Santa's Hat Christmas Cocktail

For 2 cocktails: 

Ingredients

Glass rims:
  • 2 T. confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 3 T. shredded sweetened coconut
Cocktails:
  • 6 oz. (3/4 c.) cranberry juice
  • 2 oz. (1/4 c.) coconut rum
  • 1 oz. (2 T.) grenadine*
  • peppermint sticks or candy canes for garnish {optional}

Directions

  1. PREPARE GLASS RIMS: Place coconut on a small plate and confectioners sugar on a separate small plate. Add water to the sugar and mix with a fork until well combined with no lumps. Dip the rim of one martini glass in the sugar mixture, ensuring that the entire rim gets well coated. Immediately dip sugared rim in coconut. Repeat with remaining martini glass.
  2. PREPARE COCKTAIL: Fill a cocktail shaker ¾ full with ice. Add cranberry juice, coconut rum, and grenadine; shake for about 10 seconds until chilled and well mixed. Strain into the prepared glasses.
  3. Garnish each cocktail with a peppermint stick or candy cane, if desired.
Notes:
- This cocktail is on the sweet side (since grenadine is sweet).  It's a bit like grown-up Kool-Aid with a coconut flare.
- *Maraschino cherry juice can be used instead of grenadine.  The cocktail will just be a little less sweet than when made with grenadine.
- The cocktail mixture can be prepared in larger batches in advance and chilled in the refrigerator until serving time.  I've stored it in the refrigerator for up to about 2 or 3 days just fine.
- Be aware that the peppermint stick/candy cane garnish will melt into the cocktail and change the taste.  I personally think a little of the peppermint in the drink tastes good, but my husband absolutely doesn't like it at all (he's not a peppermint fan).  If you're not a peppermint fan, I recommend leaving off the garnish.

Enjoy!


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