12 Days of Holiday Cocktails

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By Jamison M.

In honor of there only being 12 days left until Christmas, we have put together a list of 12 scrumptious holiday cocktails for you to indulge in!   We’ll be featuring one a day until Christmas on all of our location’s Facebook pages, so be on the lookout.  By liking our pages, you’ll  be in the know of everything that’s going on at Howl, including chances to win gift cards, Howl swag, merchandise, and more with our daily giveaways!

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Eat, drink , and be merry this holiday season.  Cheers!

1. Reindeer Tracks

2 oz Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
1 oz Hazelnut Liqueur
1/2 oz Crème de Cacao
Splash of Cream
2 Chocolate cookie wafers

*Rim a martini glass with crushed up chocolate cookie crumbs and set aside. Shake Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka, hazelnut liqueur, Crème de Cacao and cream over ice and pour into the martini glass. Dust top with more chocolate cookie crumbs.

2. Turtle Doves

2 oz Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka
2 oz Hazelnut liqueur
1 oz Amaretto
1-1/2 oz Cream

*Rim martini glass with cinnamon and sugar crystals and set aside. Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into the martini glass.

3. Eggnog Martini

2 1-2 oz Eggnog
1 oz Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka
¾ oz Amaretto

*Combine ingredients in shaker and shake over ice. Strain into chilled martini glass. Dust with freshly grated nutmeg or cinnamon.

4. Spiced Caramel Apple Martini

2 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
1 oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
2-1/2 oz Apple cider
1 dash lemon juice

*Rim martini glass with agave syrup and crumbled gingersnap cookies at set aside. Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into martini glass.

5. Spicy GingerMan

1 oz Vanilla Vodka
1 oz Hazelnut liqueur
1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
2 oz Ginger Beer
Cinnamon stick

*Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake over ice. Pour over ice into a rocks glass and garnish with Cinnamon stick.

6. Candy Cane Lane

2 1-2 oz Van Gogh Blue vodka
1 oz White crème de menthe
1/2 oz Peppermint schnapps
Splash of Grenadine
Peppermint candy for garnish

*Add a dash of grenadine into the bottom of a chilled martini glass and set aside. Pour the rest of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into the glass with grenadine to create a “swirl” effect. Garnish with peppermint candy.

7. Winter Wonderland Martini

2 oz Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka
1 oz White crème de cacao
2 oz White chocolate liqueur
1 oz Cream
½ Teaspoon of coconut flakes
1 White chocolate wafer stick

*Add the vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur, crème de cacao and cream into a shaker and shake over ice. Strain martini into a martini glass and add half a teaspoon of coconut flakes. Stir martini gently with white chocolate wafer stick to create a blizzard!

8. Berry Merry Xmas

1-1/2 oz Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
1 oz Cranberry Juice
1 oz Club Soda

*Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake over ice. Pour into a martini glass or on the rocks.

9. Kringle Kocoa

2 oz Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
4 oz Hot Chocolate
3 Roasted marshmallows on a small skewer

*Pour Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka and hot chocolate into a mug and garnish with roasted marshmallows on a skewer.

10. Café Caramel

2-1/2 oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
1/2 oz Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka
1/4 oz House-made caramel sauce
1 oz Vanilla ice cream, softened
Garnished with a cholive

*Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously to ensure the caramel is well blended. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a cholive.

11. Star of Night Martini

4 oz. Pommery Pink POP Champagne
1 oz. Van Gogh Açai-Blueberry Vodka

*Pour chilled Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry vodka into a flute. Top with Pommery Pink POP and garnish with a starfruit.

12. Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert Shots

1 can (14 oz) Pumpkin, chilled
3 oz Reduced-fat cream cheese
6 oz Low fat vanilla yogurt
1 Cup low fat milk
1/4 Cup Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 Teaspoon nutmeg
6 Teaspoons graham cracker crumbs, optional

*Place all ingredients (except graham cracker crumbs) in a blender and blend until silky. Pour into shot glasses and top each serving with a teaspoon of graham cracker crumbs.

All recipes are credited to the single minded women website. Thank you for sharing the deliciousness with Howl at the Moon, the dueling piano bar that rocks!