GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The holiday season is here and nothing says celebration quite like a festive cocktail. 

Kate Bolt of Living Lark in Holland specializes in batch cocktails for parties of all sizes. Kate joined My West Michigan Friday with a delicious holiday cocktail recipe that is sure to impress any guest. 

And in addition to celebrating the holidays this season, Kate is also celebrating the release of her brand new cookbook "Lark Cocktails."  

Kate shows us how to make a holiday cocktail and shares information on a couple of upcoming events: Ennegrams + Cocktails in Grand Rapids and Holland.

Holly Brunch Cocktail

Serves 20 (in a 10 oz. rocks glass filled halfway with ice)
2 1/2 c. sugar
2 1/2 c. water
5 rosemary sprigs (around 6 inches long)
6 c. 100% cranberry juice (a 1.89L bottle will be enough)
3 c. pulp-free orange juice (buy a standard 1.75L bottle and it will be more than enough)
4 c. club soda (buy two 1L bottles)
2 x 750ml bottles Vodka

Empty, wash & scrub a gallon jug (Kate says she uses a milk jug) until it’s worthy of holding this fine cocktail.

Make a Simple Syrup: Combine sugar & water in a small saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Add rosemary (no need to de-stem it; -just throw it in there) and simmer for 5 minutes. Discard rosemary from syrup (strain any green bits out if needed.) Pour syrup into a bowl to cool if you are making the recipe on the fly, or cover and refrigerate until chilled/overnight.  

Combine 3 cups syrup and juices in the jug. Place cover on jug and swirl it around to combine. There will be just enough room left for club soda, so right before serving add the club soda and transfer amount desired to a pitcher or punch bowl. 

Garnish with an extra rosemary sprig if you have one. Best served with ice (on the side) in a rocks glass. Add vodka if desired-- 1⁄4 cup per 3/4 cup punch - although you won’t miss it without.

Enneagram + Cocktails

Living Lark and Meredith TerHaar and Joe Graham with Growing with the Enneagram have collaborated on two events happening in Grand Rapids and Holland. It's a happy hour announcement to release more details about Kate's new book and Growing with the Enneagram and their joint project: matching personality trails with custom cocktails.

Enneagram + Cocktails
Living Lark and Growing with the Enneagram bring you a happy hour that matches someone's personality with a custom cocktail.
Courtesy, Eventbrite

Enneagram + Cocktails: Holland 
Saturday, December 7, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The 205 Coffee Bar
Find more information and ticket prices here.

Enneagram + Cocktails: GR
Tuesday, December 10, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The Cheney Place
Find more information and ticket prices here.

If you're interested in picking up a copy of Kate's new cookbook, Lark Cocktails, it is available on her website Kate will also be selling and signing books at both Enneagram + Cocktails events. 

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