Holiday Cocktails

Punches and Warm Drinks for the Winter Holidays

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  • Updated: Dec 14, 2016

Good holiday cocktails are hard to come by, especially if you're a picky drinker who's normally into the craft cocktail scene. There's typically a lot of hot chocolate, whipped cream, and candy canes involved, which make for festive visuals but not necessarily the most balanced drinks.

This collection includes some classic winter recipes, new inventions from today's best mixologists, and plenty of punches and pre-batched cocktails for all your big holiday cocktail parties. The flavors range from creamy, homemade eggnog (one of 'em even uses tequila!) to refreshing, citrusy punches, with something for everyone on your "nice" list this year.

So break out the lights, gift wrap, and cocktail shaker and get mixing!

  • Eggs, Superfine Sugar, Brandy, Spiced Rum, Whole Milk, Heavy Cream, Nutmeg
    It seems like there are a million different Egg Nog recipes out there, and they're almost all pretty labor intensive. Lucky for you, this version from Jeffrey Morgenthaler, bar manager at Clyde Common in Portland, OR, is a snap to make. All you need is a blender (preferably not an industrial one like a Vitamix, because the heat it puts out can cook the eggs)…
  • Whiskey, honey, lemon, cloves, hot water
    Some call the Hot Toddy a cure for the common cold, some call it a sleep aid for fussy kids (over the age of 21, of course), and some call it the perfect solution to a chilly winter's eve. No matter what you decide to do with it, the Hot Toddy is a delicious, cozy classic that works like Sleepytime tea for grown-ups.
  • Dark rum, sugar, butter, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, water or apple cider
    There are few cocktails that taste better on a chilly fall or winter evening than Hot Buttered Rum. Featuring a delicious, spiced buttery batter, dark rum, and hot water or apple cider (we prefer the cider, because why skimp out?), variations on this Hot Buttered Rum recipe date all the way back to the colonial Americas. If it was enough to keep the pilgrims…
  • Bourbon, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Ginger Ale
    Great festive punch with simplistic preparation.
  • Eggs, Superfine Sugar, Añejo Tequila, Amontillado Sherry, Whole Milk, Heavy Cream, Nutmeg
    Created by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, bar manager at Clyde Common in Portland, OR, this Egg Nog recipe uses an unconventional blend of añejo tequila and Amontillado sherry to great effect (makes one gallon).
  • Irish Whiskey, Demerara Sugar, Lemon, Boiling Water, Nutmeg
    A hot punch with plenty of Irish whiskey kick for those long, cold winter nights with good friends. Makes about 14 drinks.
  • Champagne, Genever, Angostura Bitters, Creole Shrub, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Rich Simple Syrup, Pineapple
    Erick Castro, former bar manager at San Francisco cocktail bar Rickhouse, came up with this deliciously light, fruity punch for the holiday season.
  • Champagne, crème de cassis
    The Kir Royale is a variation on the classic, simple French wine cocktail the Kir, and is made with champagne and crème de cassis. This is a light and bubbly drink, perfect for brunch or any celebration. It's pretty gorgeous looking, too.
  • Hot Cider, Cinnamon Cordial & Bitters with an Orange Twist
    A simple hot drink for a cold night that will warm your bones.

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