The holiday season started today, and while this is so not like me, our house was fully decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving. This put me in the mood for a cocktail to match my already Christmas mood without being too heavy.
We also think every party should have a signature house cocktail of the moment, which needs to please guests that don’t like a heavy dose of booze and please those who do! I always think of a few of my girlfriends and my husband. If they both like it (having very different tastes) it’s a win for a party. As for me, I want a festive look, and that’s where unsweetened cranberry juice comes in.
Simple Cocktail Recipe for the Holidays with Dixie Vodka
That calls for a vodka cocktail. I was recently sent a bottle of Dixie Vodka, which had me smiling the minute I opened the package because the inside of the bottle is an artwork display.
Mr. Spinach Tiger is the mixologist around here and he’s really good at it. When I received a bottle of Dixie Vodka in the mail, I asked him to make me a cocktail that had Christmas flavors, although you could make this cocktail for anytime.
Only distributed in the southeast, Dixie Vodka is distilled six times from non-GMO American corn and packaged using 100% American materials. They utilize an innovative process called TerrePURE to strip out additional impurities post-distillation. It makes for a smoother vodka, perfect for sipping neat or on the rocks.
This Holiday Cocktail is Gluten Free
Dixie Vodka is completely gluten free and that is not true of all vodkas. You will need to check for the orange liqueur you use. Grand Marnier says they are gluten free.
It took a few tries to get the balance we were both looking for. We didn’t want the drink too sweet. The vodka doesn’t deserve it, and we like the sweet to be subtle.
We both don’t typically drink juice with our vodka, and this drink had to still have an earthy beat to it and a holiday feel. We added a cinnamon stick and orange to create the perfect holiday cheer.
- 2 ounces Dixie Vodka (or Vodka of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
- 1 ounce unsweetened cranberry juice
- ½ ounce orange liqueur (prefer Grand Marnier)
- Orange Peel
- Cinnamon stick for garnish
- Cranberries for garnish
- Add vodka, simple syrup, cranberry juice, orange liqueur in shaker. Mix well.
- Pour into glass.
- Warm an orange peel with a lighter and put into the drink.
- Add cinnamon stick and cranberries for garnish.