Home Alone has been a holiday classic for 30 years now.
Woof. Now that makes me feel old.
Home Alone is truly a classic movie that falls into a very special category of movies called “channel surfing stoppers” for me. I call them “channel surfing stoppers,” because when there used to be this thing called “cable television,” you’d click through the channels looking for something to watch. So, if Home Alone was ever on, I’d stop channel surfing and tune in no matter how far in the movie was. It’s also a movie that’s on heavy rotation throughout the holiday season. Home Alone (and the sequel, for that matter) truly stands the test of time. So, it’s only fitting that my dad crafted a Home Alone cocktail to add to the 12 Drinks of Christmas and honor this classic movie: (Kevin Screams) AAAAHHH!!!
Once you taste this drink, you’ll know where the name comes from.
This strong sipper boasts three ounces of alcohol in its four ounce volume, which is pretty on brand for my dad. He doesn’t mess around when it comes to martinis. Now, everyone knows Grand Marnier and Grey Goose Vodka are BFFs, but they join up here with an ounce of Wray and Nephew Overproof rum. Because a rum floater is basically mandatory in all holiday gatherings with my family. After all, life is a little more fun with a floater! If you don’t have the specific ingredients, then you can use any orange liqueur (I used Cointreau) and top shelf vodka you have on hand. However, the overproof rum adds that “aftershave to the face” inspired feeling Kevin McCallister is so famous for. If it’s too much *pow* for you, you can cut it in half!
Cranberry syrup adds a nice tart zing to this drink, and a touch of sweetness as well. Be sure to check out my recipe for cranberry syrup here! And a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice punches up the zest.
I love a good garnish, and this cocktail is finished off with three cranberries threaded on a rosemary sprig. It reminds me of the decked out branches of a Christmas tree. We all know how much Kevin loves Christmas trees.
This mighty martini is like a slap of aftershave to the face. One sip and you’ll know what Kevin was screaming about.
- ½ oz fresh lime juice
- ½ oz Cranberry Syrup
- 1 oz Grand Marnier
- 1 oz Grey Goose Vodka
- 1 oz Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with crushed ice.
- Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker, and shake for at least 30 seconds.
- Pour into a well-chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with cranberries threaded on a rosemary stalk.