two holiday drinks..with a twist

December 16, 2014


holiday cocktail with a twist via M Loves M @marmar
Something I love about the holidays is that it’s full of so many wonderful traditions. Each family has their own special ones that they love to incorporate, but I love that there are also traditions that are enjoyed across many families and cultures. When it comes to festive food and drinks, there are definitely some popular favorites that become a staple this time of year. Pumpkin pie, egg nog, are gingerbread are few items that make yearly occurrences on our holiday table. I partnered with one of my favorite retailers, Pottery Barn, to create a twist on two classic holiday drinks, the Manhattan cocktail and hot cocoa. Keep reading to see photos of my festive drinks, and also get the recipes! 
making holiday cocktails M Loves M @marmar
Bar tools and a decanter make a lovely gift for the holidays. They’re a staple for any bar cart!
Pottery Barn decanter and bar tools M Loves M @marmar
holiday Manhattan cocktail with a twist via M Loves M @marmar
These martini glasses from Pottery Barn have beautiful glass etched detail! I served them with these fun plaid cocktail napkins!
holiday Manhattan with a sprig of rosemary via M Loves M @marmar
holiday Manhattan cocktail via M Loves M @marmar
Choosing a garnish like a trio of cranberries, or a sprig of rosemary, make this Manhattan cocktail a little more festive!
holiday cocktail with a twist via M Loves M @marmar


2 ounces rye whiskey
1 ounce Italian vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
rosemary sprig or cranberries for garnish

Stir whiskey, vermouth and bitters in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice. Stir together and then pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig or cranberries on a toothpick.

spicy hot chocolate recipe via M Loves M @marmar
Hot cocoa is a drink I love to drink year round! I love making it the old-fashioned way, on the stovetop! Even though it takes a little more time, it’s so worth it! The smell of cocoa and cinnamon that fills the house is heavenly and it’s a great drink to keep warm!
spicy hot chocolate recipe via M Loves M @marmar
I have quite the collection of mugs but these festive holiday mugs make me smile unlike any others. I love that the village illustrations are seasonal, yet not overly so; I can enjoy them all winter long, even after Christmas! 
ingredients for spicy hot chocolate via M Loves M @marmar
spicy hot chocolate recipe via M Loves M @marmar
spicy hot chocolate recipe via M Loves M @marmar

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon chili powder {or a little less if you’re not all about the spice}
a pinch of cayenne powder {or a little less if you’re not all about the spice}
1 3/4 cups whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
marshmallows or whipped cream, to top

In a medium pot, whisk together chocolate, cocoa, sugar, and spices. Place pan over medium-low heat and whisk until chocolate melts and is creamy. Slowly add in milk, then cream, while continuing to whisk. Drop in cinnamon stick and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, remove pot from heat. Cover tightly with lip and allow to steep for 1 hour. Whisk in vanilla and warm over low heat before straining and serving warm. Add marshmallows or whipped cream if desired.

These Pottery Barn pieces came in handy when making and serving these two drinks:
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Happy Holidays and Happy Entertaining!


DISCLOSURE: This post was sponsored by Pottery Barn but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting my wonderful sponsors!

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