Santa’s Florida Kiss Cocktail

Did you guys have a chance to see yesterday’s post? There were so many fun ideas to celebrate the New Year!

While I love the build up to Christmas with the holiday baking, the home tours, the gingerbread houses, the shopping, gift wrapping and everything that goes into making the season a magical one I must admit as soon as December 27th rolls around I’m looking forward to “What’s next?” Making plans for New Year’s Eve festivities and a New Year’s Day brunch is a great way to extend the season.

We usually host some sort of end of the year party between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Sometimes, it’s just friends coming over pot luck style for a bonfire. Other times it’s something that’s completely themed and planned like our Lumberjack party where everyone in attendance wore flannel. Depending on what kind of party we’re having we almost always try to have some sort of signature drink. This year our home is decorated with a lot of natural elements, we thought it completely fitting to give a nod to our fellow Floridians so we created Santa’s Florida Kiss.

This recipe calls for alcohol but you can just as easily omit the alcohol for a festive mocktail. Most all of these ingredients can be found at your local liquor store, grocery store and farmers market. The best part about this drink is that you can make most of it in advance which is always a time saver. Here’s a look at what you need to make your own Santa’s Florida Kiss…

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Using a clean measuring cup for liquid, pour 4 ounces of Orange Triple Sec,

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4 ounces of sweet white wine,

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the juice from a one large blood red orange,

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and 1 teaspoon of vanilla into a clean swing top glass bottle.

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If you’re doing this in advance you can close the lid and place in the refrigerator until it’s party time OR

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if you’re ready to enjoy Santa’s Florida Kiss right away you need to place several ice cubes in a clean glass mason jar (keeping the lid close by)

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then pour the orange mixture over the ice cubes

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and add a splash or several ounces of ginger ale (depending on your taste buds).

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Place the lid on top of the mason jar and shake well.

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Garnish with orange peel,

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add a straw and you’re good to go!

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The hardest part of this entire process is juicing the fresh Florida oranges so if you’re pressed for time consider using orange juice from the grocery.

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As always, celebrate safely, drink responsibly and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!  Call a cab, friend, parent, loved one to come and pick you up if you have been drinking. You’re awesome and we want you to be around for the next party!

See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share 17 Simple Ways to Ease into the New Year. Until then, I’ll see you on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

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6 Comments

  1. Yum! I love a cocktail you can prepare in advance. I find when it is all made in advance and set out, people feel comfortable enough to help themselves rather than turning me into a cocktail waitress. Thanks for the great recipe Coco!

    Nancy

    1. You are so right, Nancy, YES! I try to do as much as I in advance because I swear it’s those last minute details that take way longer than you ever think it will! Sending you hugs and warm Christmas wishes, CoCo

    1. Who doesn’t like kisses, especially from Santa, am I right? Hugs to both of you, CoCo

  2. Can you buy oranges like these at Publix CoCo? Our famers market is closed for the winter.

  3. Thanks for suggesting a mocktail version of this recipe CoCo, the kids are going to love this!

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