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Holiday Cocktails: Top Holiday Drink Recipes

December 12, 2013
Deck the halls with boughs of holly… 'Tis the season to be jolly…cap the night with a cocktail…

Ok- while these may not be the right lyrics to this holiday song, we couldn't resist adding our own zest to the song. Whatever your holiday tradition may be, trying out new drink recipes is not only fun but can be quite tasty! Shooters Wood Fire Grill, is not only a top restaurant in Rapid City creating only the finest dishes for you to enjoy, but offers a full service bar filled with everyone's favorites. This holiday season instead of making the same old drink you always drink, why not try out some holiday cocktails that are sure to become your new favorites?

Holiday Drink Recipe #1

This holiday drink is a fan favorite, especially when the temperature takes a dip. Try this Hot Spiced Wine to get into the holiday spirit. This delicious holiday drink can even be made ahead and simply needs reheated before serving.

2 Bottles of red wine 
1 1/4 Cups of sugar 
Zest of 1 of orange
Zest of 1 of lemon 
3 Black peppercorns, crushed 
3-Inch cinnamon stick, crushed 
1 Clove, crushed 
1/2 Cup of cherry flavored brandy

In a large saucepan, mix the red wine with the sugar and the citrus zest. Put the spices in a tea ball and add to the saucepan. Bring the wine to a very slow simmer and continually stir to dissolve the sugar. Next remove the wine from the stovetop and remove the tea ball filled with spices. Slowly stir in the cherry flavored brandy. Serve in heatproof glasses and enjoy. 

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Holiday Drink Recipe #2

Craving a holiday cocktail that is a bit fruity? How about a Cranberry-Orange Gin and Tonic. This twist on an old favorite is just what you need to try your aunt's fruitcake recipe.

1 Strip of orange rind (2 inches)
1 Teaspoon of sugar 
1 Tablespoon of frozen cranberries (thawed)
1/2 Cup of ice
3 Tablespoons of gin 
1/4 Cup of tonic water
1 Tablespoon of orange juice 

Mix strip of orange rind, cranberries, and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Next add the orange juice, gin, and ice cubes and mix for 30 seconds or until the mixture is chilled. Pour into glass and top with the tonic water. 

Holiday Drink Recipe #3
Nothing says the holidays like the sweet taste of pomegranate. This holiday cocktail, is another twist on a favorite- mimosas! Pomegranate mimosas are a tasty treat for anyone that needs a little pick me up on a holiday morning.

2 Cups of pomegranate juice
1 Cup of orange juice
1/2 Cup of orange-flavored liqueur
1 bottle of well-chilled demi-sec Champagne


Mix ingredients into large pitcher and slowly add champagne. Serve chilled.

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Holiday Drink Recipe #4
Celebrate the holidays with a tasty treat that has a bit of inspiration from south of the border. Cranberry Mo-garita is a holiday drink that is a great blend of mojito, margarita, and holiday spirit.

3/4 Cup of tequila
1 Can of frozen mojito mix
2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons of orange liqueur
1/4 cup of cranberry sauce
Ice (as needed)

Mix ingredients (except ice) in blender until well blended. Next add ice and mix until consistency of mixture is smooth. Serve immediately.

With these fun holiday cocktails, you are sure to be a hit this holiday season whether you are hosting a holiday party or just bringing some spirit to a family gathering. These holiday drinks are not only unique but use ingredients that many already have in their kitchens and liquor cabinets.
Want to take it easy and have professionals blend you some holiday drink favorites? Stop by Shooters Wood Fire Grill and take a load off. Whether you are wanting your favorite liquor, to try a new beer, or experiment with a holiday cocktail — our full service bar can not only meet your needs, but exceed them. 


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