Can you think of a better way to spend your evening than curled up on the couch with a holiday inspired cocktail in your hand? Because we sure can’t! The holidays are full of delicious foods, but you can’t overlook the many options of holiday drinks as well. Forget the 12 days of Christmas, try 12 days of cocktails for an extra fun holiday season!
1. Cranberry Mimosas
These amazing Cranberry Mimosas are the perfect drink to go with a big holiday feast! Tart, refreshing, and nice to look at, they are guaranteed to be a hit!
- Cranberry juice cocktail
- Orange liqueur (triple sec)
- Your favorite champagne
- Optional: Fresh rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries for garnish
- Fill champagne flutes ⅓ full with cranberry juice cocktail. Add a splash of orange liqueur. Fill remaining ⅔ of glass with champagne.
- Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries, if desired.
2. Classic Eggnog
How can you get through the holiday season with a delicious mug or two (or ten) of Eggnog? This creamy drink is a holiday classic for a reason, and making it from scratch is the best way to enjoy some eggnog!
- 6 large egg very fresh
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup rum
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg optional, for garnish
- Crack open eggs and separate the egg whites from the yolks into two bowls.
- Cover bowl with egg whites with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until needed.
- In the bowl with the egg yolks, add sugar and whisk until consistency is smooth and mixture is a creamy sunshine yellow in color.
- Pour in heavy whipping cream, whole milk, and rum and whisk until combined.
- Cover bowl with mixed eggnog with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
- When ready to serve eggnog, remove egg whites from refrigerator. Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form, about 5-8 minutes.
- Add whipped egg whites to the bowl with the eggnog and gently fold to mix until clumps are mostly gone and eggnog is thick and creamy.
- Serve eggnog immediately with sprinkled nutmeg on top.
3. Apple Cider Hot Toddy
A Hot Toddy is one of the yummiest and most refreshing ways to warm up after a frigid day! The warmth of the whiskey combined with the crisp apple cider creates a drink you are sure to love!
- 1 oz bourbon or other whiskey
- ½ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp honey
- 6 oz hot apple cider or hot apple cider tea
- Combine all of the ingredients in a mug. Stir to combine.
- Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon stick, if desired.
- Enjoy while hot.
4. Irish Coffee
Irish Coffee is one of those drinks that is able to combine two of the greatest things this world has to offer: coffee and alcohol! Not only is it a great combo, it’s a delicious one as well! The Irish got it right: there’s nothing better than cozying up by the fire and sipping a warm Irish Coffee!
- 3-4 ounces Irish whiskey, to taste
- 8 ounces fresh-brewed coffee
- 2-4 brown sugar cubes, to taste (or 2-4 tsp brown sugar)
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- Chocolate shavings (optional)
- To warm coffee cups, fill with almost boiling hot water.
- Whip the cream until thick, but not stiff; it should still be able to run off of a spoon.
- Pour the warm water out of the coffee mugs. Fill 3/4 full with coffee, add the brown sugar and stir til dissolved.
- Add the whiskey and stir to combine.
- Hold a spoon upside down over the coffee and gently pour the cream over the back of the spoon, allowing it to gently pool on top of the coffee; filling to the top of the mug. Do not stir.
- Garnish if desired with chocolate shavings. Sip and enjoy!
5. Mulled Wine
Mulled Wine is one of those beverages that is so simple and so delicious, you’ll wonder why you haven’t made it before! It’s easy to make a big batch if you’re hosting a party, or cut it down to just enough for yourself to have a glass with dessert. Yum!
- 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds
- 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
- 1/4 cup honey or sugar
- 8 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise
- Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a simmer (not a boil — you don’t want to boil the alcohol out!) over medium-high heat.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
- Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.
6. Kahlua Hot Chocolate
For Hot Chocolate with a twist, give this orange zest Kahlua recipe a try! Citrus and coffee go together perfectly, and this drink is a delicious way to change up your normal hot chocolate recipe.
- 2 c. whole milk
- 1 c. strongly brewed coffee
- 1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- 3 – 3-inch strips orange zest peeled with a paring knife or potato peeler
- 1/2 c. Grand Marnier
- 1/2 c. Kahlua
- whipped cream
- chocolate shavings
- grated orange zest
- In a large saucepan over low-medium heat, whisk together whole milk, coffee, cocoa powder, sugar, and orange zest strips.
- Cook, stirring frequently, until cocoa powder and sugar are dissolved, and the mixture reaches a low simmer.
- Remove from heat, and discard orange zest strips.
- Stir in Grand Marnier and Kahlua.
- Divide into mugs.
- Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and grated orange zest. Serve hot.
7. Spiked Hot Apple Cider
Apple Cider is the ideal autumn drink. It’s sweet, flavorful, and brings back memories of seasons past. Add some bourbon, and this tasty drink has a kick to it that is sure to leave you satisfied!
- 4 cups apple cider
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 3 whole cloves
- 1 star anise
To make the hot cider:
- Place the apple cider, cinnamon stick, orange juice, cloves and star anise in a small pot and bring to a boil.
- Lower to a simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and strain into a pitcher.
To make the drink:
- In glass add 2 oz bourbon and 1 cup of the cider mix.
- Garnish with an orange slice and stick of cinnamon.
8. Salted Caramel Eggnog
A Salted Caramel Eggnog combines some of the best flavors of the holiday season! While you can’t go wrong with a classic eggnog, if you’re looking to up your beverage game then this is the drink for you! It’s sweet, salty, and boozy. What more could you want??
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 3/4 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 5 eggs
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup caramel syrup, plus more for garnish
- 1 tablespoon sea salt, plus more for garnish
- 3/4 cup good quality dark rum
- 2 egg whites for garnish (optional)
- In a large saucepan, combine milk, cream, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. Bring to the boil over a medium heat. As soon as you see it bubbling, remove from heat. Allow to sit for at least 5-10 minutes to steep. (you want to make sure the milk mixture isn’t hot enough to cook the eggs once added)
- In a large stand mixer, beat eggs and sugar on medium high/high until fully combined.
- Pour egg mixture into the milk and whisk quickly until fully combined.
- Add caramel, sea salt, and rum. Continue whisking to fully combine.
- When you’re ready to serve, beat the egg whites on high until foamy peaks form. (this is optional).
- Pour the eggnog into the glass leaving a bit of room at the top. Top with fluffy egg whites (optional)
- Garnish with nutmeg and caramel sauce and enjoy!
9. Winter Sangria
Sangria is a great drink year round, but give it some holiday flair with this recipe for a Winter Sangria! Feel free to change it up with your favorite winter fruits to create a drink that is custom made to your tastes!
- 1 pear, washed, seeded and sliced
- 4 clementines, washed and sliced thinly
- 1 apple, washed, seeded and sliced
- 1 cup pomegranate arils
- 1/4 cup raw cane sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 bottle red wine
- 3 cups pomegranate juice OR elderflower cordial (not both)
- 1 cup orange juice
- ginger ale or club soda for serving
- ice cubes
- In the bottom of a large glass pitcher or gallon jar, combine sliced fruit and pomegranate.
- Sprinkle with cane sugar and toss in the cinnamon stick.
- Pour the red wine and the fruit juices over the fruit.
- Stir well, cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours.
- To serve, remove cinnamon stick, and pour over ice into glasses. Top with ginger ale or club soda to taste. Garnish with more pomegranate arils if desired.
10. Peppermint Mocha White Russian
A Peppermint Mocha White Russian is the epitome of holiday drinks! This beverage is full of creamy, minty deliciousness, and we are huge fans!
- 1.5 ounce Vodka
- 1.5 ounce Peppermint Kahlua
- 2 ounces Milk
- Whipped Cream
- Crushed Candy Canes
- In a cocktail glass, filled halfway with ice, add a 1:1 ratio of vodka and Kahlua.
- Top with milk. Stir to combine.
- Garnish with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.
11. Candy Cane Cocktail
A Candy Cane Cocktail is exactly what you need to make yourself after putting the kids to bed on Christmas Eve. You deserve it, you’ve been so nice this year!
- 1 shot vanilla rum
- 1 shot white chocolate liqueur
- 1 shot peppermint schnapps
- Add all liquid ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well and strain into martini glass.
- Garnish with candy cane.
12. White Christmas Mojito
For a drink that is as visually stunning as it is tasty, you have to try this White Christmas Mojito! Serve these at your holiday party and to really wow your guests!
- juice of 1 lime
- 8 leaves mint
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons white rum
- 1 tablespoon coconut rum
- 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
- 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 half way with ice.
- In a blender, combine the white rum, coconut rum, and coconut milk and pulse until smooth. Pour over the ice and stir to combine. Top with sparkling water, mint and pomegranate.
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, you need some delicious cocktails this holiday season! Whip up one of these drinks, grab a cozy blanket, and go relax on this cold winter day. You deserve it!
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