With Thanksgiving a distant memory, out comes the garland, the multicolored lights and the stockings hung by the chimney with care.
Now, if you’re anything like me, you’ve been listening to Christmas music since Nov. 1 (Hanson’s Snowed In is a true classic), and you’ve already watched Elf 17 times. However, I understand that some people need the extra boost to get into the holiday spirit. And – what better way to do so than with Christmas-inspired cocktails?
Perhaps you’re hosting your own soiree – or again if you’re like me – hoping your friends will and you can just show up. Regardless, I now present my favorite concoctions of the season. The added bonus is that they are pretty basic and you can construct them in your very own kitchen.
Click through for Kelly’s compilation of holiday cocktails:
I love simplicity, and this takes the cake. Mix these two basics and you’ve got yourself a delightful treat.
Bailey’s Minty Mistletoe
2 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream
1/4 oz. Rumple Minze
When I was younger, my mom used to make a huge crockpot of hot apple cider around the holidays, and it would be gone fin hours. These days, if she would only add some rum, I think we’d be in business.
1 1/4 oz. spiced rum
6 oz. hot apple cider
1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar
1 slice orange
Who says mojitos are for the warmer months? A twist on this summer favorite for the holidays.
1 oz. rum
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/4 oz. maple syrup
2 dash(es) angostura bitters
6 sprig(s) mint
Might as well get a serving of fruit in with your drink. Try this mix if you’re in the mood for something sweet.
2 fresh strawberries
1 part vodka
1 tsp superfine sugar
3 oz pineapple juice
mint sprigs for garnish
Preparation: Mix the vodka, strawberries, sugar and pineapple juice in a blender, pour into glass and top with 7-Up. Garnish with some mint, if you’re classy.
Put the cranberries leftover from dinner to use with this mix.
1 oz gin
1 oz cranberry juice
1 tsp lemon juice
fresh or dried cranberries for garnish
In the mood for a drink AND dessert? Try this one.
1 oz vodka
1 oz amaretto
1 oz heavy cream
nutmeg for garnish
Take a candy cane off the Christmas tree to complete this festive martini.
Candy Cane Martini
1 oz peppermint schnapps
2 oz Vodka
1 mini candy cane
Perhaps this drink can make the magic happen under the mistletoe.
Rudolph’s Love Potion
1 part Goldschläger
1 part Jägermeister
1 part Rumple Minze
These are just a handful of recipes to get you in the holiday cheer! Remember to enjoy responsibly.