3 Christmas martinis

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Get the Christmas cheer started with three martinis that capture the flavors of the season.

3 Christmas martinis

When Christmas time rolls around, you're probably going to need at least one martini. Between the lights, parties, shopping, in laws, and who knows what else, rest assured at some point, you're going to need a drink. Of course, until now, most people haven't always thought martini when considering Christmas cocktail options, but here are three delicious reasons why that is about to change.

Red hot martini

Yields 1 martini

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce cinnamon schnapps (red colored is preferable)
  • 1/2 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • 1 pinch cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a shaker. You can rim with a cinnamon/sugar mix if you desire.
  2. You can also top with red hots, but they can be a choking hazard so warn drinkers they are there.

Nutella martini

Yields 6-10 martinis

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka per martini
  • 1 piece chocolate hazelnut candy per martini, crumbled

Directions:

  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat, bring the heavy cream to the point where it is just beginning to boil, then mix in the Nutella. Stir constantly to mix the two together. Once the two are mixed, take the sauce pan off the heat and let it cool.
  2. Next, mix 1 ounce of the Nutella mix with 2 ounces of the vanilla vodka in a glass that has been rimmed with chocolate hazelnut candies. Sprinkle a little more of the candy in the drink and serve.

Gingerbread martini

Yields 1 martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce ginger beer
  • 1 ounce Frangelico
  • 1 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch clove
  • 1 gingerbread cookie
  • Shaved white chocolate for garnish

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together and serve in a glass rimmed with gingerbread and topped with white chocolate.

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