Cocktail Spotlight - Cocktail And Mocktail Of The Week

While I work on my next award-winning book, blog posts will be limited, but I will be offering up a 'cocktail and a mocktail of the week' for all you avid cocktail enthusiastsand non-drinkers. The featured cocktails and mocktails will be seasonal as well as some of my personal favorites that are proven and stood the test of time...Happy Mixing!

This cocktail was chosen by the host for her annual Christmas/Holiday party on Dec 13th with 60 plus guests, light food service, and valet parking. It is symbolic of a red carpet event. 'The theme of the party is red poinsettias and celebratory in nature so I crafted this cocktail incorporating the color red, sophistication, and perfect for a celebration. I will be batching the cocktail when I arrive since it will be the signature drink of the evening.


Pomegranate Poinsettia

  • 1 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz pulp-free orange juice
  • 3 oz Allure Rose Moscato Wine

Garnish - orange spiral twist cut from the circumference of an orange

Glass - Champagne flute

Prep - In a pitcher, add all ingredients, except Moscato. Make about 20 servings. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Fill champagne flute with ingredients about 3/4. Add Moscato and garnish. Rub orange spiral around rim of glass before serving.


Spicy Raspberry

  • 2 cups of fresh or frozen (thawed) raspberries
  • tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • fill with Goslings' ginger beer (Walmart)

Garnish - lemon slice and 1 raspberry on a pick

Glass - Collins Glass

Prep - In the collins glass, macerate raspberries gently with the back of a bar spoon in the water, lemon juice, and honey in the glass.  Stir well to mix everything up. Add ginger beer. Stir again. Garnish. If you have time, you can cook all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat to break down fruit, then simmer - let cool. Add to ice-filled glass, then add ginger beer.