Christmas and Holiday Cocktail Recipes That’ll Make the Yule Tide Bright!

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Christmas cocktails, anyone? If you’re in need of fun, unique Christmas and New Years’ holiday drinks, you’ve come to the right place. With all of the holiday hustle and bustle, who wouldn’t want to sit back with a festive drink in hand to celebrate everything coming together nicely?

Here are some of our absolute favorite Christmas and New Year Cocktails that everyone is sure to enjoy!

Mulled Cranberry Wine

If you want to both warm your belly and your heart, this is the ultimate go-to recipe for the holidays. It will make your home literally smell of Christmas, and will give new meaning to the term of being filled with the Christmas spirit.

Ingredients:

  • Apple cider
  • Red wine
  • Honey
  • Brandy
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Whole cranberries
  • Oranges
  • Peppercorns
  • Cloves

Directions:

Lug out your favorite large pot (a crockpot will work nicely), and add all of your ingredients. You only need to allow them to simmer until your guests arrive. Just be careful that you don’t allow your mixture to boil, as that can quickly cook off some of the alcohol. You might want to keep that.

White Christmas Martini

This martini is simply beautiful to look at. If you’re a fan of white chocolate mochas, you’re going to love this chilly adult version.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces white chocolate liqueur
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce half and half
  • 1 ounce white crème de cacao
  • Honey and coarse sanding sugar

Directions:

Pour the honey and sugar separately into two shallow dishes. Coat the rim of your martini glass first in the honey, and then into the sugar to give it a lovely sugary glaze. Set aside.

Add ice to your cocktail shaker, and add all remaining ingredients. Shake well, and then strain into your prepared martini glass.

Fun tip:  Try adding crushed candy canes to your sugar for an extra festive look!

Salted Caramel White Russians

It doesn’t have to be Christmas to enjoy this delicious libation. All you need is a chilly atmosphere, a dash of laughter, and to be surrounded by your favorite friends and family.

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts salted caramel vodka
  • 1 part salted caramel coffee liqueur (Kahlua or Bailey’s will work)
  • 1 part half & half
  • Caramel sauce

Directions:

In your handy dandy cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients except for the caramel sauce.  You’ll want to save the best for last, you know? Use a spoon to combine everything nicely.

Take a drinking glass and drip the caramel sauce along the sides. Add about three-quarters of ice, and then pour your cocktail mixture inside. Add a straw, and voila!

We hope you enjoy these holiday cocktail recipes, and that they help make your festivities merrier, or at least a little more tolerable. 

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