Cocktail recipes to enjoy for the holidays

10 Best Cocktail Recipes for the Holidays

These Cocktails Made it to the Top of Santa’s Naughty List

Tis the season for mixed cocktails that you won’t want to put down! These cocktail recipes for the Holidays will have your relatives complementing your mixology skills, instead of talking politics.

10 Best Cocktail Recipes for the Holidays

 

Mulled Wine

10 Best Cocktail Recipes for the Holidays - Mulled Wine

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

Whether you call it Glühwein, Gløgg, Vin Brulé or Mulled Wine, making hot, spiced wine is a holiday tradition around the world. It wouldn’t quite be Christmas without it, and this ultimate mulled wine recipe takes the Yule Log!

 

Festive Candy Cane Martini

10 Best Cocktail Recipes for the Holidays - Festive Candy Cane Martini

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This simple candy cane infused cocktail is full of holiday cheer! This candy cane martini recipe combines homemade candy cane infused vodka, vanilla schnapps, and cranberry juice into a seasonal cocktail you can not put down.

 

Irish Cream Hot Chocolate

10 Best Cocktail Recipes for the Holidays - Irish Cream Hot Chocolate

Image / Recipe from // Erin | Delightful E Made

This is the number one creamy and frothy hot chocolate recipe, with an adult twist, that you’ll want to drown in chocolate sauce.

 

Cranberry Whiskey Buck

10 Best Cocktail Recipes for the Holidays - Cranberry Whiskey Buck

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Ring in the holidays with cranberry and whiskey! This fizzy pairing of whiskey, ginger ale, and cranberry juice will have you Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.

 

The North Pole

10 Best Cocktail Recipes for the Holidays - The North Pole Cocktail

Image / Recipe from // Half Baked Harvest

Named after Santa’s favorite hangout, the North Pole cocktail is a sweet and creamy cocktail for all the kids at heart at your holiday soiree.

 

Tom and Jerry

10 Best Cocktail Recipes for the Holidays - Tom and Jerry

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

The Tom and Jerry cocktail puts a twist on classic eggnog by using rum and cognac instead of bourbon and by serving the cocktail hot. Additionally, while eggnog is very thick, the Tom and Jerry has a lighter, whipped texture.

 

Yule Mule

10 Best Cocktail Recipes for the Holidays - Yule Mule

Image / Recipe from // Feast West

‘Yule’ find that this holiday cocktail recipe really tickles your taste buds! Celebrate the Winter Solstice with this ginger and cranberry mash-up.

 

Hot Buttered Rum

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Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

There’s nothing that quite spells out the Winter holidays like good ol’Hot Buttered Rum.

 

Jungle Juice Punch

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Image / Recipe from // Inspired by Charm

What Holiday cocktail recipe list would be complete without a spiked punch recipe? This simple holiday punch will have you Jingling all the way, so make sure to Uber your sleigh ride home.

 

Kir Royale

10 Best Cocktail Recipes for the Holidays - Kir Royale

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

Looking for a way to fancy up your champagne game for this New Year’s Eve? The Kir Royale is a simple, yet tasty remedy to boring stand alone champagne.

 

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Cranberry Whiskey Buck

The Holiday Season Begins with Cranberry and Whiskey

This fizzy pairing of whiskey, ginger ale, and cranberry juice will be a pleasure to your taste buds.

Try this Brio Drink of the Week: the Cranberry Whiskey Buck

Cranberry juice. It is the mixer we all come to love in our early drinking years, where vodka cranberries were common and we didn’t know that it could get any more sophisticated than that. Well, we’ve introduced you to the Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss, now we’d like to serve you this Cranberry Whiskey Buck.

Bucks are a family of cocktails where an alcohol is mixed with ginger ale or ginger beer and citrus juice. You may have already experienced one if you’ve ever enjoyed a Moscow Mule, which is also known as a Vodka Buck. If you’d like to try another buck cocktail, try our Irish Buck, which is a delicious blend of Jameson, ginger ale, and lime juice.

In the case of this Cranberry Whiskey Buck, whiskey is paired with ginger ale and cranberry juice. This fizzy pairing makes for a delicious fall flavored cocktail. Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of fizzy drinks, but I rather like this one. I’m starting to think whiskey just goes with everything. Water, cider, Coke, root beer, lime/lemon, and now cranberry juice.

This Cranberry Whiskey Buck cocktail is the elegant cocktail you will want to serve to your guests this Thanksgiving.

Now let’s show you how you make a Cranberry Whiskey Buck!

 

Cranberry Whiskey Buck

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Ounce Whiskey
  • 1 Ounce Ginger Ale
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
  • Cranberries for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker w/ Strainer

 

Preparation

Cranberry Whiskey Buck: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and pour in whiskey, ginger ale, and cranberry juice. Shake until chilled, about 30 seconds or so. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a couple of fresh cranberries. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 140 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 25

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You'll want to pucker up for this Amaretto Cranberry Kiss

Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

It’s time to upgrade from a simple Vodka Cranberry

The Cranberry Kiss melds the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry juice and the smoothness of vodka.

Brio Smart Life Drink of the week: Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

Also referred to as the Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss, this Drink of the Week recipe was adapted from Meredith Deeds & Carla Snyder’s 8 servings recipe at Bon Appetit. This fall cocktail found a way to mellow out the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry and citrus juices and the smooth feel of vodka.

Like most young folks who don’t know any better, my first cocktail at a bar was a Vodka Cranberry. I figured it’s tart and sweet, why not! Of course, my cocktail palate has grown from there, but I still sometimes find myself finding ways to mix vodka and cranberry juice together in a cocktail. One of those ways was a Valentine’s Day cocktail I dubbed the Sweet Loven’ Martini. The Cranberry Kiss is the next upgrade from the simple Vodka Cranberry.

Now if you don’t like sweet cocktails – sorry mate – this one ain’t for you. While it’s not extra sweet, some folks like me find Amaretto very sweet. That’s why you need something with a tang, like cranberry juice, to cut down on the sweet factor. Using freshly squeezed orange juice can also help cut down the sweetness by not introducing any added sugar to your cocktail. That added sugar is what can also cause a nasty hangover if you aren’t too careful.

[You might want to try one of these treats to offset that hangover if you are going to be drinking a lot of fruity sugary drinks.]

You all know by now, as long as it isn’t Aristocrat, I’m not that picky with my choice of Vodka. I save my snobbery for Whiskey, like a lady. We recently stocked up the liquor cabinet for Hurricane Matthew, that’s headed our way this weekend. Riding out a Cat 2 storm just isn’t the same if you don’t have a Hurricane Party. So I picked up a bottle of Svedka. Svedka is one of those great value brand vodkas that won’t break the bank. They also specialize in fruit-flavored vodkas, so keep that in mind for the future. Hint-Hint. Nudge-Nudge.

Now let’s show you how you make a Cranberry Kiss!

 

Cranberry Kiss

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1¹⁄³ Ounces Vodka
  • 2²⁄³ Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 2/3 Ounce Amaretto
  • 2/3 Ounce Orange Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Cranberry Kiss: Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 seconds, or until the drink is properly chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 158.01 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 20.76 Carbohydrates (g) 18.31 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9.53 Protein (g) 0.06 Sodium (mg) 1.6

How to make an Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss via the Brio Smart Life Blog

 

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