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10 Festive Holiday Drink Recipes to Impress Your Guests: Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Options Included

'Tis the season to be sippin' and celebratin', and what better way to spread holiday cheer than by crafting some cozy concoctions with your nearest and dearest?


Festive holiday drink recipes alcoholic and nonalcoholic
Holiday drink recipes

Are you ready to embark on a tantalizing journey through the world of holiday drinks? Whether you're a fan of spirited sips or prefer your festivities alcohol-free, I've got you covered. So, gather 'round as we unwrap 10 delectable holiday drink recipes – five with a boozy twist and five without. Let's make this holiday season the most delicious one yet!


1. Mulled Wine – The Festive Classic

Ah, Mulled Wine, the quintessential Christmas drink. It's like a Christmas carol in a cup, warming you from the inside out.


Recipe:

  • 1 bottle of red wine

  • 1 orange, sliced

  • 1/4 cup brandy

  • 1/4 cup honey or sugar

  • 8 whole cloves

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 star anise

How to Mix:

  • Combine all ingredients in a large pot.

  • Gently warm on low heat for about 20 minutes. Don't let it boil!

  • Serve warm with an orange slice.

2. Peppermint Martini – A Minty Marvel

This Peppermint Martini is like a winter wonderland in a glass. It's sleek, it's cool, and oh-so-festive.


Recipe:

  • 2 oz vanilla vodka

  • 1 oz white crème de menthe

  • 1/2 oz peppermint schnapps

  • Crushed candy cane for garnish

How to Mix:

  • Rim your martini glass with crushed candy cane.

  • Shake the vodka, crème de menthe, and schnapps with ice.

  • Strain into your garnished glass.

3. Eggnog – The Creamy Dream

What's Christmas without Eggnog? This rich, creamy delight is like a hug from Santa himself.


Recipe:

  • 6 eggs

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1/2 cup bourbon

  • 1/4 cup rum

  • Nutmeg for garnish

How to Mix:

  • Whisk eggs and sugar together.

  • Slowly add milk and cream, then the bourbon and rum.

  • Chill. Serve with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

4. Spiced Apple Cider – Orchard Meets Spice

This Spiced Apple Cider is like a stroll through an apple orchard with a spicy twist. It's fruity, warm, and utterly comforting.


Recipe:

  • 4 cups apple cider

  • 1/2 cup dark rum

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 orange, sliced

  • A dash of allspice

How to Mix:

  • Simmer cider with spices and orange slices.

  • Add rum and warm through.

  • Serve in mugs with a cinnamon stick.

5. Winter Sangria – A Fruity Fest

Imagine a fruit salad that got a Christmas makeover. That's Winter Sangria for you.


Recipe:

  • 1 bottle red wine

  • 1/4 cup brandy

  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur

  • 1 pear, sliced

  • 1 orange, sliced

  • 1 handful of cranberries

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

How to Mix:

  • Combine all ingredients in a pitcher.

  • Let it sit for a few hours or overnight.

  • Serve over ice with a fruit garnish.


Now, for my non-alcoholic friends....... let's dive into some equally fabulous and festive options!


6. Hot Chocolate – The Cozy Staple

There's nothing more comforting than a cup of Hot Chocolate. It's like a warm blanket on a cold night.


Recipe:

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Whipped cream for topping

How to Mix:

  • Heat milk in a saucepan.

  • Whisk in cocoa, sugar, and vanilla.

  • Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

7. Cranberry Sparkler – Bubbly and Bright

This Cranberry Sparkler is a fizzy, fruity delight, perfect for toasting the holidays.


Recipe:

  • Cranberry juice

  • Sparkling water

  • Lime slices

  • Fresh cranberries

How to Mix:

  • Fill a glass with ice.

  • Pour over cranberry juice and sparkling water.

  • Garnish with lime and cranberries.

8. Gingerbread Latte – Spiced and Nice

Nothing says holidays like the flavor of gingerbread. This Gingerbread Latte is a warm, spiced wonder.


Recipe:

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 tbsp coffee

  • 1 tbsp gingerbread syrup (homemade or store-bought)

  • Whipped cream and cinnamon for topping

How to Mix:

  • Prepare coffee as usual.

  • Heat milk and stir in gingerbread syrup.

  • Combine with coffee and top with whipped cream and cinnamon.

9. Vegan Nog – Because Plant-Based Can Be Posh

Who says you need eggs to make a creamy, dreamy eggnog? Not us! Whip up this plant-based delight for a festive treat that's kind to animals and your taste buds.


Recipe:

  • 2 cups of almond milk

  • 1 can (13.5 oz) of full-fat coconut milk

  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

  • A pinch of salt

How to mix:

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth.

  • Chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

  • Serve in mugs and sprinkle a touch of cinnamon on top.

10. Pomegranate Spritzer – A Festive Fizz

Finally, the Pomegranate Spritzer – a vibrant, tangy drink that's as festive as it is delicious.


Recipe:

  • Pomegranate juice

  • Sparkling water

  • Pomegranate seeds

  • Lime for garnish

How to Mix:

  • Fill a glass with ice.

  • Add pomegranate juice and top with sparkling water.

  • Garnish with lime and pomegranate seeds.


And there you have it, folks – ten fabulous holiday drinks to suit any and all tastes. Whether you're toasting with a boozy beverage or sipping on something sans alcohol, these drinks are sure to bring extra cheer to your holiday celebrations. So raise a glass, make a toast, and savor the flavors of the season. Happy holidays, and happy sipping! 🎄🥂🍫

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