Christmas-themed cocktails: Mix up something a little bit naught and nice

MILWAUKEE -- This holiday season you can make spirits bright in more ways than one. Chef Alisa Malavenda joins Real Milwaukee to kick off the celebrations early with 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails.

A partridge in a pear tree - sparkling pear champagne cocktail.

    2 Turtle Doves - The White Christmas Doves

      In a cocktail shaker filled with ice - pour vodka , amaretto and Kahlua or crème de cacao. Melt chocolate and swirl around in the martini glass- scoop or pour the ice cream in the glass and strain liquors on top. Garnish with more shaved chocolate.

      3 French Hens: Blackberry French 75 Sparkler

      Make blackberry syrup :

        Bring blackberries sugar, and water to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes to make a syrup. Strain the mixture with a fine sieve and push down on the berries to release more flavor and color. Discard and reserve syrup bringing it to room temperature and then refrigerate.

          In a cocktail shaker filled with ice , shake ingredients and pour into a champagne glass.
          Top mixture with champagne and garnish with a sugar coated blackberries skewers on a rosemary twig.

          4 calling birds...'Calling all bourbon drinking birds'

            Combine cider , bourbon and orange juice in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with a slice of apple and cinnamon stick.5 GOLD-SCHLAGER RINGS

              Mix all ingredients in a ice filled shaker. Shake well and pour into a martini glass rimmed with gold sanding sugar.

              6 Geese a laying ....ginger eggnog to make you fly

                In a shaker filled with ice add all the ingredients except the garnish.

                Cinnamon and ginger snap cookies for garnish

                7 SWANS A SWIMMING ..... in VODKA

                A fluffy piece of white vanilla cotton candy

                  Combine vodka and lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well.
                  Coat the rim of a martini glass with white sanding sugar or non perils.
                  Place cotton ball in the glass and pour mixture from the shaker over cotton candy.

                  Eight maids a milking.....a tipsy cow

                    Combine tipsy cow, brandy and heavy cream in a shaker filled with ice.
                    Shake well and strain into a milk glass or martini glass. Garnish with a little grate of nutmeg or some shaved chocolate.

                    9 PINK LADIES DANCING...

                      Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake really vigorously and strain into a martini glass or in a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry.


                        Combine everything but garnish in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a highball glass and garnish with mint and chopped mint candies.

                        11 Peter Pipers Piping... with a peck of pickled peppers

                          Combine peppered vodka, pickle juice and vermouth in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with pickled peppers or

                          cornichons, drink and try to repeat peter piper pick a peck of pickled peppers 11 times.


                            Fill a punch bowl or large pitcher with all the fruit. Add the grape juice and rum. Stir and Let it sit in fridge at least 4 hours or overnight.
                            Before serving add champagne and garnish with mint leaves and sugared cranberries on a skewer. Alternatively you can freeze cranberries or pomegranate seeds in ice cubes.