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12 Yummy Holiday Drink Recipes You Should Try Right Now

Holiday Drink Recipes - Rosemary-Infused Honey Sidecars

Tis the season! I’ve teamed up with Vital Proteins to give you 12 yummy holiday drink recipes for your next family gathering or get-together with friends! I’ve included some hot and cold drinks that are really easy to make and will be sure to delight any crowd.

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Holiday Drink Recipes - Winter Sangria

Winter Sangria

Serves: 10

1 bottle of sweet red wine
1 bottle sparkling cran-apple cider
2 clementines, sliced thin, peel on
2 granny smith apples, cored and diced
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
1 cup cranberries sliced in half
Rosemary to garnish each glass

1. Mix wine, cider, and fruit in a large pitcher.
2. Serve over ice and garnish with rosemary.

Holiday Drink Recipes - Cranberry Mimosas

Cranberry Mimosas

Serves: 4

1 lime, halved
2 tbsp. sugar
1 c. sweetened cranberry juice
1 bottle champagne
12 fresh cranberries
4 small sprigs fresh rosemary

1. Rub rims of champagne flutes with lime and dip in sugar.
2. Pour 1/4 cup cranberry juice into each glass and top off with champagne.
3. To make the garnish, use a toothpick to poke hole through cranberries. Thread rosemary skewer through cranberries and garnish mimosas.

Holiday Drink Recipes - Gingerbread Eggnog White Russian

Gingerbread Eggnog White Russian

Serves: 2

1/2 tsp. cinnamon for rimming glasses
2 tsp. sugar for rimming glasses
4 oz. eggnog
4 oz. vodka
4 oz. Kahlua
3 tsp. 3 teaspoons molasses
1/8 tsp. ginger
Whipped cream for topping
Molasses drizzle for topping

1. Mix cinnamon and sugar, then pour onto a plate.
2. Wet rims of each glass and dip them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
3. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour eggnog, vodka, Kahlua, molasses, and ginger. Shake to combine.
4. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream, then add a light drizzle of molasses

Holiday Drink Recipes - Hot Peppermint Rod

Hot Peppermint Rod

Serves: 1

peppermint schnapps
grenadine syrup
hot water
whipped cream
peppermint rod

1. Fill Irish coffee mug with two parts vodka, two parts peppermint schnapps, two parts grenadine syrup.
2. Add hot water to fill mug and top with whip cream.
3. Garnish with a peppermint rod and grenadine drizzled over the whipped cream.

Holiday Drink Recipes - Salted Caramel Eggnog

Salted Caramel Eggnog

Serves: 1

caramel sauce, warmed
4 oz. eggnog
1 oz. spiced rum
kosher salt
whipped cream
nutmeg, freshly grated

1. Coat inside of Irish whiskey glass with warm caramel sauce.
2. Add eggnog, spiced rum, and a pinch of salt and stir.
3. Top with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel, and freshly grated nutmeg.

Holiday Drink Recipes - Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

Serves: 1

1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 candy cane
3 tbsp. sipping chocolate
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 oz. Kahlua
whipped cream
candy canes

1. In a saucepan over low heat, warm whole milk and heavy cream.
2. Add 1 candy cane and stir until melted.
3. Stir in sipping chocolate and vanilla extract.
4. Remove from heat, stir in Kahlua, and pour into glass.
5. Garnish with whipped cream and candy canes.


Holiday Drink Recipes - Rosemary-Infused Honey Sidecars

Rosemary-Infused Honey Sidecars

Serves: 8

3 sprig fresh rosemary
¼ c. sugar
1 c. honey
2 c. VSOP Cognac
1 c. lemon juice

1. In a medium pot, bring 2 2/3 cups water and 3 rosemary sprigs to a boil. Boil 1 minute and set aside to steep until water cools to room temperature, about 20 minutes. Discard rosemary sprigs and pour infused water into 2 ice-cube trays and freeze.
2. Place sugar in a small, shallow dish. Using your finger, coat rims of eight 8-ounce tumblers with honey and immediately press the rims into sugar to coat. Set aside.
3. In a pitcher, combine Cognac, lemon juice, and remaining honey. Add rosemary-infused ice cubes and stir vigorously until honey dissolves and liquid is well chilled. Pour through a strainer into prepared glasses; discard ice.
4. Garnish each glass with a rosemary sprig and serve immediately.

Holiday Drink Recipes - Cranberry Gimlet

Cranberry Gimlet

Serves: 1

2 ounces gin
1 ounce unsweetened cranberry juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
whole cranberries, for garnish

1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in gin, cranberry juice, lime juice and simple syrup.
2. Shake until ice cold and strain into a martini or coupe glass.
3. Garnish with whole cranberries.

Holiday Drink Recipes - Cranberry Christmas Juleps

Christmas Cranberry Juleps

Serves: 8

1 cup water
¾ cup sugar
2 strip fresh orange peel
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup Kentucky bourbon
8 sprig fresh mint


1. In 2-quart saucepan, heat water, sugar, and orange peel to boiling on high. Add cranberries and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until cranberries pop and split but still hold their shape. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until cold. (Syrup and cranberries can be refrigerated up to one week.)
2. When ready to serve, strain cranberry syrup through sieve set over 1-quart liquid measure; discard solids. Spear 3 raw cranberries on each of 8 toothpicks. Stir bourbon into syrup.
3.Fill 8 glasses with crushed ice. Divide bourbon mixture among glasses.
4. Garnish with cranberry spears and mint.



Holiday Drink Recipes - Gingerbell Cocktail

Ginger Bell Cocktail

Serves: 2

2 ounces bourbon
2 springs of fresh mint
1/2 lemon, cut into discs
2-inch piece freshly-skinned ginger, cut into small pieces
1 bottle ginger beer

1. In a cocktail shaker, add the bourbon, mint, lemon and ginger.
2. Firmly muddle until pieces break down.
3. Add ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into coupe glasses.
4. Top with ginger beer, and garnish with a couple cranberries.

Holiday Drink Recipes - Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail

Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail

Serves: 2

1 1/2 cups apple cider
1 cup apple brandy
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
6 apple slices, for garnish

1. Chill cocktail glasses in freezer.
2. Fill a tall cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add cider, brandy, lemon juice and maple syrup. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
3. Pour mixed and chilled ingredients through strainer of cocktail shaker and into chilled cocktail glasses.
4. Cut a thin slit into each apple slice and perch onto the rim of each glass for garnish.


Holiday Drink Recipes - Warm Apple Pie Cocktail

Warm Apple Pie Cocktail

Serves: 1

6 oz. apple cider (heated)
2 oz. Tuaca liqueur
whipped cream
pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg

1. In a glass coffee mug or heat-resistant goblet, combine your heated cider and Tuaca.
2. Top with whipped cream.
3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Add cinnamon stick.

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