Wednesday, December 5

Infused: Wanted: The Best Christmas-Inspired Cocktails

Think you or your mixologist have the best recipe for a cocktail inspired by Christmas? I will be featuring Christmas-inspired cocktails in Infused, giving everyone the Top Ten best entries to enjoy throughout the 2012 holiday season. All recipes, images and contact information for the submission need to be in via email at elizabethjmusgrave@yahoo.com, by Monday, December 17. This will be a fun way for readers to enjoy cocktails made with great products and inspired by a fun holiday.

All entries must absolutely include images for the cocktail and all of the below information. Please remember to send the Twitter handle/link and website link. This helps the readers go immediately to you and check out how wonderful your company, bar, restaurant, et al, is and follow you on Twitter.

No stress, just fun!

Those chosen will be featured in Infused, on GottaGo.us and Food Digital the week of December 19. E-mail submissions only are required, no physical attendance needed for this one.

Include (in order and completely) the following information:

1) Cocktail's themed name
2) Bar/company/restaurant/mixologist/winery name and location
3) Website and Twitter handle so readers can check you out!
4) Recipe, including measurements, garnish and glassware
5) Inspiration for drink- obviously Christmas time, but what exactly inspired you to make this particular drink? Why a red and white layered cocktail? Are candy canes your favorite holiday candy? If inspired by a holiday movie or song, why? Have fun with it!
6) Image-Please make sure it is a good quality.

This is open to anyone within the spirits/wine/beer/restaurant realm including mixologists, bars, fine dining, bartenders, sommeliers, hotels, companies, spirit entrepreneurs, et cetera. The idea is to feature cocktails inspired by Christmas and all the fuzzy, warm nostalgic feelings about the holiday. Let your imagination run wild with this one...it can go many directions: Christmas candy, jolly old St. Nick, Santa Claus, elves, Frosty the snowman, a favorite holiday carol, a holiday movie (numerous options there!), gift wrap...you get the idea!

***Special Note***
Several cocktails were disqualified for the last two Top 10 cocktail lists due to the name and/or inspiration missing or not applicable to the theme. Let's see your best THEMED drink! Sending in a cocktail with a non-themed name and/or inspiration won't make it in the list. (Ex. sending a chocolate martini with the liqueur brand as the name or stating it is inspired by your love of chocolate has nothing to do with Christmas. However, a chocolate martini with a maraschino cherry floating in it ~ named and inspired by Rudolph ~ would work....)

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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