Grown-Up Holiday Party Menu Idea: Cupcakes & Cocktails

From by Michelle Lara
Grown-Up Holiday Party Menu Idea: Cupcakes & Cocktails

The holidays are in full swing and it’s somewhat of a blur. For me I spend the holidays shuffling the kids to events {The Nutcracker, Polar Express, tree lighting ceremonies etc.} shopping, wrapping gifts and then hiding them!

I love the idea of hosting a grown-up party that is simple and fun and a great way to reconnect with friends during this hectic time of year. As you all know from the title of my blog that I’m a huge fan of cupcakes + cocktails and a party where you can incorporate both of these is a party I want to be at!

David Venable the popular host of QVC’s  ‘In the Kitchen with David‘ has shared a fabulous cupcake and cocktail recipe with the blog that is sure to impress! 

I’m a huge fan of citrus desserts {+ cocktails for that matter} so I was thrilled when I saw citrus was the main ingredient in both recipes. These would also be great for a New Years Eve party!

Grown-Up Holiday Party Menu Idea: Cupcakes & Cocktails

Photo + Recipe courtesy of 'In the Kitchen with David' of QVC

Photo + Recipe courtesy of ‘In the Kitchen with David’ of QVC
Mimosa Cupcakes Recipe:

Ingredients {cupcakes}:

·        1 cup cake flour

·        3/4 tsp baking powder

·        1/8 tsp baking soda

·        1/4 tsp salt

·        2 large eggs

·        1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp sugar

·        2 tsp vanilla extract

·        1/3 cup vegetable oil

·        1/2 tsp orange extract

·        1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp champagne or ginger ale

·        2 tsp finely grated orange zest


·        2 cups vanilla frosting

·        1 tsp finely grated orange zest

·        1/8 tsp orange extract

·        1 Tbsp champagne or ginger ale

·        Edible glitter or coarse, white sparkling sugar for decorating


1.      To prepare the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

2.      Whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium-size bowl. Set aside. Fit a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Whip the eggs and sugar on medium speed until they’re light, creamy, and pale yellow. Reduce the speed to medium-low and add the vanilla, oil, orange extract, champagne, and orange zest, mixing until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until just combined and smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary.

3.      Pour the cupcake batter into the lined muffin pans, filling each cup 3/4 full. Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 16–20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool completely.

4.      To prepare the frosting, place the vanilla icing in a mixing bowl and fold in the orange zest, orange extract, and champagne. Spoon the frosting into a decorating bag with a large star tip. Pipe the icing onto the cupcakes and sprinkle with glitter.

David’s Insider Tip:  “When zesting oranges—and any citrus fruit—only remove the colorful rind. The white part underneath the skin is called pith and can give recipes a bitter flavor.”

 Cupcakes & Cocktails

Photo + Recipe courtesy of ‘In the Kitchen with David’ of QVC
French 75 Cocktail Recipe:


·        1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

·        1 Tbsp powdered sugar

·        Splash of gin

·        Splash of champagne

·        Lemon rind (optional garnish)


1.      Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the lemon juice, powdered sugar, and gin; shake well. Pour the mixture into a low, ice-filled glass. Add the splash of champagne and garnish the glass with the lemon rind (if desired.)

David’s Insider Tip: “Don’t put the champagne into the cocktail shaker with the gin, lemon juice and powdered sugar – just  add a splash to each serving glass. Otherwise, you’ll take the bubbly out of the bubbly!”

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