While 2020 hasn’t been bursting with traditional holiday celebrations (can you say quarantined Halloween), we’re happy to see that Christmas is far from canceled. While we may not be attending crowded holiday parties or concerts like we would in the past, we hope to embrace a sense of normalcy around this pandemic Christmas with both traditions and new practices alike. One Christmas convention- The Yuletide Cocktail party, may not see its share of guests this year, but that doesn’t mean that you should stop learning about great cocktail recipes! Whether you’re making a masked mojito delivery to a next-door neighbor or staying indoors with your loved one, we think you’ll love these ten creative Christmas cocktails.
Why should lattes get all the love? This twist on the cosmopolitan classic features eggnog, pecan vodka, ginger liqueur, and crushed ice. Rub two glasses with ginger liquor, shake the remaining ingredients until frothy, pour into crushed gingerbread-cookie lined glasses, and sip! Full recipe here: https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/gingerbread-eggnog-martini.
The Whos may love their roast beast, but if it were up to us, we’d sip on these grinch cocktails all night! This vodka-based concoction boasts a mix of lime juice, grapefruit juice, jalapenos, and ginger beer. For an extra touch, combine a few crushed mint leaves in sugar, and rim your cocktail glasses. Full recipe here: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/spicy-sweet-grinch-cocktail.
Fans of the classic claymation hit, you’re in luck! This sparkling cranberry-orange spritzer is bright enough to lead Santa through any foggy Christmas Eve. Heck, it may even help your own fog, too! Please drink responsibly. Full recipe here: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a29702534/rudolph-spritzer-recipe/.
Is there anything that screams Christmas more than booze in your orange juice? Well, Home Alone on Christmas Eve is a close second. This Christmas morning, combine champagne with your choice of cranberry, blood orange, or pomegranate juice, sugared cranberries, and rosemary for garnish. Full recipe here: https://www.howsweeteats.com/2016/12/christmas-morning-mimosas/
Gingerbread White Russian
Gingerbread lovers, rejoice! This modernized White Russian has your name on it. Mix a homemade gingerbread syrup (honey, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla) and shake together with ice, Vodka, and Kahlua. Pour into your glass, add heavy cream, and toast to a safe holiday season! Full recipe here: https://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/gingerbread-white-russian/.
Feliz Navidad! This margarita has us wanting to wish everyone a Merry Christmas from the bottom of our hearts. Use that silver tequila your aunt gifted you and combine it with orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, white cranberry juice, and coconut milk. Airplane travel may be regulated, but this marg has all the tropical flair your evening needs. Full recipe here: https://www.thespruceeats.com/christmas-margarita-4770127.
Hot Buttered Bourbon
If you’re the kind of person who likes their cocktails rich and straightforward, try adding this hot buttered bourbon to your holiday arsenal. Melt together a stick of butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg, stirring in your brown sugar until it dissolves. Take off the heat, add your whiskey and hot water, and enjoy! Full recipe here: https://www.sprinklesandsprouts.com/hot-buttered-bourbon/.
The North Pole Cocktail
Sweet? Check. Chocolatey? Check. Kahlua and Vodka? Yes, please! This cocktail is not for the faint of heart: only true Christmas aficionados can truly appreciate the spicy, festive, boozy wonder that is The North Pole Cocktail. Full recipe here: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/north-pole-cocktail/.
Even if you can’t remember the cute name, perhaps you can remember the recipe- simply add ⅔ cup of cranberry juice to your quintessential Moscow mule recipe (per serving), and your copper mugs will be filled with goodness before you can say Na Zdrowie. Full recipe here: https://www.surlatable.com/yule-mule—holiday-moscow-mule/REC-419882.html.
Winter Pear Cocktail
We’ll take ten of these, minus the partridge and the tree. Don’t forget the star anise, that’s the best part! Full recipe here: https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/entertain/winter-spiced-pear-cocktail/.