5 of 46Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty
Happy Elf Recipe Who wants to share a colorful cocktail with Santa's favorite toy makers?
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Spiced Holiday Punch
Spiced Holiday Punch Recipe Cocktail recipes are perfect picks for holiday entertaining. This chilled punch starts off with apple juice that's been simmered with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Each glass is topped off with colorful cranberry juice and either ginger ale or sparkling wine.
7 of 46Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Peanut Whiskey and Cola
Peanut Whiskey and Cola Recipe This cocktail is an ode to the sweet 'n' salty flavor combination we all know and love. With a splash of cola and a dusting of crushed peanuts, you're in for a tasty cocktail experience.
8 of 46Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Recipe A fresh sprig of rosemary takes this cocktail from great to awesome and also adds some great flavor and aroma.
9 of 46Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty
Recipe Rum, mint, and a delightful pairing of fruit juices make this mojito the perfect holiday cocktail.
10 of 46Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns
Coconut Eggnog Recipe Coconut rum, coconut milk, and shaved coconut pieces on top make this a true coconut lover's paradise.
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Rudolph's Tipsy Spritzer
Rudolph's Tipsy Spritzer This sparkling vodka-based orange juice drink just might be the real reason Rudolph's nose is red.
12 of 46Photo: Ryan Liebe; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
This is a simple twist on a classic. The amaretto sour cocktail balances the nutty sweetness of amaretto liqueur with the tartness of lemon and the cloudlike frothiness of shaken egg white. In this variation, the amaretto is infused with cherries and enlivened by a splash of prosecco (sparkling Italian wine).
13 of 46Photo: Linda Pugliese; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
This cocktail brings together the seasonal flavors of apples, pears, ginger, and maple. Bourbon gives it a bit of bite and backbone. (For a sweeter, richer version, you could use a dark rum, like Plantation Grande Reserve or El Dorado 5-year.) You'll make more of the tangy ginger-maple syrup than you need for the recipe; save the remaining syrup for other cocktails or to sweeten and spice up tea or mulled wine.
16 of 46Photo: Ryan Liebe; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Today's cocktail is a descendent of punch, a noble drink that's enjoying a resurgence in bars all over the world. This one is based on the classic formula of the great recipes of the 17th and 18th centuries, most of which started with sugar soaked in lemon or orange oil. Here clementines are used instead, and all the spirits come from Spain. Spanish brandy is less well-known in the U.S. than cognac, but it is delicious and a great bargain, and the same could be said for cava, Spain's answer to Champagne.
17 of 46Photo: Ryan Liebe; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
The Negroni is one of the great cocktails, and it's simple: equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and the bittersweet Italian aperitivo Campari. This cocktail, a twist on that classic, aims to provide an easy introduction to Campari. Cranberry-infused gin complements Campari's bitter bite, which is smoothed out by the lime, sugar, and fruity prosecco. Roll the soaked cranberries in sugar and skewer on cocktail picks for a pretty garnish.
18 of 46Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Amy Burke
Mulled Wine Sangria Recipe Simmering red wine in mulling spices such as allspice, cloves, and cinnamon adds a distinctive holiday flavor. After simmering, chill and combine with club soda and fruit for a sparkling holiday drink.
23 of 46Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Capital Eggnog Recipe Trim the tree and get in the holiday spirit with a cup of homemade adult eggnog. Cheers!
24 of 46Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke
Spicy Rum Punch
Spicy Rum Punch Recipe Ginger beer and dark rum add deep rich flavor to this spiced fruit juice punch. The recipe makes 20 servings, so it's great for holiday entertaining.
25 of 46Douglas Merriam; Jan Gautro
Sparkling Chimayó Cocktails
Sparkling Chimayó Cocktails Recipe A signature drink at the Restaurante Rancho de Chimayó near Santa Fe, this chilled cocktail's golden color comes from apple cider and gold tequila.
26 of 46Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cindy Barr; Leigh Ann Ross
Sparkling Cranberry Tea Cocktails
Sparkling Cranberry Tea Cocktails Recipe Pour a pitcher of this cranberry flavored, vodka-spiked tea for a holiday open house or cocktail party. You can combine the base of the drink ahead of time and add the ginger ale just before serving.
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Pomegranate Cocktail Recipe Blood orange and pomegranate are two of the trendiest flavors of the season, so combine these two fruit juices in a fashionably refreshing cocktail.
28 of 46Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Elizabeth Blake
Pink Grapefruit Sparklers
Pink Grapefruit Sparklers
Recipe Serve Pink Grapefruit Sparklers at your holiday gathering. Garnish these refreshing, fizzy drinks with fresh mint leaves, if desired.
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Frozen Cranberry Margaritos
Frozen Cranberry Margaritos Recipe This festive twist on a mojito uses tequila instead of rum and is made with pureed whole-berry cranberry sauce and orange liqueur. It's sure to be a hit at any holiday cocktail party.
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Red Wine Sangria
Red Wine Sangria Recipe Combine lemonade, fresh fruit, and a bottle of red wine for a colorful holiday beverage. Sangria is great for entertaining because you can mix up a pitcher and be done.
31 of 46Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro, Leigh Ann Ross
34 of 46Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Satsuma Cocktail Recipe Satsumas are small Japanese oranges that are members of the mandarin orange family. They're in peak season during the fall and winter months, and the juice makes a great partner for gin.
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Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail
Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail Recipe Three ingredients and you're set to make this colorful and tasty cocktail. You can leave out the vodka and just use more of the sparkling water for a refreshing non-alcoholic holiday drink.
36 of 46Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Holiday Milk Punch
Holiday Milk Punch Recipe It's unusual to find a cold drink that gives you that sense of holiday coziness, but this one does. Grate the nutmeg fresh. It makes a difference.
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Spanish Sangria Recipe Opt for serving pitchers of sangria at your next party rather than having an open bar. It's both festive and economical.
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Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch
Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch Recipe Offer a glass or mug of warm spiced wine to guests at your holiday open house. It's a great way to welcome company, and the simmering spices add a wonderful aroma to your home.
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Blood Orange Sangría
Blood Orange Sangría Recipe Blood orange-flavored anything is trendy this season, so show your style with this fruited, spiced wine featuring these sweet oranges with the crimson-colored flesh.
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Cranberry-Mint Infusions Recipe Combine mint tea, cranberry syrup, limoncello, and vodka in these classy cocktails that are perfect for a sophisticated holiday party.
42 of 46Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Mint-and-White-Chocolate Milk Punch
Mint-and-White-Chocolate Milk Punch Recipe This frothy drink features all the flavors of the holiday season. For a wintry, festive rim to your milk punch, crush peppermint sticks, dip your cup in corn syrup, and dip again in the peppermint.
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44 of 46Photo: Levi Brown; Styling: Tiziana Agnello
Cranberry-Whiskey Sour Slush
Cranberry-Whiskey Sour Slush Recipe Is it a drink or dessert? Who cares? It satisfies both cravings. Our garnet-colored slush has all the qualities of a delicious cocktail—a not-too-sweet combination of high-quality liquor and fruity tang.
45 of 46Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Holiday Cosmopolitan Recipe Infuse a traditional Cosmo with holiday cheer by using a rosemary and cranberry sauce reduction in place of cranberry juice.
46 of 46Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst
Fresh Orange, Rosemary, and Sage Sparkling Wine Cocktail