It’s holiday time!! Holiday parties mean it’s time to serve up the festivities. Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite time of the year. It’s the time of the year that it’s acceptable to gorge on food like you’re one of those snakes that has to dislocate their jaw to eat their prey.  Christmas is my second favorite holiday. That’s where your extended relatives come over and remind you of how much weight you’ve gained the whole year. It’s a great time to be had by all! Christmas can be a joyous occasion, but it can also be a bit stressful. The pressure of attending and/or throwing a holiday party can be stressful. Well, fret no more! I recently whipped up some cocktails at my sister’s restaurant, Atchana’s East West Kitchen at the Mutiny Hotel ( in Coconut Grove, Florida and we came up with some libations that will surely jingle your bells!


“Whipped Gold”




  • 1 oz. Flavored Whipped Cream Vodka or regular vodka
  • 1 oz. Grenadine
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Wedge of Lime
  • 1 Marshmallow
  • 1 Tbs. Gold Sugar (Commonly used for sugar cookies)



Using a clean dry martini glass, spray the rim with gold spray mist. (Or if you have gold rimmed glasses, you can use those too!) Set aside to dry. In a shaker, pour the pineapple juice, grenadine and whipped cream vodka. Throw some ice in there as well. Squeeze in a wedge of lime. Throw the lime out – do not put it in the shaker. Shake vigorously all the ingredients and strain into the martini glass. Take a marshmallow and lightly wet the surface and dredge into the gold sugar. Cut a slit in the bottom of the gilded marshmallow and place on the martini rim. Voila!


“Santa’s Helper”santas helper

  • 1 Tbs. Orange Colored Sugar (Can be found in the baking section of most major grocery stores)
  • 1 oz. Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka or Regular Vodka
  • 1 oz. Pumpkin Vodka
  • 2 oz. Apple Juice
  • 1 Lime Wedge



Taking a martini glass, take a lemon or lime wedge and rim the glass with the juice. Place the orange colored sugar on a plate and turn the glass upside down and dip onto the plate with the colored sugar. Set aside. In a shaker, pour the whipped Vodka or regular vodka, pumpkin vodka, apple juice, and some ice. Next, squeeze the juice of one lime wedge into the shaker. Throw the lime out. Shake vigorously. Strain and pour the drink into the prepared martini glass and enjoy that holiday cheer!


“Ginger Bells”



  • 1 Tbs. Green Colored Sugar (Found in the baking section of most major grocery stores)
  • 1 ½ oz. Vodka
  • ½ oz. Chambord
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz. **Ginger Simple Syrup or Canton Ginger
  • Splash of Prosecco or Sparkling Wine


(Served in a Highball Glass)





Take your highball glass and moisten the rim with your lime or lemon. Place the green colored sugar on a small plate. Turn the  glass upside down and dip it into the sugar. Now, pour the Vodka, Chambord, Cranberry Juice, Ginger Syrup into the glass. Gently stir with a drink straw. Now top off with a splash of prosecco and serve immediately! Enjoy your Ginger Bells!

**To make Ginger Syrup, Take equal parts of sugar and water ( 1 cup water: 1 cup sugar) in a small sauce pan. Peel some fresh ginger root and cut into 2 inch piece. Throw in about 3-4 pieces of the ginger in the simple syrup mix. Bring to a boil and lower heat to simmer until all the sugar granules are melted. Set aside to cool. Can be refrigerated.


“Rocking Around the Coffee Bean”

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  • 2 oz. Brewed Espresso Coffee
  • 1 oz. Kahlua Liquor
  • 1 oz. Bailey’s
  • Steamed Milk
  • Shaved Chocolate





In a thick Snifter glass, or clear cappuccino glass, pour your espresso coffee first. Then pour in the Kahlua. Next, take a spoon and slowly pour the Bailey’s over the spoon into the drink. This will layer the dark coffee with the cream of the Bailey’s. Yum! Next, top off with some steamed milk froth and top off with shaved chocolate. This is perfect for Christmas morning, or after you’ve eaten a little too much Thanksgiving turkey!


Hope your holidays are joyous and from the IMUSA family to yours…Happy Holidays!!