Simple but Tasty Holiday Drinks

Shake off the winter cold with some festive cocktails that you’ll want to share! The holidays are the best times to have family and friends over for dinner parties and Secret Santa celebrations. Add to the fun by serving delicious cocktails that are sure to impress, while keeping the prep-time down. Spending less time in the kitchen means more party time for you!  

Winter Sangria: Having a group of ladies over for a gift exchange? Make this delicious holiday hit! It’s a simple sangria recipe with some winter fruit and a rosemary garnish. Add a few cinnamon sticks to this recipe for an extra zing of flavor. Plus, the sticks look so pretty in the glass. I’d also add a splash of vodka to the mix, because why not? After mixing everything together, let it chill overnight for the best flavor. You’ll want to make 2 pitchers because this sangria is going to go quick!

Holiday Mule: This is a wintery twist on the classic Moscow Mule that is a sure crowd pleaser. Grab all of your copper mugs and your shaker. Mix up some cranberry juice, simple syrup, your favorite gin or vodka, and of course the ginger beer. Impress your friends with some festive garnishes by adding a sprig of rosemary, cranberries, and a slice of an orange for color.

Orange-Cranberry Mimosas: Nothing screams brunch like mimosas! Have a lazy morning and start it off right with this holiday drink. This drink is as easy and delicious as it gets! Combine orange and cranberry juice together, and top it with your favorite sparkling white wine or champagne. If you want a virgin version, you can use seltzer to add that fun fizz. You can combine the juices and let it sit in the fridge for 1-2 days, but wait until you’re ready to drink to add the fizz.

French 75: This drink goes back to WWI around 1915. Supposedly, Hemingway had a hand in naming this one. It’s a timeless cocktail that adds a tart and refreshing twist to champagne. This drink is best served ice cold, so have a chilled glass ready. Combine lemon juice, simple syrup, a dry champagne, and your favorite gin and serve in a champagne glass. Peel a lemon for a long, curly garnish to top it off!

Hot Toddy: Beat the cold with this warm whiskey cocktail. This drink is an old Irish favorite that warms the soul as well as your insides. Heat up some water, whiskey, and stir in some honey. Poor into a mug and add a lemon, cloves, and some cinnamon. Let it sit for about 5 minutes to let all of the flavors combine. Dash some nutmeg over the top for a touch of spice. You’ll want to curl up next to a roaring fire with this in hand.

Find your new holiday go-to drink by sampling each one! After the warm toast to get the party started, remember to drink responsibly. Even if there isn’t a party, you can sip one while you set out the decorations to put you in an extra merry spirit. Cheers!

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