Whether you’re sipping on hot cocoa or enjoying a glass of mulled wine, we find that most memorable holiday moments are made with a festive beverage in hand. Searching for some inspiration in the drink department, we rounded up a few of our favorite holiday cocktail recipes that will work for just about any type of celebratory mood.
For family-friendly festivities
Every holiday gathering needs a drink for the whole family. This spiced cider recipe is a crowd-pleaser for more reasons than one. Make two batches—one version for the adults and one non-alcoholic version for the kids. With just the right amount of sweetness, guests of all ages will be coming back for more.
For cozy moments fireside
No holiday celebration is complete without a Hot Toddy. What’s even better is that this cocktail works two-fold: not only is it perfectly delicious, but you’ll also fall in love with the scent that fills your home. Drawing on the classic cocktail that’s synonymous with the season, this recipe delivers time after time.
For your virtual holiday party
This year, we’re replacing our in-person holiday parties with a lineup of virtual festivities (thank you, Zoom). But even your sofa celebrations are deserving of a seasonal cocktail. That’s where the Rosemary Fig Fizz comes in. With the look of a formal cocktail but the assembly of a drink that’s strikingly simple, the Fig Fizz is the ultimate hit.
Bring the fresh apple cider, 3 cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, and orange peel to a boil in a heavy-bottomed pot. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Carefully ladle cider into mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slice.
For the adults, mix with a finger or two of whiskey or brandy.
Place the tea bags, cinnamon sticks, and cloves in a bowl or container large enough to hold 9 cups of liquid. Add the boiling water and let the tea and spices steep for 6 minutes. Carefully remove the tea bags with a slotted spoon and stir in the honey and lemon juice.
Set out 8 mugs and pour 2 ounces of bourbon into each mug. Heat the toddy mix in a saucepan on the stove. When it reaches a rolling simmer, remove from heat and ladle approximately 6 ounces of toddy mix into each mug. Garnish with an orange peel and a cinnamon stick
Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan on the stove. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and stir, dissolving sugar into the water. Once sugar is dissolved, throw in the bunch of rosemary, turn off the heat and let cool. Can be refrigerated for up to a month.
To prepare the cocktail:
Preparation is key to cocktail making. Always have all elements of the cocktail prepped and labeled in advance of the party. All elements can be put into pretty glass bottles, alongside a recipe card for guests to make their own cocktails.
To make the cocktail:
In a mixing tin, muddle the fig, then add ice along with the vodka, lemon juice, rosemary simple syrup, and bitters. Shake vigorously. Dump into a Collins glass. Top with a slight splash of soda and garnish with a lemon peel. Enjoy!