With the holidays fast-approaching (um, how those campaigns lookin?), we could all use a little perk-me-up and de-stresser. So in preparation for your holiday gatherings, we slapped on a Santa hat, sprinkled a little magic, and found some holiday cocktail recipes worth sharing.
Wow, if something screams “candy cane” plus “Christmas” it’s this, baby. I’m dying to try this and it feels like the perfect dessert holiday cocktail. holiday cocktail recipes
- 1.5 oz vodka
- .75 oz peppermint schnapps
- .75 oz white chocolate liqueur
- Candy cane
- Red sugar
Mix and chill ingredients. Pour into a red sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a candy cane hanging on the rim.
Gin Apple Fiz
This cocktail has been a go-to at my home this Fall – it’s easy to make and easy to adjust to taste. It’s the perfect pre-dinner cocktail that feels special while not complicated. Enjoy!
- 2 oz Alibi Gin
- .25 oz lemon juice
- Agave nectar, to taste
- Sparkling apple cider
- Garnished with thyme and apple
Pour gin in shaker, add lemon juice and agave nectar, shake, and then pour into a high ball glass and top with sparkling cider. Garnish with fresh thyme and an apple slice. holiday cocktail recipes
North Pole Nog
Yeah, no one feels like making homemade eggnog. Especially in 2020 (unless it’s the next sourdough trend, and if that’s the case, then how far have we fallen?) Anyway, combining spiced rum and bourbon adds a wonderful depth to this eggnog akin to a warm hug. Choose your favorite ‘nog – this list can help – and get spikin’. You can easily triple (or more) the recipe and serve in a glass pitcher. Bonus: there are great egg- and dairy-free eggnog options, too, so all the more reason to drink more?
- 6 oz eggnog
- 1 oz spiced rum
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, for garnish
- Cinnamon stick, for garnish
Add spiced rum and bourbon to eggnog and stir to combine. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Top with cinnamon stick, for garnish
I couldn’t not add a margarita – and a holiday margarita? Yes, please. I’ll be making this tonight, probs (def).
- 2 oz cranberry Juice
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 1.5 oz blanco tequila
- .5 oz Cointreau (optional)
- .25 oz simple syrup or agave syrup
- Fresh cranberries and lime for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake until outside of shaker is frosty and cold. Pour into a salt rimmed glass over fresh cubes. Garnish with cranberries or some lemon cranberry bars along with the lime wheel.
Glögg is a Swedish spiced mulled wine with a little more oomph than your usual ho-hum forgotten-ten-dollar-wine-you-threw-on-the-stove-and-hoped-for-the-best. In Sweden, glögg is served at every meal in December and signifies the start of the holiday season. The number of ingredients makes this look a little more complicated than it is; once on the stove, this glögg will fill your home with the scent of the holidays.
- 2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
- 1 tsp. cardamom pods
- 1 small piece ginger, peeled
- Zest of orange
- 6 whole cloves
- cup vodka
- 1 750-ml bottle dry red wine
- 1 cup ruby port or Madeira
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla sugar
- blanched whole almonds
- cup dark raisins
- Crush cinnamon and cardamom in a mortar and pestle (or put them on a cutting board and crush with the bottom of a heavy pot.) Transfer to a small glass jar and add ginger, orange zest, cloves, and vodka. Let sit 1 day.
- Strain vodka through a fine-mesh sieve into a large saucepan; discard spices. Add wine, port, granulated sugar, vanilla sugar, almonds, and raisins and heat over medium just until bubbles start to form around the edges.
- Ladle glögg into mugs, with a few almonds and raisins in each one. Keep any remaining glögg warm over very low heat until ready to serve (do not let it boil).
We hope you enjoy these easy holiday cocktail recipes and give them a try – at home, with family, or wherever the holidays (safely) take you this year. It’s never been more important to relish the little things that bring joy. Who knows, maybe one of these will become a new holiday tradition? Happy Holiday Cocktail -ing and sending you love from the Bidtellect family!
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Charlotte Otremba is Director of Communications and Marketing at Bidtellect.