Think of holiday drinks and what typically comes to mind is a traditional champagne toast, mulled wine and hot toddies to warm you in the winter cold. But whether or not the weather outside is frightful, it's easy to mix up some imaginative Christmas-y cocktails full of holiday spirits literal and figurative. We tippled and taste-tested luxury craft liquors, cold brew coffees, drink mixers and several bottles of wine to bring you our favorite festive holiday cocktail recipes sure to raise a hearty holiday "Cheers!"
TRUDOLF THE RED-NOSED COSMO
Cranberry sauce gives the traditional cosmopolitan a tantalizingly tasty twist.
2 ounces TRU lemon vodka
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce fresh cranberry sauce (we used a metal jigger to measure)
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Garnish: Fresh cranberries or a lemon twist
Shake well. Strain into martini glass. Top with fresh cranberries or a lemon twist.
Recipe courtesy of Greenbar Distillery.
OWEN'S GINGER POMEGRANATE JINGLE JUICE PUNCH
The ginger beer flavor delivers a delightful punch to this sparkling and fruity drink.
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup orange liqueur
750 milliliters sparkling wine
400 milliliters Owen's Ginger Beer + Lime mixer
Garnish: Fresh cranberries and a sprig of fresh rosemary
Mix ingredients and garnish with 2-3 cranberries and a rosemary sprig.
Recipe courtesy of Owen's Craft Mixers.
A MERRY MEZCAL OLD-FASHIONED
Mezcal gives the traditional old-fashioned a modern twist that's sure to make you merry.
2 ounces Bozal Tobasiche Mezcal
1/8 ounce honey
4 dashes orange bitters
2 dashes chocolate bitters
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Garnish: Orange peel and a candy cane
Stir ingredients with crushed ice. Strain and pour over two ice cubes. Garnish with a sliver or two of orange peel. Add a candy cane to stir and jingle your taste buds with a hint of holiday peppermint.
Recipe courtesy of Bozal Mezcal.
Kirk & Sweeney "Happy Holidays" Hot Toddy
Instead of whiskey -- the main feature of a traditional toddy -- holiday spices and barrel-aged rum make this toddy taste so smooth. Serve it as a warming holiday drink or to help soothe a winter sore throat.
2 tablespoons Kirk & Sweeney barrel-aged rum
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Squeeze of fresh orange or lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 wedge and 1 slice of orange
Fresh or powdered nutmeg
Garnish: A slice of orange or lemon
Add the rum, maple syrup, juice, cloves and cinnamon stick to a heatproof glass or mug. Pour in boiling water and stir for 2 minutes. Remove cloves and cinnamon. Mix in a small sprinkle of nutmeg and allspice. Add more juice or syrup to taste. Top with the slice of orange or lemon.
Recipe courtesy of Kirk & Sweeney Rum.
Ice Blue Mimm's Mule Shot
Blueberry-flavored moonshine gives this mule a real Christmas kick!
1 shot Grandaddy Mimm's Handcrafted Blueberry Moonshine
Splash of ginger beer
Dash of lime juice
Garnish: A few frozen blueberries
Mix ingredients and drizzle with Grandaddy Mimm's Blueberry Cobbler Moonshine. Garnish with blueberries.
Recipe courtesy of Grandaddy Mimm's Moonshine.
FREE RANGE FLOWER GINGER SNAP
Serve up this festive wine fizz with a lush lavender flavor.
2 ounces ginger beer
2 ounces Mezcal or tequila
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
3 ounces Free Range Flower Winery's "L" sparkling lavender wine
Garnish: Ginger snap cookie
Combine ingredients, shake with ice, serve with ginger snap cookie on the side. Sip, nibble and enjoy.
Recipe courtesy of Free Range Flower Winery.
A HAPPY FUN WINE NEW YEAR
Give a toast to the new year with a glass of this delicious, sparkling, fruit-filled wine and Prosecco favorite.
3 ounces Fun Wine Strawberry Moscato
1 ounce prosecco
Splash of cranberry juice
Frozen cranberries and strawberries
Garnish: Mint leaves
Combine Moscato, cranberry juice and frozen fruits in flute. Top off with prosecco and garnish with mint leaves.
Recipe courtesy of Fun Wine.
GRASS FED HOLIDAY BUTTER COFFEE
This peppermint-flavored cuppa will fill your mug with merry.
1 (11-ounce) Grass Fed Butter Coffee cold brew carton
1 1/2 ounces whiskey
1/2 ounce peppermint syrup
Garnish: 1/3 cup of whipped cream, plus crushed candy canes
Warm the Grass Fed Coffee in a festive mug and add the whiskey and syrup. Top with whipped cream and crushed candy cane for garnish. www.grassfedcoffee.com