A round up of cocktail recipes that are sure to add some cheer to any holiday party.
Mediocre spiked egg nog isn’t the only holiday drink on the block. There are plenty of creative combinations that bring together seasonal flavors and festive spices. Couldn’t your holiday party do with one of them? Here is a round up of 10 cocktail recipes to really get into the holiday mood, and ensure that your guests do the same.
You may have thought that hot butter was reserved for rum, but Cocktail genius Jacob Grier created this drink which uses the iconic French liquor.
Rum pairs up with cider, cardamom and cloves for a spicy, warm drink that’s particularly perfect when your guests are arriving from a cold weather journey to get to your home.
3. Beer Nog
This is the beer lover’s egg nog, blending porter with a dash of Cognac. Hello, winter.
Just because you’re serving cocktails to the vegan crowd doesn’t mean they can’t be creamy. Try this holiday-themed liqueur made with coconut milk that’s as good over ice as it is in coffee.
This one is sort of like taking an orange stuffed with cloves and turning it into a drink. Except that the cloves are cardamom pods.
If classic cocktail recipes are what you’re after, go for the Perfect Manhattan, which uses sweet and dry vermouth, as well as a brandied cherry for garnish.
If you’re serving a crowd, punch is a great way to go. This one is made by freezing a bundt mold full of cranberries and pouring over a mixture of bourbon and lager, making for a festive libation.
Turn a classic Old Fashioned into something a little different by making your own simple syrup with lapsang souchong, the smoky Chinese tea.
Who ever said sangria was just for summer? This spicier version is perfect for winter, and made with sparkling cava which makes for a celebratory drink.
A little citrus, a little gin, a little thyme and you have yourself a fresh and fizzy holiday cocktail.
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