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Santa's Hat Christmas Cocktail

What better way to bring on the good cheer than with a Christmas cocktail named after the jolly old elf himself?  With it's coconut rim and bright red color, this Santa's Hat Christmas Cocktail will certainly bring on the holiday cheer!
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Santa's Hat Christmas Cocktail image ~ With it's fun coconut rim & bright red color, this cocktail will certainly bring on the holiday cheer!


"It's the most wonderful time of the year ... With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer ... It's the most wonderful time of the year!"

And what better way to bring on the good cheer than with a cocktail named after the jolly old elf himself?

Well, I guess it's not named after Santa himself, but rather after a part of his ever-classic red suit ~ Santa's hat.  And what a fun cocktail it is to help bring on the holiday cheer!

With it's coconut rim to simulate the fluffy white trim, bright red color, and triangular shape of the martini glass, this cocktail sure does make you think of Santa's hat, doesn't it?  It's an adorably cute way to serve up holiday cocktails, for sure.

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The Santa's Hat cocktail itself is a simple mixture of cranberry juice, coconut rum, and grenadine ... which gives it it's bright red color.  Grenadine also makes this cocktail on the sweet side ... since grenadine itself is quite sweet.  I think of the flavor as much like grown-up cranberry Kool-Aid with a coconut flare!

Maraschino cherry juice can also be used instead of the grenadine.  The cocktail will just be a little less sweet and a little less bright red than when made with grenadine.

Making a fun and festive Santa's Hat cocktail is really simple.

Start by mixing together some confectioners' sugar and water on a small plate.  Then dip the rim of a martini glass in the sugar mixture ... this will act as the glue to adhere the coconut onto the glass's rim.

Making a Santa's Hat Christmas Cocktail image

Immediately while the sugar mixture is still wet, dip the rim in shredded sweetened coconut that's been placed on a separate little plate.

Making a Santa's Hat Christmas Cocktail picture

Place cranberry juice, coconut rum {I use Malibu}, and grenadine in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake for about 10 seconds.  Then strain into the prepared glass.

Making a Santa's Hat Christmas Cocktail photo

That's it!  You've got a fun and festive little cocktail to help celebrate the Christmas season.

If you'd like to prepare these for a crowd rather than individually, that's easy too.  The cranberry mixture can easily be mixed up ahead of time and refrigerated until serving time.  I've stored the mixture in the refrigerator for up to 2 or 3 days just fine.  

Coconut rims for the glasses can be prepared ahead of time, too, and then just set aside.  Once the sugar and coconut dry on the rim, the coconut will stay intact as long as the glass isn't messed with much. 

So kick back, grab a cocktail, and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year, everyone!  With it's coconut rim and bright red color, this Santa's Hat Christmas Cocktail will certainly bring on the holiday cheer.

Santa's Hat Christmas Cocktail image
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Santa’s Hat Christmas Cocktail
(Print recipe)
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 cranberry 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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5 comments

  1. That looks wonderful Tracey! Pinning this so I can try it.

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  2. I love it! If cocktails can be called cute, this one sure is. And I'm sure I would love the taste as well!

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  3. Those are so cute! I will be using this recipe for our Christmas celebration this year. Pinned-Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy this week!!

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  4. What a yummy looking cocktail...now, if I can just keep myself from spilling it all over my white shirt!!!

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