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December 13, 2018

Cheers to the Holidays! Holiday Cocktail Recipes for your Cornerstone home

Cranberry garnishes, white chocolate liqueur, and cinnamon sticks… sounds like a cozy holiday cocktail in the making!   Holiday parties are in full swing in our Cornerstone Homes communities!  The Clubhouses are decked out and the social calendar is booked!  Smaller gatherings of holiday cheer are happening in neighborhood homes.   And our spacious and inviting Cornerstone homes are perfect for entertaining.

Whether you’re hosting a big dinner party or a casual get-together with your favorite hors-d'oeuvres, holiday-themed cocktails are a great way to get everyone feeling as merry and bright as can be.   And you can always enjoy a holiday cocktail while sitting by the fireplace and doing your  Christmas shopping online!   Why not?   From holiday margaritas to photo-worthy martinis, here are some of our favorite tastiest treats of the season:

White Christmas Margaritas  Who says margaritas can only be enjoyed on a beach in the summer? This season, ditch the salt and switch up a few ingredients for a holiday gift like no other!

Ingredients

  • 14-oz. can coconut milk,
  • 12 oz. silver tequila,
  • 8 oz. triple sec,
  • 1/2 c. lime juice,
  • 2 c. ice,
  • 1/2 c. mint, for garnish,
  • lime sliced into rounds for garnish,
  • lime wedge for rim,
  • sanding sugar for rim,
  • cranberries for garnish

Directions

In a blender, combine coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and ice, and blend the mixture until it’s smooth. Rim each glass with a lime wedge before dipping into sanding sugar. Pour the drink into your glasses and finish off with your lime and cranberry garnishes.

Snowflake Martini   It’s almost too beautiful to drink, but that just makes it even more delicious… This snowy and sweet drink will be a holiday hit for years to come. Ingredients
  • 3 oz. white chocolate liqueur,
  • 2 oz. vanilla vodka,
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream,
  • 1/2 c. ice,
  • 1 lemon wedge for rim,
  • 1/3 c. white sanding sugar for rim
Directions Wet the rim of each martini glass with a lemon wedge and dip into sanding sugar (the rim should sparkle like a snowflake!) Next, pour chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, and heavy cream into a cocktail shaker, and top with ice until full. Shake well, strain the mixture, and pour into each glass.          

Moscow Reindeer Cocktail What’s more comforting around the holidays than a mint-flavored treat? A Christmas twist on a classic drink makes it all the more fun and delicious. Ingredients
  • A handful of fresh mint (or fresh peppermint),
  • 2 oz. vodka,
  • juice of 1/2 a lime,
  • 6 oz. ginger beer,
  • a crushed candy cane for garnish,
  • whole candy cane for garnish,
  • crushed ice
Directions Muddle crushed ice and a handful of mint in a copper mule mug, then stir in vodka and lime juice and top with ginger beer. Sprinkle the crushed candy cane as desired and finish with a whole one!   Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer  If you’re feeling especially celebratory during the holidays, this sparkling drink is for you! Fun to look at and even more fun to drink, everyone will smile over this refreshing cocktail. Ingredients
  • 1 bottle prosecco,
  • 2 ounces peach schnapps,
  • 4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice,
  • 4 ounces pom juice,
  • 1 small bottle mango flavored soda water,
  • 6-8 sprigs rosemary,
  • 1 fresh pomegranate,
  • .5 cup sugar, 1 cup water
Directions In a small pan, bring 1 cup of water and 2-3 sprigs of rosemary to a boil. Add sugar to boiling water, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove the pan from heat, strain the rosemary leaves, and set them aside to cool. After cleaning and de-seeding the pomegranate set the seeds aside. Pour prosecco into 4 cocktail glasses and add .5 oz. of peach schnapps, .5 oz. of rosemary simple syrup, 1 tsp. of lemon juice, 1 oz. of pomegranate juice, and a splash of mango soda water, and stir! Finally, add 1 tbsp. of pomegranate seeds to each glass, allowing them time to float to the top of the glass. Finish with a sprig of rosemary.

No matter what you decide to sip on this holiday season, whether sweet and creamy or sparkling and fruity, be sure to stop by a Cornerstone Clubhouse and feel the Holiday spirit in our close-knit communities.  It’s a magical place to live and you can feel the community spirit all year long.   Stay a while and you will want to join them I’m sure!!!    

Let us know what's your favorite Holiday drink on our community Facebook pages.  Follow us on any and all our Facebook pages to keep in the know of what your life could be in a Cornerstone Home Community!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

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