Festive Holiday Drinks and Cocktails
Say ‘Cheers’ with these festive drinks and cocktails this holiday season. If you’re hosting a holiday party, make sure you have a few choices for your guests to choose from. These drinks can also be made virgin to suit those who are the DD/do not drink.
Check out below for a few yummy and classic holiday favourites. Whether it be a spiked punch, a warm and cozy sipper that could be doubled as a dessert or a tasty and powerful concoction that would make even the Grinch grin; there’s bound to be something here for everyone.
Prep Time: 10 mins
- 2 cups of orange juice
- 2 cups of cranberry juice
- 1 cup of pineapple juice
- 1 cup of gingerale*Optional*:
- orange, sliced into rounds
- frozen cranberries, pomegranates
- lemon and/or lime slices
- rosemary sprigs
- mint leaves
- vodka, rum (coconut rum would work great in this), champagne *make sure to let your guests know if this is spiked punch first!!
- cinnamon sticks
Grab a large pitcher or your once a year punch bowl and add the above ingredients. Make sure to buy 100% juice. Cocktails add the extra sugar and are also way too sweet.
To dress/spike it up, add any of the *Optional* ingredients. The frozen cranberries add not only an aesthetic appeal, but they double as ice to keep the drink cold without watering it down. The fresh herbs also help to ‘festive’ it up! The options are endless, really, when it comes to holiday drinks.
You can use the cinnamon sticks as a stirring stick once the punch is poured and you can even decorate your glasses for another added Christmas touch.
This Christmas punch is great for Christmas morning breakfast or brunch. Good for all ages, as long as you omit the alcohol.
Now to warm up a little bit, this next one here comes from DelightfulEMade for Kelly at Miss Information.
I haven’t been able to make this yet, but it looks so decadent and delicious, I’m pretty sure I’ll like it!
By Erin Indahl-Fink and Miss Information
- 3 c. whole milk
- 2/3 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 c. sugar
- pinch/grind of salt
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 3-5 oz. Irish Cream 1 – 1.5 oz. per cup
- Optional Toppings:
- whipped cream
- chocolate shavings
In a medium saucepan, add the milk, chocolate chips, sugar and salt. Heat on medium low heat, frequently whisking. Continue whisking until the chocolate melts completely, and the mixture comes to a low simmer. (Do NOT let boil, as it will burn to the bottom of the pan.) Once the liquid comes to a low simmer, promptly remove from heat. Add the vanilla and stir to combine.
To mugs or glasses, add the Irish Cream, and ladle in the hot chocolate. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired.
And finally, one more for today, this is fun!
My friend introduced me to Sangria a few summers back – hooked at first sip. I couldn’t believe I’d been missing out on that for so many years!! I don’t like wine coolers because of the overkill of sugar and carbonation. I’m not a huge drinker so I tend to lean towards beer and naturally sweetened juice cocktails in the summer and pinots all year round!
This Christmas Sangria looks like it checks all the boxes for me! I’ll definitely be giving this one a try soon!
By: Tablespoon.com and Half Baked Harvest
- 1 bottle (750 ml) red wine
- 2 cups pomegranate or cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/4 cup honey
- Arils from 1 pomegranate
- 1 cup cranberries
- 1 green apple or pear, sliced
Add fresh fruit to a large pitcher. Combine all the remaining ingredients separately, then add to fresh fruit and stir to combine.Refrigerate until cold. The longer the sangria sits, the more flavorful it will be. Prepare the sangria ahead of time if possible, up to a full day before serving.
*Remember, any of these can simply be made non-alcoholic by omitting the alcoholic. Be sure to ask your guests their preference.*
Let me know if you have tried any of these yummy holiday drinks or tell me what your favourite go-to cocktail for the holidays is.
I’m open to a lot….but I just can’t do Eggnog, even with rum!!
For more drink ideas, check out: www.pinterest.ca/aboutalotamber/drinks