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Weare having a Xmas cocktail party, and in addition to the usual booze and wine, I'd like to feature one kind of fancy cocktail...any suggestions? I hate mulled wine...

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  1. Maybe not fancy enough, but what about a poinsettia? It's just champagne and cranberry juice. Around the holidays I add a few frozen cranberries. Both the cranberries and the reddish color make it very Christmasy (and it's very easy . . . a plus when hosting).

    1. Along the lines of what gaffk said...changed the recipe by scaling back on sugar and cointreau. Love it!
      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/dri...

      I also love St. Germain Liquer.
      http://www.stgermain.fr/cocktails.php...

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      1. re: ceekskat

        I've been drinking a play on the French75 made with Japanese Yuzu lately. So yummy. Recipe here http://fruitmaven.com/2011/12/yuzu/

        1. re: bereccca

          Would love to try it out; looks very similar to a local resto's French 77 with St. Germain, gin, lemon juice (& probably sugar/simple syrup) & sparkling wine. I always get this when I go there.

          Is Yuzu juice easily available? I'll have DH play bartender when his off during the Holidays : )

      2. Can you give us some sort of clue as to what type of cocktails you and your friends like? Favorite base spirit? Are you think punch or a cocktail proper? Group size? Who's doing the bartending? What does "usual booze" mean to you? I think we can help better if we know more.

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        1. I like pointsettias as gaffk suggested. If you like St. Germain, you could add a splash of it w/ the champagne and cranberry juice for an interesting twist.

          But if you wanted to make more of an effort i love this recipe for the pear cosmo at Bar Boulud in NYC. Here it is:

          1.5 oz Grey Goose Pear Vodka

          .5 oz St. Germain Elderflower liquer

          .25 oz fresh lime juice

          1.0 oz white cranberry juice

          Shake & strain into chilled martini glass & garnish w/ some frozen cranberries would be festive.