With winter officially here, it’s the perfect time to get into the season’s spirit with some delicious and warming holiday cocktails. Whether celebrating Christmas, ringing in the New Year, or simply looking for a cozy drink to enjoy on a cold winter’s evening, these seven holiday cocktails are sure to hit the spot. From the classic Hot Toddy and Hot Buttered Rum to more modern twists on traditional cocktails, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So gather your friends and loved ones, and get ready to toast to the holiday season with these tasty and festive drinks.
1. Hot Toddy
Few things are as comforting as a Hot Toddy. The sweet, spicy, and warm flavors mingle with notes of citrus and herbs. It’s long been thought to relieve cold symptoms, although that’s not the only reason why it’s such a cold-weather staple. The combination of hot water, honey, lemon, and whiskey is just the thing to warm you up.
The inviting Poor Richard cocktail is ideal for New Year’s Eve celebrations. With its festive color and welcoming sweetness, it’s a cocktail sure to be a crowd-pleaser. To make, mix sweet vermouth, lemon juice, grenadine, and hard cider together. The recipe can easily be turned into a punch for easy serving.
The Puerto Rican holiday drink is sure to be a hit with anyone who loves creamy, spiced cocktails like eggnog. Coquito has a creamy and rich texture from the condensed milk, a sweet and slightly tropical flavor from the coconut milk, warmth and depth from the spices, and just the right amount of a boozy kick from the rum.
What if you could drink an apple pie? The A La Mode cocktail is perfect for sipping with or without pie as you cozy up by the fire. Made with bourbon, liquor, apple cider, heavy cream, and brown sugar, it’s creamy, a bit spicy, and satisfying.
The comforting and festive Wassail cocktail is perfect for sipping on cold winter nights or at holiday gatherings. Made from ale, sherry, lemon, sugar, apples, and spices, our Wassail recipe adds some complexity to the crowd-pleasing Christmas cocktail punch.
A variation on the classic eggnog, an Eggnog Martini is a delightful mix of nutty amaretto, smooth vodka, and indulgent eggnog. Pour the flavorful cocktail into a martini glass and serve at your next holiday party.
Few things are as cozy as a Hot Buttered Rum, and it’s easy to make in large quantities for a holiday get-together. The beverage is like drinking a Christmas cookie in a mug with the warmth of the rum, richness from the butter, kick from the spices, and just the right amount of sweetness from the brown sugar and honey.