We hold the following to be true: 1) the holidays are here, therefore we drink, 2) therefore, also, Mariah is on repeat.
When asked the question, “what are your holiday traditions?” we’re all like, “ummm, spiked punch?” and then we’re all like, “oh, it sounds like we have a problem, huh?” because we’re super selfish and didn’t offer anyone a glass of said spiked punch. Bah humbug.
On Monday night, we were ½ kooky, ½ bored and decided to pair the 90s Christmas Pandora mixtape to cocktails. GENIUS, we know. Better than an episode of How to Get Away With Murder, we know.
We went with NSYNC (sugary pop), Spice Girls (five distinct flavors and/or five stereotypes for pop divas), and Mariah Carey (big, bold, and BANG! that note hits you on the head / it’s actually Mariah hitting you on the head because you didn’t bring 22 bottles of lukewarm sparkling water).
But, back to Monday. The night progressed in the following way: Mariah Carey comes on the Pandora mixtape, Chris clicks “thumbs up” button, we dance, we dance, NSYNC comes on, Brock clicks “thumbs up” button, we dance, we dance, and then we’re all like, “LET’S MAKE GOOD COCKTAILS AND DRINK THEM.”
(All cocktails below require little effort; just mix together. NO SHAKING)
Bye, Bye, Bye, Pomegranate-Rum-Champagne Punch
paired with NSYNC’s ‘Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays’ from Pandora’s 90s Christmas mixtape
Servings: makes 12
3/4 cup simple syrup
2 750-ml bottles chilled brut Champagne
1 1/2 cups white rum
1 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
1 large lemon, thinly sliced
Fresh mint leaves
1 ice block
Baby, This Posh, Ginger Cocktail is Scary AND Sporty
paired with Spice Girls’ ‘Sleigh Ride’ from Pandora’s 90s Christmas mixtape
Servings: makes 1
1 1/2 oz ginger liqueur
1 tsp cinnamon simple syrup
4 oz sparking wine
All I Want for Christmas is Champagne (a.k.a French 75)
paired with Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ from Pandora’s 90s Christmas mixtape
Servings: makes 1
1 oz gin
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
5 oz chilled brut champagne
A big holiday thank you to Pandora for giving us the inspiration and partnering up with us for this post / letting us be ridiculous.