T’was the Cocktail Series Before Christmas: Night 1 – Holiday Cheer

As we enter mid-December, (insert your preferred exclamation expressing “Where has the year gone?!” sentiment) we come bearing the friendly reminder that only twelve nights—less than two weeks, y’all—remain until Christmas Eve. T’is the season of eating, drinking, and being merry, and in 2018, we mean to grab the “drinking” portion of that activity plan by the antlers.

It’s no secret that we at Flavorful World enjoy a good drink, and there’s no time like holiday time for exploring new libations to fall in love with. So from now until Christmas Eve, we’ll be sharing a nightly holiday-themed cocktail recipe with you and yours, courtesy of some of the country’s leading hotels, restaurants, and producers of food and spirits. Bring them on a sleigh ride, pass them around with pumpkin pie and figgy pudding, or sip ’em triumphantly after you’ve finish deckin’ them halls. Whichever you choose, our wish is for you to have yourself twelve merry little evenings from now until Santa takes his ride.

So, without further ado, on this first night of twelve nights, your true friends are giving to you a bit of Holiday Cheer, because citrus + white chocolate + pumpkin spice = everything nice.

Holiday Cheer
Sticks at The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach Resorts

  • 1 ¼ oz. Absolut vodka
  • ¾ oz. Godiva White Chocolate liqueur
  • 1 oz. Pumpkin Spice Syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 navel orange wedge, skin on (about 1/8 of a medium-sized orange)
  • 1 dash pumpkin spice

Preparation: Add vodka, white chocolate liqueur and pumpkin spice syrup to a shaker. Fill ¾ with ice. Squeeze the orange wedge and add the juice to the shaker. Add the wedge to the shaker as well. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Dust with a dash of pumpkin spice.

Don’t forget to check back with us tomorrow for another exercise in easy Christmas-themed mixology.

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This article first appeared on FlavorfulWorld.com.