The holidays are here and, like every year, parties are popping up everywhere. For your own holiday party, why not break away from convention. Instead of Mulled Wine or Champagne, serve some creative cocktails. Here are ten options that will put your guests in the holiday spirit—from a few twisted takes on the Toddy, to a traditional Glögg and a Sour that will leave them delighted.
We can’t resist a few glasses of Eggnog this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we’re not open to experimentation. The Trick Nog is a welcome twist on the traditional recipe. Orange juice, Cherry Heering, brown sugar, cream and a whole egg join bourbon in this new winter classic.
The Scandinavians know winter, so it’s no wonder they lead the way with this classic holiday hot beverage. Red wine, port and vodka star in this warm punch, which is perfumed with star anise and cinnamon. Another genius addition: raisins. They soak up the liquid, swelling with boozy promise.
As a host, sometimes it’s best to have a punch that you can set and forget. The Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch fits the bill. Citrus, pineapple, gin and Madeira join forces in this warm drink, which has as especially seasonal aroma, thanks to its garnish of clove-studded orange wheels.
This take on the classic cocktail formula uses Campari as the base spirit. Instead of a traditional lemon, this recipe uses the less acidic, fragrant Meyer lemon and is sweetened with a honey syrup. The addition of an egg white provides a frothy lid to this seasonal sipper.
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