Holiday Season Cocktails

Wintertime calls for hot chocolate, hot tea or coffee. It’s the best and easiest way to warm up after being outside for a while, or even if you just want to relax and sit on your favorite chair watching a movie. All of these drinks are great. But what if you want something a little bit stronger? Something with a kick, something with more of an adult taste. I’m done some extensive research to bring you some great options for some amazing cold weather adult-type drinks. Feel free to make these at your holiday parties and get-togethers and wow your guests.


Let’s start with a cocktail that gathers all that is good and pure into one delicious drink. The Boozy Chocolate-Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa. You will need a hot cocoa mix, orgeat syrup, crème de cacao, brandy, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry. It’s an easy drink to make but still packs quite a flavorful punch.

Staying with the hot cocoa vibe, try the Boozy Peppermint Patty Hot Cocoa. A delicious hot cocoa topped with crushed peppermints and whipped cream. If you want to make both of these boozy drinks a little bit richer, try a combination of half-and-half milk. Get the full recipes for these two drinks here.


For something a little bit more out there, try this Hot Cranberry Mule.

You will need:

  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce fresh lime
  • Cranberries
  • Lime wedge

The instructions to make this are quite simple as well:

  • Combine ginger beer and cranberry juice and heat in a small saucepan over medium heat or in the microwave.
  • Pour mixture into a mug. Add vodka and lime juice, and stir gently to combine.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and fresh cranberries. Serve immediately.


I think most of us have always thought of Sangria as a summertime type of drink. Well, what if I told you about a recipe for a ‘cold weather’ sangria? Here are the ingredients and recipe by Sam Henderson from HGTV:

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 cups strong hibiscus tea (brewed from 4 bags)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 each: lime, orange, and lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Bring the 2 cups of water to a boil and add the 4 hibiscus tea bags and remove from heat. Steep tea bags for five minutes. Squeeze tea from bags and discard the used bags. Set steeped tea aside. Then cut lemon, lime and orange into thin slices and add to slow cooker. Break cinnamon sticks in half and add to slow cooker. Pour remaining ingredients into slow cooker (including the tea) and stir until sugar dissolves. Heat on low heat for one hour before serving. Note: Reduce heat to warm, if possible, during serving. Finally, before you serve the sangria to your friends, garnish each mug with citrus slices and a cinnamon stick.


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