You’ve built the perfect bar for holiday entertaining, now it’s time to host your first party. Make it an evening to remember by offering a signature winter cocktail along with your standard pairings.
From spicy to sweet, here are a few of our favorite winter cocktails that are sure to make your holiday party spectacular.
Eggnog is synonymous with the holidays, so it seems only appropriate to serve up this classic cocktail. Made by mixing eggs, milk, and sugar with bourbon, this frothy and festive beverage will definitely bring holiday cheer to your home bar.
Eggnog can be a labor of love (you’ll need to pull out your stand mixer), so feel free to opt for a pre-made version if homemade isn’t feasible. Just remember to buy an extra bottle of bourbon for your home bar. Most store bought versions are alcohol free, and you’ll want to spike your eggnog before serving. Top off this festive favorite with a sprinkle of nutmeg and celebrate the season with your guests.
Empty your wine storage cabinet and whip up a colorful pitcher of this Spanish punch. Holiday sangria has a hint of cinnamon, which makes it a great cocktail to serve during winter months. It’s deep red hue also gives it a festive flair.
To make a classic sangria, you’ll need a good spanish wine (like rioja or tempranillo), brandy, orange juice, sugar, club soda and fresh, seasonal fruit. To give it a holiday twist, add some cinnamon sticks and pomegranate seeds to your recipe. You can make your sangria the night before or morning of a party, so that the flavors can steep for a few hours before serving.
3. Brandy Alexander
Have you had this delicious brandy drink before? It calls for cognac, creme de cacao and cream. Your guests will love it because it’s creamy and slightly sweet. You’ll be a fan because it’s truly one of the easiest drinks to make.
Simply shake brandy, creme de cacao and cream with ice. Then strain into a glass and serve with a sprinkle of nutmeg. It’s a timeless winter cocktail that will give your holiday party a retro feel in the best way possible.
4. Peppermint Martini
There are a few different ways to make a peppermint martini, but all routes lead to a refreshing winter cocktail. This version on Allrecipes, recommends mixing vanilla flavored vodka with peppermint schnapps and creme de menthe. Smirnoff shares an easy recipe that combines their peppermint twist vodka with Baileys Original Irish Cream.
Whichever recipe you go with, always serve with a mini candy cane. It’s the perfect garnish for this cocktail and a fun treat for your guests.
5. Champagne Cocktail
There’s no better way to say cheers than with a glass of bubbly. But rather than just pouring your guests a glass of champagne, put together this easy champagne cocktail at your next holiday party.
This simple drink features champagne, bitters and a sugar cube. For something a little fancier, follow Martha Stewart’s instructions to replace the sugar cube with candied ginger.
And if you have a refrigerated wine storage cabinet in your home bar, keep a few extra bottles chilled. Champagne cocktails are always a crowd pleaser.
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