During this time of year, life can feel like an endless blur of cocktail parties, dinners and gift exchanges. Spice up the celebrations and impress your guests with one (or two or three) of these drinks. From cranberry and warm spice-infused to bright green and cheery, these festive cocktails are fun for any holiday occasion.
This classic Puerto Rican holiday cocktail is the perfect combination of creamy and boozy. Unsweetened coconut cream’s flavor is enhanced when simmered with vanilla beans, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add in some spiced rum, and you have a cocktail you’re going to want to drink all year long.
Turn a standard Negroni into a bubbly party-ready punch that will keep the whole crowd happy. Sweet vermouth and Campari liqueur get a fizzy lift (and an extra boozy kick) from a full bottle of prosecco. Add in chopped oranges, apples and berries or whatever fruit you have on hand for a stunning presentation and extra flavor.
This time of year, unexpected guests are common. If you find yourself stuck with no time to make a full feast with a bevy of cocktails, you can still impress those eleventh-hour visitors. Grab a bottle of red wine—you know, the one that has been lying around the house forever—simmer it with warm pantry spices, and spike it with bourbon in a mug.
Slipping out the back door without saying farewell is fine when you have a mug of this in hand. A beer-centric update on the Irish Coffee, this drink is a warming combination of an easy homemade coffee-infused whiskey, brown sugar coffee syrup, half-and-half and nitro milk stout. Whipped cream is optional (but highly recommended).
Bring the freshness of pine trees into your glass with this unique cocktail for a flavor that tastes like a Christmas tree in a cup. Homemade pine syrup mixes with bitters and either gin or vodka for a bracing sipper. Mix in lemon juice, fresh cranberries and lemon-lime soda to lighten things up a bit.