From spritzers to cider, we have our favorite holiday-inspired drinks to get your party buzzing or keep you warm on a chilly night.
Forget about the chilly weather outside. This punch will make you feel like you are in the tropics with a blend of pineapple,
mango, guava, and apple juices. A final touch of sparkling wine makes it crisp and refreshing and perfect for a party or morning
It wouldn’t be the holidays without eggnog, but we’ve added our own tropical touch: coconut. This homemade version is rich
and creamy and can also be turned into a delicious frozen treat if you have leftovers. Simply pour the mixture into an ice
cream maker and chill according to the manufacturer’s directions.
This cider is for adults only, but feel free to omit the wine to make it kid-friendly. Pineapple juice adds smooth sweetness;
peeled ginger gives unique spice.
Pomegranate juice adds sweet tang to this sophisticated Champagne cocktail. Serve at your New Year’s Eve toast or for an upscale
happy hour at home with canapés and appetizers.
The colors of this drink are fun and festive, but it’s the flavor that will have you asking for a refill. Melon liqueur is
mixed with citrus vodka and a touch of cranberry juice for a surprisingly subtle and refreshing green cocktail. Serve in a
martini glass and garnish with maraschino cherries to present a lovely combination of red and green.
This eggnog uses ice cream as the secret ingredient to ensure that it is thick and creamy. Our recipe doesn’t skimp on the
bourbon and brandy, so be prepared for a strong nightcap.
A wassail is a hot, spiced punch often associated with Yuletide in Germanic countries. The Cupola House is a historic home
in Edenton Bay, North Carolina, that serves this soothing wassail every year during the holidays.
Our spritzer gets a festive touch with flavors of apple and hazelnut. Marinating apples in brandy and hazelnut liquor creates
an apple-infused alcohol base and also makes strong garnishes out of the soaked apple wedges.
Your guests not only will love the beautiful presentation of this Christmas cocktail, but also will love the sweet flavors.
Garnish the rim of each glass with crushed peppermints and leave one peppermint.
A staff favorite, this warming drink mixes coffee and melted chocolate with crème de cacao, coffee liqueur, and brandy for
an after-dinner drink with a little pick-me-up.
Ignore the title—this drink is non-alcoholic. Spiced apple cider and red grape juice make it sweet, but a secret ingredient
(balsamic vinegar!) gives it a hint of tang.
This recipe is great for serving a large crowd. The pomegranate juice concentrate is sweet but slightly sour, which complements
the brandy. You can substitute fresh pomegranate juice for the concentrate if you desire. Mix everything in a large punch
bowl and let your guests help themselves.
The vibrant color from the blue Curaçao and the flavors of tequila and lime juice will make you think you are on the beach
in Mexico each time you take a sip of this cocktail. It’s not only great for the holidays—serve this sweet concoction year-round
at parties and happy hours.
We gave the classic mojito a holiday twist by adding cranberries and orange-flavored rum. With sparkling sugar on the rim
and muddled mint and berries floating throughout, this drink is as pretty as a present.
We love the idea of dipping the rim of the glass in a cinnamon-and-sugar mixture to give this drink the effect of sand. The
combination of pear vodka, pear brandy, spiced rum, and pear and apple juices not only creates a delicious fruity drink, but
also makes a beautiful amber color that reminds us of a sunset on the beach.
For a nonalcoholic version of this drink, substitute a lemon-lime carbonated soda or club soda for the vodka and wine.
We've turned the temperature of this traditionally cold drink on its ear for the holidays. To warm glasses, fill with hot
water, then drain. Garnish each glass with a mint sprig and a lime slice.
This tasty, sparkling cocktail is the perfect cocktail for your next holiday get-together.
Combine two of the season's most festive drinks–eggnog and apple cider–with this creamy treat!
Pomegranate seeds add an extra festive layer to this fizzy drink.
Recipe: Jackie Newgent, RD, Photo: Jennifer Davick, Prop Styling: Linda Hirst, Food Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns
To make this sensational sip, Michael Velo, bubbly expert from the Carriage House Restaurant in Chicago, recommends using
2011 Bele Casel "Millesimato" Prosecco ($16):
"This vintage prosecco has the body to stand up to the strong herbal and citrus notes of the cocktail, while adding Asian pear and honeydew melon flavors."