What is more fun than a delicious, holiday cocktail?

I love holiday parties and all of the festive things that go along with them. Dressing up (I live in workout gear so it’s especially fun for me!), seeing family, friends and acquaintances you haven’t seen in a while, yummy holiday apps and those special holiday cocktails… yes these are a few of my favorite things!

I have two drink recipes for you! One is to serve to a crowd, the other is a little more labor intensive but would be perfect for pre-party cocktails with your BFF’s.

Both of these are mindful of calories! The trouble with most holiday cocktails is that they are loaded with them! I tried to keep the calories low while keeping the flavor and presentation holiday party-worthy.

Mistle-Toe Mixer

Vodka (I used Tito’s)
1/2-1 packet of Cherry/Pomegranate Crystal Light
Sprite Zero
Juice of 1 lime, use freshly squeezed
Ice
Slices of lime, for garnish
Pomegranate seeds, for garnish

In a glass pitcher I mixed 1 cup vodka with Crystal Light until completely dissolved. (The amount of Crystal light is a personal preference.)

Add the juice of one lime and combine.

Do not add Sprite Zero until ready to serve so it remains bubbly.

Add Sprite Zero and Ice to fill the pitcher. Add slices of lime and pomegranate seeds to the pitcher as garnish.

Serve over ice.

Jills Christmas Ginger Beer Martini

2-4 mint leaves
1 Tbsp pomegranate seeds
1/2 tsp honey
Fresh lime juice
1.5 oz vodka, I used Tito’s
Ginger Beer, I used Reed’s Zero Sugar Craft Ginger Beer
Optional: white sugar to rim glass

Place mint leaves, 1 Tbsp of pomegranate seeds, honey and juice from 1/4 lime in a small dish and use a muddler to mash and set aside.

Optional: Squeeze lime juice into a small dish and sugar into another, big enough for the rim of the glass, and dip the rim of the glass in the lime then in the sugar to rim the glass.

Place the mash mixture in bottom of the glass, add crushed ice… enough to fill it 3/4 and pour vodka over the ice. Add ginger beer to almost the rim.

Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary and mint leaf.

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