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Shadow Wood Holiday Cocktails

The holidays are a time of the year where people entertain family and friends at their homes. Our Shadow Wood lead bartenders Chip and Becca have provided some delicious holiday cocktail recipes that would perfectly complement any upcoming festivities such as dinners, parties or happy hours. The following drinks encompass a variety of flavors and liquors to suit any holiday occasion.

Chip’s Sparkling Cranberry Rosemary Cocktail

½ cup Prairie Organic Vodka
¾ cup Cranberry Juice
¼ cup Triple Sec
Rosemary Simple Syrup
Champagne, Chilled
Sugared Cranberries and Rosemary Sprigs, for garnish
For Rosemary Simple Syrup:
½ cup Granulated Sugar
½ cup Water
2 rosemary sprigs
Combine vodka, cranberry juice, and triple sec in a small pitcher. Chill until ready to serve. Add enough vodka mixture to each champagne flute or other similar sized drink glass to fill halfway. Add 1-2 teaspoons simple syrup (sweeten to taste) and stir. Add enough Prosecco to fill glass and garnish with cranberries and rosemary sprig.


Becca’s White Christmas Mojito

Juice of 1 lime
8 leaves mint
1 tbsp. Sugar
2 tbsp. White Rum
1 tbsp. Coconut Rum
Splash of Half & Half
Sparkling Water for Topping
Pomegranate Arils for Serving

In a glass, muddle the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves until the leaves have broken down. Fill the glass halfway with ice. In a shaker, combine the white rum, coconut rum, and coconut milk and shake until smooth. Pour over the ice and stir to combine. Top with sparkling water, mint and pomegranate.


Shadow Wood Mistletoe Martini

2 oz. Chopin Vodka
¼ oz. Crème de Menthe
¼ oz. Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz. Milk
Sugared Cranberries for garnish
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled martini glass.

We hope that you enjoy these cocktail recipes. Feel free to substitute out certain liquors and mixers to suit the tastes of you and your guests. Comment below with your thoughts or share with us your personal favorite go-to holiday drinks. Happy holidays and happy sipping! Cheers!

Holiday Recipes and Tips

As the holiday season is upon us, I wanted to share Executive Chef Richard Crisanti’s recipes and tips for preparing a variety of different delicious holiday dishes that are sure to be a huge hit with your family and friends. The recipes linked below are Chef Rich’s take on four classic holiday dishes: Turkey, Gravy, Stuffing, and Cranberry Sauce. Click the links to open the files, and feel free to print it as well to have handy in your kitchen while cooking. If you have any questions regarding the ingredients or directions, please comment below.

Here at Shadow Wood, we wish that everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season. We hope to see everyone at our upcoming holiday events such as our Thanksgiving Buffet on November 23rd, Holiday Dinner at the Preserve on December 2nd, and Holly Ball on December 8th. Your food and beverage team has been working hard behind the scenes to make these events special for all who attend. For reservations, call 239-992-6000 or use our online reservation system.
Recipes provided by Shadow Wood's Executive Chef Richard Crisanti CEC, WCEC, CCA, ACE


Welcome to our Shadow Wood blog!

After a productive summer of preparation and renovation, we are thrilled to bring back together both our year-round and seasonal members for a full schedule of golf, tennis, bocce, dining and social events this upcoming 2017-2018 season here at Shadow Wood Country Club. The Shadow Wood team has been working hard throughout these summer months to get everything ready for season. Let's see what each department has been up to!

Administration Team:

"During the summer months at the Club, the goal of the administration team has been to engage our employees in group activities that are beneficial to their well-being. These summer programs include a Biometrics event, a benefits review class, wellness seminars, golf events, leadership seminars and a special luncheon to kick off the season. These programs focus on financial wellness, stress reduction, life balance and much more- everything that goes into making individuals stronger, more resilient and more inclined to be successful and able to provide our members the best service possible."

                                 - Karon Bennett Executive Assistant to the GM & Communications Manager


Culinary Team:

"One of the main focuses of the culinary team this summer has been implementing healthier menu options and smaller portion sizes. I have also been preparing exciting new action stations for our upcoming social and dining events."
- Richard Crisanti CEC, WCEC, CCA, ACE Executive Chef


Food & Beverage Team:
 “Our number one goal in Food & Beverage this summer has been to improve the overall quality of service that we provide to our members. We did a complete revamping of our Front of House training program to
ensure that all of our staff is ready to provide the best service possible to our members and their guests.”

John St. John Director of Food & Beverage

Golf Pro Shop Team:
 "Your Shadow Wood golf team has made significant improvements to all areas of the operation over the last 6 months, and has been vigorously working to deliver another exciting and fun filled tournament schedule. We look forward to providing our members with another season full of laughs, love, and cherished memories at Shadow Wood Country Club."
- Andrew Gettel PGA, First Assistant Golf Professional


Golf Course Maintenance Team:
 "Your golf maintenance team is very excited to present the North golf course as it has been refurbished by
Rees Jones, renowned golf course architect.  While the weather this summer presented some
interesting challenges, our teams rose to the occasion and have focused all efforts on getting the
courses in shape. While it’s a long road ahead, we won’t stop until it’s perfect."
- Eric Ruha Director of Golf Maintenance


Golf Academy Team:
 "This summer your Golf Academy building experienced several enhancements. The hitting bay was renovated with the latest flooring technology to include putting surface with four cups, and a new hitting mat. Also, the number one Video System, V-1 software, was added with four cameras to capture your swing from every conceivable angle. We will also have the ability to upload your swing video to the Club's website so that you can view your lesson and swing videos at any time."
- Mark Moffatt PGA Head Golf Professional/Director of Instruction


Tennis & Bocce Team:
"The massive summer renovation project at Tennis is complete and looks fantastic! We are happy that both the Tennis and Bocce courts survived Hurricane Irma very well. The seasonal staff has returned and everyone is excited for season to kick off!"
- Dave Dooley USPTA
Director of Sports

This season, you can expect a calendar full of exciting events and opportunities to reconnect with old friends as well as make some new. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone home to their Club. If you’re a new member and wondering where to begin- have no fear! Our membership director, Danita Osborn, provides many opportunities to seamlessly integrate you into the Club’s atmosphere, including New Member Mixers or our Ambassador program. For more information, please contact Danita Osborn at

Stay tuned with our blog throughout the season for up-to-date information on all the ins and outs of Shadow Wood Country Club, including weekly updates and features such as Golf & Tennis Tips, Tech Talk, Chef’s Tips and Recipes, Views from the Course, Trending Club Industry Topics, Event Success Stories, and more. Shadow Wood highly values the opinions of our members- if you have anything you would like to see featured, please comment below or reach out to Kaitlyn Schwab at for consideration. Thank you for reading!