Making ‘Spirits’ Bright II: Holiday Drinks from the ModCloth Kitchen

Who’s ready for a second round of holiday drinks? They’re on us! If you delighted in our first holiday drinks video series installment, Making ‘Spirits’ Bright, then our second set will really get your parties started. You don’t need to be a bartender (I certainly am not!) to make something special for your guests, just a little confidence–and a cocktail shaker in your kitchen!

Very Berry-Infused Vodka
Recipe from a fellow ModCloth employee!

750 ml vodka (depending on size of container)
4 oz. fresh blueberries
8 oz. fresh raspberries
8 oz. bag of frozen mixed berries
Tight-seal glass container

Combine fresh berries into container and lightly bruise them, just enough to open up the berries. Add frozen berries to fresh berries, and fill container with vodka (amount will depend on the size of your container!). Serve in shot glasses, or as a sipping drink. The flavors of the berries and vodka swap, so enjoy the drink, and beware of the strong taste of alcohol in the berries!

Bourbon, It’s Cold Outside!
Recipe from a San Francisco bartender

2 oz. bourbon
2-4 fresh strawberries
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. maple syrup
8 oz. dark or ginger beer
Strawberry for garnish

Pour the maple syrup into your glass. Add 2-3 fresh strawberries, muddle, and set aside. Combine the lemon juice and bourbon into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well, and strain into your glass. Top off the mixture with either dark or ginger beer–we used Guinness Stout. Garnish with a strawberry and enjoy!

Fresh Whiskey Sours
Recipe from Food Network

3/4 cup whiskey
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 4-6 limes)
2/3 cup sugar syrup*
Ice cubes
Maraschino cherries

Combine whiskey, lemon juice, lime juice, and sugar syrup in a large glass. Fill a cocktail shaker half-full with ice and pour in the drink mix halfway full. Shake drink for 15 seconds and strain into glasses. Add a maraschino cherry to garnish each drink, and serve ice cold. Makes about 2 1/2 – 3 cocktails.

* To make your own sugar syrup, bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a boil, and simmer until sugar is completely dissolved. Chill before using.

Prohibition Cocktail
Recipe from Old Man Drinks

2 oz. gin
2 oz. white wine
1 teaspoon orange juice
1/2 teaspoon apricot brandy
Mint leaves
Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with mint leaves and have a ball!

Last, but not least if you are a lover of eggnog, fear no more its calorie-consuming consequences by whipping up a batch of Healthy Makeover Eggnog.

Of our two-part holiday cocktail video series, which drink do you don your favorite– Spanish Coffee, Sparkling Ginger-Lime Coolers, Bourbon, It’s Cold Outside, Fresh Whiskey Sours, Prohibition Cocktails, or our Very Berry-Infused Vodka?


About Julianne

Julie is a modern day Renaissance woman and die-hard bloody mary enthusiast. When she’s not sprinkling magic fairy dust onto ModCloth’s social media channels, you can find her eclectic point of view on food, fashion, music, and DIY documented here!

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    Kate 12/02/2010 at 3:41 pm #

    Fresh berries in December? Unlikely.

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      S. 12/02/2010 at 5:05 pm #

      It’s always fruit season somewhere

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      Kelly 12/04/2010 at 10:04 pm #

      Come to Australia!!! 😀

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    Olivia H 12/02/2010 at 9:24 pm #

    Could you have some non alcoholic drinks?

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      Julie (ModCloth) 12/03/2010 at 5:42 pm #

      Hey, Olivia!

      If you didn’t catch it, our first “Making Spirits Bright” post included a non-alcoholic “Sparkling Ginger-Lime Cooler.” This drink was one of my favorites, the fresh ginger really gives it an invigorating, and refreshing kick. In addition, the Healthy Makeover Eggnog can easily be prepared as a non-alcoholic drink as well!


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    Erin V. (ModCloth) 12/03/2010 at 2:06 pm #

    Mm, these look delicious! I’m going to have to check out the Old Man Drinks book. 😀

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    Katt 01/07/2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Looks good. Not much of a drinker but got to give a few of these a try.

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