Get in the Holiday Spirit with Holiday Spirits

Nothing gets me more in the holiday mood than a festive cocktail.   It’s one of the only things that gets me through the whole Christmas Shopping experience.

My husband and I make a pub crawl out of it, for every gift checked off the list we treat ourselves to an adult beverage (carrot- stick.. lol.. hey it works).

With shopping time running short and the crowds at the mall growing bigger and crankier I thought it was the perfect time to pair two of my favorite things: Gifts and Cocktails!

I partnered with Neiman Marcus to bring you some fun cocktail inspired gift ideas paired with delicious seasonal cocktails from Neiman Marcus’ Cafe.

There are even a couple drink recipes so you can mix up some cocktails at home to sip while you wrap the gifts!

Sip sip, shop shop!

Neiman Marcus Cafe Cocktail:  Cranberry Ginger Mule

Gift Ideas:  I am OBSESSED with these boozy little literature books.  Each takes a witty alcohol infused spin on the classics.

Gone with the Gin Leather-Covered Book. We know your type. You love the smell of napalm in the morning, you see dead people, and you’re the king (or queen!) of the world. No matter your cinematic stripe, there’s a beverage (or ten) tailor-made just for you.  A perfect gift for film buffs and a terrific twist on movie nights, Gone with the Gin is the ultimate cocktail book for die-hard silver screen aficionados who prefer to be shaken, not stirred. Included within are 50 delicious drinks—paired with winking commentary on history’s most quotable films—plus an all-star lineup of drinking games, movie-themed munchies, and illustrations throughout.

Tequila Mockingbird Leather-Covered Book. A fun gift for barflies and a terrific treat for book clubs, “Tequila Mockingbird” is the ultimate cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Featuring 65 delicious drink recipes paired with wry commentary on history s most beloved novels.  The book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout.  Even if you don t have a B.A. in English, tonight you re gonna drink like you do!

Neiman Marcus Cafe Cocktail: Holiday Sparkler

Gift Ideas: Champagne Armand de Brignac Les Petites D’Armand de Brignac Gold BrutSugarfina 3-Piece But First, Cocktails Bento Box and 4-in-1 Bar Tool.

Champagne Armand de Brignac Les Petites D’Armand de Brignac Gold Brut.  The ultimate luxury gift for the 2016 holiday season, only 1,000 created for the world.  Les Petites D’Armand de Brignac are finished by hand, with the application of French pewter labels, polished and housed in handcrafted wooden gift boxes, ensuring no two bottles are ever exactly the same.

Sugarfina 3-Piece But First, Cocktails Bento Box. I can’ t get enough of Sugarfina right now!  The gorgeous colors and designs of these gourmet candies draw your attention, while the flavors cater to the most sophisticated of palates. This cocktail inspired bento box is a perfect gift for your sugar momma, or daddy, lol.  The three Lucite cubes include Brut & Rose Champagne Gummies (my personal favorite) , Peach Bellini, and Kir Royale gourmet candies.

4-in-1 Bar Tool.  Know someone who is always searching for their bar tools?  Now he can have all the bar tools he needs in one gadget!  This handy bar tool is an ice breaker, corkscrew, liquid measure, and bottle opener all in one.

Neiman Marcus Cafe Cocktail: High Shiner

Gift Ideas: “Easy on the Ice” and “Seeing Double” Cocktail Napkins.

The cutest cocktail napkins EVER!  Each set comes with four napkins embroidered with witty quips.

Neiman Marcus Cafe Cocktail: New Moon Manhattan

Gift Ideas: The Whiskey Deck Playing Cards, Carry On Cocktail Kit Bloody Mary and Carry On Cocktail Kit The Sprinkle.

Whiskey Deck Playing Cards each card is printed with a unique fact, memorable quote or drink recipe relating to the world of whiskey.

Carry On Cocktail Kit Bloody Mary.  TSA approved drinking! Kit includes bar spoon, bloody Mary mix, rimming salt and 2 mini pickles.

Gray Malin Carry On Cocktail Kit The Sprinkle.  Perfect for the traveler who likes to have happy hour at 36,000 feet.  Kit includes supplies for two Sprinkle Vodka & Tonics: rainbow sprinkles, tonic syrup, 0.5-oz. jigger, bar spoon, linen coaster, striped straw, and an adorbs flamingo stirrer.

Make it at home:

2 ounces red wine

1/2 ounce bourbon

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1 large ice sphere

3 gourmet maraschino cherries.

Orange peel

Shake all of the ingredients together with ice for 20 seconds.  Rub orange peel around rim of glass.  Add ice sphere to glass then pour mixture over ice sphere using a strainer.  Drop one cheery inside drink and then add two more on a cocktail stirrer or rosemary sprig to garnish.

Neiman Marcus Cafe Cocktail: Winter Wine

Gift Ideas: Owl’s Brew Premium Craft Cocktail Mixer Mulling Spices.

OMG this is soooo good!  It’s a brewed tea with Chai spices mixer blended to pair with bourbon, spiced rum, red wine or champagne. Yaas!

Make it at home:

So easy!  2 parts Owl’s Brew mixed with 1 part red wine, shake, pour and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.  This drink can be served hot OR cold!

Make sure to stop into Neiman Marcus’s Cafe this week while Gift Shopping and try these spirited cocktails for yourself.

All gifts in this post available at Neiman Marcus Fashion Show or at a Neiman Marcus location near you.

What’s your favorite Holiday cocktail? 

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