Merry Cherry Cocktail
Use infused vodkas to create festive holiday cocktails.



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December 2008

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Holiday Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Get Into The “Spirit” Of The Season With A Festive Cocktail Recipe

Page 1: Merry Berry Cocktails


SKYY Infusions CitrusWhether you’re preparing for the Kwaanza “Karamu” feast, setting up the menorah for eight fun-filled nights, trimming the tree to Nat King Cole Christmas songs or just basking in the holiday buzz that’s synonymous with the first months of winter, infuse your holidays with a whole new kind of “spirit.”

Toast your holiday with holiday-themed fruit-flavored vodka cocktails certain to leave a lasting impression. The recipes were developed by SKYY Infusions, which use all-natural fruit flavors (and this year won awards for best fruit-flavored vodka at the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago). Impress guests by adding your very own twist, with creative garnishes or customized glassware tied with holiday ornaments, ribbons or other themed accents.

Holiday Cocktail Garnishes

Fresh sprigs of rosemary look like Christmas tree branches. Holly berries should not be ingested—eating more than three holly berries can cause illness* in adults, and have a worse effect on children. Don’t use it as a drink garnish just in case happy guests decide to nibble away. Instead, look for red currants (they look like the epitome of Christmas), white currants, lingonberries, Champagne grapes (Zante grapes), sweet gooseberries (which are red, not orange) or dried red mulberries (the fresh ones are out in the summer).

*According to the Wisconsin Poison Control Center, holly berries are “seriously poisonous;” ingestion of 20 or more berries can be fatal to children. The berries, leaves and stem of mistletoe are all considered toxic.

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Vodka Cocktail Menu

For more holiday cheer, try some red cocktails, such as a Cranberry Martini or Tart Cherry Cocktail. Or go the traditional route with a Chocolate Eggnog Recipe and Coconut Eggnog Recipe.


Berry Sparkle

Ingredients Per Cocktail

  • 2 ounces raspberry vodka
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce honey syrup
  • Club soda
  • Ice
  • Rosemary sprigs for garish
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain over ice into a highball glass,
    and top off with club soda.
  4. Garnish with fresh raspberries and
    a rosemary sprig.
Berry Sparkle Cocktail
Garnish your Berry Sparkle cocktail with holly berries, shown here, for a more festive look.


Merry Cherry

Ingredients Per Cocktail

  • 2 ounces cherry vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Irish cream
  • 1/2 ounce dark chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce half and half (light cream)
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional garnishes: shredded coconut, dried cherries


  1. Rim a martini glass with shredded
  2. Combine all liquid ingredients in a
  3. Add ice and shake vigorously.
  4. Strain into a martini glass.
  5. Float a few dried cherries on top for
Merry Cherry CocktailGuests can keep track of their own glass with different ornament “garnishes”—and then take them home as a party favor.


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