Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Twelved Days of Christmas Cocktails

December has always been a favorite time of year for our family.  For us it means  building a snowmen, putting up Christmas lights, setting up the nativity scene, and lots of family time around the dinner table with good food and a great drink.

Celebrating Christmas with our cousins and Aunt and Uncle has always been and will always be a personal favorite for me.  The day always includes a wonderful dinner, which usually last for over an hour, the tradition of opening gifts from youngest to oldest, really loud laughter, a Christmas song sung in harmony, many bottles of wine and a new tradition that we started a few years ago, a signature cocktail brought by me. 

This year will be no different but I thought I would share some great holiday cocktails to get everyone in the spirit and help us decide which one or two we will be having this Christmas

Be sure to check in for the next 12 days to get the recipes to each Christmas Cocktail!

On The First Day Of Christmas... 

This Super Spicy Bloody Mary has become one of my favorite weekend drinks and can always help cure the wine flu.

1 cup tomato juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
5 drops (or more) Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1-1/2 ounces of vodka (I prefer Ketel One)
Old Bay Seasoning
Lime wedge
Celery stalk

In a large liquid measuring cup mix together the tomato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, prepared horseradish and celery salt.  This will make enough for about 2 drinks.

Rim the glass by moistening the rim with a lime wedge.  Shake the Old Bay seasoning on the moisten rim.  Add ice to your prepared glass. Add the vodka and top with the tomato mixture and stir.  Garnish with a celery stalk.  

Note:  There are many other ingredients you could add and garnish with such as steak sauce, pickled green beans, cocktail onions and cayenne pepper but this is my favorite way to enjoy.