Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Advent Calendar Day 4

Today we're recreating one of my favorite calendar traditions and sharing holiday cocktails. 

photo from FastDrinkRecipes.com
Post the recipe to your favorite holiday cocktail below and I'll randomly select three commenters to receive an audio book download of "The Boy Next Door" narrated by the always wonderful Kale Williams.

I discovered this particular cocktail last winter on Catalina Island. There's something sort of autumny about it, and maybe it would make a better Halloween drink than a Christmas drink, but whatever. It's what I'm drinking at the moment.

(You know what else I discovered last year? hot cocoa made with heavy cream, half and half and melted chocolate!!! You don't even need booze for that one--but a splash of brandy will not do it any harm!) 

Anyway, I digress.


1 ounce vanilla-flavored vodka
1 ounce sour apple schnapps
1 ounce butterscotch schnapps 
1 decorative squirt liquid caramel
(optional 1 maraschino cherry UGH)


Kind of self-explanatory, to be honest. ;-) 
Artfully squirt caramel in a martini glass.

Fill a shaker with ice. Pour in vanilla vodka, sour apple schnapps, and butterscotch schnapps. Cover the shaker and shake until chilled or you throw your back out; strain cocktail into prepared martini glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry IF YOU MUST.

This is a caramelappletinicupcake!!!! EVEN BETTER!?


  1. I love sangria and I make it with white wine. I start with whatever fruit I have on hand, add some brandy and some orange juice and sometimes I put some sparkling water with it,

    1. I have never had Sangria! Is that not crazy!?!? This will be perfect for the summer.

    1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Vodka
    1 oz. (30ml) Coffee Liqueur
    2 oz. (60ml) Cream
    Caramel Sauce
    Rim: Coarse Sea Salt
    Garnish: Caramel Candy

    1. Rim edge of glass with caramel sauce and coarse salt. Set aside.
    2. To an ice filled glass add vodka, coffee liqueur, cream and caramel sauce. Shake well to combine.
    3. Fill serving glass with ice and pour caramel sauce over top. Strain mix and garnish with a caramel candy.

  3. I'm not too much into cocktails, I'm more a red wine person but, as I like umeshu a lot (I even make my own), I'll share a cocktail recipe using it :). I don't know if this have a name, I found the recipe somewhere ;)
    · 7 parts umeshu
    · 3 parts gin
    Mix the umeshu and gin in a martini glass, serving over crushed ice if desired.(I highly recommend serving it with crushed ice, is too strong if not)

  4. If you don't like maraschino cherries, get "Bada-Bing" cherries if you can find them. They're large, dark, and spicy. Not so sweet. bartenders always put them in my Manhattans.

    1. That's a great idea! I love real cherries. (I mean, they're all "real," but...)

  5. Miss Butterwith has been know to add a splash (or four) of spiced rum into her eggnog, add a dash of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick and she becomes quite jolly.

    1. My mom loves eggnog. That's her never fail holiday drink. :-)

  6. If you love a Moscow Mule, try the Yule Mule!

    4 ounces vodka
    1.5 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
    4 ounces unsweetened cranberry juice
    6 ounces ginger beer
    4 to 6 cranberries, for garnish
    rosemary sprig, for garnish

    In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake together the vodka, lime juice and cranberry juice.
    Fill two copper mule mugs or old-fashioned glasses with ice. Strain half of the cocktail into each glass.
    Top each glass with ginger beer. Garnish with cranberries and a sprig of rosemary. Serve immediately.

    1. And with all that cranberry juice, it's GOT to be healthy! ;-D

  7. I'm not a big drinker, but this recipe was shown on 'The Kitchen' on Food Network and it stole my heart!

    ~ Peppery Pear Cocktail ~

    1 ounce Honey Simple Syrup

    (To make this you Combine the honey and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until the honey dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool completely)

    3 whole pink peppercorns, plus freshly ground pink peppercorns, for garnish

    1 1/2 ounces pear brandy

    1 ounce pear puree

    This will change your life, Hot or Cold. It's perfect for the holidays.

  8. Okay, this has been my favourite since I discover it some years ago: White Christmas Martini


    2 ounces vanilla vodka
    2 ounce white chocolate liqueur
    1 ounce white creme de cacao
    1 ounce half-and-half
    Honey and coarse sanding sugar for rim garnish


    Pour the honey into a shallow dish and put the sanding sugar in another shallow dish. Coat the rim of the glass in the honey; then dip the rim in the sugar to coat evenly. Set the glass aside.
    In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, and half-and-half. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared martini glass.

    And yes, I know, it's more pudding than cocktail, but oh! so delicious!

  9. https://pin.it/v6noyd4hfjr4ej I know I’m late but this Sangria is yummy