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Five Holiday Cocktail Recipes From Local Orange County Restaurants


Planning a special holiday celebration? Trying to find that perfect holiday cocktail recipe? Five Orange County Restaurants have offered their favorite holiday cocktail recipes for you to enjoy making for your guests this holiday season. Antonello Ristorante, Zov’s, Back Bay Bistro, Bayside and L’Opera Ristorante share their favorite holiday cocktail recipes below..

Nutty Pumpkin Latte

Photo courtesy of Antonello’s

Antonello Ristorante
1611 Sunflower Ave
Santa Ana, CA

“Nutty Pumpkin” Latte

· 1 ounce Nocello Italian Walnut Liqueur
· 2 ounces of our signature spiced pumkin puree’
· 1 ounce hot espresso
· 3 ounces of steamed whole milk
Top with:
· Whipped cream
· Powdered cocoa

In an 8 ounce coffee mug, add the Nocello, pumpkin puree’ and espresso. Steam up the 3 ounces of whole milk and add to mug. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a shake of powdered cocoa. Enjoy!


pomegranate martini

Photo courtesy of Zov’s

Locations in Tustin, Irvine & Newport Beach

Zov’s Pomegranate Martini

· 1.5 oz Skyy Citrus Vodka
· 1.5 oz Pomegranate Puree
· Splash of sprite

Shake well. Serve up in martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist & pomegranate seeds (optional)


Back Bay Coffee

Photo courtesy of Back Bay Bistro

Back Bay Bistro
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA

Back Bay Coffee

· 1 cup hot brewed coffee
· 1 shot Jameson Irish Whiskey
· 1 shot Butterscotch schnapps
Top with:
· 1 tbsp. fresh whipped cream
· 1 dash white chocolate shavings
· 1 dash toffee bits

And garnish with a rolled cookie wafer


Spiked apple cider copy

Photo courtesy of Bayside Restaurant

Bayside Restaurant
900 Bayside Drive
Newport Beach, CA

Spiked Apple Cider

· 8 cups apple cider (our favorite for home use is from Trader Joes)
· 2 oranges (slice in half and poke with cloves)
· 2 lemons (slice in half and poke with cloves)
· 12 cloves
· 3 cinnamon sticks

In a large pot, combine the ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in DARK RUM – Kraken is our favorite (optional).

Serve right away or let cool and store in the refrigerator for up to a week


Julius Caesar

Photo courtesy of L’Opera Ristorante

L’Opera Ristorante
101 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA

Julius Caesar

· 1 1/2 oz. Hangar One Spicy Pear Vodka (A California organic Pear infused vodka)
· 2 squeezes of fresh lime juice
· 1 tsp sugar
· 1 Pinch Chiffonade Basil

Shake and top with Club Soda

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