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Getting In The Spirits: Your Guide To Holiday Cocktails

It’s time to get into the holiday spirit! Whether you’re planning to mix a few drinks for friends or throw a huge extravaganza, you can treat your guests to some seriously delicious seasonal sips. These three stellar cocktails will wow everyone at your get-together this year.

Cranberry Punch

Recipe adapted from Delish

Serves 12

Nothing says festive quite like cranberries. This punch recipe is ingenious because the frozen cranberries chill the entire drink. So forget about ice—this punch refuses to be watered down.

Ingredients:

  • 24 ounces Cranberry Apple Juice
  • 2 bottles red moscato
  • 1 bottle prosecco
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 16 ounces frozen cranberries
  • 3 ounces mint leaves
  • 2 limes, sliced in rounds
  • 1 lime for the rim
  • sugar for the rim

Directions: Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large punch bowl and give it a gentle stir. Then slice the last lime into wedges and use the wedges to wet the rim of each glass. Dip the rim in sugar for a sweet touch. Let guest self-serve for a relaxed holiday celebration.

 

Ginger Champagne

Recipe adapted from Epicurious

Serves 8

This champagne carries a serious zing. Bring about a flavorful and cozy component to this celebratory drink with a seasonally appropriate kick of homemade ginger simply syrup. Prep the syrup in advance, and then mix each glass individually.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces chopped fresh ringer
  • 5 ounces plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 ounces five-spice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped candied ginger
  • 8 whole star anise seeds
  • 750 ml Champagne

Directions:

In a small saucepan, bring the ginger, sugar, and four ounces of water to a boil. Reduce the mixture to a simmer and let it simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes until it reaches a syrupy texture. Then, let the syrup cool. Strain it through a mesh sieve, and remove the ginger.

On a small plate, combine the 2 teaspoons of sugar and five-spice. When you’re ready to serve, wet the rim of a champagne flute with water and dip it in the sugar-spice plate. Add 1 teaspoon of candied ginger pieces and 1 single star anise to the bottom of the glass. Then add 1 tablespoon ginger syrup and 3 ounces of Champagne. Voila! You’ve got yourself a bubbly champagne cocktail with a kick.

 

Sparkling Celery Gin

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Serves 8

Add a festive shade of green to your holiday table with this subtle celery gin cocktail. You can prep the simply syrup in advance and add a fizzy tough with a hint of seltzer. This cocktail is light and refreshing—just the sort of sip to satisfy your holiday guests in between a course.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces sugar
  • 3 cups chopped celery hearts
  • 4 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 12 ounces gin
  • Chilled seltzer
  • Small celery stalks with leaves (optional garnish)

Directions:

Make the simple syrup: In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and 2 ounces of water to a boil. Let it cool completely and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to make the cocktails.

Make the celery syrup: In a blender or food processor, puree the celery with the simple syrup. Strain the mixture through a mesh sieve and discard the solids.

In a pitcher, mix the celery syrup, lime juice, and gin. Serve 3 ounces of the green drink in each glass, over ice. Top each glass off with seltzer for a sparkling component, and garnish with an optional celery stalk.

 

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