The Chef’s Table

Created by the Chefs of Maggiano’s Little Italy

December 11, 2014

If you are in the mood to sip while you celebrate, our favorite holiday cocktails and mocktails should get you in the spirit this season.

Handcrafted Seasonal Sangria
With notes of cherry, orange, and ginger, a sip of this sangria will not only please your palate,
Ingredients
8 oz Fonseca Bin 27 Port
2 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
2 oz Simple syrup
4 ea Lemon, lime & orange wedge
4  Maraschino cherry
1  6.8oz Fever-Tree Ginger Beer 
Instructions
Build in sangria pitcher, muddle fruit. Add ice & stir to mix. Serve with highballs filled with ice.

Cranberry Slush Punch
Each year, our family of Maggiano’s teammates and loved ones gather to celebrate the holiday season. The star of the show is always a festive bourbon punch cocktail recipe, Cranberry Slush.  Lose the bourbon, and you’ve got the perfect mocktail!
Ingredients
12 oz can of frozen cranberry juice
12 oz can frozen orange juice
2-3 cups bourbon (we used Maker’s Mark in ours!)
32 oz cranberry juice
16 oz lemon-lime soda
Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and serve immediately while it’s still slushy! Keep additional lemon-lime soda on hand for taste.

Salted Karamel Martini
This drink is perfect for a cocktail party or serve it as dessert after a savory meal any night of the week.
Ingredients
1.25 oz Sobieski Karamel Vodka
3/4 oz Patron XO Café
2 oz Half & half
1/2 oz Simple syrup
1 oz Monin Caramel Syrup (set aside 1/2  for topping)
1 Dash Kosher salt
Whipped cream
Instructions
Add ingredients in a mixing glass with fresh ice. Shake vigorously & strain into a martini glass. Garnish with whipped cream, followed by a drizzle of caramel and kosher salt

Creole Coffee
This caffeinated concoction can be enjoyed with or without the spirits. Either way, this is definitely a warm and fuzzy night cap. It reminds us of sitting by the fire on a snowy day.
Ingredients
1 cup Strong boiling coffee
A shaving of nutmeg
1 Clove
1 Piece of cinnamon (a stick or dash of ground cinnamon can be substituted)
1 Piece of vanilla (a teaspoon of  vanilla extract can be substituted)
Brandy to taste
Orange liqueur to taste
Sugar or molasses to taste
Instructions
Carefully combine all ingredients and filter with a fine, mesh strainer (the coffee will be very hot).
Serve immediately and enjoy!

Make a batch, raise a glass, and toast to the Holidays! We invite you to the warm atmosphere at Maggiano’s Little Italy for your next meal or special occasion. We also invite you to join our E-club, follow us on InstagramTwitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more chef tips, recipes and ideas.

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