The holidays are coming up, and this means that there will be parties aplenty. Besides the usual case of winter ale or bottle of wine, there really aren’t a lot of options available for special holiday mixed drinks. I’ve compiled a list of a few options you could try that aren’t too expensive to try and might just be a hit at your next holiday party.
Recipes can be adjusted to taste. If the alcohol is too strong, add a little at a time until you get the desired amount. If it’s too weak… well, you know.
-Liquid Candy Cane-
Lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite, 7-Up, or Sierra Mist)
Optional: plain or citrus vodka
Mix 1 part peppermint schnapps to 2 – 3 parts lemon-lime soda. If you really want to kick it up, add some vodka to the drink. It might be too strong to drink as a first drink, so be careful.
-Peppermint Hot Chocolate-
Hot chocolate mix (dark chocolate works great for this)
Optional: whipped cream or marshmallows; peppermint stick
Make a mug of hot chocolate (preferably with water). Add peppermint schnapps to taste. Garnish with whipped cream, marshmallow, or peppermint stick.
Apple Pucker (or similar)
Layer one over the other in a shot glass by pouring the liquid down the back of a spoon slowly. To make a martini, double or triple the recipe, pour over ice in a martini shaker. Shake until cold and then pour into martini glasses.
-Spicy Caramel Apple Cider-
Apple cider (plain; hot or cold)
Cinnamon schnapps or Goldschlager
Apple vodka (such as Stoli Gala Applik)
Optional: cinnamon stick
Mix 1 part cinnamon schnapps, 1 part butterscotch schnapps, 1 part apple vodka, and top off with apple cider. Mix together and serve over ice or hot in a mug with a cinnamon stick.
-Santa’s Sleigh Bomb-
Jamison irish whiskey (or similar)
Mint Chocolate Bailey’s Irish Cream
Pour Guiness in a beer glass until halfway full. In a shot glass, mix 1 part Jamison and 1 part Bailey’s. Drop the shot glass in the beer glass, and chug it all. Enjoy the merry feeling that follows.
Hopefully you’ll try one of these delicious cocktails at your next holiday party. Remember to always drink in moderation and never let anyone drive home drunk. Happy holidays!