“Happiness [is] only real when shared”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
I partnered with Patrón to bring you this sponsored holiday cocktail post. All words, opinions, and love of holiday cocktails are my own!
And what are the holidays if not a time to share happiness with friends and family? Especially over delicious wintry libations! That’s all I want to do these days, cook, eat, and imbibe with all the wonderful people in my life. I’m a somewhat solitary creature, content to spend my days cooking and reading and writing. I love being around people but I also seek solitude. Not this time of year however. For whatever reason once the temperatures (finally) drop and the the nights grow long I find myself craving low-key festive get-togethers with my nearest and dearest.
Perhaps Christmastime makes me a bit nostalgic—I find my self reminiscing a lot these days. Or maybe my habitual solitude throughout the year has finally caught up with me; I need to be around a buzz of activity laughing and connecting and reveling in the general holiday spirit! Whatever the case, I’m ready to eat, drink, and be merry! Who’s with me?
While I’m definitely known for my food and recipes, I seemed to have stumbled into the role of amateur mixologist among my friends. No matter what holiday dish I bring to a party, I usually mentally prepare myself to play alchemist with whatever ingredients are on hand, to mix some drinks. Now, I don’t profess to be some stellar bartender—but I can mix a delicious drink! Often I’m handed a bottle of something and urged to “make it better” or “turn this into something delicious” to which I happily oblige. I love getting creative with ingredients that are on hand and in season, and I am pretty much fanatical about using herbs in my creations.
For this recipe I wanted to mix up something festive and seasonal with my limited edition bottle of Patrón Silver. Smooth and sweet, this spirit is endlessly versatile. Keeping with the season, I picked up some blood oranges for a vibrant margarita. I also incorporated a fragrant and spicy ginger sage simple syrup to make things interesting.
Bright and refreshing this cocktail is perfect for your next holiday brunch or evening soirée. Plus! The Patrón Silver One-Liter Limited Edition bottle makes an ideal hostess gift or Christmas present for the cocktail aficionado. I’m loving the beautiful detail of the bottle which was inspired by the colorful ceramic and textile art of Mexico. Gift-giving covered!
In fact, Patrón has you covered all holidays season long! If you’re looking for more cocktail inspo visit The Patrón Cocktail Lab; it’s a virtual library of countless cocktail recipes crafted by Patrón’s mixology team and bartenders worldwide, where you can get a custom cocktail experience.
Side note: I have now decided that wherever I go I would like a custom-cocktail experience. Please and thank you.
What are you mixing up this holiday season? Leave a comment below!
Blood Orange, Sage, and Ginger Margaritas
- 12 oz. fresh blood orange juice
- 1 oz. lime juice
- 2 oz. sage & ginger simple syrup, recipe follows
- 6 oz. Patrón Silver
- 4 oz. Triple Sec
- Salt and lime for rimming the glass
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass or pitcher and stir to combine.
- Strain in to prepared glasses filled with crushed ice.
- Garnish with sage leaves and a blood orange slice.
Sage and Ginger Simple Syrup
- ½ cup granulated sugar + ¾ cup water
- Sage leaves
- Peeled Ginger
- In a small saucepan combine sugar and water, heat on medium low until sugar dissolves.
- Add in about 10-15 sage leaves and about 6-8 quarter-sized slices of ginger.
- Gently simmer on low for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Be sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
- Strain syrup into a heatproof container and allow to cool completely before using.
I like to let me syrup simmer longer for more intense flavor. I taste test until I have the flavor intensity I want.
Leftover syrup can be used on ice cream or waffles!