Category Archives: Christmas Cocktails

Themed cocktails centering around the holiday spirit of good cheer, winter wonderland and jingle bells. Merry Christmas and all that jazz!

Ginger Espresso is a warming, lightly sweet, gingersnap cookie coffee. Top with vanilla whipped cream and allspice sprinkle for an even more enchanted brew.

Gingersnap Espresso

Gingersnap Espresso is a warming, lightly sweet, gingersnap cookie coffee. Top with vanilla whipped cream and allspice sprinkle for an even more enchanted brew.

I like a delicious warming cup of semi-sweetened, flavored coffee once in a while. But more often than not I’m brewing it in my own kitchen rather than sitting in a coffee house with a good book or laptop. That way I know what goes into the cup and I can sweeten it exactly as I please. And this late in the season, pumpkin flavor is beginning to wear a little thin. It’s time to move on to a few more delicious holiday flavors.

Gingersnap cookies anyone?

This Gingersnap Espresso recipe received a little inspiration from a ginger flavored syrup I had tucked away in my refrigerator. I originally created the syrup as substitute for honey ginger syrup. Sam Ross’ Penicillin cocktail uses the syrup and is out of this world fantastic!

A few espresso shots here, rum dabbles there and magic resulted in this warming, not too sweet, ginger spice espresso. It is especially inviting for those who love gingersnap cookies. A dollop of vanilla whipped cream on top with sprinkle of allspice would send this enchanted brew into dreamland.

Gingersnap Espresso Recipe

Gingersnap Espresso is a warming, lightly sweet, gingersnap cookie coffee. Top with vanilla whipped cream and allspice sprinkle for an even more enchanted brew.

Gingersnap Espresso – recipe by Cheri Loughlin

1-1/2 ounce Spiced Rum

1 ounce Ginger Vanilla Syrup

2 ounces Espresso

2 ounces Boiling Water

French Vanilla Whipped Cream – optional (easy flavored whipped cream recipe)

Place rum and syrup in a heat resistant coffee mug. Top with fresh espresso and boiling water. Whipped cream garnish is optional.

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Chocolate Martini is perfect for life’s happiest hours. It also pairs well with moments we would otherwise find ourselves buried spoon deep in tub of chunky chocolate chip ice cream. Chocolate just doesn’t judge.

Baileys Chocolate Martini

Chocolate Martini is perfect for life’s happiest hours. It also pairs well with moments we would otherwise find ourselves buried spoon deep in tub of chunky chocolate chip ice cream. Chocolate just doesn’t judge.

Sometimes I just don’t know what to say about a cocktail so I’ll just say one word… Chocolate. Okay, a few more.

There is a time and place for many things and chocolate definitely has it’s time and place. Anytime. Anywhere. It just so happens that this Chocolate Martini is perfect for life’s happiest hours. It also pairs well with moments we would otherwise find ourselves buried spoon deep in tub of chunky chocolate chip ice cream. Chocolate just doesn’t judge.

Chocolate Martini Recipe

Chocolate Martini

1-1/2 ounce Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur

1 ounce Vanilla Vodka

1 ounce Crème de Cacao

Chocolate Shavings or Sprinkles

Combine liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings or sprinkles over the top.

There are only three liquid ingredients in this chocolate martini, so it’s pretty quick and easy to make. The ingredients are easy to find and not too expensive.

If you prefer a brand other than the one called for in this recipe, use it. Keep in mind not all brands taste exactly the same or have the same consistency, so make adjustments to the recipe as needed. The Irish cream in this recipe is rich and creamy with a lot of sweetness. Some other brands are a little thinner with a little less sweet. I like a variety of brands. Use what you like!

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Baileys Vanilla Silk Martini is silky smooth, but leans heavily toward sweet. A little goes a long way in this smaller size cocktail. Sip and be merry.

Baileys Vanilla Silk Martini

Baileys Vanilla Silk Martini is silky smooth, but leans heavily toward sweet. A little goes a long way in this smaller size cocktail. Sip and be merry.

Sampler size cocktails are one of the hottest “new” trends in bars and restaurants nationwide. But really, smaller size cocktails make perfect sense and have been around for ages. Large cocktails served in 10 to 12 ounce martini glasses are much too big. They warm before anyone has a chance to drink them at a reasonable pace. And let’s be perfectly honest, dessert style cocktails such as the one below are much better served in smaller portions. The liquids stay chilled and the sweet factor stays manageable.

Baileys Vanilla Silk Martini is silky smooth, but leans heavily toward sweet. A little goes a long way in this smaller size cocktail. Sip and be merry.

Baileys Vanilla Silk Martini Recipe

Baileys Vanilla Silk Martini

1 ounce Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur

1 ounce Vanilla Vodka

1/2 ounce Amaretto Liqueur

Combine liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a small chilled martini glass.

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