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
Pomegranate Sparklers

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

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.

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.

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.

Brandy-Kissed Snowflakes

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

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.

Icy Holiday Margaritas

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

Blood Orange Bourbon

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

Port Spritzer

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

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.

Eggnog Punch

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

Winter Fruit Sangria

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

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

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

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.

Hot Buttered Cider

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

Cranberry Tree Champagne

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

Sparkling Sangria

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

Sake Martinis

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

Ginger-Champagne Punch

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

Sparkling Pomegranate Spritzers

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

Apple Sparkler

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

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.

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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