 ounces happy girl kitchen pomegranate jalapeno shrub
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce triple sec
1-2 oranges, squeezed
lime juice (optional)

Combine pomegranate jalapeno shrub, vodka, triple sec, orange juice and lime juice if using. Stir to combine. Add ice and serve.

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