5 Holiday Cocktails to try this Holiday Season!

Oh, the holiday season! Crisp air, red noses, office parties and dinners with friends and family; it’s truly a wonderful time of year.

I know my favorite thing around the holidays is to drink some cocktails that really only work during this time of year!  If you are planning a party or dinner? Hosting out-of-town guests? Having a night with friends to celebrate the season? You have to try at least one of these delicious cocktails!

p.s. I invited my Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law over to experience them all.  The rating remarks is our feedback on each one of these drinks.  Enjoy and happy safe drinking!

Also, would love to hear your thoughts…Let me know your favorite!

Cinnamon Cider

Cinnamon Cider

Ideal for keeping warm in a crockpot, this is an easy, cozy recipe to enjoy on cold nights.

  • 1 part cinnamon whiskey, like Fireball
  • 1 part apple cider (Check out Trader Joes for a great cider)
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish

Heat cider until pleasantly warm. Mix equal parts cider and whiskey, serve in mugs.

RATING: This was everyone’s favorite(except mine…although still really smooth and enjoyable drink).  It was really good and you could hardly taste the fireball.

Pomegranate Mimosa

Pomegranate Mimosa

Pretty and sparkly and perfect for a holiday brunch!

  • 1 bottle dry champagne
  • 1 cup of sweetened pomegranate juice

Fill champagne flutes 1/3 full with pomegranate juice. Top with chilled champagne. Garnish with orange peel, pomegranate seeds, or berries. Serve immediately.

RATING: Hands down my favorite!  I’m a lover of anything with champagne!  It was light, crisp but festive that it made my favorite out of the rest.

Grown-up Peppermint Mocha

Grown-up Peppermint Mocha

For chilly nights with friends, settle in with a cozy grown-up hot chocolate!

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup crushed candy canes (about 3)
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cup coffee liqueur, like Kahlua(we used Rumchata…which was just as good!)
  • Marshmallows, chocolate syrup, additional candy canes for garnish

Whisk milk and cocoa powder together in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chocolate chips and crushed candy canes and stir until melted. Remove from heat, stir in coffee liqueur. Pour into mugs and garnish as desired.

RATING: AMAZING!  If you like chocolate this drink is a must!

Spicy Old Fashioned

Spicy Old Fashion

A new take on a classic cocktail, this gently-spiced old fashioned will heat you up from the inside.

Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Whole cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Nutmeg

Simmer until sugar is dissolved and liquid is infused with spices. Remove spices and allow syrup to cool.

Cocktail:

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce syrup
  • A couple dashes of bitters
  • Cinnamon stick and cherries for garnish

Stir ingredients with ice, garnish with cherry and cinnamon stick.

RATING: Really good!  I’m not a bourbon drinker but my Brother-in-law who L.O.V.E.’s this drink!

Scotch Toddy

A classic, for very good reason.

  • 2 ounces scotch
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Hot water to taste

Mix scotch, lemon, and honey in a mug. Add hot water to taste and stir. Garnish with lemon slices.

RATING: Not so good!  None of us liked this one.  Honestly it really was not that good and I would recommend doing any other than this one!

Cheers!

-Lisa Mo xo

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