Welcome to party season. Whether you’re hosting a Christmas cocktail hour, Hanukkah celebration or just a general holiday fête, you’re going to need refreshments. And what better way to celebrate the most festive time of the year than with punches and cocktails made with warming spices, winter fruits and lots of sparkling wine? Check out these 11 drinks to try at your upcoming party.
If you’re hosting a large crowd, be sure to mix a batch of this punch. It can serve up to 20 and is easy to make ahead of time. Mix port, apple cider, lemon juice and ginger syrup in a large bowl and garnish with sliced apples and lemons for a punch so pretty it will take all of the attention off the Christmas tree.
If simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, this two-ingredient classic is the most sophisticated of them all. Just add a dash of crème de cassis (or any crème of your choice) to a glass of Champagne. It’s easy enough for spur-of-the-moment festivities but fancy enough for your most elegant soiree.
If you can’t afford to fly all of your guests around the world for a celebration on Mykonos—hey, we can dream, right?—then make them the next best thing: this hot coffee cocktail. Tentura, a Greek liqueur spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, adds winter flavor to coffee and steamed milk.
For brunch gift exchanges, swap standard Mimosas for these fruity, spiced cocktails. Pear puree, pear brandy and nutmeg or cinnamon give sparkling wine the cheery upgrade it needs to make it through the colder months. Pour them over Champagne ice cubes so they stay perfectly chilled.
Impromptu celebrations—or parties for which you’ve forgotten to plan the beverages—are a snap with this easy punch. Throw wine, brandy and spices in a pot to warm, and fill your home with holiday fragrance. Serve in glasses with cinnamon sticks, and you’re good to go.
It wouldn’t be a December party without a glass of this quintessential creamy cocktail, but the homemade stuff is so much better than the store-bought version. Make this once, and legendary bartender Dale DeGroff’s recipe will become your go-to after just one sip. Bourbon and rum are just what’s needed to cut through heavy eggs and cream.
Have you been naughty or nice? This punch won’t tell. Rum, lemon juice, maple syrup and apple cider are heated on the stove, giving your whole home a warm holiday fragrance. Top glasses off with a few dashes of bitters to cut through the sweetness and add a little intrigue.
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