You can find all the ingredients you need to make those delicious holiday-themed beverages at the Brookswood Liquor Store in Langley. Photo by Cheri Gray

This creamy, dreamy punch is made for the holiday season

Liqueurs can form a great base for delicious seasonal beverages

If you’re like many residents of Langley and the Fraser Valley, your social calendar gets a lot busier over the holidays.

Whether you’re attending more gatherings or hosting your own, it can be fun to get creative with your cocktail-making, says Brittany Hall, manager at Brookswood Liquor Store.

“The cream liqueurs and spirits are popular this time of year, and there’s some new products out, such as Carolan’s Salted Caramel, which we expect to do well,” she says. Similarly, Bailey’s has branched out from its original Irish cream and now has five varieties, also including Chocolate Cherry, Vanilla Cinnamon, Espresso Creme and Salted Caramel.

These liqueurs and others feature in these delicious seasonal recipes:

Milk Moose Punch

Ingredients: one 750ml bottle each of Kahlua (or any coffee liqueur), vodka, Irish cream (such as Baileys or Carolan’s), and six litres of eggnog.

  1. Chill the coffee liqueur, vodka, and Irish cream in the refrigerator at least 12 hours.
  2. Pour the coffee liqueur and vodka into a 12-quart punch bowl. Whisk in the Irish cream, followed by the egg nog, until evenly blended. Serve immediately.

Cranberry Martini

Ingredients – 1.5 fluid oz. vodka, 1/2 oz. orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier or Triple Sec), 1/2 oz. dry vermouth, 1.5 oz. cranberry juice, 1 cup of ice, cranberries.

  1. Combine vodka, orange liqueur, vermouth, cranberry juice and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously to chill. Pour into martini glasses, and serve.
  2. Garnish with cranberries.

Looking for something different for a gift?

If you’re searching for gift ideas for that craft beer or wine lover on your list, Brookswood Liquor Store brings in many special products and gift packs at this time of year, Hall says. “A lot of people are looking to give something nicer for Christmas, and often that means a seasonal beverage with mint or cranberry or chocolate. Or it might be a nicer bottle of bubbly for the family dinner.”

You’re invited to a Night of Lights

Brookswood Liquor Store is an active member of the Brookswood Village Merchants, which is hosting its annual Night of Lights Christmas tree lighting event on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. After enjoying this family friendly community event, why not stop by the store, see what’s new and get stocked up for the holiday season?

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Located in Brookswood Village, 4070 200th St. in Langley, visit Brookswood Liquor from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

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