Trade You a Couple of Holiday Cocktail Recipes?

three olive martinis


It’s holiday cocktail time, and I thought I’d ask a couple my favorite Folsom bartenders for a couple of recipes for awesome drinks.

sam brownFirst up, Shamara Brown, lead Bartender at Sienna New American Grill, El Dorado Hills, and Land Ocean in Folsom.  She has been working for the owners for more than ten years, and has spearheaded their very popular Happy Hour at both restaurants.  Shamara (a.k.a Sam, or Sammy) says, “The holidays can be stressful, and there seems to be no better way to alleviate your “bah humbug”(in moderation of course!), than a couple of drinks, with friends, family, or whomever. Here are a couple of my favorites…

For something different:

The Pumpkin Pie Martini

1 1/4 ounce Pumpkin Vodka, 1/2 ounce Frangelico,  Splash of Cream (1/2 and 1/2), 1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Puree – Shake and pour into martini glass with a Cinnamon Rim

For something more traditional:

Irish Coffee 

1 1/2 ounce Irish Whiskey, Fresh brewed Coffee,  Heavy Whipped Cream (Dry shake and layered on top)

kendraNext, I asked Kendra Madrid, awesome award-winning bartender at Scott’s Seafood in Folsom.  Kendra says, ‘I don’t usually do special holiday drinks, but this is a good one” (it’s not the one in her hand)

Sailing into Christmas

About 3/4 ounce of Sailor Jerry rum, about a half an ounce of Baileys and then a splash of eggnog.

Lastly, I thought I’d make my own variation. Kendra thinks it might be too sweet or too strong. I’ll let you know:

Candy Cane Martini:

2 parts vodka, 1 part peppermint schnapps, shaken and served in a martini glass ( sugar or crushed candy rim optional) – garnish with a mini candy cane.

Now, your turn. Tell us about your favorite recipe if you have one here