For kids, Christmas morning is the climactic moment of the holiday season, but for adults, it's the weeks leading up to the big day that hold the most fun. Holiday parties, whether with friends, family, or coworkers, are a time to get festive, enjoy good food, and indulge in a few delicious cocktails. If you're planning a get-together this year, the right beverages can take the party from ho-ho-hum to unforgettable. The right cocktail recipes will not only be a delicious addition to your evening, they're a simple way to support makers of high quality, organic spirits. They could even spark a conversation about sustainability and the benefits of organic agriculture with the Ebeneezer Scrooge of your group. Below are six of the best, most delicious cocktail recipes we could find, all featuring organic, sustainably-produced alcohol made right here in the USA. Cheers!
To make this bubbly concoction, pour organic raspberry or cranberry juice into the bottom 1/3 of a normal wine glass. Fill the remaining 2/3 of the glass with Samuel Smith’s organic hard apple cider (or your preferred organic hard cider brand). Garnish each glass with skewered chunks of orange and lime. Rim glasses with granulated sugar before filling for an extra festive touch.
Holiday Cranberry Rum Punch
No holiday party is complete without a bowl or pitcher of punch. Forget the fruit punch you may have had as a kid: this adult version created by Rum Therapy features rum, bourbon, and champagne as well as a bevy of delicious juices. Substitute Crusoe Organic White Rum and Korbel’s organic champagne for conventional varieties. Although the country’s first organic bourbon is now available, you can also just use your favorite bourbon if you can’t get your hands on the organic stuff.
If the weather outside is frightful, your guests may welcome the option of a warm beverage to drive away the chill. Mulled wine is a Christmas classic made with a robust red wine and a bevy of fragrant spices such as cinnamon and star anise. This recipe from Blu Living calls for two bottles of Chianti or another Italian wine, and we recommend the 2010 organic Chianti from Tiamao Wines.
If your friends are partial to the occasional gin martini, this festive twist on a classic from Serious Eats is sure to be a crowd favorite. It takes a little extra time, as you’ll need to make a cranberry simple syrup, but if the picture is any indication, it will be worth the effort. We recommend trying this recipe with Caprock Organic Dry Gin from Peak Spirits.
Hot Buttered Rum
Another must-have beverage when frost and snow are present is the Hot Buttered Rum. The ingredients are as simplistic as they sound–rum, butter, sugar and spices. We recommend trying this easy recipe from Chow.com’s Rob Chirico, and using the certified organic and fair trade spiced rum made by Papagayo.
The freshness of winter grapefruit brings the pomegranate note to the front of this cocktail. Try this recipe from Food.com for a brightly colored cocktail that has a sparkly taste to match. We recommend using Thatcher’s organic pomegranate liqueur and Prairie Vodka.
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