The christmas lights are up, the garland is hung and the GG team is ready to bring the cheer! We thought to ourselves, what can we share with our GG family that will bring a sparkle to their eye this season? A sparkling cocktail of course! What’s a holiday party without a fabulous cocktail after all? We realize, it has to be both beautiful and delicious to wow your guests, but also simple and inexpensive for the host to make. Look no further, we have you covered! Oh, and guess what, you can prep the mixer and garnish days ahead! Who do you love?!
Meet the Frosty Vixen! A bubbly, bitey, subtly sweet citrus concoction we dreamed up…
You can make this with either a dry sparkling wine or Prosecco.
Mandarin Syrup: make ahead
8 Mandarin oranges, peeled and seeded
1 large bulb of ginger, peeled
2 cups of cane sugar
Puree Mandarins with ginger in a blender until fine. Strain juice through a coffee filter overnight. Bring strained juice to a boil with sugar over medium heat in a non-reactive sauce pan. Let cool and set aside or refrigerate.
Garnish: make ahead
Skewers of choice
Punch circles out of crystalized ginger, or don’t! How chic do you want to be? It’s up to you! Use a pastry brush to lightly coat each kumquat with your mandarin syrup, dip in sugar and let dry on wax paper or parchment. Place a sugared kumquat, piece of ginger, and cranberry on each skewer and set aside on the wax paper or parchment.
To make your cocktail, fill a champagne flute with your bubbly of choice and add a teaspoon of mandarin syrup, top with garnish and serve.
Found yourself with some leftover syrup? Try it over ice cream, or french toast casserole (OMG!), or heck by the spoon!
Xx the GG Family
***Want to get in the spirit with Gourmet Galley Catering? Whether it’s the annual office Christmas party or an intimate cocktail party in your home, holiday gatherings are thoughtfully designed by our team. Did you know that playing host doesn’t have to be stressful? It’s our job to make you look like the holiday hero!
From finding the right space to selecting the most perfect linen, we’ll help you pull all of the details together. For menu inspiration, a curated venue guide, or to book your party, jump on over to our holiday party page by clicking HERE.