Chef-Inspired Cocktails to Make the Season Bright

As the line between restaurant kitchens and bars gets increasingly fuzzy, chefs are creating new cocktail ingredients that layer flavors and entice the senses beyond taste alone. You can do the same thing at home with your Vitamix blender. As Kim Haasarud points out in 101 Blender Drinks, “There are so many things you can do with [a Vitamix blender], from grinding your own spices to making specialty purees and whipped creams.” (The book outlines a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cream folded with Baileys. YUM.) Also try using rice or almond milk in place of dairy for drink recipes that call for cream. To get you started, we recommend these easy holiday cocktails, sorted by their key, chef-inspired ingredients. Cheers!

Ice Cream
Brandy Alexander: A sweet and smooth blend of chocolate milk, ice cream, and brandy.
Spiked Spiced Cider: Spiked with triple sec or apple schnapps, plus the warm spice of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Coffee
Coconut Rum Café: Imagine blending a Piña Colada with your favorite iced coffee. The result is the Coconut Rum Café.
Frozen Irish Coffee: An iced coffee with whiskey and Irish Cream Liqueur.

Fresh Fruit Purée
Bellini: A festive toast with fresh peach, champagne, and peach schnapps.
Peachy Lime Daiquiri: Fresh orange and frozen peach slices blend with light rum and peach liqueur for a new twist on an old favorite.