Life of the Party – Favorite Festive Holiday Cocktail

on November 13 | in Drinks, Uncategorized | by | with 14 Comments

There’s nothing like a festive cocktail to set the tone for a great party.
The Cielo Rosso (Italian for Red Sky) is my go to cocktail around the holidays and it’s always met with rave reviews.

When I read it won a Las Vegas competition called Shake it Up:  The Battle of the Mixologists, I had to whip up a batch of my own.

It has a gorgeous ruby color which makes it perfect to serve around the holidays (or any time as far as I’m concerned)!

It involves lots of squeezing but it’s so worth it.I will definitely be making this from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve!

Cielo Rosso

Adapted slightly from original recipe created by Manny Hinojosa.
Make a batch in advance – makes 4-6 cocktails.
1 cup – Vodka
1 cup – Freshly Squeezed Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
1/2 cup – Campari
1/2 cup –  Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/2 cup –  Simple Syrup (combine equal parts water and sugar, boil until dissolved, cool completely)
Lemon Peel (for garnish)
Fresh Basil (for garnish)

Note:  You’ll need around 1-1/2 half grapefruits and 3 large lemons
Pour all ingredients (from vodka to simple syrup) into a pitcher and refrigerate.

Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a lemon twist and a fresh basil leaf.

Get ready for your guests to demand the recipe.


P.S. This cocktail is so gorgeous, you’ll need an equally special glass in which to serve it.

Learn how to make your own dollar store monogrammed glasses on my blog today.

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14 Responses to Life of the Party – Favorite Festive Holiday Cocktail

  1. This cocktail sounds so refreshing Kelly. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. How is it possible a beverage could look so beautiful? This sounds so easy to make too!

  3. Who doesn’t love a lot of squeezing? I love getting my squeeze on! :) This looks GOOD. Yum.

  4. This sounds so awesome Kelly! I can’t wait to make it this Holiday season…and all year round if I’m honest! ;-)

  5. Dana says:

    oh my goodness. Can you pour me one right now please?

  6. This sounds fantastic! I am a big fan of both Lemonade and Ruby Red Grapefruits. . . so I can’t see how this could miss!

  7. theboldabode says:

    Dear Cielo Rosso,

    I love your cousin the Salty Dog, but you look even more enticing… I think we should have a date over the holidays.

    Call me.


  8. Colleen says:

    I can’t wait to try this! Love that I can get my exercise squeezing all those grapefruits and lemons and then relax with the finished product! Thanks for sharing!

    • Kelly Eclectically Vintage says:

      Love it – I won’t feel guilty anymore since I’ll now look at my squeezing time as hard exercise!

  9. Mary Beth Hunt says:

    This is one of my fav…FAVORITE drinks!

  10. Gloria says:

    Gave this drink a test run while watching football and prepping dinner. Hubby even watched a utube on this beautiful concoction. We are both now fans and will be sharing this with guests at thanksgiving . Thank you!

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