I’ve had a post about the best cookie recipe for the holidays (Best Holiday Cookie Recipe ), drink recipes for summer BBQs (Fun (& Boozy Drink Recipes), and now it’s time for the best drink recipe to make for Christmas. You can take them to your next holiday party, have them with friends, or just cozy up next to the fire and have some festive beverages. Christmas time is always an excuse to get a little boozed up and indulge in some sweet treats with friends and family. That’s why I love it so much.
Stay warm this winter with these 5 Holiday Cocktails:
1) The North Pole
This drink is the perfect mix of dessert, holidays, and booze. With the decadence of Kahla, the spiciness of ginger, sweetness of chocolate syrup, it’s an indulgence you won’t be able to give up. You can adjust the sweetness by adding less chocolate syrup / molasses.
- 4 oz of vodka
- 2 oz Kahl a (or more to taste)
- 4 tablespoons chocolate syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 teaspoons molasses
- 1/8 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream (or whole milk)
- Whipped cream, candy canes and gingerbread cookies, for serving (optional)
For the full recipe go to Half Baked Harvest)
(Photos from Half Baked Harvest)
2) Jingle Juice Holiday Punch
I love this drink because it’s so simple, just put pink champagne, vodka and club Soda together and bam! You have the ultimate party drink. It looks sweet and innocent but a couple of these and you’ll be dancing around the Christmas tree.
- One bottle of Vodka (750 ml)
- One bottle Pink Champagne or Sparking Ros
- One (2 liter) bottle of Club Soda mixed with a dash of cranberry juice (original recipe asked for Cherry 7-up but I don’t like my drinks too sweet)
- Cranberries to garnish (optional)
For the full recipe go to Inspired By Charm
3) Gingerbread Martinis
You can’t go to a party and not have martinis, so I found your new best friend. This cocktail is a bit more complicated, but worth the effort. Because once you’re done, it’s an impressive piece of work (to be honest, the gingerbread syrup was the “hard” part but its just mixing a bunch of ingredients together). The base of the martini is Kahlua, Baileys Irish cream, and vanilla vodka. Sounds like Christmas to me!
For the gingerbread syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (I put about 1/4)
- 4 tablespoons of molasses
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 2 oz vanilla vodka
- 1.5 oz Kahlua
- 1.5 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 3 tablespoons of gingerbread syrup
- 2.5 oz half and half (I omitted this part because I don’t like half and half)
- Gingerbread cookies
- Whipped cream
For the rest of the recipe go to Eat Drink Love
4) Candy Cane Shooters
I love these little shooters because they combine two of my favorites: peppermint and chocolate! Great to take as a shot or to sip on.
- 1/4cup of International Delights Peppermint Chocolate Truffle (its a creamer, if you can’t find it just use any peppermint chocolate syrup)
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 1 oz white chocolate liqueur
- Marshmallow fluff (optional)
- Crushed candy cane (optional)
For full recipe go to A Night Owl Blog
5) Apple Cider Sangria
These sangrias are great to have at a big party. They’re easy to make, they have white wine, and the apple and cinnamon flavors really combine well with the pear and orange. With the right fruity combination, one sip and you’re instantly reminded of Christmas.
- 4-5 cups of apple cider
- One bottle of Pinot Grigio (750 ml) or any white wine, I used Chardonnay
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 1/4 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed is best, about 2 oranges)
- 2 cups of diced apples
- 2 cups of diced pears
- 2 cups of orange segments
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1-2 cups of frozen cranberries (I didn’t have any so I used strawberries)
- Cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)
For detailed recipe go to Savory Simple
ENJOY ＆I hope the people you share these with LOVE THEM JUST AS MUCH AS I DO!
Growing up and attending an international school in Taipei, Ayaka’s pursuit of travel began. After high school, she moved to San Francisco to get her Bachelors in Communications, then Masters in Media and Journalism studies at Stockholm University. She’s also lived in Oslo and now, Tokyo — where She currently work as a hotel contracting manager. She is on a constant hunt for great food and unforgettable travel experiences.