Hot spiced Apple cider Toddy with lemon, honey and cinnamon stick in glass on wooden background

North Carolinians get ready to party! We’ve compiled 12 cocktails that are a real Christmas treat for those entertaining 21+ guests this holiday season. This season, Gancia is encouraging consumers to elevate their hosting and toasting by adding some bubbly to crafted cocktails.

Whether you’re enjoying them next to a fire or at a holiday party, these cocktail creations will be a great addition to any celebration.

  • 1. Rose Prosecco and Creme de Cassis Cocktail

    Ingredients

    • 6 teaspoons creme de cassis brandy, divided
    • 3 teaspoons lemon juice, divided
    • 1 bottle chilled Rose Prosecco sparkling wine

    Directions

    • Pour 1 teaspoon of creme de cassis and ½ teaspoon lemon juice into each champagne glass
    • Stir
    • Slowly fill each glass to the top with chilled Rose Prosecco
    • Skewer three raspberries on each of 6 bamboo sticks and drop them into the glasses to serve

  • 2. Apple & Eve

    Ingredients & Directions

    • 50ml /1.7 fl oz Russian Standard
    • 100ml /3.4oz apple juice
    • Cinnamon
    • Mix together and enjoy!
  • 3. Apple Gancia

    Ingredients and Directions

    • 4.5 cl Apple Pulp
    • 2 Sifted Cinnamon
    • ½ Squeezed Lime
    • Top with Gancia Prosecco Doc Rosé
    • Garnish with a dried apple and cinnamon

  • 4. Holiday Sparkler

    Ingredients

    • 4 dashes of orange bitters
    • 1 sugar cube
    • ½ ounce elderflower liqueur
    • 1-ounce cranberry juice
    • 2 ounces sparkling rose
    • Rock candy stir stick to garnish

    Directions

    • Soak a sugar cube in orange bitters and place it in a champagne flute
    • Add the elderflower liqueur and cranberry juice and top with sparkling rose
    • Stir briefly and gently to combine
    • Garnish with a rock candy stir stick
  • 5. Standard Cup

    Ingredients & Directions

    • 1oz Russian Standard Vodka
    • 1oz Chareau Aloe Liqueur
    • 1oz Real Ginger Puree
    • 1oz lemon juice
    • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
    • Shake over ice with a handful of diced cucumber and mint into Colin’s glass.
    • Add a splash of Ginger Beer
    • Garnish with a cucumber wheel and mint crown
  • 6. Christmas Prosecco Punch

    Ingredients

    • Cranberry juice
    • Pomegranate juice
    • Orange juice
    • Vodka
    • Orange liqueur
    • Prosecco
    • Cranberries
    • Oranges
    • Pomegranate seeds

    Directions

    • Combine juices, vodka, orange liqueur in a bowl or jug.
    • Top off with prosecco prior to serving.
    • Garnish with cranberries, oranges, and pomegranate seeds.
  • 7. Smashed Blackberry-Sage Spritz

    Ingredients 

    • 1 to 2 whole fresh blackberries
    • 3 to 4 fresh sage leaves
    • 2 ounce Suze
    • 1 lime, juiced
    • 1 dash simple syrup (1:1 water to sugar)
    • 1 splash Prosecco, to top

    Directions

    • Lightly muddle the blackberries and sage at the bottom of a mixing glass, and top with Suze, lime juice, and simple syrup.
    • Shake vigorously for 10 seconds, and then strain into a wine glass over ice.
    • Top with prosecco, about 3 ounces, and garnish with sage and/org blackberries if you’d like!
  • 8. Bolshoi Basil

    Ingredients

    • 40 ml/1.4 fl oz (4 parts)
    • Russian Standard
    • 30 ml/1 fl oz (3 parts)
    • Fresh lime juice
    • 3 fresh basil sprigs
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • Soda water

    Directions

    • Muddle the basil and sugar.
    • Fill the glass with ice, add the rum and lime juice and stir before adding a dash of soda and garnishing with a
      basil sprig.
  • 9. BERRYOSKA

    Ingredients

    • 50 ml/1.7 fl oz Russian Standard
    • 8-10 cranberries
    • Juice of half a lime
    • 3 teaspoons sugar

    Directions

    • Muddle the lime juice with the sugar and cranberries in a rocks glass.
    • Fill the glass with crushed ice, add the vodka, and stir.
    • Garnish with more crushed ice, cranberries, and an orange wedge.
  • 10. Russian Standard Apple Cider Hot Toddy

    Ingredients

    • 6 ounces apple cider (preferably fresh-pressed)
    • 2 ounces water
    • ½ – 1 teaspoon packed, finely grated ginger root (to your taste)
    • Dash cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg
    • 1 ½ ounce of Russian Standard Vodka
    • 1 teaspoon strained fresh lemon juice
    • ½ teaspoon honey
    • Cinnamon stick, apple slice, or lemon wheel to garnish

    Directions

    • Combine the apple cider, water, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small saucepan and bring to a bare simmer.
    • Meanwhile, combine the Russian Standard Vodka and lemon juice in a mug.
    • Strain the hot spiced cider into the mug, discarding the solids. Stir in the honey until melted. Add more lemon or honey to balance the drink if need be.
    • Garnish with a cinnamon stick, apple slice, and/or lemon wheel, and enjoy!

    Hot spiced Apple cider Toddy with lemon, honey and cinnamon stick in glass on wooden background

  • 11. Vodka Espresso

    Ingredients & Directions

    • 45ml/ 1.5oz Russian Standard Platinum
    • 15ml/ .5oz Galliano Ristretto
    • 10ml/ .4oz sugar syrup
    • 30ml/ 1oz fresh espresso
    • Then just shake and strain.
    • Garnish with three coffee beans.
  • 12. Russian Standard Pumpkin Spice White Russian Cocktail

    Ingredients

    • 3 ounces of Russian Standard Vodka
    • 3 ounces pumpkin spice creamer
    • 1 ½ ounce Kahlua
    • Whipped Cream and pumpkin pie spice for garnish

    For the rim

    • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 teaspoon sugar or sparkling sugar
    • 3 tablespoons crushed graham crackers

    Directions

    • Mix the ingredients for the rim together on a shallow plate. Dip the edge of two glasses in water and then dip into the graham mixture. Press to coat. Set the two glasses aside.
    • Pour Russian Standard Vodka, creamer, and Kahlua into a large cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake lightly until combined and cold. Pour into glasses.
    • Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!

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