Enjoy a sparkling cocktail this holiday season

The holiday season is merry and bright with a sparkling cocktail!

‘Tis the season to enjoy a sparkling cocktail. Add champagne, prosecco, cava or ginger ale to your favorite cocktail to tickle your holiday fancy.

Want to make your sparkling cocktails really sparkle? Add  Spirdust to you cocktails. Spirdust is a glittering powder that can be added directly to beverages by adding a couple pinches or by mixing it with the cocktail syrups, juices, liqueurs or spirits.

You will find lots of sparkling cocktail recipes that will be perfect for your holiday brunch, or listening to Christmas carols in front of the fire on their website:

  • Glitter Fairy Mimosa adds some glitter to your glass by combing white cranberry juice with grapefruit juice, a pinch of pink Spirdust, topped with sparkling wine.
  • Add blue Spirdust to make a Bright Lights Cocktail: Blue Spirdust gives this gin cocktail the look of an illuminated winter sky.

Remember the big peppermint stick we enjoyed as children? It took us almost the entire month of December to finish it, one lick at a time.  Treat yourself that childlike pleasure in an adult version – a peppermint cocktail with a candy cane rim!

One example is the Winter Wonderland served at Morimoto Asia located at Disney Springs. If you can’t make it to Disney Springs, here’s how to make one at home.

Winter Wonderland

Ingredients:

  • 1.50 Oz  vodka
  • .75 Oz  peppermint schnapps
  • .75 Oz white chocolate liqueur
  • Mini candy cane and red sugar

Method:

  • Mix and chill ingredients. Pour into a red sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a candy cane hanging on the rim.

Here are some other examples of a sparkling cocktail for the holiday season.

Mistletoe Martini combines vodka, framboise (raspberry liqueur) and sparkling wine.

The Poinsettia is a classic holiday sparkling cocktail. The combination of Grand Marnier, cranberry juice and Cava rosé is guaranteed to put you in a sparkling mood.

Holiday Cheer is a  sparkling cocktail that will fill you with holiday cheer!   Ketel One Citroen Flavored Vodka and Crème de Violette Liqueur topped off with sparkling ginger ale.

After you’ve had a few holiday cocktails, you may think you are “pickled” when you  see a pickle in your Christmas tree. Never fear, there is a good reason for it to be hanging on your tree. The tradition of hanging a pickle ornament on the tree began in the late 1800’s when the Woolworth’s department store received imported pickle ornaments from Germany. It started as a sales gimmick. The pickle ornament is hidden in the tree and the first person to find the pickle on Christmas morning gets a extra present.

If there is one holiday that absolutely sparkles, it is New Year’s Eve. It’s the perfect time to mix up a bowl of Champagne Punch. Poinsettia Spritz Punch combines vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, cranberry or pomegranate juice and champagne. Add the champagne just a few minutes before midnight so the punch will be sparkling for your New Year’s Eve toast.

We all enjoy the New Year’s Eve traditions of kissing at midnight and toasting with champagne, but why do we eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight? The tradition started in Spain in the 1800’s. It was started by Spanish vine growers who just wanted to sell more grapes at the end of the year. Then the tradition caught on – each grape represents a month of good fortune in the coming year.

 

 

Which sparkling cocktail will you enjoy during the holidays? What sparkling beverage will be in your glass as you toast 2021?