December is back, and it’s bringing its annual merriment and cocktail parties to your evenings once again. Whether you and your guests gather around the Christmas tree, the menorah or a roaring fireplace, you’re going to want a beautiful cocktail in hand. Mix up one of these 11 cocktails at your December parties.
It’s officially cold outside—like, really cold. Warm up with this classic creamy cocktail. Homemade batter made with dark Jamaican-style rum and vanilla mixes with cognac, more dark rum and milk for a thick and delicious warmer. Serve it in a classic Tom & Jerry cup for extra authenticity.
Bring your favorite Christmas carol to life with a batch of this cocktail. Single-malt scotch is the base, its woody and smoky notes highlighted when shaken with allspice dram, bitters, fresh lime and honey syrup. Put together a few thermoses and take the crew caroling as a midparty activity.
Make good use of in-season cranberries with this refreshing tipple. Rum, fresh grapefruit juice, an easy-to-make homemade cranberry syrup and bitters combine for a drink that’s fresh, fruity and spiced all in one. Prepare a big batch and serve it in a pitcher garnished with frozen cranberries to keep it cool all night long.
This warming Scandinavian drink is perfect for cozy nights at home with a few guests. Make the recipe before everyone arrives, and serve it in a Crock-Pot to keep it warm. The mix of brandy, orange peel, spices, red wine and vodka is perfectly delicious when served in mugs and topped with raisins and sliced blanched almonds.
The Dude’s favorite cocktail is a rich and creamy concoction that’s idea for winter sipping. Plus, the easy recipe of two-parts vodka, one-part Kahlúa liqueur and a splash of heavy cream makes it a breeze to throw together for last-minute celebrations. Your guests will definitely abide.
Your favorite winter drink from childhood has received a much-needed adult upgrade. Ditch the powdered cocoa mix and wow your guests with homemade hot chocolate, spiked with your choice of spirit. Or set up a bar with Kahlúa liqueur, Baileys Irish cream liqueur, peppermint schnapps, Green Chartreuse liqueur and bourbon and let guests pick their poison to mix in.
Get the party started with this big-batch punch, featuring heavy hitters like tequila, Yellow Chartreuse and velvet falernum. Mix them with lime juice, agave nectar, water, bitters and ice in a pitcher, then strain into a punch bowl so guests can help themselves throughout the night.
This cocktail, created by Dave Taha at the award-winning Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland, is the ideal holiday crowd pleaser. It tastes great with or without booze. Cranberry and tart cherry juices add brightness to allspice, fresh ginger, nutmeg and ginger ale, while optional light rum lends a boozy backbone for the ABV crowd.
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