Spirits in a snow globe?! Some creative Christmas cocktails you can make at home

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MILWAUKEE -- Get ready to pour a glass of holiday cheer. Chef Alisa Malavenda joins Real Milwaukee with some Christmas-themed cocktails.

Winter Wonderland Snow Globe Cocktail

To Make Snow globes-  use various size and height round bottom glasses

  • Fresh springs of rosemary for snow globe and rosemary gimlet
  • Cocktail onions – 3 on a toothpick for snowman
  • Disco dust or edible glitter

Put water in the bottom of the glass about ¼ “ and freeze slightly – anchor rosemary ( as the tree) and the onion snow man , and add more water – freeze over night.

Make the rosemary simple syrup :

Cring ½ sugar, ¾ C water and 1 sprig rosemary to a low simmer over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Let sit 30 minutes, strain and cool. Set aside.

Per cocktail – add to shaker

  • 2 oz of gin or vodka
  • 1 oz lemon juice ( meyer lemon when available )
  • 1 oz of the rosemary simple syrup

Pull snow globe glasses out of freezer when ready to serve. Sprinkle with a little edible glitter or disco dust and pour strained cocktail SLOWLY to make a snow globe

Note: You can make this kid friendly by using white covered raisins for the snowman and marshmallow Christmas tree for globe with sprite.

The Red Nosed Reindeer

  • 3 oz chocolate liqueur like Godiva
  • 1 oz espresso liqueur or Kahlua
  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz half and half
  • chocolate syrup
  • cherry for red nose
  • antler markers or broken pretzels

Mix chocolate liqueur, Kahlua, vodka and half and half in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake. Pour a little chocolate syrup on the bottom of cocktail glass, strain cocktail mixture into glass – garnish with cherry for the red nose on front of the glass and markers or broken pretzels for antlers

Note: You can make this a kids version by using  plain chocolate milk

Frozen-  “Let it Go”

  • Blue Raspberry Cotton Candy
  • 1.5 oz Tequila
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • .5 oz blue curacao
  • seltzer to top

Combine ingredients except seltzer in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake . Place a mound of cotton candy in a martini glass, pour cocktail slowly into glass over cotton candy and watch it melt all your stress away. Top with seltzer for a less sweet version.

For an elegant version of this cocktail, simply pour champagne over the cotton candy.

Note: You can make this kid friendly by  pouring sprite over the cotton candy.

Kiss Me Under the Mistletoe

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 1 t agave nectar
  • .5 oz lime juice, plus a wedge and wheel to rim glass
  • 1 spring mint
  • 6 cranberries or pomegranate seeds
  • Ginger Beer

Run the lime wedge around the cocktail glass and dip into sugar to rim the glass.

Carefully fill the glass with ice and set aside.

In a cocktail shaker , muddle mint, 3 cranberries or pomegranate seeds, agave nectar and lime juice. Fill with ice and add the vodka, give it a shake to mix and then add the ginger beer- stir to mix ( do not shake )

Carefully pour into glass so you don’t melt the sugar rim and garnish with rosemary, mint or thyme- a lime wheel and a few pomegranate seeds or remaining cranberries.

You can replace sprite for vodka and use non alcohol ginger beer for a non alcohol version.

Peppermint Candy Cane Martini

Make a martini or coat a shot glass with crushed peppermint candy cane for a fun holiday shot

  • 1 oz peppermint schnapps
  • 2 T white Crème di Cacao
  • ½ C half and half
  • splash grenadine
  • small candy cane crushed to rim glass or for garnish
  • Mix all ingredients in a pitcher and keep chilled
  • Pour into shot glasses or martini glass and serve with garnish

The Fruit Cake Cocktail (That You Won’t RE-Gift)

  • 1 Cup Bourbon
  • ½ C Dried Fruit like cherries, figs  and apricots
  • Step dried fruit in bourbon at least over night and up to 1 month

For cocktail:

  • 2 oz dried fruit bourbon mixture
  • .5 oz Frangelico or amaretto
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • splash of tart cherry grenadine ( or regular)
  • 3 droppers of orange bitters

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a luxardo cherry and orange peel

Hot Buttered Rum Mix

Keep this mix on hand for ice skating  tree trimming , caroling or sitting by the fire on a cold winters night. Also makes a great gift in mason jars.

  • 1.5 Cups dark brown sugar
  • ½ stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1.5 T agave nectar or honey
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t each of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg
  •  pinch of clove

Using a hand mixer , blend all the ingredients together. Store ingredients in a small mason or tight sealed jar and keep under refrigeration.

To make hot cocktail

In a heat resistant glass or mug put 1.5 -2 oz rum. Add one tablespoon of the mixture. Fill with hot water. Stir until melted and enjoy

Note: Also delicious with Bourbon for a modern twist and use hot apple cider instead of water  for a Hot Bourbon Ball Cocktail

Mixture good for one month in refrigerator ( if it  lasts that long )