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How To Host a Holiday Cocktail Party

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Ingredients

For the Bourbon Spiked Cider with Winter Fruits

  • 1 red apple, sliced thin
  • 1 persimmon, sliced thin
  • seeds from 1/2 pomegranate
  • 1 cup red grapes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 48 ounces (6 cups) apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons mulling spices
  • 1 1/2 cups bourbon

For the Eggnog White Russian

  • 32 ounces (4 cups) eggnog
  • 1 cup vodka, or 1/2 cup vodka and 1/2 cup coffee liqueur
  • cinnamon sticks (1 per glass)
  • ground cinnamon, for garnish

For the Elderflower Champagne Cocktail with Sugared Cranberries

  • 1 bottle dry champagne
  • 8 ounces St. Germain
  • 1 cup sugared cranberries (recipe below)

For the sugared cranberries

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

For the Bourbon Spiked Cider with Winter Fruits

  1. Slice the apple and persimmon on a mandolin, picking out seeds as you get to the core of the fruit. Place in a large pitcher along with pomegranate and sliced grapes. Stir in apple cider, mulling spices, and bourbon. Serve over ice.

For the Eggnog White Russian

  1. In a large carafe, combine eggnog, vodka, and coffee liqueur (if using). Stir. Pour into glasses fitted with cinnamon sticks, and top with powdered cinnamon.

For the Elderflower Champagne Cocktail with Sugared Cranberries

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup sugar to a boil. Remove from heat and toss in cranberries. Allow to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, toss cranberries in remaining 1 cup of sugar, then place on a large plate and freeze until ready to serve.
  2. To make the Elderflower Champagne Cocktail, combine 4 ounces of champagne with 2 ounces of St. Germain. Top with frozen sugared cranberries.