Sasee Entertains (December 2016)
By Leslie Moore
Planning a party? Holiday cocktails are fun – and Sasee has found a few that will impress your guests!
Santa Sleigh Martini
White sugar crystals, preferably coarse
2 cups store-bought eggnog, chilled
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
4 cinnamon sticks
Dampen the rims of 4 martini glasses and then line the rims with sugar crystals. Combine eggnog, brandy, amaretto, nutmeg and ice cream in a blender; process until smooth. Pour mixture into martini glasses and garnish each glass with a whole cinnamon stick.
5 fluid ounces vanilla-flavored vodka
2 fluid ounces white crème de menthe
1/2 fluid ounce peppermint schnapps
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour vodka, crème de menthe and peppermint schnapps over the ice. Cover cocktail shaker and shake; strain into two martini glasses.
Colonial Hot Buttered Rum
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 pinch salt
2 quarts hot water
3 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
2 cups rum
1 cup sweetened whipped cream
Ground nutmeg to taste
Combine the brown sugar, butter, salt and hot water in 5 quart slow cooker. Add cinnamon sticks and cloves. Cover and cook on Low for 5 hours. Stir in rum.
Ladle into mugs, and top with whipped cream and a dusting of nutmeg.
White Christmas Sangria
This beautifully festive holiday cocktail is perfect for parties, brunches or even Christmas morning! Get creative using your favorite fruits and herbs to really make it your own.
3 tart Granny Smith apples
1 large orange
1-1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
2 bottles dry white wine
(For a non-alcoholic version, use white sparkling grape juice.)
1 cup white cranberry juice
1/4 cup sugar
16 ounces ginger ale or club soda
2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
To begin, chop the apples into slices, discarding the cores. Place into a large pitcher. Slice the unpeeled oranges and add them to the pitcher. Add the whole cranberries and raspberries. Using a spoon, carefully stir so as to not break the raspberries.
Pour in the wine, white cranberry juice and sugar, then stir to combine. Let the sangria chill for about 30 minutes. When you’re ready to serve, top the pitcher with ginger ale or club soda, and add fresh rosemary to garnish.
Apple Pie Spiced Cider
This one is non-alcoholic, but just add brandy or
whiskey to give it an adults-only touch!
1 1/4 quarts apple cider
3 tablespoons firmly packed light-brown sugar
7 whole cinnamon sticks (6 sticks for garnish)
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Ground cloves to taste
Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
Salt, one pinch
In a medium saucepan, whisk together cider, sugar, spices, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat; pour in brandy, if desired. Strain into a pitcher; discard solids.
Serve in mugs, garnished with cinnamon sticks.
About this writer
- Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.
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