Eva Amurri Martino—the blogger behind Happily Eva After—loves putting together classic Christmas cocktail parties, which she says satisfies her annual case of holiday nostalgia. “The classics never go out of style, and Christmas cocktails are so delish!” says Martino. She suggests keeping the guest list small, so you can actually catch up with your friends and family. Her preferred look for a party with a retro vibe? A swipe of red lipstick. And below, Martino has shared her Poinsettia drink, a yuletide-themed Champagne cocktail. “These are super easy cocktails to make for guests if you orchestrate everything in advance: I place the cointreau and cranberry juice in the champagne glasses ahead of time, and then add the champagne component as guests arrive.” Martino serves this cocktail in her grandmother’s vintage Champagne glasses, adding to the throwback feel of her annual fêtes: “It truly is my favorite time of year.”
1/2 ounce Cointreau orange liqueur
3 ounces champagne
3 ounces cranberry juice
Fresh cranberries for garnish
Pour the Cointreau and cranberry juice in to the bottom of a champagne glass.
Top with Champagne and stir gently with a swizzle stick.