a december cocktail

December 12, 2013

Every year Matthew and I host a little holiday party. It's something that we look forward to all month long {ok, all year long!} because it's a chance to celebrate with our friends. Usually it's the last time we'll all get together before the new year since many of our friends go out of town for the holidays. Having a signature drink is always key for any party and this year our strong contender is this Spiced Apple Martini recipe. My Dad has made it for us during past Decembers, and it's always a huge hit. It feels very seasonal with the apple and cinnamon flavors, and the star anise is the perfect touch. I also kind of love drinking out of a martini glass. I always get scared I'm going to spill but it's just so fun and sophisticated!

Spiced Apple Martini 
makes 1 drink

INGREDIENTS
1 lemon wedge
2 Tbsp cinnamon sugar for rim
Ice
1 1/2 oz Laird's applejack, or other apple brandy
1 1/2 oz natural or unsweetened apple cider
1/2 oz pommeau (French apple apertif)
1/2 oz creme de cassis
1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1 star anise pod

DIRECTIONS
Run lemon wedge around the rim of a chilled martini glass. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on small plate and twist martini glass rim on top. Cinnamon sugar will stick to lemon juice.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the applejack, apple cider, pommeau, creme de cassis, and lemon juice. Shake vigourosly and strain into martini glass. Garnish with star anise and serve.
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If you're in LA, come stop by the Kate Spade store at SANTA MONICA PLACE tonight from 6-8pm! There will be drinks, snacks, and a 25% off promotion! I'll also be sharing some styling tips for the holidays! Would love to see you there!

xox

25 comments:

  1. Pinning this cocktail as we speak love how you added the anise spice to top the drink off

    http://www.thepartydiy.com/

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  2. the star anise is a perfect touch!
    so pretty and festive.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Molly!! It's really good :)

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  3. YUM! This would be perfect snuggled on the couch next to the Christmas tree while the fireplace is going! :)

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

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    1. yes exactly!! If only our apartment had a fireplace :(

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  4. I shall be def drinking this over the Christmas holiday season! Thanks for the recipe. x

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. of course!! Excited to hear what you think :)

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    1. thanks girly! They're really good..not too sweet :)

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  6. Looks yummy! xo Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

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    1. It really is!! And not too sweet which is great :)

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  7. What a great looking cocktail! I love the star anis decoration as well!

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  8. sounds really delicious! :)

    http://gregoryxgregory.blogspot.de

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  9. This sounds delicious Mara! The anise pod is such a festive touch... I love it.

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

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  10. I'll definitely be trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    http://bohemianspiritjewelry.blogspot.com

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  11. Looks so good! I will be trying this drink this season.
    Tracy
    Its Mostly About Fashion

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  12. Love cocktails! This one looks irresistible!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog x

    http://bffbestfootforward.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Mmm, I could definitely drink one of these by the fire.

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  14. This looks delicious! The fanciest my boyfriend and I have gotten this holiday season is warmed apple cider with fireball whiskey, not exactly gourmet but it does the trick! Will definitely try that out.

    http://lavieambrose.blogspot.com/

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