5 Drink Recipes To Get Those Sugar Plums Dancing


What's your favorite part of the holidays? Is it the way everyone temporarily pretends to like each other? The non-denominational exclamations of goodwill? The presents? The mistletoe?!

Don't lie to yourself (Santa hates that). Everyone knows that the best part of the season is all of the fancy parties. Holiday parties are the perfect opportunity to gather amongst your loved ones, wear glitter and drink brightly colored cocktails without feeling the least bit frivolous. (Well, maybe a little frivolous. It's hard to be taken seriously in a light-up reindeer sweater.) So in order to ensure that you're prepared for a perfect party season, we've concocted a handy guide featuring recipes to a whole bevy of festive beverages—courtesy of our friends, SKYY Vodka.

Candy Cane Swirl

1 oz. SKYY Infusions Raspberry
3 oz. Red Cranberry Juice
0.5 oz. Grenadine
0.5 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
Lemon Lime Soda
Candy Canes

Rim martini glass with crushed candy cane. Combine SKYY Vodka, Peppermint Schnapps, Cranberry Juice and Grenadine into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Top with Lemon Lime Soda and garnish with small peppermint candy cane.

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5 Drink Recipes To Get Those Sugar Plums Dancing

SKYY Citrus Winter Warmer

1.5 oz. SKYY Infusions Citrus
0.5 oz. Agave Nectar
4 oz. Hot Water
3 Cloves
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 pat Unsalted Butter (just under a tablespoon)
Grated Nutmeg

Combine all ingredients into a large mug, topping the liquid with hot water last. Stir, grate nutmeg over top and let steep for a couple minutes before serving.

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5 Drink Recipes To Get Those Sugar Plums Dancing

Island Holiday Punch

Serves 8
12 oz. SKYY Infusions Ginger
4 oz. Flor de Cana 7yr Rum
4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
6 oz. Holiday Spiced Simple Syrup*
12 oz. Soda Water
Nutmeg and Star Anise Pods for Garnish

In a medium sized punch bowl, combine all ingredients except for soda and whisk lightly to mix ingredients. Add 1 solid chunk (or about 3 cups of ice), in addition to soda, and stir. Grate a little nutmeg on top and float 3 star anise pods on surface for garnish.

*Holiday Spiced Simple Syrup
1 cup Demerara (Turbinado) Sugar (White Granulated Sugar, if unavailable)
1 cup Water
2 tbsp. Jamaican Allspice Berries (May omit if unavailable)
0.5 tbsp. Nutmeg
1 Cinnamon Stick
2 Star Anise Pods

Bring all ingredients to a simmer in saucepan for five minutes. Strain to remove solids and cool. To speed up the cooling, add a few ice cubes to syrup.

**NOTE: To offer simpler option to the Holiday Spiced Simple Syrup, make simple syrup using only water and sugar. Then, add remaining spices directly to the punch or top it off with Ginger beer instead of soda water.

Combine all ingredients into a large mug, topping the liquid with hot water last. Stir, grate nutmeg over top and let steep for a couple minutes before serving.

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5 Drink Recipes To Get Those Sugar Plums Dancing

Blood & Honey

Recipe by Jon Gasparini, Rye on the Road

1.5 oz SKYY Infusions Blood Orange
1/2 oz Wild Turkey American Honey
.5 oz Lemon juice
.5 oz OJ
3 dash of Peychaud's Bitters.

Serve over ice and garnish with orange zest.

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5 Drink Recipes To Get Those Sugar Plums Dancing

Red Dragon

1.5 oz. SKYY Infusions Dragon Fruit
1 oz. Pomegranate Juice
.5 oz. Lychee Syrup
2 Lychees
1 Lime

Combine all ingredients expect lychees and lime in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with lychees and twist of lime.

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