Cheers to You and Yours: 5 Classy Holiday Drink Recipes

From on December 23, 2010 in General

Whether you’re breaking out the bubbly to celebrate closing on a house, completing the perfect renovation job, or are simply looking forward with glee to the holidays and what the New Year might bring, here are some of our favorite drinks to help the merry mood along.

You’ve worked hard. You’ve put much thought into your work and your dwelling—take a breather with friends and family and enjoy some classic favorites. Let these holiday spirits raise your holiday spirit. Cheers!

1. Merrymaking Mulled Wine

holiday drinks mulled wine

  • 3 c water
  • 1 c sugar
  • 12 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • ¼ c brandy

2. Very Jolly Eggnog

holiday drinks eggnog

  • Good quality store-bought eggnog
  • As much brandy or rum as the mood calls for
  • Dust with cinnamon

3. Peppermint Patty

holiday drinks peppermint patty

  • 1 oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • ½ oz Darm Crème de Cacao
  • 1 tsp Crème de Menthe
  • 8 oz hot chocolate
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings

4. Nick and Nora’s Bronx Cocktail (for you Thin Man fans)

holiday drinks bronx cocktail

  • 1 ½ oz gin
  • ½ oz sweet vermouth
  • ½ oz very dry vermouth
  • 1 oz orange juice

(Shake well—to a two-step time, as Nick suggests—and strain and garnish with orange peel.)

5. Belly-Warming Beer List

holiday drinks beer Don’t forget about the great holiday beers out there, for ‘tis the season when brewers become intoxicated with the holiday vibe:

  • Deschutes Jubelale
  • Full Sail Wassail
  • Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
  • Sam Adams Winter Ale, Holiday Porter, Old Fezziwig
  • Samuel Smith Winter Welcome

Enjoy. And as a very wise person once said, “Celebrate, but stay alive!”