It’s that season again, and chances are you will be entertaining at some point during the holidays. Or you may need to entertain yourself at one of those more boring parties with an open bar. Or maybe it’s been a long day of shopping or a night of hobnobbing at a dry party, and you need a drink to get over the trauma from the boredom, but you want to keep it festive, so a whiskey straight isn’t going to cut it. Whatever your reason, here are some great holiday cocktails to whip up.
The Christmas Cookie
A smooth drink that works great for the season. This drink pairs great with Oreos or any crisp, chocolaty cookie.
1 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
1 oz. Kahlua
1 oz. Irish Crème
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and pour in all three ingredients. Shake it till it’s chilled and strain into a glass - something gaudy and Christmas themed is best.
The Merry Christmas
This is a simple and fruity drink that is fun but doesn't make you feel like you are being sent to the cocktail equivalent of the kid's table. One good thing about this drink is that you can skip adding the gin for anyone who doesn’t want the booze but still wants to be part of the fun. It's an excellent choice for any Christmas party menu.
1 oz. Gin
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 tsp Lemon Juice
8 oz. Club Soda
Fill a Collins glass with ice, and pour in the gin and juice then stir. Top it off with club soda, and garnish with cranberries.
Garnish: fresh (or dried) cranberries
Mimosas are great little cocktails that bring a little class to any soiree. Here’s one to step up the sophistication level of your Christmas party.
1 1/2 oz. Pomegranate Liqueur
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
3 oz. Champagne (chilled)
Sprig of Pine or Rosemary
Grab a Champagne flute and pour
Garnish with a couple of fresh cranberries and a sprig of pine.
NOTE: Make sure the pine sprig you use is safe for human consumption. Don't just run into the woods and grab something from the first evergreen you see. You don't want to grab a bunch of
Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate
Outside of Santa Claus, decorative lights, Christmas trees, candy canes, Rudolph, Charlie Brown Cartoons, the Christmas Story marathon, crowded stores, presents, ugly sweaters, Christmas carols, and disappointed kids whose parents couldn’t find that impossible to find toy, nothing says “it’s Christmas!” more than hot chocolate. Now we can twist it up to something a little more fun.
4 cups Whole Milk
2 cups Half-n-Half
1/2 cup Dulce de Leche
2 Cinnamon Sticks
10 oz. 70% Dark Chocolate
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp. Kosher Salt
1/2 cup Bourbon
Whisk the milk, half-n-half, cinnamon sticks, and dulce de leche in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer