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Holiday party drinks should be fun and festive while offering something that's a little unexpected. Wow your party guests this year with one (or more!) of our favourite holiday party drinks.
Best hot drinks
When it's cold outside, warm up your guests with one of these delicious hot cocktails. (Of course, you can turn them into mocktails by omitting the alcohol.)
Baileys Peppermint Cream
2 ounces Baileys With a Hint of Mint Chocolate
4 ounces hot chocolate
Fresh whipped cream
Crush candy cane with the back of a spoon.
Combine hot chocolate and Baileys in a coffee mug.
Top with a dollop of whipped cream, and sprinkle crushed candy cane on top.
Garnish with a mint leaf.
Exclusiv Hot Holiday Cider
1-1/2 ounces Exclusiv Vodka
4 ounces hot apple cider or apple juice
1/2 ounce Buttershots Liqueur (substitute Monin Caramel Syrup if you're making a mocktail)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Mix Exclusiv Vodka, hot apple cider, Buttershots Liqueur and ground cinnamon in a glass coffee mug.
Top with a dollop of whipped cream, and drizzle caramel sauce over the top to garnish.
Best signature cocktails and mocktails
When you throw a holiday party, you want your guests to see a cocktail circulating the room and think, "I have to try that!" These types of signature cocktails should be beautiful and delicious, like these:
2 bags (12 ounces each) fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1-1/4 cups Plymouth gin
3 ounces Q Tonic per serving (added separately)
1 Mint sprig per serving
Bring cranberries, sugar and water to a steady simmer in a saucepan.
Stir occasionally until berries begin to pop.
Drain liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher.
Set aside half the cranberries before forcing the remaining berries through the sieve.
Discard the solids remaining in the sieve.
Add the cranberries you set aside earlier to the pitcher.
Chill the pitcher about two hours, until the contents are cold.
Add the gin and stir.
Fill highball glasses with ice.
Pour 3 ounces cranberry mixture into each glass, and top off with 3 ounces Q Tonic.
Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint.
Candy Cane Punch
1/4 cup lemon juice
16-ounce can frozen orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg white
4–6 hard peppermint candies
4 peppermint candy canes
Blend all ingredients except the candy canes and ginger ale. Continue blending until candies are completely liquified.
Pour concoction into four tall glasses, and top off each glass with ginger ale.