There is nothing that will make you jollier with friends and family than a nice Christmas cocktail. Now that you’re over all the pumpkin and other fall flavored drinks, it’s time to embrace the taste of winter. Peppermint, cream, and cranberries will get you in the holiday spirit with bright coloring and sweet taste. The best drinks for the holiday season are easy to make, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guest. Here are seven of our favorite Santa Claus approved spirits.
Egg Nog (via My Recipes)
Egg nog is synonymous with Christmas time and countries from around the world have different versions of the beloved holiday drink. What makes this drink so versatile is that it can be mixed with vodka, rum, whiskey, sherry, wine, and any other thing you can think to mix with it. This egg nog recipe has very classic flavors and uses brandy and rum. This homemade egg nog recipe also includes eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla extract to make the actually egg nog base of the drink. Don’t have time for the homemade version? Just pick up some egg nog from your local grocery store and add the brandy, rum, and vanilla flavoring.
Christmas Cookie (via Food Network)
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The Christmas cookie cocktail actually taste like a cookie because of its white chocolate, peppermint, and cream flavors. Peppermint Schnapps, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and White Godiva Vodka are the three main ingredients in this drink. Your mix the three with half and half, then it’s finished. This was inspired by the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina and it is still sold at the estates restaurant, Deerpark.
Poinsettia (via Martha Stewart)
This is one of the few refreshingly light cocktails enjoyed on Christmas. It is not creamed base, so there are no worries for the lactose intolerant. The three ingredients to make this drink are vodka, cranberry juice, and Champagne. The best type of Champagne to use for this recipe is a Prosecco or rosé Champagne. To garnish this drink use orange peels or a fresh cherry.
Santa Shot (via Food)
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To really get the party started, serve this shot. Not only is it red, green, and white but, its peppermint flavored. The benefit of serving a shot instead making a cocktail is that you use less liquor and since it’s small more guest will be apt to try it. This shot is nothing like a tequila or vodka shot, so it will actually taste good.
Candy Cane Cocktail (via Martha Stewart)
Candy canes are the official candy of Christmas, so it’s only right to have a cocktail named after it. This cocktail may take a little more preparation than most, but your guest will surely be impressed when they taste it. Strawberry vodka, crème de menthe, and cranberry juice are all you will need. Serve this drink in a martini glass and coat the rim with crushed candy cane or a miniature candy cane.
Red Hot Santa-tini (via Food Network)
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For something less traditional but equally as delicious try the red hot Santa tini. Cocoa powder, cayenne pepper, and Thai chilies are some of the spicy ingredients needed to make this cocktail. Godiva chocolate liqueur and vodka balance out all the other bold flavors. Rim the martini glass with a mix the cocoa powder and cayenne pepper, then mix the two spirits, and top with whipped cream.
Peppermint Stick (via Barina Craft)
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Peppermint is one of those flavors that just remind you of the winter time. This cocktail combines peppermint along with white crème caco and light cream. Measure, mix, and shake the ingredients with ice and you’re all done. If you have a lot of other holiday preparations to do this is a quick cocktail and a crowd pleaser.