5 Holiday Mocktail Recipes With All the Flavor & No Alcohol

5 Holiday Mocktail Recipes With All the Flavor & No Alcohol

Holiday gatherings don’t need alcohol to be filled with joy. Plus, who needs the hangover the next day? We found some holiday mocktail recipes full of flavor and holiday magic worth sharing. non-alcoholic drinks holiday mocktails holiday mocktail recipes

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Cranberry Pear Mulled Cider

When the temperatures drop, sometimes a cold drink is the last thing we want to sip on. But a warm cider both sweet and spiced? Yes please. Bonus: this recipe will fill your home with the most delicious scent. Did we mention it’s only 6 ingredients? Easy!

.Ingredients

  • 1 gallon high quality apple cider
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 Bosc pear
  • whole cranberries (optional, for garnish)

Method

Add the apple cider, spices* and pear to a large, tall-sided pot. Warm over low heat to just below a simmer. Heat for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve straight out of the pot, ladle into mugs. Garnish with cranberries (optional)

From Sprinkles and Sea Salt.

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Eggnog – Without the Alcohol

Controversial opinion: I love eggnog. I know the store-bought versions have developed a reputation for tons of sugar, the heaviest of creams, and a concoction of chemicals to mimic spice flavors, but this homemade one? With nutty holiday spices mulled together with condensed milk and cream over a warm stove? With a full body taste that strangely comforting and nostalgic even thought it is no one’s holiday tradition that I know of?  Worth a try (and a lactaid pill). Just do it. Heck, call it a meal. It’s the holidays.

.Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sweetened, condensed milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

Combine milk, cloves, cinnamon and condensed milk over low heat in a deep sauce pan until the mixture is no longer chilled and is heated through. Slowly increase the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a low boil, careful not to allow a rolling boil. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs and sugar. Beat eggs until lightened in color and fluffy. Slowly temper the eggs by adding about 1 tbsp. at a time of the hot milk mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Once enough of the milk is in the egg mixture, pour it all back into the saucepan. Heat over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened enough to leave a clean line on the back of a spoon. Add the heavy whipping cream, nutmeg and vanilla extract to the mixture and heat through. Do not bring to a boil. Strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer to catch the spices. Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator and let cool for at least one hour, preferably longer. Serve cold. Garnish with additional nutmeg if desired.  holiday mocktail recipes 

From A Sweet Pea Chef via Town and Country Magazine. 

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Apple Barley Old Fashioned

This recipe will counterbalance the overwhelming sweetness of the omnipresent holiday treats. The bitters give this “Old Fashioned” a depth and complexity of flavor that will leave you (or your guests) smacking their lips and saying “mmm.” This is a real grown up mocktail for any occasion around the holidays.ay cocktail recipes 

Ingredients

  • 1 oz strong-brewed chilled barley tea bag (poured from 10 oz of hot water brewed with two tea bags)
  • 1/3 dropper Angostura bitters
  • 5 dashes molasses bitters
  • .25 oz simple syrup
  • .5 oz apple cider
  • Splash of club soda – optional

 

Method

Stir ingredients and garnish with an orange swath and two Luxardo cherries.

From SteakBar in Chicago via Town and Country Magazine.

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Dublin Double Irish Coffee

Oh, baby. This will give you a jolt: a coffee-based mocktail with a little sweetness, a little cream, and a little complexity. Perfect to start the evening or as a dessert.

.Ingredients

  • 2.5 ounces Lyre’s American Malt
  • 4 ounces hot brewed coffee
  • ¼ ounces premium maple syrup
  • 3 ounces whipped cream

Method

Stir American Malt, maple syrup, and hot coffee into an Irish coffee mug. Once maple is mixed in well, add the whipped cream on top. holiday mocktail recipes non-alcoholic drinks holiday mocktails

Created by Lyre via Oprah Daily.

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Honorable Mention: Athletic Brewing NA Beer

No recipe here, just a great recommendation. If mocktails and alcohol aren’t your thing (or you just need a break), Athletic Brewing has changed the game when it comes to brewing non-alcoholic beer. From Hazy IPAs to golden ales to an “Extra Dark” stout flavor, these will satisfy your quench for a “cold one” to sip on without the side effects – or the flatness that can come with NA beers. Happy holidays, indeed.

.Ingredients

  • 1+ can
 

Method

  • Open can, pour into a chilled glass. Repeat as desired. holiday mocktails na beer nonalcoholic cocktails recipes 

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We hope you enjoy these easy holiday mocktail recipes. Who knows, maybe one of these will become a new holiday tradition? Happy Holiday Cocktail -ing and sending you love from the Bidtellect family!

Charlotte Otremba is Director of Communications and Marketing at Bidtellect.

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Yeah, We Had To: Holiday Cocktail Recipes That’ll Make Santa Smile

Yeah, We Had To: Holiday Cocktail Recipes That’ll Make Santa Smile

With the holidays fast-approaching (um, how those campaigns lookin?), we could all use a little perk-me-up and de-stresser. So in preparation for your holiday gatherings, we slapped on a Santa hat, sprinkled a little magic, and found some holiday cocktail recipes worth sharing.

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Winter Wonderland

Wow, if something screams “candy cane” plus “Christmas” it’s this, baby. I’m dying to try this and it feels like the perfect dessert holiday cocktail. holiday cocktail recipes 

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • .75 oz peppermint schnapps
  • .75 oz white chocolate liqueur
  • Candy cane
  • Red sugar

 

Method

Mix and chill ingredients. Pour into a red sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a candy cane hanging on the rim.

From Morimoto Asia at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida via Town and Country Magazine.

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Gin Apple Fiz

This cocktail has been a go-to at my home this Fall – it’s easy to make and easy to adjust to taste. It’s the perfect pre-dinner cocktail that feels special while not complicated. Enjoy!

.Ingredients

  • 2 oz Alibi Gin
  • .25 oz lemon juice
  • Agave nectar, to taste
  • Sparkling apple cider
  • Garnished with thyme and apple

Method

Pour gin in shaker, add lemon juice and agave nectar, shake, and then pour into a high ball glass and top with sparkling cider. Garnish with fresh thyme and an apple slice. holiday cocktail recipes 

From The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel in Cape May, NJ via Town and Country Magazine. 

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North Pole Nog

Yeah, no one feels like making homemade eggnog. Especially in 2020 (unless it’s the next sourdough trend, and if that’s the case, then how far have we fallen?) Anyway, combining spiced rum and bourbon adds a wonderful depth to this eggnog akin to a warm hug. Choose your favorite ‘nog – this list can help – and get spikin’. You can easily triple (or more) the recipe and serve in a glass pitcher. Bonus: there are great egg- and dairy-free eggnog options, too, so all the more reason to drink more?

.Ingredients

  • 6 oz eggnog
  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, for garnish
  • Cinnamon stick, for garnish

Method

Add spiced rum and bourbon to eggnog and stir to combine. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Top with cinnamon stick, for garnish

From Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs via Town and Country Magazine.

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Cranberry Margarita

I couldn’t not add a margarita – and a holiday margarita? Yes, please. I’ll be making this tonight, probs (def).

.Ingredients

  • 2 oz cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1.5 oz blanco tequila
  • .5 oz Cointreau (optional)
  • .25 oz simple syrup or agave syrup
  • Fresh cranberries and lime for garnish

Method

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake until outside of shaker is frosty and cold. Pour into a salt rimmed glass over fresh cubes. Garnish with cranberries or some lemon cranberry bars along with the lime wheel.

Created by Trisha Antonsen, chief cocktail officer at Drizly.com via Town and Country Magazine.

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Swedish Glögg

Glögg is a Swedish spiced mulled wine with a little more oomph than your usual ho-hum forgotten-ten-dollar-wine-you-threw-on-the-stove-and-hoped-for-the-best. In Sweden, glögg is served at every meal in December and signifies the start of the holiday season. The number of ingredients makes this look a little more complicated than it is; once on the stove, this glögg will fill your home with the scent of the holidays.

.Ingredients

  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
  • 1 tsp. cardamom pods
  • 1 small piece ginger, peeled
  • Zest of orange
  • 6 whole cloves
  • cup vodka
  • 1 750-ml bottle dry red wine
  • 1 cup ruby port or Madeira
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla sugar
  • blanched whole almonds
  • cup dark raisins
 

Method

  • Crush cinnamon and cardamom in a mortar and pestle (or put them on a cutting board and crush with the bottom of a heavy pot.) Transfer to a small glass jar and add ginger, orange zest, cloves, and vodka. Let sit 1 day.
  • Strain vodka through a fine-mesh sieve into a large saucepan; discard spices. Add wine, port, granulated sugar, vanilla sugar, almonds, and raisins and heat over medium just until bubbles start to form around the edges.
  • Ladle glögg into mugs, with a few almonds and raisins in each one. Keep any remaining glögg warm over very low heat until ready to serve (do not let it boil).
 
This recipe is adapted from the cookbook ‘Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine,’ by Marcus Samuelsson via Bon Appetit. holiday cocktail recipes 

We hope you enjoy these easy holiday cocktail recipes and give them a try – at home, with family, or wherever the holidays (safely) take you this year. It’s never been more important to relish the little things that bring joy. Who knows, maybe one of these will become a new holiday tradition? Happy Holiday Cocktail -ing and sending you love from the Bidtellect family!

Charlotte Otremba is Director of Communications and Marketing at Bidtellect.

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Valentine’s Day 2021: What Digital Marketers Need to Know This Year

Valentine’s Day 2021: What Digital Marketers Need to Know This Year

Valentine’s Day 2021 may look a little different (surprise!), but love always prevails, doesn’t it? Retail has held steady during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, while the holiday itself has evolved in its own way to be more inclusive and creative. Digital marketers, like this Houston digital marketing agency, should adjust messaging to the times, maximize contextual targeting and optimization, commit to a multi-channel approach, and more. Read the data and recommendations for a successful holiday of love below.

Spending Habits

In 2020, consumers in the US reported an average spend of $196 on Valentine’s Day, an increase of 21% over 2019, according to research from the National Retail Federation (NRF). (eMarketer, February 2020)

  • Age 35-44 had the highest average expected spending in 2020: $358.78
  • Age 65+ had the lowest: $99.14

→ Target and adjust messaging content towards Gen X.

Favorite Gifts

Candy: More than half (52%) of US internet users planned to purchase sweets for Valentine’s Day, ranking above flowers, an evening out or jewelry in 2020. (eMarketer, February 2020) A combined 62% of internet users spent on an experience: evening out, tickets to an event, trip, or spa. A combined 62% of internet users spent on an experience: evening out, tickets to an event, trip, or spa. However, due to coronavirus safety concerns and varying mandates across the country and world, many users had reportedly chucked the idea of going outdoors. Instead, many of them probably preferred to celebrate the day at home by getting a spa-like experience using something like Lazarus Naturals CBD. Yet others had moved to Netflix to have a cosy evening with their loved ones. We also predict that Valentine’s Day gift-givers will steer away from having outdoor fun and instead shift to creative, at-home entertainment and experiences to celebrate like spice up their sex lives with sexy couple games. Offer creative ideas or products to inspire them.

Favorite gifts and spending habits can be tracked so that you can get the edge over your competitors this Valentine’s Day. If you are using SEO strategies then you may benefit from looking at things like this Surfer SEO review, which helps you to review patterns and adjust your strategy before you begin putting it out there, making it more cost-effective and improving success.

Types of Gifts US Internet Users Intended to Purchase in 2020:

  • 52% Candy
  • 43% Greeting Cards
  • 37% Flowers

(NRF via eMarketer, February 2020)

→ Offer creative ideas or products to inspire consumers

Retail as an Indicator for Valentine’s Day 2021

If we gauge retail ecommerce habits as a worthy indicator of how spending will continue into Valentine’s Day, then expect more shoppers to order online this year versus last. Thanks to ecommerce, retail stayed afloat during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic and consumers in turn developed new levels of comfort with online ordering.

Retail Spending Rebounds During COVID:

  • New research by Mastercard shows U.S. ecommerce sales were up 92.7% in May 2020, with more than $53 billion spent via ecommerce channels between April and May-the height of the pandemic. For scale, that’s more spent online than that last 12 Cyber Mondays combined (DigitalCommerce360).
  • Between July and August 2020, total retail sales in the United States rose by 0.6%. During this period, retail sales of clothing and clothing accessory retailers grew by 2.9%, rebounding from consistent and heavy declines in February, March, and April (Statista, September 2020).

→ Consumers are more comfortable ordering online. Make it easier for them & offer incentives.

Digital Ad Spend: Multichannel Approach

Engagement via mobile device continues to grow year after year, and consumers – especially shoppers – are consistently utilizing a multi-channel approach to read, research, engage with brands, and ultimately buy.

Retail Digital Ad Spend by Digital Marketers:

  • eMarketer expects retail to remain the largest spender on digital ads among all verticals. The industry will increase spending by 3.1% to $28.23 billion. (eMarketer, October 2020)
  • Retail ad spending on mobile will surpass $18 billion this year, and desktop/laptop spending will reach nearly $10 billion.
  • Mobile had a 106% higher CTR than Desktop in 1H 2020 on Bidtellect’s platform, so it’s imperative to implement a multi-channel approach (Bidtellect 1H 2020 Native Report)

→ Utilize a multichannel approach and scale across the open web to reach more of your target consumers

Breaking the Valentine’s Day Mold:

Who Needs a Partner? Treat Yourself

55% planned to celebrate Valentine’s Day in some way in 2020. But even those who answered “Not celebrating” did in some way. 35% of 18-25 year olds said their non-traditional Valentine’s Day gift or celebration would be “Treating Yourself.” (NRF, 2020 Valentine’s Day Spending Survey)

Lovers & Friends & Family Count, Too:

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for significant others, spouses, even casual lovers anymore. Parks and Recreation may have dubbed the holiday “Galentine’s Day” to celebrate friendship, but gift-giving seems to span across all relationships, including family and coworkers (Saturday Night Live even wrote a spoof about it). Since 2010, spend on Valentine’s Day gifts for friends has nearly tripled, from $737 million to $2.1 billion (NRF, February 2020). Retailers have adapted with more inclusive products that “allow for casual or non romantic gift giving” (eMarketer, February 2020).

Valentine’s Day Spend on Others in 2020:

  • Significant Other/Spouse: $14.1 billion
  • Other Family Members: $4.2 billion
  • Friends: $2.1 billion

(NRF, 2020 Valentine’s Day Spending Survey)

Don’t Forget One’s Most Loyal Companion: Your Furry Friend

Don’t forget your furry friends! Valentine’s Day spending on that very special pet in your life has also increased. In 2020, 27% of those celebrating Valentine’s Day said they’d buy gifts for their pets, up from 17% in 2010 (NRF, February 2020). Spend on pet gifts has grown exponentially, from just $450 million in 2010 to more than $1.7 billion a decade later (NRF, February 2020).

The trend is not just being driven by younger consumers like millennials and Gen Zers; spending on gifts for pets has grown among all shoppers under the age of 55.

→ Valentine’s Day now means a day to show appreciation to people and pets that you love – including yourself. Cater messaging to this broader definition and don’t limit spend or targeting.

We hope this data on Valentine’s Day trends, shopping habits, and digital marketing strategy help you make 2021 your more successful year yet!

PLUS: 6 Steps to Success for Valentine’s Day 2020:

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Charlotte Otremba ​is the Sr. Manager of Marketing and Communications at Bidtellect.

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This Week in Digital Advertising: Holiday Content Roundup, Festive Cocktails, Google Gets Sued (Again), and Latest News

This Week in Digital Advertising: Holiday Content Roundup, Festive Cocktails, Google Gets Sued (Again), and Latest News

Hello Bidtellectuals!

Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa to all those who celebrate! Here’s to a brighter 2021!

Congratulations to our Bidtellectual of the Week: a shoutout to Rob, Ashley, Cory, Vicky, Nick, TJ, and Katie who epitomized the meaning of teamwork to go above and beyond for a client!

Holiday Cocktail Recipes? Yes, Please

The holidays may look a little different this year, but wherever you are, you could probably use a cocktail. Our last Quarantine Cocktail Recipes post was a hit, so we slapped on a Santa hat, sprinkled a little magic, and found some new ones. Who knows, maybe one of these will become a new holiday tradition? 

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Yeah, We Had To: Holiday Cocktail Recipes That’ll Make Santa Smile

 

Last Call for Holiday Campaigns!!!!!! Here’s a Roundup of Content to Help:

 

The Latest: Beeswax, Google, Washington Post, and Best Ads of 2020

  • FreeWheel Buys Beeswax: Comcasts’s video ad tech company has been increasing its buy-side capabilities over the last couple of years. Beeswax is known for its bidder-as-a-service and customizability. It remains to be seen how the partnership will look re: branding, exclusivity, technological integration, and more.

  • 38 States And Territories Sue Google Over Its Alleged Search Monopoly: Less than 24 hours after Google was hit with an antitrust lawsuit re: its ad tech business, 38 states and territories served up another suit focused on Google’s monopoly over the search market. BOOM.

  • WashPost Becomes The First Publisher To Join Unified ID 2.0 . Well, hello there!

  • Adweek released its 25 Best Ads of 2020. Obvi Satan is on there. Which is your favorite?

  • ICYMI: Adexchanger’s Programmatic Power Players list is live. We are on this list. It make us proud. We’re in good company, so check it out.

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Good News: COVID Vaccine, Cookies & Castles, Ugly Sweater Happy Hour

  • Have you listened to Dolly Parton’s Holly Dolly Christmas Album yet? It features duets with artists like Michael Bublé, Miley Cyrus, and Willie Nelson.

  • The Pfizer COVID vaccine is now being administered to healthcare workers and others, and Vice President Mike Pence will receive it live on television today to build public trust. Moderna’s is on now track to be approved soon. Is the end in sight? My hopes are high for 2021.

  • Cookies & Castles went off without a hitch! Congratulations to Bidtellectual Katie Broussard. Read more about her amazing work here.

  • Cheers to a fun Ugly Sweater Happy Hour! See photo above!

Happy Holidays!

Charlotte

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Charlotte Otremba is Sr. Manager of Communications and Marketing at Bidtellect.

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Yeah, We Had To: Holiday Cocktail Recipes That’ll Make Santa Smile

Yeah, We Had To: Holiday Cocktail Recipes That’ll Make Santa Smile

Happy Holidays! The holidays may look a little different this year, but wherever you are, you could probably use a cocktail. Our last Quarantine Cocktail Recipes to Spice Up Your Routine was a hit. So, we slapped on a Santa hat, sprinkled a little magic, and found some new ones. There is so much choice out there for some exciting cocktail recipes that are fitting for the chillier months such as a banana split cocktail or white snowball.

However, we realised that either those recipes could be a little tricky to make as they require a wide range of ingredients. Not the alcohol, that should be pretty easy to obtain, provided you can find alcohol delivery in Westminster CO or wherever you may live. Also, finding the other ingredients might not be as easy for some people.

Alongside that, some people might find certain ingredients a bit unusual; for instance some individuals might find the seeds from bananas, here are seeds in bananas, a little off putting when drinking a cocktail, or they might find them a bit tricky to make. Therefore, we have decided to put together a list of cocktails that should be both enjoyable and easy for you to make! You may also serve these holiday cocktail recipes to your guests. You could probably serve these cocktails to your guests in an antique silver glass. It would add a lovely traditional touch to your Christmas festivities. Using vintage cutlery (which you can find at an antique silverware shop) can also serve as a conversation starter during dinner. Dinner guests, who are unfamiliar with the origins of the silverware, or who simply want to know more about how it was acquired would often ask the host for information about it.

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Winter Wonderland

Wow, if something screams “candy cane” plus “Christmas” it’s this, baby. I’m dying to try this and it feels like the perfect dessert holiday cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • .75 oz peppermint schnapps
  • .75 oz white chocolate liqueur
  • Candy cane
  • Red sugar

Method

Mix and chill ingredients. Pour into a red sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a candy cane hanging on the rim.

From Morimoto Asia at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida via Town and Country Magazine.

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Gin Apple Fiz

This cocktail has been a go-to at my home this Fall – it’s easy to make and easy to adjust to taste. It’s the perfect pre-dinner cocktail that feels special while not complicated. Enjoy!

.Ingredients

  • 2 oz Alibi Gin
  • .25 oz lemon juice
  • Agave nectar, to taste
  • Sparkling apple cider
  • Garnished with thyme and apple

Method

Pour gin in shaker, add lemon juice and agave nectar, shake, and then pour into a high ball glass and top with sparkling cider. Garnish with fresh thyme and an apple slice.

From The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel in Cape May, NJ via Town and Country Magazine.

north pole nog spiced eggnog in glass with cinnamon stick

North Pole Nog

Yeah, no one feels like making homemade eggnog. Especially in 2020 (unless it’s the next sourdough trend, and if that’s the case, then how far have we fallen?) Anyway, combining spiced rum and bourbon adds a wonderful depth to this eggnog akin to a warm hug. Choose your favorite ‘nog – this list can help – and get spikin’. You can easily triple (or more) the recipe and serve in a glass pitcher. Bonus: there are great egg- and dairy-free eggnog options, too, so all the more reason to drink more?

.Ingredients

  • 6 oz eggnog
  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, for garnish
  • Cinnamon stick, for garnish

Method

Add spiced rum and bourbon to eggnog and stir to combine. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Top with cinnamon stick, for garnish

From Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs via Town and Country Magazine.

cranberry margarita in glass holiday cocktail

Cranberry Margarita

I couldn’t not add a margarita – and a holiday margarita? Yes, please. I’ll be making this tonight, probs (def).

.Ingredients

  • 2 oz cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1.5 oz blanco tequila
  • .5 oz Cointreau (optional)
  • .25 oz simple syrup or agave syrup
  • Fresh cranberries and lime for garnish

Method

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake until outside of shaker is frosty and cold. Pour into a salt rimmed glass over fresh cubes. Garnish with cranberries or some lemon cranberry bars along with the lime wheel.

Created by Trisha Antonsen, chief cocktail officer at Drizly.com via Town and Country Magazine.

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swedish glogg mulled wine glass

Swedish Glögg

Glögg is a Swedish spiced mulled wine with a little more oomph than your usual ho-hum forgotten-ten-dollar-wine-you-threw-on-the-stove-and-hoped-for-the-best. In Sweden, glögg is served at every meal in December and signifies the start of the holiday season. The number of ingredients makes this look a little more complicated than it is; once on the stove, this glögg will fill your home with the scent of the holidays.

.Ingredients

  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
  • 1 tsp. cardamom pods
  • 1 small piece ginger, peeled
  • Zest of orange
  • 6 whole cloves
  • cup vodka
  • 1 750-ml bottle dry red wine
  • 1 cup ruby port or Madeira
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla sugar
  • blanched whole almonds
  • cup dark raisins

Method

  • Crush cinnamon and cardamom in a mortar and pestle (or put them on a cutting board and crush with the bottom of a heavy pot.) Transfer to a small glass jar and add ginger, orange zest, cloves, and vodka. Let sit 1 day.
  • Strain vodka through a fine-mesh sieve into a large saucepan; discard spices. Add wine, port, granulated sugar, vanilla sugar, almonds, and raisins and heat over medium just until bubbles start to form around the edges.
  • Ladle glögg into mugs, with a few almonds and raisins in each one. Keep any remaining glögg warm over very low heat until ready to serve (do not let it boil).
This recipe is adapted from the cookbook ‘Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine,’ by Marcus Samuelsson via Bon Appetit.

We hope you enjoy these easy holiday cocktail recipes and give them a try – at home, with family, or wherever the holidays (safely) take you this year. It’s never been more important to relish the little things that bring joy. Who knows, maybe one of these will become a new holiday tradition? Happy Holiday Cocktail -ing and sending you love from the Bidtellect family!

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Charlotte Otremba is Sr. Manager of Communications and Marketing at Bidtellect.

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