Mistletoe Kiss Cocktail

A Mistletoe Kiss Cocktail is a delicious libation to serve at your holiday party, Christmas dinner or any time you want an amazing refresher!  Vodka-based, with splashes of Campari, Cointreau, pomegranate juice & lime juice, it’s got the makings of a wintery wonderland!

The sugared rosemary sprig will take some time to dry, so plan accordingly.  Lightly moisten a sprig of rosemary and dip it into granulated sugar.  Roll it around, making sure that every leaf is coated.  Transfer to a baking sheet to dry.

Make the ginger syrup by combining water, honey, ginger, cinnamon and rosemary in a small saucepan and bringing to a boil for a couple of minutes.  Let it cool and then strain into a jar.

This makes enough syrup for 6 cocktails so invite a crowd!

Fill a cocktail glass with ice and add some ginger syrup and the remaining ingredients except the sparkling water.  Stir it up and top with sparkling water.

Garnish the top of each drink with pomegranate seeds, a cinnamon stick and a sugared rosemary sprig.

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Mistletoe Kiss Cocktail

Makes: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes plus drying time 1 hour


Sugared Rosemary:

  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Ginger Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 sprig rosemary


  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka
  • 1 ounce (2 tbsp) pomegranate juice
  • 1 ounce (2 tbsp) Campari
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tbsp) orange liqueur (Cointreau)
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tbsp) lime juice
  • 1 -2 tbsp ginger syrup
  • sparkling water, for topping


For the sugared rosemary, moisten a rosemary sprig with water and then srinkle sugar all over it. Let it sit until dry, approximately one hour.

To make the ginger syrup. In a pot, bring 1/2 cup water, honey, ginger, cinnamon, and rosemary to a boil over high heat. Boil for 2-3 minutes, then remove from the heat. Let cool, then strain the syrup into a glass jar. This syrup makes enough for about 6 drinks.

In a glass filled with ice, combine 1-2 tablespoons of ginger syrup, vodka, pomegranate juice, Campari, orange liqueur, and lime juice. Stir to mix. Top off with sparkling water. Garnish with pomegranate arils, sugared rosemary, and cinnamon sticks, if desired.

Recipe from Half Baked Harvest


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