Holiday Cheer: Festive Cocktail Recipes They’ll Adore

Holiday Cheer: Festive Cocktail Recipes They’ll Adore

Loved ones gathering around a crackling fireplace, sparkling decorations and your favorite holiday music floating through the room…. there’s something pretty magical about this time of year, and a special night like this calls for its own signature cocktails! From the traditional to the totally unique, we’ve got a few festive holiday cocktails to add a little sparkle to your holiday gathering (and maybe take off a little bit of holiday stress, too).


Traditional Eggnog

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Serves 4 -6 

6 large eggs, separated

¾ c. superfine sugar

2 c. whole milk

3 c. heavy cream

½ c. bourbon (like Evan Williams or Maker’s Mark)

¼ c. dark rum

¼ c. cognac

freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon for garnish

Beat egg yolks in a large bowl until thick and pale. Slowly beat in sugar, then whisk in milk and 2 cups of the cream. Pour in bourbon, rum, and Cognac. Cover, and refrigerate for up to one day. Just before serving, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the whites into eggnog. Whisk the remaining cup of cream until stiff peaks form, and fold into eggnog. Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve!



Glühwein – German Mulled Wine 

Serves 8.

2 lemons

2 oranges

10 cloves

5 cardamom pods

1 ¼ c. sugar

1 ¼ c. water

2 cinnamon sticks

½ c. brandy

2 – 750ml bottles of dry red wine, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or Beaujolais

Using a vegetable peeler, remove the lemon and orange zest in wide strips and place in a large saucepan. Juice the lemons and oranges and add the juice to the pan. Place the cloves and cardamom in a small piece of cheesecloth, tie it tightly with butcher’s twine, and add the bundle to the saucepan. Add the sugar, water, and cinnamon sticks, place the pan over high heat, and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is reduced by about one-third, about 20 minutes. Add the red wine and brandy, stir to combine, and bring just to a simmer (don’t let it boil). Remove from the heat and remove and discard the spice bundle before serving.



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Apple Cider Hot Toddy 
Makes Two Cocktails

10 oz. apple cider

2 cinnamon sticks

2 star anise

8 whole cloves

1 1/2 tablespoon honey

4 oz. honey whiskey, or your favorite whiskey

1 tablespoon lemon juice

In a pan, combine cider, cinnamon, star anise and cloves. As soon as it boils, remove from heat and cover with a lid. Let the spices steep for 10 minutes. Use a sieve to strain, stir in the honey and let melt. Add whiskey, lemon juice and stir again. Serve with sliced apples, star anise and cinnamon sticks.


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