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Our Favorite Holiday Cocktails For Any Occasion

Posted by Angela Christian on Dec 12, 2016 2:07:00 PM
Angela Christian

Every Christmas morning, my mom enjoys her "Christmas martini". She finds a new martini recipe every year and proceeds to make martinis for everyone starting first thing in the morning and ending sometime after dinner. Since I'm not much of a martini drinker, I've put together a list of some of my favorite holiday cocktails you might want to try. It's highly encouraged to make these cocktails when celebrating with friends, dealing with your family, or trying to forget about the mistakes you made at the company holiday party.

Cranberry Mimosas:

A fun holiday twist on a brunch drink classic. Take your typical Sunday brunch mimosa and substitute cranberry juice for orange juice. Add a few cranberries to top it off and you have a simple but delicious drink for any holiday brunch.

Bourbon Eggnog:  

bourbon eggnog

If we are all being honest, does anyone actually like eggnog? It's one of those holiday drinks that we're supposed to love but I often times find it very overwhelming. That was until the year I found out most adults don't drink it plain, they add liquor. Since then, I've decided eggnog can stay for the holidays, as long as bourbon is in the equation.

Mulled Cider:

I recently enjoyed this drink earlier this holiday season when my friends and I got together for our annual pumpkin carving party. It could have been our creativity or the cider, but we decided that year to carve pineapples and various other fruits instead of pumpkins. FYI - Fruit flies will infest your carved pineapple so I would recommend sticking to a pumpkin. Either way this cider was great during our carving.

carved pineapples and peppers

Candy-Cane Kahlua Hot Chocolate:

Hot chocolate has always been one of my favorite holiday drinks. However, once I discovered you could add alcohol to your hot chocolate, well that was a game changer. There are a ton of different versions of "spiked hot chocolate". But since I love candy canes and Kahlua, I shared my personal favorite recipe. Be prepared, it is a bit sweet so don't go over board. Personally, I like to double the amount of Kahlua, but that's totally your call.

Gingerbread Martini:


I would be a terrible daughter if I didn't include a martini recipe in this article, given it is my mom's only drink of choice on Christmas. I was told in addition to the directions you'll find in the recipe, you can should also dip the martini glasses in ginger liqueur and crushed gingersnaps (directly from the holiday martini expert).


So there you have it, my favorite holiday cocktails. These are guaranteed to get you through any family dinner, all questions regarding your relationship status and anything else the holiday season throws at you.

Happy Booking!

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If you like this blog and are looking for wine and food pairing suggestions for the holidays you should read our 11 Great Wine and Food Pairing Suggestions.  


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