Creations and Libations

November and December's Craftscapade Christmas Series was a blast.  In between all the stitching, cutting, and gluing there was a wee bit of imbibing, and some of you asked that I share my cocktail recipes.

I don't take measurements and work more off of an "eyeball, dump it in, taste, hope for the best, taste, adjust" method!  Sometimes, that doesn't always work.  Luckily, for these drinks, I think it did just fine.  Below are the cocktails, their ingredients, and the workshops you got drinky-dranky with them at.  Cheers!

The Pillow Workshop:  Winter Sangria

  • Red, red wine
  • Cinnamon sticks and mulling spices (I put the mulling spices in a big tea strainer and let seep in the red wine for at least 12 hours along with the fruit, generally before adding the other ingredients. In a pinch though just throw it all in and give it a few hours! Pull spices out before serving.)
  • Brandy
  • Apple cider (good stuff, like Louisburg)
  • Journeyman's OCG (Old Country Goodness!) apple cider liqueur  (I don't always use this in my winter sangria, but had it on hand and it just added a little extra boozy goodness.  It's great on it's own, with whiskey, or on the rocks.  It comes in a jug, for crying out loud!)
  • Triple Sec
  • squeeze of an orange or two
  • seasonal fruit (pears, apples, etc.. Persimmons if you are feeling fancy.)
  • Simple syrup (or fine baker's sugar) to taste

Bell Ornament Workshop: Rosemary French 75

This is an easy but delicious twist on the French 75. Put a sprig of rosemary in a nice glass or champagne coupe and your friends think it's just adorable and that you've gone to a lot of trouble.  The French 75 can be made with brandy or gin, both are delicious.  I used brandy on this one. 

  • Gin
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Rosemary simple syrup (sugar, water, seep rosemary for 20 minutes or so)
  • Top with dry bubbly!  

Mistletoe Wreath Workshop: St. Nick Spritzer

This one is one of my favorites and it's just so damn festive. 

  • Fluid Dynamics "The St. Nick" Brandy and Cranberry Liqueur (This is quality stuff and comes in beautiful bottles and the smaller size makes the perfect hostess gift at your holiday parties.)
  • Meyer lemon juice (they are fragrant and not quite as tart, but regular lemons will do just fine too.)
  • Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • Orange bitters
  • Simple syrup to taste
  • Top with plenty of bubbly and if using a punch bowl, float some oranges and cranberries in that baby.

Stitched Memories Workshop: Rum Pum Pum Punch

  • Dark rum
  • KC Canning Company's Blood Orange Ginger Shrub (so good in so many applications!)
  • Ginger beer
  • Cranberry juice (100%.  Now, to be honest, or TBH as my teenage daughter says, the only thing I'm 100% sure about this particular recipe is that the cranberry juice was of the 100% variety.  The holiday madness got to me and I forgot to take notes on what I put in this one-- but it is very close and will be very tasty if you try it.)
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Top with bubbly, cause 'tis the season!



sarah williams