Maybe it’s that newly-minted Midwest mentality — or the fact that I never mind an excuse to test-drive cocktail recipes — but I’ve shifted into more of an entertaining mindset this holiday season. And by that, I mean testing out cocktail recipes.
In a few days, I’m having my fellow SoulCycle Instructors over for a holiday party (and lots of required carb-loading). I’m excited, but I haven’t hosted a party or lots of people in a long time. My apartment was to teeny-tiny when I lived in New York!
Regardless, even the most rookie holiday hostess knows it’s important to have a delicious, easy-to-make drink recipe at-the-ready… And while entertaining may feel unfamiliar to me, cocktail creation certainly does not. Especially in the vodka realm.
Earlier this month, Absolut reached out and challenged me to utilize their limited edition Electrik bottles (in metallic silver and bright blue) as inspiration around holiday entertaining, so I knew a cool-looking cocktail would be the most fun and relevant way to do so.
The bottles have also become the centerpiece to my make-shift barcart — which I’ll show you in a post on Thursday.
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I tried out a handful of recipes found on Pinterest (not all at once — lol), and finally settled on a perfect, ruby red-colored concoction for the party.
The “Cranberry Christmas Cocktail” — as I’ve been calling it — combines a handful of festive holiday flavors with a (generous) splash of Absolut Original Vodka. Yum!
All-in-all, it’s an easy-to-follow recipe that’s delightfully boozy and Absolut-ly delicious. (See what I did there? So bad. I know… I couldn’t’ help it.) This one’s sure to impress your guests, too.
Here’s how to make it:
Cranberry Christmas Cocktail
Makes: 4 servings (double the recipe if serving in a large pitcher)
- 8 ounces Absolut Original Vodka
- 16 ounces gingerale
- 8 ounces cranberry juice
- Fresh cranberries and lime to garnish
- Mix vodka, gingerale and cranberry juice in a large pitcher.
- Slice the lime and juice half of it into the mixture.
- Add a generous amount of ice, stir and garnish with cranberries and any extra lime.
- Store in fridge until guests arrive.
- … Enjoy!
Lastly, if you’re like me and you prefer to leave the event planning up to your girlfriends, worry not. Here’s a few personal tips for hosting a stress-free holiday soiree:
- You can use frozen cranberries as make-shift ice cues (or any fruit, depending on what drink you’re serving).
- Make sure you stock the pantry and prep your passed appetizers ahead-of-time. That way, you only have an hour or so of prep-work on the day of your par-tay.
- Have a tray of drinks made and ready to go (in an easy-to-pour pitcher, ideally), so your guests can grab a glass and enjoy your company, not watch you tend to the bar (cart) all night.
- If people offer to bring something, let them!
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Red candle: Archipelago (comes in more colors)
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Thanks to Absolut for partnering on this post. Enjoy responsibly!