Cocktail: Santa’s Little Helper

  • by crystal
  • December 8th, 2015


Baby, its cold outside!

Freezing temps don’t mean you’re tied to warm drinks all winter– in fact, some of our favorite winter drinks are on ice. Let the flavors (and lets be honest, the booze) warm you from the inside out. Our favorite cold-weather cocktails are made up of fresh flavors that invoke the holiday spirit. Winter flavors like blood orange, pomegranate, ginger, cranberry and rosemary make their way onto our palate and into your glass with cocktails like Santa’s Little Helper.

Here’s how to make Santa’s Little Helper in six easy steps!

1. To get started, you’ll need to head to the store and pickup a few items. Here is everything you’ll need:

1 Bottle CapRock Vodka
1 Bag of Fresh Cranberries
1 Fresh Lemon
1 Cup Sugar
2 Cups Water
1 Small Clamshell of Fresh Rosemary

2. Once you have all your ingredients, start by making simple syrup:
Measure 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add 1 cup of sugar and stir until dissolved. Set aside and let cool.

3. Then, make a rosemary tea:
Measure another cup of water and bring to a boil. This time add 2-3 sprigs of rosemary and reduce heat to simmer for 5-10 minutes (the longer it simmers, the stronger the rosemary flavor will be). Remove from heat and let cool.

4. Next, you’ll need a cocktail shaker and muddler:
Squeeze 2-3 lemon wedges (aim for .75oz of fresh lemon juice) and .75oz of simple syrup into a cocktail shaker, then add 4-6 fresh cranberries. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to smash cranberries until they’re pretty much pulverized and all their flavor is seeping out. Add a splash of rosemary tea (roughly .75oz) to taste.

5. Add booze!
Measure 1.5oz of CapRock Vodka and add to shaker along with ice. Shake!

6. Enjoy responsibly:
Strain into a glass with fresh ice, garnish with an extra sprig of rosemary, and enjoy the fruits of your labor! Then, thank us and let us know how much you enjoyed your cocktail in the comments section.


And to recap, here is the full recipe:

Santa’s Little Helper
1.5oz CapRock Vodka
.75oz Fresh-Squeezed Lemon Juice
.75oz Simple Syrup
.75oz Rosemary Tea
4-6 Fresh Cranberries


Cheers and happy holidays from 3 Chicks Bartending. We would love to make this or any of our other winter cocktails for your Denver or Boulder event! Beverage catering is our specialty, so let us handle prep, planning, setup, etc. so you can spend time with your guests. Call or email today for more information!


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