December might be chock-full of holiday festivities, but it’s also just a great time to get together and reflect on the year that’s passed and the year that’s to come. Whether you’re celebrating with a big group of friends or a small group of loved ones, raise a toast to good times with these 11 cocktails.
This punch requires a little bit of planning, but the result is well worth the effort. The key ingredient is tea-infused vermouth, which comes to life when mixed with reposado tequila, apple cider and spices. A fruit-filled ice block and fizzy water keeps the whole batch cool as the crowd sips.
Bring the flavors of a rich holiday side dish into your cocktail glass. Dark rum, orange liqueur, a homemade butternut squash base, simple syrup and bitters combine to make a sweet cocktail that’s brought to new heights when served in a cinnamon-sugar-rimmed glass.
Stir up this fruity spin on a classic Martini whenever you’re in the mood for something that’s a little fancy. Vodka gets a touch of sweetness from a shot of pineapple juice, while crème de cassis adds a light creaminess. Shake it all with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Running short on time? No worries. This mulled wine recipe can be whipped up in minutes, perfect for surprise guests or impromptu get-togethers. Fruity red wine, bourbon or brandy, plus star anise, lemon peel and sugar are all you need. Just cook on low until warm, let stand for a few minutes so the flavors meld, and enjoy garnished with cinnamon sticks.
Bring on the holiday cheer with this verdant concoction. Wheatgrass juice lends its color to citrus vodka, fresh lime juice and agave nectar to make a cocktail that’s sweet, vegetal and refreshing all at once. Garnish with a few mint leaves and a watermelon radish for a little extra holiday sparkle.