While I've hosted Christmas Dinner at my house before, last year was the first year I hosted my mom's birthday (Christmas Eve) and both Christmas morning (brunch and gifts) and Christmas Dinner all on my own. I had an incredible amount of help in the kitchen (thanks, Mama!) and it was a ton of fun to plan a meal and have both sides of our family here to witness the magic of Christmas through our toddler and baby! The joke is that I'll never want to play hostess again, and while it was definitely a ton of work, never say never, right?! While I was researching recipes to pull together as my menu, I came across this cocktail that is the perfect signature drink for your next holiday party. Make up a big pitcher, and I promise your guests will be asking for seconds!
5 cups orange juice
1 20-ounce bottle Sprite
1 1/2 cups vodka
1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Fresh rosemary sprigs
Stir together all ingredients; serve over ice. Garnish with cherries and rosemary.
Recipe adapted from Southern Living, December 2008.