10 Incredible Holiday Cocktails

We just couldn't resist putting these delicious recipes on here!


♦ Peppermint Patty ♦
♦ Creme Brulee Martini ♦
♦ Gingerbread Martini ♦
♦ White Christmas ♦
♦ Minted Hot Chocolate ♦
♦ Champagne Punch ♦
♦ Gingerbread Man ♦
♦ Cranberry Martini ♦
♦ Pumpkin Martini ♦
♦ Egg Nog ♦







Peppermint Patty
1 cocktail

Ingredients:
2 ounces vodka
1 ounces peppermint schnapps
1/2 ounces white creme de cacao

Directions:
1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice.
2. Stir gently and strain into a cocktail glass.

To make this drink in all its holiday glory, use crushed peppermint around the rim of the glass. (The best way to do this is with a coffee grinder or with a zip-loc bag and something heavy!). Dip the rim of the glasses in water or liquor and then dip the rim in the candy.







Creme Brulee Martini
1 cocktail

Ingredients:
1 ounce vanilla-flavored vodka
1 ounce Frangelico
1/2 ounce Cointreau

Directions:
1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Stir gently and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

A little cream can be added to this cocktail, but it's sweet enough on its own. Add the cream if the drink is a substitute for dessert.

Also try dipping the rim of the glass in brown sugar for an extra-sweet treat!








Gingerbread Martini
1 cocktail

This recipe calls for homemade ginger syrup but you can buy a commercially prepared version at specialty food stores (probably in the coffee aisle).

Martini Ingredients:
2 ounces vodka
1/2 to 1 ounce gingerbread syrup

Directions:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add the vodka and gingerbread syrup.
Cover and shake vigorously until combined and chilled, about 30 seconds.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Ginger Syrup Ingredients:
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
2 sticks of cinnamon
3 whole cloves

Directions:
1. Simmer water, sugar, ginger, cloves and cinnamon stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 3/4 cup, about 15 minutes.
2. Pour hot syrup through a fine sieve and chill.
3. Let stand 20 minutes until using, so all sediment has settled to the bottom.







White Christmas
This drink is sweet enough to be used as a dessert. Although it’s a bit similar to traditional eggnog, the white chocolate liqueur makes this drink more decadent. Try serving with cookies or chocolate cake for a rich ending to the evening.

Directions:
4 ounces eggnog
1/2 ounce white chocolate liqueur
1 ounce Southern Comfort

Directions:
Mix all the ingredients and serve straight up in a snifter.








Minted Hot Chocolate

6 cocktails

Ingredients:
1 quart milk (skim, 2 percent or whole) or half-and-half
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
9 ounces peppermint schnapps
Whipped cream

Directions:

1. Heat 1 cup of the milk in a medium saucepan over low heat.
2. Add chocolate, stirring constantly, until melted.
3. When the chocolate has melted, increase heat to medium and add the remainder of the milk while whisking rapidly. Do not allow to boil.
4 .Add 1 ounce peppermint schnapps to each (of 6) mugs. Pour the hot chocolate mixture into the mugs and top with whipped cream.

Try hanging mini candy canes on each glass. You could also use a simple peppermint stick and place in the dirnk. These can double as stirrers!







Champagne Punch
Serves 25

This fun drink is a great alternative for a bigger group. This one packs a serious punch, so be sure to warn your guests!

Ingredients:

2 750 ml bottles sparkling wine
1 750 ml bottle white dinner wine
6 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar (or to taste)
2 cups orange juice
1 cup pineapple juice
Ice block

Directions:
In a saucepan combine white wine, cloves, cinnamon.
Squeeze in lemon juice, and then add the rest of the lemon.
Bring the mixture to a boil.
Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain and cool completely.
Place ice in punch bowl.
Pour in spice/wine mixture, sparkling wine, and juices.
Stir gently.


  




Gingerbread Man
1 cocktail

The ginger beer is the key ingredient here - it brings that extra "something special" to this festive cocktail.  Try different garnishes in each glass: a maraschino cherry, a mint leaf, lemon or orange peels, or even a slice of fresh ginger.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 ounces vanilla flavored vodka
4 ounces ginger beer
Garnishes
Ice

Directions:

Pour vodka over a couple of ice cubes in a cocktail glass.
Add ginger beer, garnish with a cherry, and serve.








Cranberry Martini

4 cocktails

Ingredients:

1 cup vodka
1/4 cup dry vermouth
1/2 cup cranberry juice
8 cranberries, frozen
4 lemon zest twists

Directions:

Put 4 martini glasses in the freezer to chill for at least 30 minutes.
Just before serving, fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice.
Pour in the vodka, vermouth and cranberry juice.
Cover with the lid and shake vigorously up and down for about 10 seconds.
Strain into the chilled glasses, dividing evenly.
Garnish each glass with 2 frozen cranberries and a lemon twist.







   
Pumpkin Martini

1 cocktail

Your liquor store should carry pumpkin- flavored or infused vodka around this time of year.
Pick up a shaker of pumpkin pie spices in the bakery aisle of your grocer and mix it with equal parts brown sugar on a plate. Rim the edge of the martini glass with the sweet-spice mixture and serve with a small cinnamon stick for even more holiday flavor.

Ingredients:
2 ounces pumpkin infused vodka
Splash of Cointreau

Directions:

Swirl Cointreau in a martini glass, then dump out.
Shake pumpkin vodka and ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into glass.

 
For even more fun, mix brown sugar with a little pumpkin pie spice and rim the glass with the mixture.
You could also serve the drink with a small cinnamon stick for both flavor and aesthetics.

  





Egg Nog
Serves 20

This is the ultimate holiday drink!

Light rum is called for, but brandy, dark rum, or bourbon could also be used.

Ingredients:

6 egg yolks
1/2 cup white, granulated sugar
2 cups milk
2 cups light rum
2 cups whipping cream
Nutmeg

Directions:

Beat yolks with a whisk until light in color and increased in volume.
Add sugar and mix well.
Whisk in milk and rum. Mix well.
Chill for at least 3 hours.
One hour before serving, whip cream and stir into chilled mixture. Return to refrigerator for an hour.
Sprinkle nutmeg on the top of each drink just before serving