You’ve waited all year for this. It’s finally December, which means its prime time to round up your party posse and host an epic holiday celebration your neighbors won’t soon forget.
Make this bash the one to beat by stockpiling spirits for all of the essential cold-weather cocktails. Eggnog? Ain’t Christmas without it. Irish Coffee? A slam dunk. Glögg? Sure, sounds pleasantly Nordic.
Slip on your best reindeer sweater and serve up these seven smash-hit holiday cocktails that deliver seven times the merriment.
Time to ransack ye olde cranberry bog. Winter’s favorite berry takes center stage here—in the form of homemade cranberry syrup. Pair that crimson liquid with single barrel rum, fresh grapefruit juice and Angostura bitters and toast to a party well-served.
Get the recipe for the Colony Records.
Love it or hate it, this lush, calorie-laden punch is a classic for good reason. What’s more seasonal than the rich marriage of bourbon and spiced rum with whole milk, heavy cream and silky beaten eggs? Topped with freshly grated nutmeg, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a teacup full of ’nog.
Get the recipe for Eggnog.
The simple beauty of the Hot Toddy? You can use any type of whiskey you like. Build this cup of comfort in a warm mug with Demerara sugar and a clove-studded lemon twist, then savor the spicy aroma that wafts up when you pour over lemon juice, whiskey and boiling water.
Get the recipe for the Hot Toddy.
Dust off your party equipment. Start stocking the bar. Call—or text—your pals: It's Party Season, the perfect time of year to show off your well-honed hosting skills and bring all your favorite people together.
Embrace the sweet side of the holiday with this golden, honey-laced cocktail. Orange vodka and liqueur temper that natural sweetness with a hint of citrus, and a pinch of star anise powder adds warming spice to the finish.
Get the recipe for the Holiday at the Hive.
Scandinavians know that the best way to thaw out during a frost is to assemble the mulled wine. Take their lead and spike a bottle of red wine with (nearly) the entirety of your spice cabinet. Start with cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon and force even more flavor with orange peel, fresh ginger and a few glugs of brandy. Garnish each mugful with raisins and sliced blanched almonds to complete the transporting effect.
Get the recipe for Glögg.
The name might mean “incorrect Negroni,” but this crowd-pleasing punch is always the right idea for a holiday shindig. Build this bubbly stunner in your best punch bowl, using an entire bottle each of Campari, sweet vermouth and Prosecco, then finish with floats of seasonal fruit and freshly grated cinnamon. Party down.
Get the recipe for the Negroni Sbagliato.