The holidays are here, and that means plenty of parties and gatherings with friends and family. If you're throwing a party, a great food and drink menu is the key to success. While eggnog is a Christmas classic, cocktails are equally popular and a great addition to end-of-the-year festivities. Check out the recipes to some drinks you may want to add to your party menu, courtesy of the Food Network and About.com.
Raw sugar to rim glass
1 1/2 oz. limoncello
3/4 oz. orange-flavored vodka
Juice of 3 lime wedges, approximately 3/4 to 1 oz.
Dip a cocktail glass in a saucer of water to rim. Roll glass rim in raw sugar to coat. Pour limoncello and vodka into shaker with ice. Squeeze and add 3 lime wedges into shaker. Fill cocktail glass with ice. Strain drink into glass.
2 ounces cherry syrup (recommended: Giammona)
2 ounces gin
5 to 6 ounces club soda
1 ounce red wine
Fresh or frozen raspberries
Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Pour in the cherry syrup and the gin; stir to mix together. Lighten the drink with a generous splash of soda. Float a layer of red wine on top by pouring it over the back of a wide, flat spoon. (Don't worry if it doesn't float; it tastes great either way.) Drop a few maraschino cherries and raspberries into the glass. Drink.
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup Champagne
1/2 cup cranberry juice
2 strips orange zest, each about 1/4-inch wide and 2 inches long
Combine the vodka, Champagne and juice in a large-stemmed red wine glass. Add crushed ice and stir until the mixture is well chilled. Twist the orange strips over the glass, drop them in, and serve.
4 fresh strawberries
1 1/2 oz vodka
2 tsp superfine sugar
5 oz pineapple juice
7-Up (or other lemon-lime soda)
Mint sprigs for garnish