Holiday Cocktails

Punches and Warm Drinks for the Winter Holidays

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  • Updated: Oct 21, 2016
Good holiday cocktails are often hard to come by, especially if you're a picky drinker who's normally into the craft cocktail scene. 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.
  • 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.
  • Egg, Powdered sugar, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla extract, Rum, Brandy, Water
  • Blended whiskey, Powdered sugar, Egg, Milk, Nutmeg
  • Aperol, Lillet Blanc, Hard Cider, Cranberries, Ginger
    The Cranberry-Spice Cocktail is a recipe from Brad Thomas Parsons (author of one of my favorite books, Bitters) that I came across on Food & Wine. Great for Thanksgiving or any other fall get-together, it's a delicious, pretty low-alcohol treat for the holidays.
  • Bourbon, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Ginger Ale
    Great festive punch with simplistic preparation.
  • 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
    Created by 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.

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