Every Xmas Eve my dad makes a few pitchers of Scarlett O'Hara's--he uses Southern Comfort, Cranberry Juice Cocktail and concentrated frozen lime-ade. I have always found them to be ass-kicking and sickly sweet. My neighbor is hosting her second annual Beef Wellington Dinner and wants ideas for a pre-meal cocktail--we had home-made eggnog last year--my, my, was it good, but rich--and I suggested Scarlett O's. I told her she might try toning them down a bit by using fresh lime juice rathern than lime-ade, and adding some seltzer or club soda before serving.
Any suggestions? Or recommends for another appropriate holiday cocktail?