A holiday cocktail will make things merrier

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Give the ol' vodka cranberry the heave-ho -- it's time to get festive with these cocktails.

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MIDORI Holiday Hopper

1 oz. Midori

1 oz. Green Creme de Menthe

1 oz White Creme de Cacao

1 oz. Heavy Cream.

Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

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Christmas Cosmopolitan

1/2 oz. Cointreau

1/2 oz. cranberry juice

1 tsp. lime juice fresh

1 oz. vodka

Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Option: To garnish, float a few frozen cranberries after pouring.

Candy Cane

1/2 oz. Cinnamon Schnapps

1/2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps

Optional: add green food coloring

Combine in a mixing glass with ice. Stir gently and strain in to a shot glass. Garnish with a mini candy cane.

For a party you can make a pitcher of these by combining a 375 ml bottle of each.

Chill the mixture on ice.

Serve in chilled shot glasses.

Spiked Cocoa

1 cup milk

1 tsp. hot chocolate mix

1 tsp. coffee creamer

1 tsp. bourbon

Heat a cup of milk to steaming. Remove from heat before bubbles begin to form around edge of saucepan. Measure chocolate mix, coffee creamer and bourbon into a mug. Add hot milk; stir until well mixed.

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