Colorful cocktails for the holidays

Nov 23, 2008 at 9:52 p.m. ET

Are you planning a holiday party at your home? Instead of bland, boring cocktails at your event, you can liven things up with a splash of color. Check out these colorful cocktail recipes for margaritas as well as vodka-based drinks.

Colorful cocktails
Mixologist Tim Laird offers some helpful tips to spruce up your holiday cocktails to be more festive and delicious.

Start off with a Margarita base and a vodka base. If you mix up a pitcher of each ahead a time, you can be ready to easily mix the cocktails when your guests arrive.

The perfect Margarita base

  • 1 1/2 oz. Herradura Silver
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup

Vodka base

 

  • 1 1/2 oz. Finlandia Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. orange liqueur

"You can store these bases in your refrigerator so they are nice and chilled. With both, you should give them a good stir before pouring them in either a martini or rocks glass," says Tim Laird.

To dress up your cocktails with color and a little bit of flavor, use:

  • Pomegranate juice for red
  • Melon liqueur for green
  • Blue-raspberry mix (or Blue Curacao) for blue
  • Apple cider for gold

Tim demonstrates how to mix the drinks in this accompanying video:

Cocktail recipes

 

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