The holidays are one of the happiest times of the year. Unfortunately, they can also be one of the most stressful. Between the busy shopping malls, last-minute gifts and extensive travel, unwinding is a crucial part of any successful holiday.
Kids have their Egg Nog and Christmas cookies. Adults that are in need of something a little stronger have come to the right place.
There is a variety of holiday flavors that blend perfectly with alcohol. Peppermint, cocoa as well as cinnamon can all be vital ingredients to a much needed holiday cocktail. Here is a selection of the tastiest that I came across.
Christmas Cookie Cocktail
An alcoholic Christmas cookie? Not quite, but close enough. This delicious drink is simple and can be made quickly. With only three ingredients plus ice, you can get in the Christmas “spirit” in no time. However, I must warn you, this drink packs a punch.
-1 ounce of Peppermint schnapps
-1 ounce of Kahlua
-A shot or two of Carolan’s Irish Cream, depending on your desired flavor
Nearly complete, just fill a cocktail shaker with all of these ingredients and ice. Shake thoroughly until chilled, and serve with a delicious assortment of Christmas cookie. Enjoy this delicious combination of peppermint and mocha while roasting chestnuts by the open fire.
Another worthy candidate of the holiday drink list, the Snowball is another tasty drink. An intricate looking drink, the Snowball is mainly just liquor, cinnamon and ice. If Little Johnny won’t let you hear the end of not getting him the favorite gift on wish lift, a couple Snowballs will help you forget all about it.
-3 ounces of 1921 Tequila Cream Liqueur
-3 drops of Vanilla
-1/2 ounce of Kahlua
Throw all of these ingredients in to a blender, sans cinnamon stick. Blend for about ten seconds. Pour into a glass of your choice, and garnish with a little more cinnamon powder and the cinnamon stick. This is one Snowball fight where you will be the winner no matter what.
After all those pricey holiday I’m sure plenty of us out there will be ballin’ on a budget. As long as your spice cabinet is stocked, Mulled Wine is here to save the day. The holiday, alcoholic alternative to fruit punch, Mulled Wine is also a go-to for holiday parties.
-1 bottle red wine
-1 cup of cognac
-3 whole cloves
-1 tsp grated nutmeg
-A few drops of vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
-1 sliced orange
-1 sliced lemon
Combing these ingredients in a large pot is the way to go. You can tweak the amounts to achieve the desired taste as well. Let these ingredients simmer on the stove top for about 25 minutes and store in a fridge overnight. When it is time to party, strain the excess ingredients until you are left with the delicious concoction. Serve the drink warm, at a party or enjoy a glass by yourself for each of the 12 days of Christmas. Kate Moore has her own version as well:
Candy Cane Cocktail
Who says Christmas colors have to be red and green? The Candy Cane Cocktail is the perfect drink for Mrs. Claus after a stressful holiday season. This pink-hued drink is perfect for dessert or a sweet tooth craving. With hints of mint, berry and peppermint, this drink has plenty of holiday flavor.
-3/4 ounce Berry flavored vodka
-3/4 ounce white creme de cacao
-1/4 ounce grenadine
-3/4 ounce half-and-half
-Crushed hard peppermint candy (garnish for the rim)
After you coat the rim with the crushed peppermint candy, add the vodka, creme de cacao, grenadine and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour in to a martini glass, and top the drink off with half-and-half. Who needs a White Christmas when you can have a pink one instead?
If you have a little more Ebenezer Scrooge in you than Kris Kringle, the The Grinch is for you. This green tinted drink is easy enough to make and even easier to enjoy. Despite the name, The Grinch will actually get you back in to the holiday spirit once you’ve enjoyed one or two.
-2 ounces Midori
-1/2 ounce lemon juice
-1 teaspoon simple syrup
Add the Midori, lemon juice and simple syrup over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well until chilled, pour through a strainer into a martini glass. Add the maraschino cherry to accent the green drink.
All these drinks will immediately put you in the holiday spirit, but remember to enjoy them responsibly. Happy Holidays from TicketNetwork!