Last week, while planning her tree-trimming party for the weekend, a coworker stopped by my office. "I need some ideas for cocktails to serve at the party," she said. "Something festive, but easy."
We talked through the standard fare: eggnog spiked with bourbon, hot apple cider tarted up with rum, hot toddies. She left with a list of ideas, but it got me thinking...what other holiday cocktails would be great to serve at a party this season? Here are some ideas of the alcoholic and non-alcoholic variety to get your party started this year.
Hot spiked cider is a hit with many crowds, but Hostess With The Mostess suggests using Tuaca, an Italian liqueur with strong vanilla notes, and whipped cream to warm up your guests in the cider-based Hot Apple Pie.
Stacey and Sam of Every Food Fits feature a festive Candy Cane Martini that wraps up vanilla vodka with peppermint schnapps and tonic water. However, they also suggest a cranberry juice-seltzer-lime juice mocktail to serve guests "who are expecting or just don't drink alcohol." Check the comments on the post for a Cranberry Mojito recipe that sounds delicious.
Speaking of Hot Toddies...Anita of Married With Dinner offers one that would come in handy when your party is for one...on your sick bed. That being said, it's a delicious winter warmer that could just as easily be enjoyed while healthy.
Anita also suggests the Asian Orange as an addition to your holiday cocktail party. Featuring Plymouth gin, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, and Rhum Clément Creole Shrubb, this post is worth reading for the prose, even if you're not a drinker. To whit,
Creole Shrubb’s orange spice would be a natural match for the gingery Canton. Their families would get along, knit together by a shared history of tropical French colonialism: Creole Shrubb from les Antilles, Domaine de Canton with its roots in Indochine. Creole and Canton would fall in love and have beautiful little minibar bottles. Truly, I am the yenta of booze.
If you're a fan of limoncello, I encourage you to try yumsugar's Cran-Limoncello, which requires very few ingredients but, as she said, "the payoff is in spades: 'What went into this? Can I have the recipe?' friends asked me throughout the night. I assured them that even the most bar-challenged could make this drink."
Leah of Slow Food, Taste Life has a fun round-up of holiday cocktails, including the Christmas Jones, the Grinch, the Mistletoe Martini and the Candy Cane.
And finally, for those morning-afters or holiday brunches when you might want something on the lower-octane end of the scale, Sandie at Inn Cuisine suggests the Sunburst Morning Cocktail, which she describes as "fast, gorgeous, and deceptively simple; requiring only two ingredients plus ice."
What's your favorite holiday cocktail or mocktail? Share your ideas in the comments, and cheers to you and yours this holiday season!
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