Festive Holiday Drinks
From spritzers to cider, we have our favorite holiday-inspired drinks to get your party buzzing or keep you warm on a chilly night.
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."
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.
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.
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 brunch.
- Recipe: Tropical Champagne Punch
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.
- Recipe: Mulled Cider and Wine
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.
- Recipe: Pomegranate Passion Float
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.
- Recipe: Euphoric Eggnog
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.
- Recipe: Cupola House Wassail
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.
- Recipe: Winter Spritzer
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.
- Recipe: Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate
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.
- Recipe: Spiced Apple Brandywine
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.
- Recipe: New Years Eve Sparkler
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.
- Recipe: Feliz Navidad
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.
- Recipe: Spicy Pear-tini
For a nonalcoholic version of this drink, substitute a lemon-lime carbonated soda or club soda for the vodka and wine.
- Recipe: Sparkling Sea Breeze
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.
- Recipe: Hot Mojito Tea
This tasty, sparkling cocktail is the perfect cocktail for your next holiday get-together.
- Recipe: Cran-Raspberry Spritzer
- Recipe: Hot Cider Nog
Pomegranate seeds add an extra festive layer to this fizzy drink.
- Recipe: Pomegranate Prosecco