There's no better way to celebrate the holidays than getting good and stinking drunk, Santa style. Or at least, moderately inebriated on funky holiday concoctions. Skip the eggnog and check out Organic Authority's staff favorite yuletide cocktails:
Chocolate Martini, by John Klein (CTO, OrganicAuthority.com):
1 part crème de coca
1 part vanilla liquor (preferably Dr McGulicutys vanilla liquor)
2 parts vodka
Shake in a shaker becomes so cold you can’t hold it anymore. Pour mixture into a martini glass and add a splash of Kailua for color.
Kimberley’s Dazzling Holidays Punch (by Kimberly Stakal, OA Writer)
1 750 ml. bottle Champagne (or other sparkling wine) 1 cup cherry juice
½ cup whiskey
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
Frozen cherries, pitted, whole or halved
Combine lemon juice and juice in the bottom of a punch bowl with a spoon. Add Champagne and whiskey. Place ice ring in the punch bowl. Using a ladle, circulate the punch over the ice ring to chill and mix. Add cherries ladle into cups.
DIY Mulled Wine (by Brianne DiSylvester, OA Writer)
From the Organic Authority Files
Makes 4-6 servings
One bottle (750 mL) of organic red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot are good)
One peeled and sliced orange (keep peel to add into the pot)
1/4 cup of brandy
8-10 cloves (use the leftovers from your holidays crafts)
2/3 cup honey or sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp fresh or 2 tsp ground ginger (you can also use allspice)
Combine all ingredients in either a large pot or a slow cooker. Gently warm the ingredients on low to medium heat (avoid boiling), for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure that the honey or sugar has completely dissolved. When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended it is ready to serve. Ladle the mulled wine into mugs leaving the cloves, cinnamon, and peels behind.
Candy Cane Martini (by Jill Ettinger, OA Writer)
5 oz. Vodka
½ tsp organic Vanilla extract
2 oz. white Creme de Menthe
1/2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a candy cane.
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