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Festive 15-Minute Holiday Drinks

It's not a holiday party without the drinks! These quick and easy drink recipes can be ready in 15 minutes or less, whether you're in the mood for festive alcoholic cocktails or bubbly nonalcoholic punch.

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    • Peppermint-Eggnog Punch

      Don't let last-minute company get the best of you. You only need five ingredients and 15 minutes to make this sweet and refreshing holiday punch. Start with your favorite eggnog, then add colorful peppermint ice cream and candy canes for an irresistible drink that doubles as dessert.

    • Tennessee Cherry Cocktail

      Bring a touch of Southern comfort to your holiday celebrations with a sweet after-dinner cocktail. Tart cherries help warm up the earthy whiskey, and a hint of cocoa syrup adds complexity to each sip.

    • Apple Cider Punch

      Punch makes any holiday party that much sweeter. Stir up 15 servings by combining orange and lemon juice with tangy apple cider. For an alcoholic option, use chilled champagne instead of the sparkling grape juice.

    • Sunrise Sippers

      Take the chill off cold winter mornings with this quick and easy orange juice sipper. Triple sec, white rum, and three kinds of citrus juice make easy work of this 10-minute cocktail that's perfect for holiday brunch.

    • Homemade Eggnog in 5 Easy Steps

      Say goodbye to store-bought eggnog! It's so simple to make your own. Just follow our quick tips and tricks.

    • Peppermint Frost

      This is one kind of frost you won't mind having inside the house. White creme de cacao and peppermint schnapps mix with a splash of half-and-half for a drinkable spin on mint chocolates.

    • Peach Bellinis

      Get the party started with a fast, four-ingredient spin on classic bellinis. Sweet peach nectar lends juicy fruit flavor to your favorite sparkling wine, and the fresh fruit adds pretty pops of color.

    • Icy Holiday Margaritas

      Who says margaritas are only for summer? Orange and melon liqueur dress up the tequila in this tangy spin on the classic, and the drink's red hues hint at the season.

    • Brandy-Kissed Snowflakes

      A swirl of whipped cream brings holiday flair to these pretty shooters. They're made with brandy, white creme de cacao, and sweet vanilla ice cream, and you can whip up a batch in just 10 minutes. Serve the glasses in a large ice bucket for a fun party accent.

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      Chocolate Blitzen

      Relax after the big holiday meal with a decadent Irish cream cocktail that's part drink and part dessert. Chocolate ice cream brings a hint of decadence to each sip, and chocolate sprinkles on the rim make a fun accent.

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      Hot Chocolate-Stout Float

      This is one hot chocolate recipe you won't have to share with the kids. Mix your favorite stout beer with our easy fudge sauce and vanilla bean ice cream for a warm, cozy cocktail you can mix up in 15 minutes.

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      Hot Orange Sipping Tea

      Grand Marnier, lemon juice, and vanilla vodka help spruce up regular black tea. The result is a citrusy, grown-up spin on warming tea that's ready to serve in just 10 minutes.

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      Gingered Framboise Martini

      Ginger liqueur and fresh cilantro spice up this sweet raspberry martini. Simple syrup sweetens while helping keep each drink under 200 calories.

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      Winter Fruit Sangria

      In-season fruits, such as Calimyrna figs, cranberries, and raisins, take sangria from summer sipper to holiday drink. Save time by mixing a batch ahead and chilling for up to 24 hours.


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      Mulled Cranberry Punch

      This fiery-red punch mulls with cinnamon, cloves, and cranberry juice to create the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. It takes just 15 minutes to prep, then simmers for a few hours in your slow cooker.

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      Tea and Cider Wassail

      What could be more cozy than tea and cider together in one drink? Three kinds of juice sweeten the hot tea as it simmers, and broken cinnamon sticks add irresistible spice.

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