The holidays are a favorite time of year and this cheery season is filled with parties and events that bring the spirit of the season out in everyone. As a part of these festivities, there are some wonderful drinks that you can serve that fit the holiday theme perfectly.
Traditional warm drinks are a great place to start and we cannot forget about the appeal of eggnog (a drink that should be on everyone's Christmas list). Beyond the Christmas classics, the drinks listed below make great... additions to any party or casual holiday gathering. Happy Holidays!
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Ingredients: tequila, lime juice, cranberry spice syrup, ginger beer
Tequila may not be the first liquor you think of when it comes to holiday cocktails, but it is actually quite fitting because of drinks like this.
Here, a luscious silver tequila is paired with a unique and useful cranberry spiced syrup that can be used in other drinks as well. The ginger beer adds a snappy sparkle to finish off the simple mix with style.
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Ingredients: Plymouth Gin, cranberry and lemon juices, club soda, fresh cranberries
Spread the Christmas cheer with a round of these simple and refreshing highballs. The Merry Christmas features a holiday flavor favorite: cranberries and more cranberries. It comes together quickly and is perfect for those surprise holiday guests.
It also makes a great mocktail when the gin is left out, giving you another option to serve to non-drinking guests.
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Ingredients Midori, lemon juice, simple syrup
Go green with this cocktail named for Dr. Seuss' classic holiday character. It is a simple Midori Sour and because each of the ingredients should already be in your bar, it is perfect for last minute entertaining.
The red garnish is a symbol of the good heart that lies inside every Grinch. After one or two of these melon-flavored drinks even the meanest Grinch will have a smile on their face.
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Ingredients: tequila, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice
I always thought that Mrs. Claus had to have a wild side. Think about it...she's stuck in the North Pole all the time surrounded by busy little elves, while her over-achieving husband gallivants around the world one night every year. I mean, a woman has to let loose sometimes, right?
Imagination comes to life in this fun and seductive punch that is perfect for office parties and those crazy holiday gatherings. It... is a sweet punch backed by tequila and fun, fruity liqueur. Everything is mixed in equal proportions, so there is no extra thought needed, simply pour and stir.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Ingredients: coconut vodka, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, milk, egg, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice
The Ciroc Holiday Spice brings that creamy coconut and pineapple taste we love in a Pina Colada, amplifies it with coconut vodka, milk, and egg, then tops everything off with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
It is a fun drink, sort of a mix between the tropics and eggnog, and something completely different from what we normally associate with the season. It is both uplifting and comforting in a... single sip.
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Ingredients: vodka, strawberries, pineapple, lemon-lime soda
Fruits and the blender should not be left for summer cocktails alone. No, we can enjoy their sweet taste year round and the Christmas Jones is a fantastic (and easy) vodka cocktail that brings the tropics into the holidays.
This sweet highball drink begins with a blend of strawberries, pineapple, and vodka and is topped with lemon-lime soda for a refreshing holiday cocktail. It's finished off with a mint garnish that adds a little... cheer to the final presentation and it is a great all-around holiday drink for two.
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Ingredients: Grand Marnier, cranberry and lemon juices, simple syrup, rosemary
This beautiful crimson cocktail not only brings out the color of the season, but a few of the favorite flavors. La Vie En Rouge is a delectable mix of Grand Marnier, cranberry, and rosemary.
It is unbelievably easy to mix up and the rosemary adds an inviting aromatic aspect that guests will love. This makes a stunning drink pairing for almost any holiday meal.
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Ingredients: gin, triple sec, cream, grenadine
Creamy, pink and absolutely delightful. The Angel's Delight is a fabulous cocktail for those little indulgences we allow ourselves during the holidays.
This semi-classic cocktail is ideal for dessert but takes that genre into a different realm because of the underlying of the underlying gin. It is sweet but dimensional and that is why it remains a favorite.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Ingredients: vodka, clamato, lemon juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, nutmeg
Take a Bloody Caesar, add some nutmeg on top and you have turned the everyday drink into a holiday-worthy cocktail. This small change makes a world of difference and it is fun to watch people try to guess the secret ingredient.
The "bloody" base makes for a great Christmas morning brunch cocktail packed full of vitamins to get you through the day. The vodka is just a bonus.
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Ingredients: gin, Chambord, allspice dram, cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, three kinds of bitters
Even the best cocktails could use a little update every now and then and this recipe is a fabulous modern variation on the favorite Poinsettia Punch.
JMW's Poinsettia Punch is a real winner, retaining the cinnamon syrup, gin, and allspice dram of the traditional recipe. It is the use of Hendrick's Gin, the addition of Chambord, and combination of not one, but three different bitters that make it... spectacular.
Though written for a single serving, this is also a great recipe to transform into a party punch.
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Ingredients: melon liqueur, creme de menthe, creme de cacao, half and half
Adding the taste of sweet melon to the favorite winter mix of creamy mint chocolate and cream may not be the most likely of mixes, but it works. The Holiday Hopper is a perfect example of how to pull off this unusual combination.
The simplicity of the sweet martini makes it a great option for any holiday party. This pale green cocktail is absolutely delicious, intriguing and unusual, and an indulgence you deserve amid all... of the holiday hoopla.
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Ingredients: vodka, amaretto, heavy cream, nutmeg
The White Christmas Dream is a simply dreamy dessert drink for the holidays. It is very easy to mix up and can take care of all of those sweet cream cravings that tend to come up this time of year.
This is a super smooth, creamy drink with the flavor of amaretto accented with a little nutmeg. It is comforting and inviting, a festive indulgence, indeed.