Traditionally, margaritas (my favorite drink) are considered a warm weather drink, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this delicious and popular cocktail all year long! This holiday-friendly version lends a festive twist with its bright splash of color and a fun, seasonal garnish.

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Festive Cranberry Margaritas
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Ingredients
  1. 3 oz. tequila
  2. 2 oz. Cointreau (or other orange liqueur)
  3. 2 oz. cranberry juice
  4. 3 T. fresh lime juice
Garnish
  1. fresh rosemary sprigs, bottom leaves removed, approximately 2-3” long
  2. fresh cranberries
  3. fresh lime wedges
Instructions
  1. To make cranberry sprig garnish, carefully thread 3 fresh cranberries onto tough rosemary stems. Set aside.
  2. Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, Cointreau, and both juices. Shake well and strain into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and lime wedges, if desired. Serve immediately.
La Vida Dulce by Yaya http://lavida-dulce.com/
Moscow Mules seem to be very popular right now., so this recipe is a great twist on a classic cocktail. A bright splash of seasonal color transforms this drink into a new holiday favorite. If you enjoy the warm gingery flavor of a traditional Moscow Mule, you will definitely want to give this one a try!

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Cranberry Moscow Mule
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Ingredients
  1. 3 oz. premium vodka
  2. 1 oz. 100% cranberry juice
  3. 1 T. fresh lime juice
  4. 8 oz. ginger beer
Garnish
  1. fresh rosemary sprigs, bottom leaves removed, approximately 2-3” long
  2. fresh cranberries
  3. fresh lime wedges
Instructions
  1. To make cranberry sprig garnish, carefully thread 3 fresh cranberries onto the bottom of each rosemary stem.
  2. Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Shake well and pour into ice-filled copper mugs. Top off mug with ginger beer and stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and lime wedges, if desired. Serve immediately.
La Vida Dulce by Yaya http://lavida-dulce.com/
My mom isn’t a big drinker, so when my brother and I come to visit, we always bring alcohol into the house.  My mom will then try to turn everything into a spritzer to water it down, so this last drink is for her. The classic flavor combination of cranberry, orange, and cinnamon is complemented by the unexpected addition of cumin. I love cumin in my food, so a little dash in my drink seemed like a good idea. Add a little vodka for a fun adults-only treat, or skip it for a pleasant mocktail everyone can enjoy. 

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Cinnamon and Cumin-Infused Cranberry Spritzer
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c. fresh or frozen cranberries
  2. ¼ c. honey
  3. ½ c. water
  4. 2 T whole cumin seeds
  5. 4 cinnamon sticks
  6. 3 c. unsweetened cranberry juice
  7. 2 medium organic oranges, each cut into 8 wedges
  8. Optional: ½ c. vodka
  9. 3 c. sparkling water
Optional Garnish
  1. Additional cinnamon sticks
  2. 6 long rosemary sprigs, lower leaves removed, and threaded with fresh cranberries
Instructions
  1. Add cranberries, honey, water, cumin seeds, and cinnamon sticks to a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes, or until the honey is melted and the spices are intensely fragrant.
  2. Remove from heat and transfer to a large glass or other non-reactive bowl. Add cranberry juice, orange wedges, and vodka, if using. Refrigerate for several hours to overnight.
  3. Once thoroughly chilled, remove from refrigerator and firmly squeeze each orange wedge into the bowl to capture the juice before discarding. Strain mixture with a fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids.
  4. To serve, fill serving glasses with ice and add enough of the seasoned cranberry juice mixture to fill each glass about 1/3 full. Top off each glass with sparkling water and stir to combine. Taste and sweeten with additional honey, if desired. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and/or rosemary skewers and serve immediately.
La Vida Dulce by Yaya http://lavida-dulce.com/

What are your favorite festive party drinks to serve or sip?

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