In the Holiday Spirit

posted on 23rd of october, 2011

It’s that time of year again...

I love the Holidays if for no other reason than they gives me a guilt free excuse for imbibing in festive cocktails (of course, when you’ve reached Half a Century, you realize life is too short to not celebrate all of life’s moments …. Groundhogs Day anyone?) I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite seasonal cocktails.

Nothing is scarier to me on Halloween than the fear of running out of candy for the darling Trick-Or-Treaters.
Once that horror has passed, I’ve found the best way to soothe those frazzled nerves is a nice

Manhattan with a Halloween twist
2 oz rye whiskey
1/2 oz grand marnier
Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an eye ball (or orange slice).

After the Thanksgiving turkey has been stuffed, and cooked, and eaten, it’s time for a yummy piece of pumpkin pie and my

Warm Harvest Martini
2 oz apple cider
2 oz vodka
½ oz vanilla liqueur
2 tbsp caramel sauce
pinch cinnamon
Combine cider, vodka and vanilla liqueur. Microwave 1 to 1½ minutes. Dunk the rim of a glass into caramel sauce and let drip down sides. Add the warm liquid and sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon. Garnish with a candy pumpkin.

My husband’s family introduced me to the tradition of toasting Christmas Eve with a few slushy treats before Santa's big scene. A few of these and you’ll have no problem Finding Inspiration for your seasonal pictures.

Pussy Cats

1 1/4 oz. bourbon
1 1/2 oz. sweet & sour Mix
1 1/2 oz. orange juice
dash Grenadine
Combine in blender with ice until slushy.

Before raising a glass of bubbly to ring in the New Year, I like to get dressed up and drink vintage cocktails with a nice meal. Just don’t have too many of these or it’ll be lights out well before the ball drops.

Classic Cosmopolitan
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz sweet lime juice
1/2 oz cranberry juice
Shake ingredients vigorously in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a lime wedge on the rim, and serve.

Here’s a wonderful recipe for getting the right amount of bubbly on Valentine's Day to get you up, without getting you down (wink, wink).

Champagne Sangria
8 oz orange juice
2 oz cointreau
2 oz grand mariner
2 oz cognac
1 bottle champagne or dry sparkling wine
Combine in pitcher and chill. Serve with a raspberry or strawberry in the bottom of each flute.

Laissez les bon temps roulez – as they say in New Orleans and
nothing says Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street like a classic

3 oz white rum
½ oz pucker berry fusion schnapps
1 oz grenadine
1 ½ oz lemon-lime sode
½ oz pineapple juice
½ oz orange juice
½ oz sweet lime juice
½ oz 151 rum
Combine in tall glass and serve with ice.

St. Patrick’s Day – the one day everyone is Irish

Take a glass - fill with beer (green only if it’s all they offer) - add a shot of your favorite aged Irish Whiskey on the side. Repeat until you start singing “Danny Boy” in an Irish Brogue. What did you expect from someone named Foley?

Instead of OD’ing from sneaking all your kids’ Easter candy (remember our tip from Fit at 50, there are no calories in the ears), here’s an adult way to get your chocolate fix.

Chocolate Martini
1 1/2 ounces chocolate liqueur
1 1/2 ounces creme de cacao
1/2 ounce vanilla vodka
2 1/2 ounces half-and-half
chocolate syrup, for rim
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass that is rimmed with chocolate syrup.

I’m not 100% sure on the meaning behind Cinco de Mayo, but I know in the US it is a day for celebrating Mexican Heritage and Pride! And for many, that means partaking in that magic elixir

Tequila with a Sangrita Chaser
½ dried ancho chili, stemmed and seeded
½ c orange juice
2 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon minced onion
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ c V8 juice
Roast chili until blistered, remove to cool. In blender, combine all ingredients and puree, strain through small sieve. Refrigerate. Serve in hollowed cucumber cups as a chaser to a shot of your favorite tequila.

The First Saturday in May is a national holiday in my family, and no Derby Day is complete without a fresh Mint Julep. Just don’t let the images of dainty ladies in white gloves sipping this southern treat fool you – these babies pack a punch!

Place 5 or 6 leaves of mint in the bottom of a pre-chilled silver beaker. Add 2-3 teaspoons sugar and crush slightly with a muddler. Pack glass with finely cracked ice. Pour 3 ounces of Kentucky bourbon over the ice. Stir briskly until the glass frosts. Add more ice and stir again before serving. Garnish with a few sprigs of mint and sip through a straw.

And let’s not forget our Triple Crown Partners

Preakness Black Eyed Susan
¾ oz vodka
1 ¼ oz Kentucky Whisky
3 oz sweet and sour mix
2 oz orange juice
Combine all ingredients and serve over ice.

The Belmont Breeze
1 ½ oz whiskey
¾ oz cream sherry
½ oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1 ½ oz fresh orange juice
1 ½ oz cranberry juice
1 oz lemon-lime soda
1 oz club soda
Combine all ingredients and serve over ice

No matter how you spell it - Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Armed Forces Day, Election Day, Bastille Day

A Patriotic holiday deserves a toast for anybody that waves the

Red,White, and Blue
1 1/2 oz gin tinted with a few drops of blue food coloring
1 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
3-4 fresh raspberries
3 oz club soda
Muddle raspberries, simple syrup and lemon juice in the bottom of a tall glass. Fill glass with ice. Add the tinted gin by pouring slowly over inverted spoon to create layers. Repeat adding club soda. Garnish with a Flag or other patriotic emblem.

I hope you enjoy these treats as much as I do. I'd love to hear your favorite way of toasting to your favorite holiday!

Comments (8)

Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on October 29, 2011
Thanks so much guys for the nice comments. I have to say that I'm a little disappointed no one else shared a festive drink recipe .... am I the only one who enjoys an adult beverage on the holidays ;o
Posted by Lobe on October 25, 2011
I liked hat on green background.
Posted by Thevegetable on October 25, 2011
Great blog :)
Thank you..
Posted by Zenonk on October 25, 2011
nice blog :)
Posted by Thanatonautii on October 24, 2011
That`s great! :)) Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Mariaam on October 24, 2011
Great blog! Thank you!
Posted by FabioConcetta on October 24, 2011
Cool blog, thanks for the recipes and compliments on the pictures!
Posted by Egomezta on October 23, 2011
Wow, this is an amazing blog, full of great images and some recipes. Thanks.

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