Jackson at Walden: Cocktails For Your Party

Having your friends and family over for a big gathering at Christmas? What better to pair with your delicious turkey than some festive cocktails? I’ve outlined 3 of my absolute favorites, whether it be light and bubbly, or a little more on the strong and dark side, I’ve got you covered!

Pomegranate  Champagne Cocktail

  • Ingredients (per champagne flute)
    • 4oz of your favorite champagne or sparkling wine
    • 1oz gin
    • 1oz pomegranate juice
    • 1tbs St. Germaine Elderflower Liquor
    • spoonful of pomegranate arils (you can buy portioned arils from the grocery store and skip the hassle of extracting them yourself and risking staining your clothes)
    • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • Directions
    • Pour in Elderflower first followed by pomegranate juice and gin
    • Add your champagne or sparkling wine, and stir together
    • Garnish with the pomegranate arils and rosemary and enjoy!

Christmas Sangria

  • Ingredients (makes a jug)
    • 1 bottle of red wine of your choice (I’m more of a Cabernet Sauvignon type of girl)
    • 2 cups of pomegranate or cranberry juice
    • 0.5 cups of apple cider
    • 0.5 cups of brandy
    • 0.25 cups of honey (I like to use Alberta made Gramma Bee’s Honey)
    • 1 cup of cranberries
    • 1 green apple or pear, chopped
    • Arils from 1 pomegranate
  • Directions
    • Combine all ingredients into a pitcher and then add the fruit; stir to mix
    • Refrigerate until cold; the longer it sits, the more flavor your sangria will have

Smoked Maple Old Fashioned

  • Ingredients (makes 1 cocktail)
    • 1 lemon grind
    • 0.5oz of your favorite Canadian maple syrup (for a little bit of sweetness)
    • 2 to 3 drops of angostura bitters
    • 2 or 3oz of smoked maple bourbon whiskey (depending on how sweet you like it)
    • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Directions
    • Add a large cube/ball of ice (you can get special ice ball makers or ice cube trays that make large cubes) to your glass
    • Combine your bourbon, maple syrup, and bitter to a chilled mixing glass with ice and stir
    • Strain over your cube/ball of ice and run your lemon grind around the rim, spiral grind then toss in
    • Garnish with cinnamon stick

Happy Holidays and Cheers,

Amanda @ Jackson