Champagne Cocktails – not for nice girls!

There is a song from the Big Band era that talks about Champagne Cocktails for two. They sound so lovely and romantic. Her in a sweeping gown, him in a tuxedo with tails, leaning close sipping Champagne Cocktails.   When I eventually looked up how to make Champagne Cocktails I was horrified. This drink is a total panty-remover! 3 oz of Champagne, 3/4oz cognac, Angostura bitters and a cube of sugar. Sweet, smooth and potent. A lovely drink BUT you can’t drink it like its just champagne. Since the Champagne Cocktail revelation, I have developed a fascination with cocktails. I like to have a few special cocktails ready to go for holiday gatherings. These are fairly simple and can help you up your game at your next holiday event.

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Musn’t bruise the Gin!

Holiday Cocktails,
Cocktails to go. How cute is that!

My own cocktail preferences run to the perfect dry gin martini a la Mame Dennis*; Gin, ice, olives, a wave at the vermouth bottle and “dahling! Whatever you do don’t bruise the gin!” For the holidays it’s fun to add something different, especially as I have friends who go for the sweet and exotic in the cocktail department.
Since I became a Zija Independent Distributor I have been playing around with our fabulous, clinical grade, essential oils. I’m not an essential oil consumer in terms of diffusing them, but I love the idea of adding flavor and aroma to my cooking, and now my cocktails.

*This refers to Rosalind Russel’s iconic character in the 1958 movie “Auntie Mame”.

Holiday Cocktail: Cosmo Time

The Cosmopolitan was made famous on Sex and the City and for a long time was just too trendy to get excited about. I gave it a second look this year as I know some folks who would enjoy it. It is a perfect vehicle for playing with essential oils with its sweet/tart background. A friend of mine taught me how to make these and a really good reference is Mr. Boston: Official Bartender’s and Party Guide. I started with lemon and orange essential oils but found Tangerine worked better than Orange. The sweetness of the drink can be adjusted with the addition of simple syrup.

Holiday Cocktails,

Kicked up Cosmo
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  • 1 1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1 drop Ameo Tangerine essential Oil
  • 1 drop Ameo Lemon essential oil
  • cranberries for garnish


  1. Fill cocktail shaker halfway with crushed ice.
  2. Add all liquid ingredients.
  3. Shake well
  4. Strain into cocktail glasses
  5. garnish with cranberries

Creamsicle Cocktail – a little something sweet

This next creation is something I experimented with several years ago. We were fooling around with a Lemon Drop. That’s when I discovered Vanilla Vodka. I decided to have a go at a sweet cocktail with orange juice and vanilla Vodka to reproduce a creamsicle experience. I couldn’t get the orange flavor right. I tried steeping the orange peel in simple syrup but the closest I got was something like a Marmelade-sicle. Euww! The possibilities of flavor and aroma with the Améo essential oils made this cocktail a reality! Now, all we need is the ice cream truck to sell these to adults and we’ll be racing the kids to the curb.

Holiday Cocktails,
  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz cream (half and half or 18% coffee cream)
  • 2 drops Ameo Tangerine essential oil
  • Simple Syrup to taste

Fill the cocktail shaker halfway with crushed ice. Add all liquid ingredients. Shake well and strain into cocktail glasses. Garnish with a slice of orange. 

A different holiday cocktail: The Grinch

The final addition to my repertoire, this year, is not a sweet cocktail. It’s a perfect before dinner drink that pairs really well with antipasto style appetizers. I was introduced to Hendrick’s Gin a few years ago. It makes a lovely martini and gin & tonic with cucumber garnish. The Hendrick’s website is very entertaining ( These opinions are my own and I have received nothing from Hendrick to write this. Hendrick’s Gin is made in small batches infused with rose petals and cucumber. It is described as “wondrous botanical signature consist[ing] of flowers, roots, fruits, and seeds from the world over”

The classic Hendrick’s martini is Gin, dry Vermouth with a cucumber garnish. I wanted to push the flavor up so I added cucumber juice and a drop of Améo Black Pepper Essential Oil. I used an English hothouse cucumber and left the peel on when I put it through the juicer. It gives the cocktail a gorgeous green color. Maybe I should rename it the Grinch?

Holiday Cocktails,
  • 1 1/2 oz Hendricks Gin
  • dribble of dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz cucumber juice
  • 1 tiny drop Ameo Black Pepper essential oil

Fill the cocktail shaker halfway with crushed ice. Add all liquid ingredients and stir gently. Make sure it is very cold. Strain into cocktail glasses and garnish with cucumber slices. 


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Holiday Cocktails, www.moderngillie.comHave fun with these and don’t be afraid to experiment. Be fearless! You are only limited by your imagination….and what tastes bad!

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6 Replies to “Fun with Holiday Cocktails. Up the flavor with Améo Essential Oils”

  1. Yum these look great! I love cosmos around the holidays! It seems like we have similar ideas- I've got a warm cocktail post on my site as well! It's right here if you want to find some more festive ideas! :) Xo Chelsea |

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