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No time to concoct complicated holiday drinks? This one’s for you. Made for a fun-filled day of work and play, us fortunate ones may find ourselves sipping on…
Bonus points for imbibing all three in any 24-hour period…happy trails!
Sometimes you need that extra shot of caffeine with your post-dinner cocktail. This is for those nights when you need to stay up extra late to wrap the last-minute gifts you never heard of, but your kid *just* asked Santa for…or when you need to find the energy to research what to do with that darned elf that you keep forgetting to move…or just to snuggle up and unwind with while you watch Christmas Vacation for the thousandth time. A “special” espresso is also a great morning drink to get through gift opening with the in-laws…Cheers!
This beverage tastes like the holidays in a glass and makes the house smell festive when you’re making the syrup!
Making it naughty?
Notes: If making it naughty: reduce 1/3 c pomegranate juice and omit ¼ c apple cider. Or don’t and it’s still good.
Cold winter nights accompanied by a warm cup of tea, a cozy blanket, and your favorite movie or TV show equals bliss!
Notes: Full fat coconut milk can be used for a richer flavor. I served mine with a cinnamon stick, but that is optional.
Warm, aromatic and perfect for sharing, this holiday bevvy invokes the memory of your most special holidays past.
Notes: This is not a fancy holiday party cocktail. Instead, a generous pour straight off the stove pairs best with your coziest fireside loungewear and deep belly laughs with your friends or family.
I love this recipe because it’s simple, takes no more than 20 minutes, and it reminds me of time spent with family. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile – it can be mixed with bourbon for a holiday evening treat or consumed by itself the next morning for a heavy breakfast before a day of spending time with loved ones.
The epitome of what you want in winter – either snuggled up with some twinkling lights and a roaring fire or walking around a Christmas market in the bitter cold – you need something to warm you up inside and out! Warning, may induce a fabulous fake French accent.
Notes: Also known as mulled wine, glögg, glühwein, spiced wine and hot wine. Who names something hot wine? Terrible branding there. Regardless, it’ll sneak up on you. If you suddenly have a beret on and accordion music seems like a good idea, have a glass of water before the next mug.
While the Aperol Spritz is a drink traditionally enjoyed in the summer months on the coast of Italy, who says you can’t enjoy a relaxing aperitif while the snow falls in December?
Notes: Pairs well with bite-sized snacks and a lazy afternoon spent on a patio in Sorrento.
No holiday celebration is complete without bubbles. But bubbles with a little danger and adventure…and maybe even a mask and cape? Now that’s a party I want to attend!
Notes: If all of this sounds too challenging, just grip the cork firmly with one hand, gently twist the bottle with the other hand to release the cork, pour and enjoy.
Although not the exact recipe, this is the only contribution I remember my grandpa making to the holiday meal. Everyone always looked forward to it, and it always looked so pretty!
It fills you with warmth and comfort. And as it is giving you a nice fuzzy cozy feeling, your sore throat might just fade away. Without this recipe in your repertoire, winter can be dreary and cold.
Festive for day or night!
It is not the holidays without this glass of cheer because the holidays are for snowy evenings, crackling fires, snoozing pups, mugs of tea and smoky whiskey drinks. This cocktail combines all of those feelings into one glass!
Spicy Ginger Honey Simple Syrup
Notes: Recipe from http://theadventuresofbobandshan.com/ulysses-left-on-ithaca-cocktail/
While we have a few good recipes that have found their way into our seasonal repertoire, this gimlet is my wife Suzy’s favorite. Cheers to another wonderful holiday season!
Notes: Depending on the size of your shaker, you may want to split into two rounds of shaking!
This is a Polish twist on the classic French 75. It’s bubbly, so it is appropriate to drink before noon on Christmas morning.
There are two things that are meant to be shaken and not stirred over the holidays: martinis and gifts.
Top the rim of this libation with a slight dusting of light pink sugar and garnish with iced, sugared cranberries and a rosemary sprig and I promise, it will impress even your weird Uncle this holiday season – if he’s invited.
Not your typical gin martini, this pomegranate martini is delightfully festive without being overly sweet.