The 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails Cocktail #1: Pear-Cranberry Bellini

by Tim Barley

On the first day of my Christmas, my bartender gave to me…

Cocktails and Movies 12 days of Christmas Cocktails - pear cranberry belliniWell, we’re in it now. The home stretch. The final 12 days before Christmas. Traditionally, these days are just mad, hectic dashes to the stores by fathers who have forgotten to do ANY shopping or whose assistants got the wrong Tickle Me Cabbage Patch Lego Sets. The tradition of “The 12 Days of Christmas” began in early Christianity and consisted of the 12 days beginning on Christmas Day and culminated on January 5th. This time is also called “Christmastide.”

For our purposes at Cocktails and Movies, we’ve commandeered the 12 days and put them BEFORE Christmas to bring you 12 different cocktails that you can share with your loved ones as you sit back and enjoy a film from our “Take Out Theater” selections or enjoy some food and cocktails with friends before a trip to the local cineplex.

So, on the first day of  “Cocktails and Movies 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails,” we give to you…

The Drink:

Pear-Cranberry Bellini 


  • 1 cup Pear nectar
  • 1 cup Cranberry Juice
  • Bottle of Prosecco, champagne or other sparkling white wine


  •  In a small pitcher, combine 1 cup pear nectar and 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail.
  • Set out 8 champagne glasses and pour ¼ cup of the juice mixture into each.
  • Finish by topping off with Prosecco or another dry sparkling white wine.

So, here we are in the final stretches of 2013. We’ll have 11 more of these cocktails before taking a break for the final week of the year to recharge are batteries. Please help us grow in 2014. Remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, share us with your friends and remember: “Don’t watch bad movies unless you have good cocktails.”