Hosting holiday gatherings is a wonderful way to bring friends and family together, but it can also be overwhelming. From making sure the food is perfect and the place settings are just right, there is a lot of work to be done. When it comes to serving holiday drinks, we’ve got you covered with our four favorite holiday drinks, one of which the whole family can enjoy together.
Candy Cane Hot Cocoa
This warm drink blends rich chocolate flavor with the season’s favorite peppermint candy in a delicious drink the whole family can enjoy.
- 4 cups milk
- 3 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped
- 4 finely crushed peppermint candy canes
- 1 cup whipped cream
- 4 mini peppermint candy canes
- Red sugar sprinkles
In a medium saucepan, heat milk until hot but do not allow to boil. When milk is hot, whisk in chopped chocolate and crushed candy canes. Allow both candies to melt and stir mixture until it is smooth and creamy. Pour into mugs and add whipped cream on top. Sprinkle red sugar crystals on top of whipped cream and serve with a mini candy cane garnish or stirring stick.
Pumpkin Spice Martini
Enjoy the last few days of pumpkin spice with this festive martini.
- 1 ½ oz vanilla flavored vodka
- 1 ½ oz Irish cream liqueur
- 1 ½ oz pumpkin flavored liqueur
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Pinch of pumpkin pie spice
- Whipped cream
- 1 cinnamon stick
Add ice and water to your martini glass and swirl to chill. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and pour vodka, Irish cream liqueur and pumpkin liqueur on top. Cover and shake well, or until the outside of shaker is frosted. Strain into chilled martini glass and add whipped cream. Add pumpkin pie spice to the top of whipped cream and garnish with cinnamon stick.
Red Santa Sangria
This blend of fruit and red wine is perfect for any holiday party.
- 2 cups pomegranate seeds
- 2 red Bartlett pears seeded and sliced
- 2 star fruits thinly sliced
- 3 bottles red wine
- 1 cup brandy
- 1 cup pomegranate juice (or grenadine for sweeter results)
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 cinnamon stick
- 1 liter club soda chilled
Place pomegranate seeds, pears and star fruit into a large pitcher or serving bowl. Pour wine, brandy and pomegranate juice over fruit. Add sugar and cinnamon and stir well. Chill in refrigerator for several hours, or for a stronger flavor combination, allow to chill overnight. Right before serving, pour club soda into sangria and gently stir to mix.
This festive bubbly drink is perfect for any holiday toasts.
- 2 cups cranberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 bottle prosecco
In a small saucepan, cook cranberries with sugar until they begin to produce juice, about five minutes. Allow to cool. Spoon cranberry mixture into the bottom of a glass and top with prosecco.
Not only are these holiday drinks quick and easy to whip up, they are guaranteed to delight you and your guests. Make one of our favorite holiday drinks the signature cocktail for your holiday gathering and let the festivities begin!