I know it’s nearly as corny as putting reindeer antlers on the dog, but I do love a thematic cocktail at the holidays. Red, say. Or peppermint. And it’s another opportunity for me to slip some of my organic, boutique-manufacturer proselytizing by you in the guise of an alcoholic treat.
I include a link below for Bainbridge Organic Distillers vodka. I haven’t tried it yet. But lord, is this local for me. I plan to lay my hands on a bottle asap. And I’m excited to say there are dozens of organic distilleries popping up across the country— maybe one near you: Elemental Vodka from Portland, Oregon, Prairie Organic from Minnesota, Square One from N. Carolina, Firefly from S. Carolina, Peak Spirits, Sunshine Vodka from Vermont, Blue Ice potato vodka from Idaho (the potato connection here probably isn’t a coincidence) to name a few.
Whether you’re celebrating Channukah (started last night), Christmas, or Kwanzaa, these cocktails will provide an infusion of holiday warmth.
Peppermint Patty Cocktail Recipe
Peppermint Patty , photo M. Rodriguez
Chocolate and mint is one of the world’s great flavor combinations. Try this festive cocktail the next time you entertain.
Makes 1 cocktail
- 1 ounce white or bittersweet chocolate
- 1 1/2 ounces organic vodka from someone like Bainbridge Organic Distillers
- 1/4 ounce green crème de menthe
- 1/2 ounce white crème de cacao
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup
- Melt the chocolate on a saucer in the microwave on low.
- Roll the rim of the glass through the melted chocolate to create a chocolate “lip.”
- Combine all of the remaining ingredients (except for the garnish) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill.
- Strain the cocktail into the chocolate-rimmed glass and garnish with fresh mint.
The Pointsettia Cocktail Recipe
Poinsettia Cocktail, photo M. Rodruguez
This is the perfect cocktail for any holiday party.
Makes 1 cocktail
- Tall glass or large martini
- Skewer with alternating mint leaves and raspberries
- Combine all of the ingredients (except for the garnish) and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake to chill.
- Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a raspberry-mint skewer and serve.