There’s nothing like sitting around a Christmas tree spending quality time with your family. I love being able to catch up with cousins I only see a few times a year. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my house can get a little overwhelming though. Luckily, there are easy ways to fix a stressful holiday situation. One of the best ways I’ve learned is to have a booze-filled holiday drink at the ready. Nothing cheers the family up like a holiday drink with a little added flavor. Whether you crave the sweetness of a chocolaty beverage or your taste buds require something minty, there’s a holiday drink filled with booze to suit every need.
Red Wine Hot Chocolate
As a millennial, I have embraced a love of wine. Every party I go to I try to bring a bottle with me. On a cold, snowy day, I do love to make a hot cup of cocoa. Now, what if I were to say that it is possible to mix hot cocoa and red wine for an even tastier drink? Sounds strange but hear me out. Boiling red wine to add to your hot cocoa will taste as sweet as chocolate with the perfect hint of wine. If you’re not the biggest wine fan, I recommend using a higher quality chocolate so the wine flavor doesn’t overpower the chocolate. The best part is, you can use whatever kind of wine you want. If you want something sweeter, use a fruity wine. If you like dry, try using a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. This drink will definitely warm you up during the holidays and then some.
Apple Cider Mimosa
My favorite part about fall is drinking apple cider and eating donuts. And there’s nothing better then starting your day off with a mimosa. Instead of orange juice, use apple cider next time. This is a very easy drink to make. It’s fairly inexpensive too, depending on your taste in champagne. Garnished with a cinnamon sugar rim and an apple slice and that’s it, you’re done. This year, start Thanksgiving off with an apple cider mimosa. It’s guaranteed to make the holidays feel more festive.
Jack Frost Cocktail
This Jack Frost Cocktail is the perfect party decoration without the hassle of actually having to decorate your home. Mix blue curacao with pineapple juice, a little bit of cream of coconut, and your favorite vodka or rum. Personally, I’m not a fan of coconut so I substitute the coconut flake garnished rim for either white sprinkles or sugar. This beautiful drink will liven up the party without cooling it off too much. A word of warning though; if drunken too fast, a Jack Frost sized brain freeze may occur!
Impress your family this year with your ‘shaken not stirred’ routine with this winter wonderland inspired drink. This is perfect for an intimate setting with friends and family you haven’t seen since the annual family picnic back in July. With vanilla vodka, Godiva white chocolate liqueur, white creme de cacao, and half and half, you’re ready to become the bartender you’ve always wanted to be. Run a lemon wedge along the rim of the martini glass and dip it in sugar.For a little more flavor in this already decadent martini, try adding a few drops of peppermint. Serve this to out-of-town family so they can marvel at the beautiful drink placed in front of them.
As always, be sure to check back next year for more boozy holiday fun by drinking responsibly!