I bought holiday cocktail napkins recently. I am a sucker for holiday cocktail napkins, and believe in using them up during the defined season. No sense in holding them over until next year. With this in mind, I came home and looked through my cocktail recipes in order to find what will be my "go-to" holiday cocktail for December 2015. I decided upon the Snowdrift. A lovely combination of citrus and almond with hints of vanilla.
In the event that you want it to be your "go-to" holiday cocktail for this month, here is the recipe: 2 parts vanilla vodka, 1 part amaretto, 1 part sour mix. Pour into a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously, and strain into a martini glass.
If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know that I generally substitute frozen lemonade for sour mix. I decided today to try my hand at making up a batch since I had plenty of lemons and limes on hand.
Shoot! I should have done this way before now. It's quite simple and much smoother (less tart/bitter) than the frozen lemonade.
Recipe for sour mix: 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar - mix in pan and cook until sugar dissolves. Add 1/2 cup each of freshly squeezed lime juice and lemon juice - both strained before adding to sugar/water mixture. Mix together over heat and then remove and cool. Strain again (I used cheesecloth the second time) and put in container of your choice. Store in refrigerator. This ended up making about a cup and a half.
The Snowdrift martini. Suitable for serving at all holiday functions this year. It goes just as well before a gourmet dinner as it does with slices of longhorn cheese and triscuits for a 4pm pick-me-up.