The other day I commented on Facebook that I needed a dose of the spirit of Christmas. One friend said I needed a cocktail. *lightbulb* Is there a cocktail called the spirit of Christmas? Because hello! Play on words extraordinaire! So I Googled. I Binged. I Yahooed. And shockingly, I couldn't find a Christmas cocktail with that name. How is that possible?!
Now, our Christmas tradition, because I'm a fifth generation Floridian, is to have key lime pie for Christmas. Cranberries... also Christmasy. Vanilla? Yes please! And rum.. well. 'Nuf said. So last night I set out to create the Spirit of Christmas in a glass. And I have to say, it is tasty!
Here's the recipe:
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL
makes 1 drink
2 oz Zaya rum (it must be Zaya to get that vanilla undertone!)
1 1/2 oz simple syrup (preferably homemade)
1/2 oz key lime juice
1/2 oz 100% cranberry juice (NOT cranberry juice cocktail)
small lime wedge or lime twist for garnish
Put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with plenty of fresh ice. Shake 30 seconds. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with lime. Enjoy!!
(Please don't get PC with me on the play on words - God does have a sense of humor!)