Drinks Holidays

Two Easy Holiday Drinks

Holiday Drinks | Sarah Kieffer | The Vanilla Bean Blog
A few weeks ago the kind folks at Martha Stewart Living sent me their new copper bar set. I’m not much of a mixed drink kind of person, more like the ‘1/2 beer with dinner’ type, even though I do have a cabinet stuffed full of liqueur bottles. These, however, are used almost exclusively for baking. I decided to live it up just a little this December; trade the beer in for something more sassy, and put the new set to good use with holiday drinks.

I met Ben from BET Vodka at Molly’s fabulous brunch a few weeks back, and he donated a bottle to make some drinks with. I took a fancy to his beautiful vodka bottles at the brunch (I also had a delicious drink made from it), and thought it would go well with pomegranate juice and ginger ale. Turns out it does. Then I received a few bottles of wine from Seven Daughters – I have had a good number of glasses of it over at the Faux Martha’s house, and knew it would pair wonderfully with something simple. Orange juice and Moscato happened at a recent family gathering, and everyone loved it.

These two holiday drinks are so simple they probably don’t need recipes, but I figured there might be someone like me out there who needs a little help with making party beverages appear fancy, so I thought this might come in handy.
Pouring Vodka Into Cocktail | Sarah Kieffer | The Vanilla Bean Blog

Stirring A Holiday Cocktail | Sarah Kieffer | The Vanilla Bean Blog

Pouring a Cocktail | Sarah Kieffer | The Vanilla Bean Blog

Seven Daughters Canned Wine | Sarah Kieffer | The Vanilla Bean Blog

Mixing a Mimosa | Sarah Kieffer | The Vanilla Bean Blog
The copper bar set was sent to me by Martha Stewart Living, and can be found exclusively at Macys.
BET Vodka can be found online here.
Seven Daughters wine can be found online here.

As always, all opinions are my own.

Pomegranted Ginger Sparkler | Sarah Kieffer | The Vanilla Bean Blog

Holiday Drinks Recipes

Pomegranate Ginger Sparkler
A trick I learned from an old Martha Stewart Living magazine is to use juice concentrate instead of regular juice in drinks – because you are adding more liquid to the drink, the concentrate will give more flavor. You could use any juice concentrate you like here – pomegranate-cherry is also really good. You could also add a little vanilla extract (1/2 teaspoon or so) to give it a vanilla edge.

For each glass:
3 tablespoons frozen (but scoop-able) pomegranate juice concentrate
1 shot vodka (more or less to preference)
Ginger ale

Place the pomegranate concentrate in a glass. Add the vodka and mix to combine. Pour in the ginger ale until the glass is 3/4 full. Stir again. Top with ice. Serve.

Moscato Mimosa
Mimosas are usually made with champagne or sparkling wine, but any sweet white wine will do here.

Orange juice
Moscato Veneto

Fill each glass with equal parts orange juice and Moscato. Top with ice, and stir. Serve.
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  • Reply
    Molly Yeh
    Friday, December 23, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    made the pomegranate ginger sparklers for my holiday party last night and they were a HIT!!!!

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    Laura (A Beautiful Plate)
    Friday, December 16, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    I love simple cocktails like this, especially during the holidays! And pomegranate ginger ANYTHING is my ideal flavor combo for winter.

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    Claudia | The Brick Ktichen
    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Oh the pomegranate ginger sparkler sounds so lovely! So saving for xmas cocktails <3

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    Aysegul Sanford
    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:09 am

    The color scheme on this post is so lovely and these drinks sound soooo good. Happy holidays!

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    Monday, December 12, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Beautiful and festive! I love it. That copper bar set is calling my name.

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    Monday, December 12, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    What colorful drinks!

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    Ben @ B?T Vodka
    Monday, December 12, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    How fantastic, such a lovely presentation and so easy to make 🙂 Thanks for sharing just in time for the holidays. Cheers!

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    Monday, December 12, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Oh, they look so delicious!!!! So pretty and that color is just divine.

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    Monday, December 12, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I kind of love your use of sassy. I think the same things about kicking it up a bit in the cocktail category – especially if its red. These two recipes are quite lovely.

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    Monday, December 12, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I’m thinking I may have to try both drinks, since they both sound amazing! 😉 Love that set…so pretty!

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    Abby @ Heart of a Baker
    Monday, December 12, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Ohh these are both right up my alley! I’ve been eyeing a new bar set, so these look pretty perfect. xoxo

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    Monday, December 12, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Both of these drinks look amazing, but I’d have to say my favorite would be the moscato mimosa. Mimosas are just so refreshing and drinkable!

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