Whether you are hosting a holiday party, or just want to curl up next to the fireplace on a cold winter day, there is nothing like a good cocktail to bring out the festive, holiday cheer. From a classic eggnog and a hot toddy, to a holiday punch bowl kicked up a notch, there is a variety of simple drinks you can make to make any holiday more merry. Here are a few of our favorite holiday cocktail recipes.
Spiced Holiday Punch
Perfect for a holiday party, this chilled punch is tasty and easy to make.
6 cups apple juice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 2-inch piece peeled fresh ginger
1 cinnamon stick
6 cups cranberry juice
ginger ale or sparkling wine
Bring 6 cups apple juice, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 12 cloves, 1 (2-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger and 1 cinnamon stick to a simmer over medium heat. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain, cool and chill. In a large pitcher combine with 6 cups cranberry juice. Fill glasses partway with juice mixture and top off with ginger ale or sparkling wine.
Invented at the Peninsula Chicago, the S’mores martini is perfect for sitting around by the fireplace.
1.5 ounces Bourbon (Makers Mark works best)
1.5 ounces Butterscotch Schnapps
1 ounce Godiva chocolate
Dash of cream
Marshmallow Fluff, for rimming the glass
Graham cracker crumbs, for rimming the glass
Coat the rim of a martini glass with Marshmallow Fluff. You may need to add some water to the Marshmallow Fluff in order to get the consistency to coat the rim. Once the rim is coated with Marshmallow Fluff, coat the rim once again with graham cracker crumbs. Add all liquor and cream into a martini shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously before pouring into martini glass.