Drink in the Holidays

From Christmas cookies and fruitcake to Chanukah doughnuts and chocolate gelt, it’s the season for indulging in decadent desserts, no matter what holiday you celebrate.

Our partners in the Food Network’s Virtual Cookie Swap (see the list below) have given you some great recipes for baked goods, but you still need to think about what kind of spirited beverages to enjoy them with.

Few things taste better than milk and cookies, so try fixing an adult version: the Banks Milk Punch (pictured above) from award-winning bartender and Liquor.com advisor Jim Meehan.

No one would blame you for thinking that the recipe for classic Tom & Jerry, with its eggs, sugar and vanilla, is for cookies. But all those rich ingredients help form a delicious rum-and-cognac-based concoction. Use acclaimed author and Liquor.com advisor David Wondrich’s recipe to whip up a big bowl of the stuff for any festive occasion.

Going to a party? Then you should bring along a Thermos of top mixologist and Liquor.com advisor Aisha Sharpe’s tasty Mexican Hot Chocolate. The warm tequila-based tipple has a spicy kick, which should pair well with sweet treats.

Happy Holidays!

Here are links to the rest of the Virtual Cookie Swap recipes:

All You Magazine: Pecan and Honey Diamonds
Oprah.com: Sugar Cookies
Gilt Taste: Momofuku Milk Bar’s Holiday Cookie Recipes
Cooking Light: Iced Sugar Cookies
MyRecipes.com: Ultimate Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Food52: Ginger Spiced Molasses Sugar Cookies
Cooking Channel: The White House’s Molasses Spice Cookies “Gingersnaps”
BlogHer: Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies
CafeMom: Marvelous Mini Apple Crisp Cookies
The Daily Meal: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Food Republic: Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookies
EatingWell: 5 Tips for Perfect Gingerbread Cookies
Redbook Magazine: Candy Cane Cookies
Gourmet Live: Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies
AP/ J.M. Hirsch: Ginger Fig Crumb Bars
Fox News: White Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
Epicurious: Italian Almond Cookies
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Cowboy Cookies
FN Dish: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Bacon Cookies
Yahoo! Shine: Nutmeg Rosettes
Food & Wine: Chocolate-Espresso Snowballs
YumSugar: Coconut Date Balls

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