Fun Holiday Cocktails and Drinks

Happy Christmas Eve Eve, everyone! Needing drink recipes for your holiday celebrations? Look no further! I think I was a little too excited for this post because I not only got to play bartender, but I got to taste test, YUM! Doing the “research” for this was defiantly my favorite part, but I hope it is useful for you as well! I got most of the recipes online or from family and twisted them into my own. Most recipes are for a single drink and take less than fifteen minutes to make, hope you enjoy!

Dirty Chi

Not the espresso dirty, the vodka dirty! I am a huge chi tea fan, so this was for sure going on the list. It can be served over ice or hot so it would be perfect for sitting around the fire late Christmas evening. I cheated and use my Keurig, but if you don’t have one, stove top works too. Bring 6 oz of water to a boil and add one tea bags for 2 to 4 minutes (following the directions on the box). Let cool. In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients and shake or stir generously. If serving cold, fill a glass with ice and pour. Make your drink pretty with some cinnamon stick or vanilla bean!

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz chai tea (I used 1 tea bag for 6 oz. water)
  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz amaretto liqueur (never had this before and it is delicious!)
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup (boil 1:1 part water and sugar), you can also make cinnamon or vanilla infused simple syrup by immediately adding a cinnamon stick or vanilla bean to the mixture and letting cool down.
  • 1/2 oz half n’ half

Garnishes:

  • Cinnamon stick
  • Vanilla bean

Apple Pie Mimosas

My family has officially migrated away from Christmas dinner and went fully swing into Christmas brunch, meaning these mimosas will 100% make our menu! Anyone else do Christmas brunch? Potential post ideas are brewing, hmmmmm. Also, I am bad about breaking my own rules… this drink is for a bottle, not a single glass, I’m sorry! BUT let’s be real, are we upset about a bottle of bubbly v. a glass? probably not. Start by coating the rim of the champagne flute. In a small dish, pour a thick layer of caramel. In another small dish, pour cinnamon and sugar, mix. Dip the champagne flute into the caramel to rim the glass, then dip in cinnamon sugar. Pour 1/4 cup apple cider and 2 ounces of caramel vodka into flute, top with champagne. Make it pretty with apple slices!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 8 oz caramel vodka
  • 1 bottle champagne

Garnishes:

  • Caramel
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Apple slices

Christmas Sangria

Sangria is probably my third favorite thing to drink after champagne and wine, probably because it has wine in it haha. I think it is so fun and you really can’t go wrong with wine and fruit. This recipe is super easy because you just combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir! I would use a big wooden spoon, you know, the kind your parents use to spank you with haha #badmemories, to help dissolve the sugar. Refrigerate until you are ready to drink, or pour over ice. Make it pretty with a few rosemary sprigs and whole cranberries!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay (If you like it sweet, forget the sugar and use Moscato!)
  • 3/4 cup sparkling apple cider
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cranberries, halved
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped

Garnishes:

  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Cranberries, whole

Prosecco Thyme

Get it? Haha, I am having too much fun naming these drinks.  This drink it a perfect spritzer! Peel and chop two pears (I have also done this with plums!). Muddle pears with the thyme simple syrup and lemon juice. I don’t like things floating in the drink, but if you do, you can muddle it right in the glass. Shake with ice and pour over crushed ice. Top with Prosecco and make it pretty with a pear slice and thyme sprigs!

Ingredients:

  • Lemon juice from one whole lemon
  • 4 tablespoons thyme simple syrup (boil 1:1 part water and sugar, remove from heat and add thyme. let cool.)
  • 1 Bottle of Prosecco or your favorite bubblyyyyy

Garnishes:

  • Pears
  • Thyme Sprigs

Apple Cider Mule

Moscow Mules are my jam! In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, apple cider and lime juice and shake away! Fill your copper mug with ice and fill 3/4 of the way, top with ginger beer. Make it pretty by sprinkling cinnamon on top or garnish with cinnamon sticks – enjoy! *check out the bottom of the page for a good laugh about this drink*

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz apple pie vodka
  • 4 oz apple cider
  • 2 lime wedges juiced
  • 24 oz ginger beer

Garnishes:

  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick

Eggnog Mudslide

I was actually nervous about this one. I grew up on eggnog and was hesitate putting alcohol in it, might ruin it for me. BUT it didn’t and it’s delicious! Combine Kahlua, vodka, and eggnog in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a glass and enjoy! For even more fun, top the drink with whipped cream, ground nutmeg and a cinnamon stick!

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Kahlua
  • 1 part vodka
  • 2 parts eggnog

Garnishes:

  • Whipped cream
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Cinnamon stick

White Christmas Mojito

Who doesn’t love mojitos?? This drink is probably the most complicated, but still pretty quick. Also, it looks beautiful! I had the hardest part just finding canned coconut milk haha. In a glass, muddle the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves until the leaves have broken down, then fill the glass half way with ice. In a blender, combine the white rum, coconut rum, and coconut milk and pulse until smooth. Pour over ice and top with sparkling water, mint leaves and pomegranate!

Ingredients:

  • Lime juice of a whole lime
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 oz coconut rum
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • sparkling water for topping

Garnishes:

  • Mint leaves
  • Pomegranate seeds

Peppermint Mocha White Russian

This drink is so dang festive and taste great! Shake 1:1 part vodka and Kahula with ice. Pour in a glass and top with milk, whipped cream and crushed candy canes!

Ingredients:
  • 1.5 ounce vodka
  • 1.5 ounce peppermint Kahula
  • 2 oz milk of choice
Garnishes:
  • Whipped Cream
  • Crushed Candy Canes

Aunt Debi’s Cider

This is honestly the most delicious cider I have ever had, but I’m not going to lie, it’s truly from a southern gal – aka it literally has melted butter in it! Terrible for your arteries, great for your taste buds! On the stove, heat one cups apple cider, a tablespoon of butter and cinnamon sticks until warm. BONUS: your house will smell great! Once cooled, add rum and garnish with cinnamon sticks and apple slices!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • 3 oz rum
Garnishes:
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Apple slices

Guys Night In 

I not only have a huge family, but a lot of boys in my life; brothers, cousins, a boyfriend, a dad and grandpas. So if I throw little get-togethers for the holidays, I have to make something for the guys. Now I am not huge on whiskey, so I defiantly got some input for this drinks, but the boys loved it and I am trusting them on this! Low key sounds like Nana’s Tea. Again, I cheat and use my Keurig, but boiling water on the stove works too. I did 6 ounces of water with a single tea bag. Add one tablespoon of honey, lemon juice and whiskey. Garnish with a lemon slice and rosemary!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz whiskey
  • Lemon juice from half a lemon
  • Tea bag (caffeinated or decaffeinated)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Garnishes:
  • Lemon slice
  • Rosemary

BONUS

As a bonus for reading this post, I am going to throw a little holiday family tradition in here, RUMCHATA PUDDING SHOTS, you’re welcome! Whisk together milk, liquor, and instant pudding mix in a bowl until smooth. Slowly add cool whip a little at a time with whisk. Spoon mixture into disposable ‘party shot’ cups with lids. Place in freezer for minimum 2 hours and ENJOY!

  • 1 box of your favorite flavor instant pudding mix
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup RumChata
  • 8oz Tub of Cool Whip

Thank you guys for reading! As always, was this helpful? What are your favorite holiday cocktails and drinks? I’d love to hear from you!

Be confidently you,

T

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FUNNY STORY TIME: I thought I’d add this because it was too funny not to share! I had my roommate and boyfriend help me make these fun drinks last week, even though they mostly taste tested haha. I was so excited about this and had everything laid out and organized. I’ve had a bar kit forever, but honestly never broke it out until this week, and boy did it bite me in the butt! The very first drink I made required the shaker, and without thinking filled it with ginger beer (you probably know where this is going haha). As my boyfriend and roommate laughed at me for doing this in the first place, I proudly announced, “okay, here goes bartender Taylor!” One big shake, and the top flew off covering myself and my kitchen in ginger beer, and SK and Dave on the floor laughing. Oops!

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