Sip On Some Holiday Cheer

By Trilby Goouch
Blogs Editor

With December around the corner, Facebook events are becoming noticeably festive. Whether you’re going to an ugly Christmas sweater party or simply looking to add a festive twist to your regular night out, split the cost of the ingredients with your friends and try out some of these delicious, holiday-inspired drinks. We’ve compiled both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options suitable for anyone looking to sip on some holiday cheer. All drinks, unless otherwise noted, serve one.

Sweet Standard
1 oz. Vodka
1 tsp. Honey
2-3 Ice cubes

Instructions
Shake ingredients together and serve in a tumbler.

Hot Chocolate dipper sticks
Melt some chocolate in a bowl, stick marshmallows on straws and dip them into the chocolate. Use your dipper to mix your hot chocolate; the marshmallows will melt in your hot cocoa, leaving some yummy, gooey goodness!

Hot Rocker Cider
1 cup Tequila
4 cups Apple cider
1 cup 
Cranberry juice
1/4 cup 
Orange liqueur
1 tsp. Nutmeg

Instructions
In a medium saucepan, combine nutmeg, cranberry juice and cider. Cover and bring to a simmer over high heat. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, about 1 hour. To serve, heat cider, covered, over medium heat until hot and steaming. Stir in tequila and liquer and ladle into cups. Serves six.

Hot Chocolate with a twist
1 1/2 oz. Tequila
4 oz. Hot cocoa mix such as 1 package of Nestle instant hot chocolate powder
1/2 oz. Coffee liqueur
Whipped Cream

Instructions
Pour all ingredients into a coffee cup. Stir well. Finish with dollop of whipped cream.

Festive Peppermint
1oz. Peppermint schnapps
1oz. Kailua
1oz. Bailey’s

Instructions
Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly, and then strain the ingredients into a chilled martini glass.

Rum Butter Cider
1 oz. Grand marnier
1 oz. Butterscotch liqueur
1 1/2 oz. Rum
4 oz. Hot apple cider

Instructions
Put the first three ingredients in a mug and add the hot cider.

Candy Cane Swirl
1 oz. 
Raspberry vodka
3 oz. Red 
cranberry juice
0.5 oz. 
Grenadine
0.5 oz. 
Peppermint schnapps
Lemon lime soda

Instructions
Rim martini glass with crushed candy cane. Combine vodka, Peppermint Schnapps, cranberry juice and grenadine into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into martini glass. Go all out and top with a small peppermint candy cane.

Mocha Eggnog
Combine ½ cup eggnog, ½ cup strong brewed coffee, and 1 tbsp of chocolate-flavor syrup. Serve warm or chilled topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Pointsetta
1 cup Champagne
1/2oz. Cointreau
¼ cup Cranberry juice

Instructions
Put the Cointreau and cranberry juice in a chilled champagne glass. Stir them and top the rest of the way with champagne. To avoid alcohol altogether, replace the champagne with ginger ale and skip the Cointreau. Serves 1.

Mulled Wine
1 bottle Red wine
1 cup Cognac
3/4 cup Sugar
2 Cinnamon sticks
3 Whole cloves
1 tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Sliced orange
1 Sliced lemon

Instructions
Combine the ingredients in a large pot and simmer for 25 minutes. Let it sit overnight if possible (in the refrigerator is fine). Strain out the fruits and other non-drinkable ingredients and serve it warm in glass mugs. You can substitute the wine for cranberry juice or non-alcoholic wine.

Gingerbread Apple Cocktail
2 oz. Domaine de Canton
1 oz. Vanilla vodka
2.5 oz. Apple cider
A few drops of lemon juice

Instructions
Place all ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously. You can make this non-alcoholic by skipping the Domaine de Canton and substituting the vanilla vodka for 1 tsp. vanilla extract.

Enjoy!

Sources:
whattodrink.com
mixthatdrink.com
thinkgarnish.com
askmybartender.com
allrecipes.com

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