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The 10 Best Christmas Cocktails

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Kir Royale. Image: / Tim Nusog

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Since the day after Thanksgiving, you’ve been subjected to countless Christmas carols, masses of tinsel and hoards of crazed shoppers. But now, it’s finally time to actually enjoy the holiday. No matter if you’re planning a big family meal or something more low-key, we suggest you fix a few of our favorite Christmas cocktails. (They’re so good you’ll want to make them even if you’re not celebrating the holiday.)

From a decadent Eggnog for Christmas Eve to the crowd-pleasing Kir Royale, here’s what you should be drinking on this holly jolly holiday. Merry Christmas!

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  • Tom & Jerry

    Forget milk! The perfect drink for Christmas Eve is this historic and creamy cognac-and-rum concoction from cocktail historian and advisory board member David Wondrich. Best of all, it pairs beautifully with gingerbread cookies!

  • Uncle Angelo’s Eggnog

    Fortunately, you don’t need to be related to master mixologist and advisory board member Dale Degroff to use his uncle’s recipe for Eggnog. It’s the best one we’ve ever tasted and calls for both bourbon and spiced rum. Go ahead, have a second glass; it’s Christmas, after all.

  • Rum-Brandy Punch

    Need a seasonal drink that will serve the whole family? Try this classic double-liquor punch from cocktail historian David Wondrich. It’s a potent elixir, but it goes down easy and pairs especially well with traditional holiday fare from cookies to ham.

  • Grand Coffee

    No would blame you for needing a caffeine boost this time of year. So perk up with this spirited coffee concoction that blends together a little Grand Marnier, brown sugar syrup, freshly brewed coffee and whipped cream. It’s a rich reward for surviving the holiday season.

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  • Cardamom & Pop Punch

    Hosting friends and family on Christmas Day? Make this citrus-and-rum punch from all-star New York bartender Phil Ward. It matches well with both sweet treats like gingerbread men also more savory snacks.

  • Hot Buttered Rum

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    If you’re having a white (or just plain frigid) Christmas, the perfect beverage is this classic hot elixir. You can even make the batter, which includes ice cream, spices and, of course, butter, ahead of time! Then to serve, all you’ll have to do is add a spoonful of the batter, some hot water and a bit of rum to a mug.

  • Coquito

    It’s traditional in Puerto Rico to make this spiced Christmastime drink. Our recipe comes from talented New York bartender Giuseppe Gonzalez. The rich elixir combines aged rum, cream of coconut and unsweetened coconut cream with cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and a vanilla bean. It will definitely satisfy a thirsty crowd. ¡Feliz Navidad!

  • Brandy Milk Punch

    Planning a Yuletide brunch? Whip up this frothy New Orleans classic! It, of course, features brandy as well as milk, vanilla, powdered sugar and nutmeg. It’s the perfect addition to your waffles and eggs Benedict.

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  • Rusty Apple Toddy

    This fruity twist on the classic Hot Toddy is an ideal way to end your Christmas celebration. The drink includes herbal Scotch-based liqueur Drambuie, hot apple juice, lemon and a cinnamon stick. It’s so good, it may just end up as your nightcap for the whole winter.

  • Kir Royale

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    Class up any party by serving this elegant two-ingredient drink. Just mix some sweet crème de Cassis with dry sparkling wine. If you want to get fancy, add a lemon twist.