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Shadow Wood Holiday Cocktails

The holidays are a time of the year where people entertain family and friends at their homes. Our Shadow Wood lead bartenders Chip and Becca have provided some delicious holiday cocktail recipes that would perfectly complement any upcoming festivities such as dinners, parties or happy hours. The following drinks encompass a variety of flavors and liquors to suit any holiday occasion.

Chip’s Sparkling Cranberry Rosemary Cocktail


½ cup Prairie Organic Vodka
¾ cup Cranberry Juice
¼ cup Triple Sec
Rosemary Simple Syrup
Champagne, Chilled
Sugared Cranberries and Rosemary Sprigs, for garnish
For Rosemary Simple Syrup:
½ cup Granulated Sugar
½ cup Water
2 rosemary sprigs
Combine vodka, cranberry juice, and triple sec in a small pitcher. Chill until ready to serve. Add enough vodka mixture to each champagne flute or other similar sized drink glass to fill halfway. Add 1-2 teaspoons simple syrup (sweeten to taste) and stir. Add enough Prosecco to fill glass and garnish with cranberries and rosemary sprig.

Becca’s White Christmas Mojito


Juice of 1 lime
8 leaves mint
1 tbsp. Sugar
2 tbsp. White Rum
1 tbsp. Coconut Rum
Splash of Half & Half
Sparkling Water for Topping
Pomegranate Arils for Serving

In a glass, muddle the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves until the leaves have broken down. Fill the glass halfway with ice. In a shaker, combine the white rum, coconut rum, and coconut milk and shake until smooth. Pour over the ice and stir to combine. Top with sparkling water, mint and pomegranate.

Shadow Wood Mistletoe Martini


2 oz. Chopin Vodka
¼ oz. Crème de Menthe
¼ oz. Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz. Milk
Sugared Cranberries for garnish
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled martini glass.

We hope that you enjoy these cocktail recipes. Feel free to substitute out certain liquors and mixers to suit the tastes of you and your guests. Comment below with your thoughts or share with us your personal favorite go-to holiday drinks. Happy holidays and happy sipping!

Holiday Recipes and Tips

As the holiday season is upon us, I wanted to share Executive Chef Richard Crisanti’s recipes and tips for preparing a variety of different delicious holiday dishes that are sure to be a huge hit with your family and friends. The recipes linked below are Chef Rich’s take on four classic holiday dishes: Turkey, Gravy, Stuffing, and Cranberry Sauce. Click the links to open the files, and feel free to print it as well to have handy in your kitchen while cooking. If you have any questions regarding the ingredients or directions, please comment below.

Shadow Wood Turkey
Turkey Gravy
Shadow Wood Stuffing
Perfect Cranberry Sauce

Here at Shadow Wood, we wish that everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season. We hope to see everyone at our upcoming holiday events such as our Thanksgiving Buffet on November 23rd, Holiday Dinner at the Preserve on December 2nd, and Holly Ball on December 8th. Your food and beverage team has been working hard behind the scenes to make these events special for all who attend. For reservations, call 239-992-6000 or use our online reservation system.

Recipes provided by Shadow Wood's Executive Chef Richard Crisanti CEC, WCEC, CCA, ACE

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