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Perfect Holiday Cocktails

Festive drinks, delicious with or without the alcohol

Milk Punch Gingerbread Spiced Apple Cider. Festive holiday cocktails. (

Coconut milk is a healthy substitute for whole milk in food and beverage recipes. —

Coconut Milk Punch

Serves 8

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark rum
  • 6 tablespoons brandy
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cups (1-1/2 quarts) coconut milk or coconut-flavored almond milk (see previous page)
  • Garnish: Grated nutmeg

Dissolve sugar in rum, brandy and vanilla in a large, heavy pitcher. Add milk; freeze until very cold or even slushy. Pour into glasses, sprinkle with nutmeg and serve.

Bloody Mary. Holiday cocktail recipes. (

Consider pickled okra, skewered cocktail onions, whole scallions, carrot sticks or bell pepper sticks to garnish your Bloody Marys. —

Zippy Bloody Marys

Makes about 6 drinks

  • 1 quart tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 2 tablespoons juice from a large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Suggested garnishes: olives, inner celery hearts, shrimp, pickled vegetables such as onions, green beans or Giardiniera

Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve over ice and garnish with any or all of the suggestions above.

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