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It’s finally the season for ornament shopping, cashmere sweaters and cozy nights by the fire. Why not finally plan that fabulous holiday soiree? We’ve got the top 12 Christmas cocktails, both of the spiked and sober variety, to get your guests in the snowy-weather spirit.
1. Peppermint Patty – Peppermint Schnapps, Godiva liquor and cream. Sprinkle some crushed candy cane or hook them on top of the glass. Make sure to keep your glasses small; these babies are filling, but powerful.
2. Apple brandy (or applejack whiskey) in hot cider. Reminiscent of fall, yet welcoming of winter. Combine with a touch of ginger beer if you’re feeling brave!
3. Irish Cortado – espresso and cream wine steamed with whole milk and no foam. Always a work party (or late night) favorite.
4. Champagne with pomegranate and lime: tart, crisp, and the perfect shade of holiday red. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and a lime slice on the rim.
5. Hot buttered rum – Measure to your taste (and tolerance). We recommend Myers’ or Oronoco. This is especially popular as a make-your-own “butterbeer” for Harry Potter enthusiasts!
6. Mudslide – Eggnog with Bailey’s Irish Cream (and/or Kahlua), served warm, chilled, or at room temperature. Add some nutmeg and cinnamon when warmed for an extra festive kick.
Family – Friendly
1. Classic Hot Chocolate – Use milk, not water; try white cocoa mix instead of dark. And don’t hesitate to splurge on the marshmallows and quality ingredients. Godiva, anyone?
2. (Virgin) Poinsettia Mimosas – substitute with tonic water or non-alcoholic wine, and pick up some cranberry juice. We love ours with orange slices and cherries.
3. Almond Espresso – If the almond flavor isn’t enough, add milk, vanilla and sugar. Top off with whipped cream and almond shavings; you’ll end up feeling equal parts energized and satisfied.
4. Gold Punch – Orange juice, cranberry apple cider, and apricot nectar. This is especially perfect for family parties with lots of kids. Toss in your fruit of choice and set up plenty of cups!
5. Mulled cider – Appropriate for all ages and all events, autumn through winter. Leave a cinnamon stick in the mugs for a classic, authentic flavor.
6. Pumpkin Eggnog – Mix in maple syrup, cinnamon and honey before warming over the stove. Add black tea for a caffeinated chai drink. If you’re feeling creative, make it a chai latte and mix in the eggnog at the end.