Christmas Cocktail And Drink Recipes

During the holidays, there’s no shortage of food and drinks. It’s the perfect season to indulge in a cocktail (or two… or, well, we’ll stop there). With so many festive ingredients to choose from, it’s easy to whip up an array of delicious Christmas cocktails. Try twists on traditional cinnamon concoctions with a simple homemade syrup or bubbly champagne cocktails that will take you from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. But don’t forget about the classic holiday drinks, like the wassail, a hot toddy, or eggnog. Instead of spending the whole time tending bar, you could also prepare a few big batch cocktails to wow the crowd. And, since every holiday host should prepare to stock the bar cart, we got a mixology pro to share his best tips for assembling the essentials. Just don’t forget to style your bar cart—guests tend to congregate near the drinks station at parties.

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Microwave Mulled Wine

There’s a nip in the air and decorative gourd season is almost over. It’s time for warming, festive beverages. This mulled wine recipe uses your microwave so you don’t have to babysit a simmering pot of wine for 20 minutes. And it’s a great way to put a cheaper bottle of wine to work. Don’t skip the brandy: it adds a boozy edge to the mix. The resulting spicy-sweet concoction is so tasty and easy to make that you’ll fly through that bottle of brandy in no time. One of the best parts about this recipe is that it gets tastier the longer the spices sit in it, so you can make the whole thing ahead of time, and just strain and reheat individual servings when the mood strikes.

Slow-Cooker Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

What’s better than a cup of steaming spiced hot cocoa? One that’s ready and waiting for you after a long afternoon of sledding or skiing. We slow-cooked a batch of subtly sweet cocoa sweetened with both powdered sugar (because it melts evenly) and molasses (for a rich base note). Traditional gingerbread spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves make it smell like you’ve been baking all day when you’ve actually been out playing in the snow. If you have cheesecloth, bundle the spices inside of a square and secure it with kitchen twine. That way you won’t have to strain. Here’s an idea: use any leftover hot cocoa as a milk substitute in your morning coffee.

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