The weather is cooling down, families are getting closer-knit, and the holidays are nearly here. If you’re at a loss for what to make or want to surprise your family with some spirits to liven up the holidays, there’s nothing like a seasonal cocktail to put smiles on people’s faces. These are based on the most popular alcohol people use during the holidays and what you can do to liven them up even more. Just remember to drink responsibly and have an extra couch or bed available, so your guests don’t have to drive home!
Bailey’s Irish Cream Drink
Bailey has a long history of use around Christmas. The creamy consistency and sweet flavor make it the best liquor to premade drinks like hot chocolate or coffee. Still, there’s room for inspiration and creativity.
The best holiday recipe with Bailey’s Irish Cream is called the Christmas cookie cocktail. This sweet drink is decadent, almost enough to be considered dessert! For the Christmas cookie cocktail, you’ll need two ounces Irish Cream, one-ounce Kahlua (another all-star on this list), and an ounce of peppermint liquor. Shake well with ice, and then drain into a glass and top with whipped cream.
This coffee-flavored alcohol is a favorite among people who love sweets and depth of flavor but still want a boozy zip. Kahlua has the power of coffee to help you get a little tipsier, even if your drink is as seemingly innocent as a peppermint White Russian! This mix is a simple drink that will have mistletoe and decorated trees swirling through your mind. To make it, use one ounce of Kahlua, half an ounce of vodka, three-fourths of an ounce of peppermint schnapps, and an ounce of half and a half or whole milk. Mix with ice, and then drain into a glass. This difference is best topped with foamed milk or whipped cream.
Although for Christmas, hot buttered rum might be the first thing that comes to mind, Christmas Punch is the best drink to bring together the warmth of rum with the holidays. This drink takes more ingredients than the others, with a full list of things needed. Start with a large bag of ice, five cups of cranberry juice, and two bottles of sparkling wine like champagne or prosecco. On top of that, add two cups of apple cider, a cup and a half of both ginger ale and dark rum, and then a cup of fresh cranberries. Thinly slice two oranges to float, and then dish this out by the ladleful!
Whiskey is something you can find in a liquor store in Savannah, GA, or anywhere else. It will keep you warm throughout the whole winter. A cinnamon maple whiskey sour is the type of drink that you can enjoy while getting cosy next to a big fire during a cold night. This drink is simple, fill a cocktail shaker with an ounce and a half of whiskey, an ounce of fresh lemon juice, three tablespoons of maple syrup, and a pinch of ground cinnamon! Shake and serve to warm yourself up!