Aaah, the holidays. The season of family, friends, cold weather, good cheer, and … cocktails! A problem I run into every year is that I want to drink something festive, but I can’t think of anything appropriately Christmassy that isn’t super sugary. Well, this year I’ve kept my eye out for good seasonal drinks, and I have a little something for everyone.
David and I actually came up with a couple recipes, too. We altered a couple standbys to make them feel a little more seasonal, and so far they’ve been a hit!
The Nog Russian
Basically, a white Russian with eggnog instead of cream. So good, even if you’re not a huge ‘nog drinker. I’d recommend making your own eggnog, because I think it tastes way better. If you’re local, we did find some really good stuff at the Fresh Market – it’s from Homestead Creameries.
1 oz Kahlua
2 oz vodka
2 oz Eggnog
Pour the Kahlua and vodka over ice and stir – you want them to be mixed up so your eggnog doesn’t curdle. Add the eggnog, enjoy!
equal parts of:
Stir together – add a splash of vodka to taste – we like ours with more of a bite.
This drink is named after Little Jerry Seinfeld, for no reason at all, except that’s the episode we were watching when David came up with it. It’s been my standard winter drink for a couple years now – it’s refreshing and light, but the grapefruit and almond make it taste wintry.
2 parts grapefruit juice
1 part vodka
.5 part amaretto
Mix. Add a cherry if you like – I usually do.
I’ve been seeing some great recipes on Pinterest too:
We made this Bourbon Epice the other day and it was super tasty. We didn’t have cinnamon bitters so we just used regular and added a piece of cinnamon bark – it did the trick!
This cherry whiskey smash is right up my alley. I love any drink that has ‘smash’ in the name.
The cinnamon maple bourbon sour sounds appropriately festive.
Cranberry ginger vanilla margaritas are very on theme (red and green!) and are a tasty alternative for people who uh, don’t love bourbon.
I’ve also been really digging mulled wine. Super simple to make, really tasty, and you can pretend it’s healthy.
These spiced pomegranate cocktails sounds fruity and delicious, and once you’ve gotten the simple syrup made, easy to put together.
I saved the best for last. The winter spiced old fashioned. OH MAN. I think this girl is my new best friend.
Time to get festive!