Jazz up any holiday gathering with one of these spirited cocktails recommended by our editors.
Happy ElfWhy should Santa be the only one who gets a treat on Christmas Eve? He can have the milk and cookies; we want to share this colorful cocktails with his favorite toy makers.
Cranberry Kir RoyaleLeftover cranberry sauce helps concoct a lightly sweet homemade cranberry liqueur in this twist on a classic French cocktail. Allow four days to steep the liqueur. Garnish with cranberries, if you like.
Capital EggnogTrim the tree and get in the holiday spirit with a cup of homemade Capital Eggnog. No other drink quite epitomizes the holidays like eggnog. Cheers!
Milk PunchThis old-fashioned drink is reminiscent of decadent egg custard. You can easily double or triple the speedy recipe to serve a bigger crowd.
Christmas BlossomThough you might not think of peaches when it comes to Christmas cocktails, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Mix frozen peach slices, ice, sugar, vodka, and peach schnapps in a blender until smooth for a smooth, creamy drink with a uniquely refreshing flavor.
Sparkling Chimayó CocktailsMix it up by moving away from classic Christmas liquors like brandy and rum in favor of tequila. For these Southwestern-inspired cocktails, mix gold tequila with sparkling apple cider and sparkling water. To finish it all off, crème de cassis (a black currant-flavored liqueur) lends a sweet, delicate balance to the drink.
Egg NogThis holiday season, just say "no" to the dairy case and whip up your own homemade egg nog. Super easy to make, this concoction combines eggs, sugar, and milk to form a thick, creamy base. Once thickened, add Christmas cheer with brandy, rum, and vanilla. Fold in whipped cream and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg
Candy Cane MartiniWe dare you-- look at this cocktail and try not to fall in love. Raise a glass and toast friends and family this holiday season.
Champagne Pomegranate CocktailPomegranates add festive color and great flavor to any cocktail. Create a sparkling celebration by combinating tart pomegranate juice with spicy ginger ale, a little brandy, and a bottle of bubbly Champagne.
Stone FenceThis take on the old New England drink features apple brandy rather than the usual rum. Substitute applejack or plain brandy, if you like.
Gingered Pear and Brandy CocktailThis is a timely concoction for a party: Simply prepare the gingered sugar syrup (step 1), and refrigerate it until you're ready to shake and serve the cocktails.
Blood Orange SangríaBlood oranges are in season in December, which makes them a perfect fruit to toss into your next holiday sangría. This cocktail also calls for sliced strawberries, apple juice, triple sec, sugar, whole cloves, red wine, and cinnamon sticks, making for a smooth blend of sweet fruit and traditional Christmas flavors.
Pomegranate Gin SlingA classic gin sling is dressed for festive parties when made with seasonal pomegranate juice and decorated with crimson pomegranate fruit. Both simple syrup and agave syrup are widely available at liquor stores. To make your own simple syrup, boil 2 parts sugar to 1 part water, stirring just until sugar dissolves; reduce until thickened. Cool before using.
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.