It is officially Holiday Party Season! Break out the tinsel and your best ugly sweater because it's time to get lit like a Christmas tree. Dazzle your guests with these seven festive cocktail recipes—just be sure to save one for Santa, too.
What would a list of holiday cocktails even be without a boozy eggnog recipe? This twist on the yuletide classic includes bourbon instead of the traditional brandy. Depending on which relatives you invited to your holiday gathering, feel free to add additional liquor. The recipe we shared suggests cognac, but we think a splash of amaretto or your favorite cinnamon whiskey would be a fun way to add an extra kick of flavor.
Seasonal Affective Disorder? I barely know her! This is the perfect cocktail if you need a reminder that spring and summer weather are just around the corner. Think a hot toddy on ice with a Cuban twist.
If you’re one of the lucky ones and you don’t live in a frozen, slushy hellscape during winter months, we have a cocktail that’ll keep you cool while still delivering that festive flavor! This frozen Old-Fashioned pairs perfectly with gingerbread and roasted chestnuts…just don’t sit too close to the fireplace.
4. Mina Chilena
Rosemary and star anise bring this pisco-based cocktail to life. It tastes like tiny ballerinas performing a flawless Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy on your tongue.
We first published this recipe in a piece about “Drinking Away the Trump,” and, coincidentally, this cocktail is also great for drowning out your aunt as she regurgitates conspiracy theories in your ear.
5. Frida Kahlua
This drink finds its way on the list because nothing beats a hot boozy beverage on a cold day. Plus, it doubles as a nice segue into a discussion of intersectional feminism to enjoy with your nearest close-minded coworker or relative! Add a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder to make this drink truly Instagram worthy.
Make sure all your party guests feel included by serving a non-alcoholic cocktail. What this booze-less drink lacks in alcohol it more than makes up for in flavor. Plus, the addition of honey and ginger make this tummy-taming elixir perfect for sipping after a particularly filling holiday feast.
We’re fairly certain that parties were invented as an excuse to serve sangria. An entire bottle of red wine goes into this recipe, which means it’s perfect served in a punch bowl with a ladle for serving or a straw for sipping. Depends on if you’re sharing or not—we won’t judge either way.
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Zoë is a writer and journalist from Minnesota currently based in Chicago. In her free time she likes to watch TV but she usually lies and says her favorite hobby is reading. She is working towards a career that combines her passion for comedy and journalism to create a more informed and equitable world.