Two delightful cocktails for the Christmas season.
The Merry Manhattan:
Red sugar crystals
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup regular egg nog
Christmas Snow Wine:
Seedless red grape sprigs (or green grapes)
Melted white chocolate
Wine (Red or white)
Thin slices or orange
For a Merry Manhattan:
Pour a little bourbon in a small, shallow dish. In another, sprinkle some red sugar crystals. Dip the rim of the glass in the bourbon, then in the red sugar. Add a few ice cubes to the glass, pour in a healthy splash of red vermouth, a jigger and a half of decent bourbon and two marishino cherries (with a little cherry juice).
Pour cream and egg nog in a medium bowl and with an electric mixer, beat until soft peaks form. Top each Manhattan with the whipped egg nog and sprinkle with a little more red sugar.
For the Christmas Snow Wine:
Dip sprigs of red grapes in melted white chocolate and allow to dry on waxed paper. Pour a glass of wine, add a slice of orange and drape the Snow Grapes over the rim of the glass. Note: I use green grapes for white wine.