20 Holiday Cocktail Recipes to Make Spirits Merry and Bright
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20 Holiday Cocktail Recipes to Make Spirits Merry and Bright

Enjoying a festive sip is a sure way to get into the spirit of the season. And these 20 holiday cocktails are certain to make your nights merry and bright. We’ve got quite the assortment of concoctions perfect for holiday parties and quiet nights cozied up by the fireplace or Christmas tree. Cheers!

1. Cranberry Orange Bourbon Cocktail: All the flavors shaken together here are certainly tempting, but we’re especially taken by the brandied cranberry garnish. Talk about a seasonally appropriate alternative to the usual cherries. (via The Little Epicurean)

2. Glögg: If Scandinavian Long Island iced tea meets mulled wine sounds good to you, well, you need a little Glögg in your life. Save the top shelf stuff for another time, because all the spices that go into this mix mask any unsavory elements. (via Hapa Nom)

3. Cinnamon Apple Whiskey Sour: No cloying, neon sour mix here. This sip’s sweetness comes naturally via apple cider, simple syrup and a cinnamon-sugar rim. The wreath-like apple slice floating on top and sprig of rosemary is just an added bonus. (via She Eats)

4. Brandy Old Fashioned: Mix up a batch of brandy old fashioneds as a sweeter alternative to the usual whiskey-based cocktails. (And if you love those glasses, we have a another gilded suggestion that you’re sure to adore.) (via House of Hipsters)

5. Frosted Gingerbread Martini: Don’t those gingerbread boys look like they’re up to no good? Featuring four parts of well-balanced booziness to one part cream, shake up one of these martinis and you just may join them. (via The Glitter Guide)

6. Charred Lemon Rosemary Sparkler: Together, rosemary and gin are quire the recipe for a festive concoction. You’ll love how caramelizing the lemons lends each sip a richer, sweeter flavor. It’s the perfect punch to satisfy a thirsty crowd. (via Serious eats)

7. Gelt Chaser: Break out the Manischewitz — you’re about to mix up a delicious holiday alternative to the rusty nail. You don’t even need to celebrate Hanukkah to enjoy it. (via Thrillist)

8. Evergreen Swizzle: It may take you some time to gather up all the specialty spirits required, but it really doesn’t get much more Christmassy than this cocktail. It features gin, pine liqueur and a handful of other well-thought-out additions and we highly recommend sipping on this while you trim the tree. (via Tempered Spirits)

9. Cranberry-Ginger Cocktail: The usual vodka cran gets a holiday makeover, thanks to a double dose of ginger-flavored additions and a few dashes of bitters for balance. (via Jelly Toast Blog)

10. Divination: This green tea martini may not offer a glimpse at what’s to come in the year ahead (despite the name), but it’s still a terrific antioxidant-infused way to ring in the new year. (via One Martini)

11. Pimms Cocktail With Blackberries, Plums and Rosemary: Rosemary enhances the herbal notes of gin-based Pimm’s, transforming it from a spirit more suited for a summertime picnic to a winter-ready quaff. (via Audrey’s)

12. Winter Sangria: Hit up the farmers’ market and stock up on an assortment of wintry fruit; your next holiday party needs a bowlful of this warmly flavored sangria. (via Bakeaholic Mama)

13. Cranberry Bourbon Negroni: Turn the typical negroni on its head with this concoction. Bourbon replaces gin, and a splash of cranberry soda gets thrown in. The latter creates a seasonal spin that tempers the trademark bitterness of ruby red Campari juuuust enough. (via Climbing Grier Mountain)

14. Conchita: Margarita fans will enjoy this colorful, Meyer-lemon-infused tequila, hibiscus tea and pomegranate cocktail. (via One Martini)

15. Oy Vey Iz Kir: Use Manischewitz instead of creme de cassis for a playful twist on the usual kir royale. Champagne’s involved — what’s not to love about that? (via Bon Appétit)

16. Hot Buttered Rum: This classic couldn’t be easier. The butter, sugar and spice mix keeps well for ages (and can even be spread on your morning toast). Just stir it together with a shot of hot rum when you’re ready for a little indulgence. (via I’m Bored, Let’s Go)

17. Raspberry Mojito: Dressed up in red and green, this summery sip calls to mind warmer days in a holiday-worthy way. (via Hairspray and High Heel)

18. Ginger Whiskey Sour: The homemade syrup seriously makes this cocktail. Simmer up a batch of the ginger-infused simple syrup and stash it in your fridge; you’ll be well-prepared for any impromptu entertaining. (via Lynsey Loves Food)

19. Brandy Alexander: If you’re looking for an adult hot chocolate equivalent in classic cocktail form, this sweet, creamy concoction is just what the doctor bartender ordered. (via The Drink Blog)

20. Slow Cooker Spiced Wine: Have you heard? There’s a hot new trend in holiday cocktails this year: slow cooker sips. This spiced wine sure knows how to take the chill out of your bones. (via The Law Student’s Wife)

What spirits do you plan to mix up as you mingle this holiday season? Share you cocktail choices with us in the comments below.