The holidays are here when flavors of the season include pumpkin spice, bubbles in the glass, peppermint, hot chocolate and coffee drinks. Be naughty and nice!

Have some fun with holiday and New Year’s parties to include Couture Cocktails. Here are some fabulous recipes that will bring the “Ho, Ho, Ho” or “Happy New Year” to any party whether a big crowd or a cozy night for two by the fire.

peppermint punchFor all things peppermint, try Berentzen Icemint. It is an authentic 100 proof German schnapps, crystal clear and bold. This super mint-flavored spirit is perfect in hot or cold cocktails, as a shooter (ice cold) or to add to favorite recipes such as brownies, chocolate chip cookies or vanilla cup cakes with red sprinkles.

Step up an incredible wine experience to Couture Cocktails level with these incredible French wine selections by Barton & Guestier. Thomas Barton (an Irishman) settled in Bordeaux in 1725 and partnered with Daniel Guestier to create B&G, the city’s oldest wine house still producing wines. Thomas Jefferson first started importing these very special wines to the United States in 1785. Begin with the award-winning B&G Cotes De Provence 2015, a perfect blend of grenache, cinsault and syrah grapes with a blooming nose of delicate flowers and fresh red fruits. It is an elegant dry rosé style with a long and pleasant finish and ideal as an aperitif. B&G Bistro Girls Night Out is a blend of merlot, syrah and grenache grapes with a deep purple color tinged with violet hues. Featuring roundness and harmony on the palate with melted and silky tannins and a long fruity finish, try this with grilled meats. B&G Passeport Vouvray 100 percent chenin blanc grape offers a great nose of subtle white flowers mixed with white fruits pleasantly paired with cheese and light desserts.

Speaking of desserts, tempt the palates with horchata rum-style liquors in rum, dairy and cinnamon. Add pumpkin puree with 2 ounces of one of the liquors, shake and strain in martini glass and garnish with cinnamon sprinkle and cinnamon stick. Serve a hot toddy (coffee or hot chocolate) and add a 1.5-ounce shot with fresh whipped cream.

Brunch anyone? Rum Chata whipped with eggs and nutmeg makes a delicious holiday French toast.

peppermint patty cocktailPeppermint Patty
A Peppermint Patty is an aperitif-style cocktail served on the rocks. Mix .75 ounces of Berentzen Icemint and 1 ounce of chocolate liqueur and garnish with fresh mint. Blend with ice for a frozen dessert and garnish with peppermint bark.

Berentzen liquors also offers amazing flavors of pear, wild cherry and apple. Try this recipe fresh twist for a champagne cocktail.

holiday pear cocktailPartridge in a Pear Tree
1.5 ounces Berentzen Pear Liquor
½ ounce lemon juice,
¼ ounce of brut rose champagne
a sprig of rosemary garnish.

Mix and shake Berentzen Pear Liquor and lemon juice in a shaker and strain into a coupe glass. Top with champagne, rosemary sprig and a thin slice of pear as garnish.

JOYEUSES FETES! CHEERS

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