Music in the Kitchen: Favorite Recipes

The Twelve Cocktails of Christmas: Rachael Johnson’s Holiday Red Velvet Martini

The Twelve Cocktails of Christmas: Rachael Johnson’s Holiday Red Velvet Martini

What’s your favorite Christmas memory?

When I was a little girl, we would go to my great-grandparents’ (Papaw and Mamaw) house for Christmas in North Carolina. Every year on Christmas Eve, there was a gentleman that would bring Mamaw a Red Velvet cake. I learned that, years ago, my Papaw was a character witness for the gentleman in court. After this, the man brought a Red Velvet cake on Christmas Eve to show his gratitude. Even after my Papaw’s passing years ago, the man would still bring my sweet Mamaw a cake.

What’s your idea of a good Christmas Dinner?

Ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, yeast rolls…..and DESSERT!

Do you have a favorite Christmas album?

My mama used to drive around and listen to Martina McBride’s, “White Christmas” album. She loves this album so much and it has become one of my favorites!

Do you have any favorite traditions or favorite movies for the holiday season?

My family spends the days surrounding Christmas playing cards and board games! We also have a full spread of awesome finger foods before the big meal!

Whats been your favorite album of 2016?

I am currently hooked on Miranda Lambert’s newest record, “The Weight of These Wings.” It’s so very good.

What are your hopes for 2017? Any exciting plans?

With the coming of the new year, I hope to play more gigs on the road! I absolutely love visiting new places and meeting new people. I also plan to really dive into writing and, hopefully, begin a new album project!

The holiday season brings the best parties and time together with friends and family. What is your signature Christmas Cocktail recipe that you will be serving?


Red Velvet Martini

For the rim of the glasses

  • 1 can of cream cheese frosting (you only need 2 teaspoons of the frosting)
  • Red sugar crystals

For the Martinis

  • 2 ounces cake vodka
  • 1 ounce Creme de Cacao
  • 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 ounce whipped vodka
  • 1/4 ounce aperol
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1/4 teaspoon of powdered sugar


  1. Take about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese frosting for each glass.
  2. Spread the frosting in a thin line around the outside rim.
  3. Roll in the red sugar crystals.
  4. Set the glasses aside.
  5. Measure the cake vodka, Crème de Cacao, vanilla vodka, whipped vodka, Aperol, grenadine, powdered sugar, and ice into a cocktail shaker.
  6. Shake until well blended.
  7. Strain evenly into the two glasses.
  8. Serve.



About Rachael Johnson:

Hailing to Nashville from the original Mayberry, Mount Airy, NC, Rachael Johnson has been described as unique and unmistakable.  Her vocals and original music are a rare gem.  In the midst of music city, her soulful voice and undeniable power never cease to captivate her audience and always leaves them wanting more.

Rachael has opened for Jo Dee Messina, Brett Eldridge and Little Texas and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Craig Campbell, Josh Thompson, Whitney Duncan, Chris Young, Trent Tomlinson, T. Graham Brown and many more.  Selected as the 2012-2013 house band for the world-famous Wildhorse Saloon, she has touched the lives and hearts of thousands of people since moving to Nashville. She performs regularly at many of the downtown venues, including The Stage, Legend’s Corner, 12th and Porter, and many more.    Rachael also enjoys touring the nation both acoustically and with her band. She is always writing new material and is hoping to release her newest EP this upcoming spring.

Be sure to check out her website,,  and social media pages for the latest news and upcoming shows!

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