8 Beautiful and Delicious Holiday Cocktails
The holidays are here, and that means come December 24 I'll be firmly planted behind the bar, whipping up cocktails for my friends and family. While I love classic cocktails like old fashioneds and manhattans, the holidays are a fun time to experiment with new seasonal ingredients and festive presentations. Read on for a few drinks I'm eager to make this year.
If aged eggnog sounds off-putting, set your fears aside and just take a leap of faith on this one. Putting a gallon of this goodness in the refrigerator for a week or two lets the flavors mellow out, making the eggnog less sweet than the beverages you've tried before.
Hot buttered rum is a traditional holiday cocktail and it’s no wonder people drink it year after year. Rum mixed with seasonal spices, a teaspoon of butter, and hot water—the beverage warms the soul and is the perfect thing to sip beside a roaring fire.
When you’re looking to move away from warm holiday cocktails, this festive rose and rosé bourbon cocktail will refresh you. Made with whiskey, grapefruit juice, rosé, rose syrup, and sparkling water, it’s reminiscent of an old fashioned with a unique twist.
What’s not to love about a champagne cocktail when it’s party time? This one packs a flavor punch with pomegranate juice, orange juice, apple cider, and orange bitters. And we can’t help but adore that the candied rosemary looks like snow.
Wine-based cocktails are great when you have big crowds to serve. Made with pinot grigio, brandy, berries, apple, and blood oranges, this blood orange sangria has December written all over it… and its vivid colors will make every tabletop stand out.
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