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Our Favorite Christmas Eve Cocktails

Cocktails / December 24, 2016 / No Comments.

giphySanta’s on his way. The tree is lit. Presents are wrapped. It’s time to drink. Here is a list of our favorite Christmas Eve cocktails (thanks to GourmetGiftBaskets.com)

Champagne Parfait CocktailThis drink is a perfect toasting cocktail. Take your favorite champagne (or any sparkling wine, Prosecco, Brut, etc), add a little bit of gin, any fruit liqueurs and fresh berries to create a delicious and beautiful drink. The different berries will float at different levels, hence the the parfait look.

La Vie En Rouge“Life in Red” mixes Grand Marnier, fresh cranberry juice, and fresh rosemary. Its bright flavor and fragrant aroma make a great after-dinner drink. Float a few cranberries in the glass for garnish.

Christmas Eve Hot ChocolateThe adult version of your favorite childhood drink. This recipe mixes coffee, chocolate and liquor. A perfect night cap.

Holiday SparklerIf you’re hosting a large party, this a great punch bowl recipe. With Cava, fresh mint, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice, it’s a bright and festive drink you can make the day before your party to let the flavors really develop. It also makes a great substitution for mimosas on Christmas Day!

Mulled WineAlso known as Glogg or gluwein, the spicy hot wine drink is perfect for a cold winter night. All you really need is dry red wine, port wine, Grand Marnier, and a bunch of oranges and some cinnamon sticks. Cook it up on the stove or even in a Crockpot to keep it warm throughout the evening.

Mistletoe MartiniA mix of chilled cranberry tea, orange and lemon juices, and vodka. A little bit of sugar cuts the tart flavors.

EggnogIs it even Christmas if there isn’t any eggnog? We don’t think so. Spike yours with bourbon or spiced rum for a smooth Christmas drink.


Christmas Big Batch Punch

Cocktails / December 23, 2015 / No Comments.

o-CHRISTMAS-PUNCH-facebookNothing says Christmas more than a group of jolly drunk friends enjoying each other’s company. And what better way to do so than to whip up a batch of boozy festive punch? Christmas cocktails don’t always have to be cranberry or eggnog themed, although if you’re into that, by all means enjoy. This year, mix it up with one of these unique holiday punches. After a few sips, who knows, you could end up under the mistletoe with that special someone…

Citrus Punch: (6 servings)

  • 3 1/2 grapefruits, juiced (about 2 1/3 cups juice)
  • 1 1/2 oranges, juiced (about 1 2/3 cups juice)
  • 1-liter bottle club soda
  • Clear spirit like vodka or tequila, on the side or mixed in, to taste

(For garnish):

  • 1/2 grapefruit, sliced
  • 1/2 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 cup kumquats, sliced

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients including garnishes, if you plan to serve immediately. Otherwise, combine all ingredients except for the club soda, and refrigerate. Stir in the club soda when ready to serve.

Recipe by popsugar.com 

Apple Cider Punch: (6 servings)

  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 navel oranges, sliced down the middle
  • 10 whole cloves

Pour the cider in a dutch oven pan, 1/2 at a time. Put on the stove on simmer. Add 2 cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and 5 whole cloves. You might have to add 1 or 2 more cinnamon sticks or more cloves to taste. Take off Heat after approximately 10 minutes. Serve.

Recipe from food.com 

Amaretto Bourbon Punch: (10 servings)

  • 5 cups seltzer
  • 4 cups bourbon
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 16 lemons)
  • 2 cups sparkling apple juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 3/4 cup amaretto or other almond-flavored liqueur
  • Ice cubes
  • Garnish: lemon slices and Maraschino cherries

Combine seltzer, bourbon, juices, simple syrup, and amaretto in a punch bowl. Fill with ice. Garnish with lemon slices and cherries.

Recipe from marthastewart.com


Drinking-Related Christmas Eve Traditions You Should Start

Our Stories / December 24, 2013 / No Comments.


Whether or not you have kids, everyone likes to have their own Christmas Eve traditions. However, most of those traditions are pretty wholesome, like building a ginger bread house, or reading “The Night Before Christmas.” That’s precious and everything, but where’s the alcohol? We’re not telling people to go out and get bombed on Christmas Eve, but there are ways to incorporate a good drink into your family fun and create your own Christmas Eve tradition you can look forward to.


On Christmas Eve morning, while you finish making cookies: Make a cocktail that tastes like a Christmas cookie so you’re not tempted to eat a few from the cookie tins you’re supposed to be giving to other people (we speak from experience).


Before you head to Christmas Eve mass: Christmas Eve mass is always beautiful, but after all of the shopping and cooking and wrapping over the past few days, you’re probably a little tired. Make sure you don’t embarrass yourself and fall asleep during church; have this coffee cocktail before hand to make things a little easier.


With Christmas Eve dinner: You don’t want a heavy drink that will take away from your meal, so go for something lighter, but also different – a grapefruit and rosemary holiday cocktail.


While you open a few select gifts on Christmas Eve: Sometimes you get presents that aren’t that great. Sometimes you do, but then you have to sit there and watch other people open their gifts (yawn). Have a cranberry margarita while you wait; it’ll help you feel festive in no time.


Before you go to bed: Christmas Eve is also National Eggnog Day, so don’t let it go by without having a drink to celebrate. Eggnog is kind of thick and can slow you down a little, so have one before bed and you’ll be out like a light in no time.


Whatever your Christmas Eve plans, make sure you have a cocktail to enjoy throughout the day. We hope that no matter what you do or drink, cheers to family and friends this Christmas.