Spiced Holiday PunchCocktail 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.
Rudolph's Tipsy SpritzerThis sparkling vodka-based orange juice drink just might be the real reason Rudolph's nose is red.
Amaretto Cherry Fizz
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).
Crisp Autumn Serenade
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.
Sparkling Spanish Punch
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.
Spumante Molto Rosso
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.
Cranberry Old Fashioned CocktailMake a festive holiday cocktail by adding leftover whole-berry cranberry sauce to bourbon and soda.
Jingle JuiceUse candy canes as fun garnishes for this orange juice-and-vodka cocktail. Its red-orange color comes from the addition of maraschino cherry juice.
Pomegranate-Key Lime Vodka CocktailsShow your holiday colors with this festive drink featuring the red of pomegranate juice and the green of tropical key limes.
Cran-Bourbon CocktailLeftover cranberry sauce from your holiday meal is the perfect excuse to whip up this bourbon-based cocktail.
Mulled Wine SangriaSimmering 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.
Spicy Rum PunchGinger 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.
Sparkling Chimayó CocktailsA signature drink at the Restaurante Rancho de Chimayó near Santa Fe, this chilled cocktail's golden color comes from apple cider and gold tequila.
Sparkling Cranberry Tea CocktailsPour 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.
Pomegranate CocktailBlood orange and pomegranate are two of the trendiest flavors of the season, so combine these two fruit juices in a fashionably refreshing cocktail.
Pink Grapefruit SparklersServe Pink Grapefruit Sparklers at your holiday gathering. Garnish these refreshing, fizzy drinks with fresh mint leaves, if desired.
Frozen Cranberry MargaritosThis 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.
Red Wine SangriaCombine 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.
Gingered Pear and Brandy CocktailNothing is nicer than sitting in front of a cozy fireplace sipping on a golden brandy cocktail.
- Beatriz Da Costa
Simpleton CocktailKeep it simple during the busy holidays with this easy cocktail. All you need are two juices, a lime, and some vodka.
Raspberry Beer CocktailTurn your beer red for the holidays by adding raspberry-lemonade mix and fresh raspberries to your favorite beer.
Satsuma CocktailSatsumas 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.
Sparkling Pomegranate CocktailThree 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.
Holiday Milk PunchIt'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.
Spanish SangriaOpt for serving pitchers of sangria at your next party rather than having an open bar. It's both festive and economical.
Mulled Cranberry Wine PunchOffer 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.
Blood Orange SangríaBlood 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.
Cranberry-Mint InfusionsCombine mint tea, cranberry syrup, limoncello, and vodka in these classy cocktails that are perfect for a sophisticated holiday party.
Smuggler's CoffeeThis double rum coffee is deliciously flavored with cinnamon and orange zest.
Mint-and-White-Chocolate Milk PunchThis 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.
Pomegranate ProseccoUtilize the winter season's bounty in a bubbly sipper featuring sparkling Italian wine.
Cranberry-Whiskey Sour SlushIs 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.
Holiday CosmopolitanInfuse a traditional Cosmo with holiday cheer by using a rosemary and cranberry sauce reduction in place of cranberry juice.
Fresh Orange, Rosemary, and Sage Sparkling Wine CocktailFresh Orange, Rosemary, and Sage Sparkling Wine Cocktail is a favorite holiday drink to get your party buzzing.
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