It’s the most festive time of year, so doesn’t it make sense to put the most festive of libations front and center at our Holiday parties?

No longer just the shaken not stirred, sophisticated cocktail of choice for James Bond, the martini is now the ultimate cocktail for any convivial occasion.

Whatever your mood, there is a martini to match it!

Craving Something Sweet & Festive?

The Gingerbread Martini

A decadent variation inspired by the merriest time of year!
Recipe Courtesy of Trisha Yearwood
Photo courtesy of Food Network
Ingredients

4 ounces Irish cream liqueur, such as Baileys
4 ounces vodka, such as Kettle One
2 ounces coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
2 ounces Gingerbread Syrup, recipe follows
2 scoops vanilla ice cream, softened
Whipped cream, for topping
Small handful gingerbread cookies, crushed

Gingerbread Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
5 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into rounds

Directions
Combine the Irish cream liqueur, vodka, coffee liqueur, Gingerbread Syrup and ice cream in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Pour into four chilled martini glasses. Top each with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of gingerbread cookie crumbs.
Gingerbread Syrup:
Add the sugar, water, cloves, cinnamon and ginger to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature before using, about 20 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/gingerbread-martini.html


Cinnamon Apple Cider Martini

Simplicity at it’s seasonal best!

Recipe & photo courtesy of www.soivebeenthinking.com

Ingredients

Drink

  • 4 oz vodka
  • 1 oz cinnamon apple cider simple syrup
  • lemon (optional)

Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the rim of your glass, if you’d like to make the drink more festive

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • lemon zest (optional)
  • pinch cayenne (optional)
  • pinch salt (optional)

Instructions

To make simple syrup

  1. Put sugar, cinnamon and apple cider in a sauce pot
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes
  4. Remove from heat and set aside to cool

To create drink

  1. Once your syrup has cooled (it can be used in the cocktail while warm-ish but not hot):
  2. Chill your martini glass, fill with ice and water and let sit while you mix the martini
  3. In a shaker filled with ice, add vodka and syrup
  4. Shake well
  5. When you think you are done shaking, shake for another 30 seconds
  6. You want this drink cold and with little ice chips if you can get them
  7. Pour into your empty, chilled martini glass and serve with a wedge of lemon
  8. Garnish ideas: lemon wedge, lemon peel, curly apple peel

For the rim of your glass

  1. Mix the above ingredients and pour onto a plate so there is a thin layer of the sugar mixture covering the plate (not a mound)
  2. Wipe the rim of your glass with a lemon wedge (be messy so more of the sugar mixture will stick to it) and place the glass into the sugar mixture to coat the rim
  3. **If you are going rim the martini glass with the sugar mixture, do not chill the glass first, the water from the glass will ruin it.

Note: * the ratio for simple syrup is 1 to 1 sugar to water, so you can make a smaller batch if you want, leftover syrup can be stored in the fridge for 2 weeks

http://www.adishofdailylife.com/2015/11/cinnamon-apple-cider-martini-holiday-cocktail-recipe/


Candy Cane Cocktail

Irreverent and sure to put you in the Holiday spirit!

Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee
Photo courtesy of Food Network

Ingredients
1 shot vanilla rum
1 shot white chocolate liqueur (recommended: Godiva)
1 shot peppermint schnapps
Candy cane, garnish

Directions
Add all liquid ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into martini glass. Garnish with candy cane.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/candy-cane-cocktail-recipe.html


The Classics

Classic Dry Martini
Conjuring visions of crisp tuxedos, slinky dresses, and glamor, this your go-to choice for a sophisticated evening.

Recipe & photo courtesy of Epicurious.com

Ingredients
Cracked ice
2 1/2 ounces London dry gin, such as Beefeater
1/2 ounce dry vermouth, preferably Noilly Prat
Green olive for garnish

Directions

  1. In mixing glass or cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine gin and vermouth. Stir well, about 20 seconds, then strain into martini glass. Garnish with olive and serve.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/classic-dry-martini-237574


Pomegranate Martini

This adaptation of Oprah’s Pomegranate Martini has a hint of rosemary and real pomegranate seeds for an added dose of festive flavor.

Recipe & photo courtesy of FoodieCrush.com
Adapted from Oprah Magazine

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (16 ounces) vodka
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) orange liqueur such as Cointreau
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) pomegranate juice
  • ⅓ cup pomegranate seeds
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Lemon twists from lemon peel
  • Rosemary sprigs

 

Instructions
Combine the vodka, orange liqueur, pomegranate juice, and lemon juice in a pitcher and refrigerate until ready to use. Dip rims of the martini glasses in a shallow bowl with ¼ inch of water then roll rims in gold sugar. Fill martini glasses with pomegranate mixture, a tablespoon of pomegranate seeds, lemon twists and garnish with rosemary sprigs. Serve over ice if desired.

http://www.foodiecrush.com/pomegranate-martini-recipe/


The Exotic

Brazilian Martini

Cachaça—a spicy, sweet, and fruity clear liquor distilled from fermented sugarcane juice, gives this libation an alluring taste that makes a cocktail feel like an adventure!

Recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri
Photo courtesy of Food Network

Ingredients
1 lime, sliced
2 ounces Cachaca (recommended: Leblon)
1 1/2 ounces pomegranate juice
2 teaspoons sugar
Ice
Chilled martini glass

Directions
Muddle a few slices of lime and place in a cocktail shaker. Add rum, pomegranate juice, sugar, and ice, and shake about 10 times. Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with lime slice.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/brazilian-martini-recipe.html