You can create special holiday cocktails with seasonal ingredients—cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint.
But you can add a touch of red and green to Martinis and Margaritas as well.
Here, some suggestions to get you thinking about holiday cocktail garnishes.
If you want a red and green motif, cruise the aisles of the produce section, or start with these lists.
We don’t like to use raw cranberries. They just become detritus in the glass: No one eats them. (Some people enjoy chewing on citrus peel and mint leaves and other herbs, so we give them a pass.)
It’s the same with cinnamon sticks: They make a great impression, but they’re expensive and just end up in the trash.
Instead, use the lists below to create pleasing combinations (see photo #5 for an easy favorite).
RED FRUIT GARNISHES
Other options, like red apples and pears, are more white than red; blood orange, unless you segment it, contributes its orange peel.
Watermelon, although it can be cut into stars, simply isn’t seasonal.
You can add dried cranberries to a clear drink.
Pick bite (a snack bite on a cocktail pick): alternating red and green grapes.
RED VEGETABLE GARNISHES
Sure, you can use green olives; but how about a sugar snap pea in your Martini instead?
Savory cocktails can be dressed up with:
Check out, from yesterday’s tip: colored sugar and salt glass rimmers (photo #3).
Mini Candy Canes
If they work with the drink, mini candy canes are a fun touch.
Instead of a garnish, or in addition to it, consider red-and-white striped straws. They add a “candy cane” touch. You can alternate with green and white versions.
Also see these articles on cocktail garnishes: