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Get some holiday spirit—literally

October 16, 2016 // by Denise M. Reagan

It's not too early to think about the holidays ahead. NOLA MOCA's Holiday Cocktail Tasting is a festive way to lift your spirits while gathering great ideas for your own party.

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Wild mushroom and pecan pâté, Permanent Holiday and Sunshine Pine cocktails, cured salmon, and horchata panna cotta. Images courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.

Sample some fabulous twists on traditional holiday bites. The salmon cured with beets, horseradish, and St. Augustine Distillery Gin pairs well with fresh dill, sieved egg, rye toasts, crème fraiche, pickled vegetables, capers, and brunoise red onion. The wild mushroom and pecan pâté served warm on crispy crostini has an earthy flavor that is wildly addictive. Learn how to choose and arrange cheeses for a dazzling display. Porchata panna cotta served in miniature cups creates a sweet, creamy conclusion.

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Wild mushroom and pecan pâté served with crostini. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
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Salmon cured with beets, horseradish, and gin. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
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Horchata panna cotta with white rice, cinnamon, almond milk, vanilla extract, sugar, unflavored gelatin, and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.

Get in the holiday spirit-literally-with some wintery cocktails. Try the Permanent Holiday with Buffalo Trace BourbonAmaro Averna, and Licor 43. Or savor a Sunshine Pine with Marlin & Barrel  Vodka and Blossom Orangecello. Sip a warm winter sangria of pino grigio, Bacardi Silver Rum, and a cornucopia of fresh fruit. Top that off with a couple of seasonal beers.

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Permanent Holiday with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Amaro Averna, Licor 43, pink grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, and passion fruit syrup. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.

Once you've tried these hors d'oeuvres and drinks, you'll want to serve them to your friends. The good news: NOLA MOCA provides the recipes for you to try at home. Even better news: NOLA MOCA can cater your holiday event at MOCA Jacksonville or at any location you choose.

NOLA MOCA's cocktail tastings are one of the best-kept secrets in Jacksonville. Now that you know, don't miss your chance to buy your tickets before they're gone.

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Sunshine Pine with Marlin & Barrel Vodka, Marlin & Barrel Blossom Orangecello, rosemary simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and Orgeat almond syrup. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.

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