I always thought the idea of “Christmas In July” was merely a marketing tool to get people to bust out their wallets months ahead of the Christmas holiday. But after talking to a friend about a “Christmas In July” house party crawl they’re taking part in this month (so awesome!), I realized that the idea of “Christmas In July” extends far beyond premature holiday shopping. In fact, it’s down right boozy.
I absolutely love, love, love holiday cocktails. They’re just so rich, decadent, and cheery! So, the idea of taking a break from your standard summer cocktails for a dessert-y, holiday-inspired drank is super enticing to me. And to help you celebrate “Christmas In July,” I’ve added the recipe to my Minty Hot Chocolate Shooters, and a handful of other holiday-heavy cocktails. Cheers!
Minty Hot Chocolate Shooters (Pictured Above)
2 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
1 Cup Cooled Hot Chocolate
Prepare hot chocolate. Allow time to cool. Pour cooled, hot chocolate in a shaker with ice. Pour Smirnoff Peppermint Twist into shaker. Shake and strain into shot glasses. Top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint. (Should fill approximately six shot glasses)
1 part Hornitos Plata Tequila
½ part coconut water
½ part almond milk
Add all ingredients to a shaker over ice to chill. Shake, strain and pour into a shot glass rimmed with cinnamon and sugar.
Sugar Plum Fizz
1 ½ parts Ménage à Trois Vodka
¼ part fresh lemon juice
¼ part Cherry Herring
¼ part simple syrup
In a cocktail shaker add vodka and cheering herring shake and strain over ice. In a separate shaker prepare egg white sour mixture. Pour over top and dash with Plum bitters; garnish with three Luxardo cherries.
Daq’ the Halls
2 oz. Diplomático Planas white rum
1 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 sprig of rosemary
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, then shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with rosemary sprig.
A Tennessee Christmas
1 ½ parts of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire
1 ½ parts of Apple Cider
1 part fresh lemon juice and 1 part simple syrup.
4 tablespoons of Cinnamon Apple Sauce
Add ingredients to a shaker, shake with ice and strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with cherry.