The Five Best Made in USA Cocktails to Serve During the Holidays
Every Holiday party needs a cool signature drink and there is nothing cooler than a Made in USA Cocktail to show your guests your festive, patriotic side. So, our Made in USA Certified® team has voted and these are our top five favorites for this Holiday Season.
This delicious cocktail is great for a Holiday Brunch or to serve to the sleepy eyed adults during the present opening frenzy on the morning of Christmas. Either way, this is a quick, delicious drink that is sure to perk up your holiday party and your guests.
2 cup(s) fresh Florida Made in USA Certified® – Natalie’s Orchid Island Orange Juice, well chilled.
1 bottle(s) (750 milliliters) champagne or other dry sparkling American wine, well chilled
Fresh Florida orange slices for garnish
Into each of 8 champagne flutes or tall juice glasses, pour 1/4 cup Made in USA Certified® orange juice. Top off each glass with some champagne or dry sparkling wine and, if you like, attach a slice of a Florida orange to rim of each glass.
2) Made in USA Pomegranate Martini
This is my best friend, Candace’s signature drink and I have to say I always look forward to her parties because of this delicious cocktail. Turns out, Candace and I are in good company as Oprah Winfrey herself says a Pomegranate Martini is one of her all-time favorites. I think it must be those healthy antioxidants in the pomegranate – that turns this cocktail into an anti-aging powerhouse. The Made in USA alcohol and red tint from the pomegranate make this a patriotic, holiday addition.
1 can(s) (12-ounce) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 cup(s) water
3 1/2 cup(s) Made in USA Certified® Vodka– Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Salute American Vodka, Ch@t Vodka or Railean American Agave
2 cup(s) pomegranate juice
1 cup(s) triple sec
Ice cubes for serving
1 cup(s) fresh pomegranate seeds (from 1 pomegranate)
In large pitcher, combine limeade and water until well blended. Stir in Made in USA Certified® American vodka or Made in USA Certified® American agave, pomegranate juice, and triple sec.
Cut each lime crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick wheels; cut a slit in each wheel, from center to edge. To serve, place ice cubes and a few pomegranate seeds in each glass; place a lime wheel on rim.
Pass the Eggnog please! No one can resist this calorie heavy holiday tradition. This recipe has three easy ingredients and no raw eggs. Just the idea of melted ice cream and rum had us at “hello”. Using Made in USA Certified®- Railean Rum from Texas, USA- gives this holiday drink an All-American flare!
1 container(s) (1 3/4-quart) vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup(s) Made in USA Certified®- Railean Rum
1/8 teaspoon(s) freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for sprinkling
Put ice cream in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 2 to 3 minutes or until just melted, stirring occasionally.
Add Made in USA Certified® rum and nutmeg and whisk until combined. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
Whisk well before serving. Transfer to a punch bowl or individual glasses. Sprinkle with more nutmeg, if desired.
4) Warm Cider and Made in USA Rum Punch
This is a very simple recipe that is warm and cozy and great for the holidays! We make this with our favorite Made in USA Certified® Apple Cider from Zeiglers in Pennsylvania/New York and rich, dark Made in USA Certified® Rum from Railean in Texas, USA. Warm this cider up with some orange slices, apple slices, fresh ginger and a cinnamon stick and you have a toasty treat that everyone will enjoy.
8 cups Made in USA Certified®- Zeiglers Apple Cider
1 apple, thinly sliced crosswise
1 orange, thinly sliced crosswise
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
2 cups dark Made in USA Certified®- Railean Rum
In a large pot, combine apple cider, apple slices, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and ginger. Bring to a boil over high; reduce to a simmer, add the rum and cook 5 minutes. (Keep warm over low, up to 2 hours.) Remove from heat and stir in rum. Transfer to a punch bowl; serve warm.
5) Peppermint Hot Chocolate Toddy – Made in USA
Ok, so we have to admit, when Starbucks comes out with their peppermint mocha coffee delicacies- we can’t wait, and every season we look forward to these tasty treats. Now take the same mocha chocolate peppermint taste and turn it into a delicious holiday cocktail you can serve at home (sans the caffeine)– and Made in USA! Serving tip: Rely on slow cooker to make the hot chocolate and keep it warm during a holiday party.
8 cup(s) whole milk
1 can(s) (14-ounce) sweetened condensed milk
3 cup(s) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup(s) Made in USA Certified® vodka – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Salute American, or Ch@t
1 tablespoon(s) vanilla extract
1 teaspoon(s) peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
Sweetened whipped cream, for topping
Crushed candy canes, for topping
Put the milk, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, crème de menthe (or vodka), vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and salt in a 7-quart slow cooker.
Cover and cook on high 2 hours or until combined, whisking vigorously halfway through to help chocolate melt.
Switch to warm for serving. Set out whipped cream and crushed candy canes, for topping.