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Festive Holiday Cocktails

 

Add sparkle to holiday gatherings with cocktails that showcase the richness of winter spirits, fruits and spices.

 

 

Oprah's Favorite
Giving-Pomegranate Martini

Oprah infuses Square One Organic Vodka with lush pineapple and star anise spice in this pomegranate cocktail featured in thecoveteur.com.

 

2 oz. Square One Organic Vodka infused with pineapple and star anise*

3 oz. POM pomegranate juice

1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

2 oz. champagne rose

1 dried star anise and pomegranate seeds for garnish

 

Combine all ingredients, except champagne, in a mixing glass with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Sparkling wine float on top and garnish with pomegranate seeds and star anise.

*Pineapple & Star Anise infused vodka:

1/2 pineapple, peeled and sliced

3 cups of Square One Organic Vodka (1, 750ml sized bottle)

1 dried star anise.

Combine pineapple, vodka and star anise in a large glass pitcher or jar. Let sit for at least 8 hours and up to 3 days. (the flavor will get stronger the longer it sits). Strain into a glass pitcher or empty vodka bottle and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

 

 

Mistletoe Kiss

One of our favorite stories, we created this champagne cocktail to honor the legend of the mistletoe.

 

1 1/2 oz. Square One Bergamot

.5 oz. unsweetened cranberry juice (rec: RW Knudsen)

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

3/4 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

sparkling wine

fresh cranberry for garnish

(Credit: Allison Evanow)

 

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and drop a fresh cranberry into the bottom of the glass for garnish.

 

 

Secret Santa

Part of the secret here, is the addition of Sake.

 

2 oz. Square One Bergamot

1 oz. G-Joy Sake

spalsh of fresh lime juice

1/4 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

1 orange slice

handful of fresh organic cranberries

fresh thyme and a wide twisted orange peel for garnish

(Credit: Ziggy (the wine gal) Eschliman

 

In a stemless wine glass, place a thin slice of orange on the bottom. Add crushed ice layered with a 3 or 4 whole cranberries.

To prepare cocktail: Muddle one slice of the orange with remaining cranberries. Add ice and other ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain cocktail into prepared glass and top with fresh thyme and wide twisted orange peel.

 

Pomegranate Pearl

Square One Bergamot's tantalizing expression of bright orange and warm spice fits this classic mix of pomegranate and orange.

 

1 1/2 oz. Square One Bergamot

1 oz. POM Pomegranate juice

1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

1/2 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

lime twist garnish

(Credit: Allison Evanow)

 

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Lime twist garnish.

 

 

6-Spice Appletini

Crisp Gala apples and winter spices make this tasty cocktail perfect for a late fall day.

 

2 oz. Square One Organic Vodka

1/3 Gala apple, chopped in chunks

1/2 oz. Aperol

1/4 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. spice syrup (recipe below)

 

(Credit: Allison Evanow)

Muddle apples in a cocktail glass.  Add remaining ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with apple slices on a skewer.

Spice Syrup:

- 3 star anise

- 2 clove

- 3 Cardamom pods

- 2 tbsp coriander

- 1 tbsp. fennel

- 1 grind black pepper

- 3 cups water

- 1 cup sugar

Boil all spices with water until reduced to 1 cup of liquid. Add sugar and simmer on low for 5 - 10 minutes or until it is a thin syrup. Refrigerate, can be stored for up to 1 week.

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Cranberry Sparkle

A sparkling cocktail with the delicate floral bouquet of our Square One Botanical and the tangy sweet flavors of cranberry, triple sec, and Benedictine.

 

2 oz. Square One Botanical

1/2 oz. cranberry juice

1/2 oz. premium Triple Sec

1 tsp. of Benedictine

1 - 2 oz. Brut sparkling wine

 

(Credit: H. Joseph Ehrmann, Square One Mixologist)

Place all ingredients, except bubbly, into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake. Strain into a Champagne flute. Top with Brut sparkling wine.

 

 

Pear Noel

A creamy and luscious cocktail served in a desert cup.

 

1 1/2 oz. Square One Organic Vodka

1/2 oz. Tawny Port

3 oz. pureed pears

1/4 oz. grated ginger

1 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

2 drops Angostura Bitters

4 oz. whipping Cream

2 tsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. ground cardamom

(Credit: Allison Evanow)

 

Cardamom Cream:  Place cream, sugar and 2 shakes cardamom into a bowl. Whisk until thickened. Set aside.

Combine Square One Organic vodka, port, pear puree, ginger, syrup and bitters into a shaker. Dry shake (no ice) ingredients well for 10 seconds to blend. Pour into a cordial glass. Float 1 - 1 1/2 oz. of cardamom cream on top. Serve.

 

 

Plum Divine

Created for the Slow Food Nation 2008 event in San Francisco.

1.5oz Square One Organic Vodka

2 barspoons Santa Rosa Plum Jam*

1 barspoon chopped fresh ginger

1oz lime juice

.5oz agave nectar

lime twist for garnish

 

(Credit: H. Joseph Ehrmann)

 

Place the ginger at the bottom of a mixing glass and muddle well with the broad end of your muddler. Add the jam, juice, nectar and vodka and fill the glass with ice. Cover and shake well for 10 seconds and strain over fresh ice in a tall glass. Serve with a straw and garnish with a lime twist.

*You can try this recipe with a variety of jams, as long as the jam will work well with ginger.

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Golden Gate

A delightful Holiday cocktail using seasonal persimmons and traditional Holiday spices, yet with a decidedly light and modern taste. Also known outside of the Bay Area as "Square 'simmon".

 

Persimmon Puree

4 Fuyu persimmons, chopped (do not substitute for other persimmon type)

1 fresh vanilla bean, split down the middle to open

2 tbsp. crystallized ginger, cut into small cubes

Pinch of nutmeg

¾ c. sugar

3 c. water

Juice of 1 lemon

 

Cocktail

2 oz. Square One Organic Vodka

2 oz. Persimmon Puree

Ice

(Credit: Allison Evanow)

Persimmon Puree  - In a medium-sized stock pot, melt sugar over medium to medium-high heat until amber/golden brown, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.  Once color is achieved, remove from heat and pour water slowly down the sides of the pot.  Water will bubble, steam and sputter and sugar will immediately harden.  Return to medium-high heat and cook until sugar is melted again, stirring occasionally.  Once completely melted again, add chopped persimmons, vanilla bean and crystallized ginger.  Cook on medium-low heat (strong simmer) for about 2 hours, or until persimmons are completely soft and liquid is reduced by almost half.  Add pinch of nutmeg and stir in.  Remove from heat and cool. Once cooled, remove vanilla bean, scrape any remaining pulp from inside bean and put into mixture. Discard vanilla bean pod.  Pour lemon juice into mixture then puree all liquid and solids in a blender or food processor until finely pureed. Working in small batches, pour puree into a sieve strainer.  Hold strainer over a large bowl and using the back of a large spoon, press and stir the puree solids against the sieve, extracting a finer liquid, leaving thicker solids in strainer.  Use the fine liquid puree to make the cocktail.  The remaining thick puree in the strainer can be jarred for a few days and used as a delicious jam on toast or muffins.

Cocktail - Place vodka and puree in a shaker with a lot of crushed ice.  Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.  This cocktail needs dilution or it will be too thick, so shake away!  Strain into chilled martini glass.  No garnish required as the vanilla bean specks float beautifully in the glass!

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The Square Pear

Mmm... bittersweet and juicy. Features the cleansing,
restorative qualities of ginger and elderflower.

2 oz. Square One Organic Vodka

1/2 oz. Punt e Mes (or other sweet red vermouth)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 oz. elderflower syrup

1/2 oz. organic agave nectar

1/2 teaspoon coarsely minced ginger

1/4 peeled Asian or Bartlett pear, sliced very thinly

4 to 5 leaves of fresh mint, cut into thin strips 1 sprig of mint

(Credit:  Alberta Straub)

Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and pack with ice. Shake vigorously for one minute, then strain and serve in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the mint sprig.

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