Festive & Fun Holiday Drinks

Serve one of these fabulous cocktails to your guests for a festive start to any get-together.


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Pomegranate Sparklers
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Pomegranate Sparklers

    To create these festive cocktails, steep pomegranate seeds in brandy and add them to champagne.

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Chocolate Blitzen

    This beautiful cocktail makes a sensational dessert. Ice cream, Irish cream, crème de cacao, and vodka are blended and served in a chocolate-rimmed martini glass.

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Peppermint-Eggnog Punch

    Love the cool, wintry flavor of peppermint? Try this creamy punch made with peppermint ice cream, eggnog, and ginger ale. To add holiday flair, use a peppermint stick as a stirrer.

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Tiramisu Tippers

    Skip the fork and drink your tiramisu instead. With ice cream, vodka, coffee liqueur, and crème de cacao this cocktail tastes just like the classic Italian dessert.

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Brandy-Kissed Snowflakes

    These adorable little shots are creamy and smooth. Brandy adds a bit of heat, while cinnamon spices things up.

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Bananas Froster

    We've put a fresh twist on a beloved dessert by blending banana liqueur, rum, whipping cream, and vanilla ice cream and serving it in caramel-coated flute glasses.

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Icy Holiday Margaritas

    These cranberry-raspberry cocktails look festive and offer a special-occasion twist on classic margaritas.

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Blood Orange Bourbon

    Fresh blood orange juice adds a punchy twist to bourbon. A touch of powdered sugar makes it frothy.

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Port Spritzer

    A skewer of wine-soaked fruit makes a pretty garnish for this fizzy cocktail.

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Ginger-Infused Vodka

    Serve this flavored vodka (icy cold) before dinner or use it as a base for cocktails. You can make it up to four days in advance.

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Eggnog Punch

    Eggnog freshened up with a colorful peppermint stick and a dash of cinnamon brings cheer to the holidays.

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Winter Fruit Sangria

    This blend of red wine, honey, brandy, and dried fruit is a cocktail-party favorite.

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Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

    Add a twist to the traditional toast by blending bubbly with pomegranate (or cranberry) juice.

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Apple Cider Punch

    Preparing a large meal? Skip the spread of before-dinner nibbles and serve glasses of this classic punch with cheese and crackers.

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Hot Buttered Cider

    To make a hot buttered rum drink to enjoy later in the day, add 1/2 cup rum to this recipe.

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Cranberry Tree Champagne

    Tangy cranberry juice livens up the taste of this cranberry sparkler. Garnish with fresh cranberries on a wooden skewer.

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Sparkling Sangria

    Grapefruit-juice, champagne, and ginger-spiked sangria matches well with Asian-style nibbles or smoked salmon.

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Sake Martinis

    Sake replaces gin in this nontraditional martini. Pickled-ginger stuffed green olives make a pretty garnish.

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Ginger-Champagne Punch

    Make this icy cocktail by blending bubbly with vodka, crystallized ginger, and sugar.

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Sparkling Pomegranate Spritzers

    Make this creative cocktail with your favorite dry bubbly and pomegranate juice; we love Prosecco, a sparkling wine from Italy.

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Apple Sparkler

    Looking for a festive nonalcoholic drink? This combination of sparkling apple cider and raspberry juice garnished with citrus wedges does the trick.

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Pomegranate Martinis

    Pomegranate syrup for these martinis can be found in the coffee or baking aisle of well-stocked supermarkets. Offer all three flavor options -- pomegranate, orange, and apple -- to your guests.

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Sparkling Cranberry Rose

    A fizzy blend of sugar cubes, cranberry juice, and rose wine makes a delightful predinner cocktail. For an eye-catching garnish, place a wooden skewer of fresh cranberries in each glass.

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