Make Merry with Boozy Holiday Drinks
Whether you're having a sweet-as-can-be cookie exchange, a Secret Santa party or a mix-and-mingle cocktail affair, the holidays are a time to let loose and be merry. In the spirit of the season, pour your friends and fam boozy seasonal cocktails, from eggnog martinis to steamy hot toddy swigs, that'll warm your clan up in a jiff.
If for no other reason than sheer quantity, parties are better with punch. Serve a big batch of this crowd-ready, fizzy Holiday Party Punch, made with a blend of sparkling cider, cranberry juice, ginger ale and vodka, and let guests serve themselves from an old-fashioned punch bowl.
A traditional hot toddy is just a warming blend of honey, hot water and liquor, but the chefs in our Food Network Kitchen spice up the classic with their Hot Ginger Toddy. Homemade ginger syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice add an invigorating quality to this warming bourbon-based drink.
With a store-bought eggnog base, Santa's Sleigh Cocktail is a creamy holiday martini blended with vanilla ice cream, brandy, amaretto liqueur and spices, finished off with a festive sugar rim.
Wine is good to go on its own, but it's sure to get you in the holiday spirit when it's steeped with warming spices. Ina Garten simmers apple cider, red wine, honey, orange juice and spices together for her crowd-pleasing Mulled Wine.
Rachael Ray's Hot Buttered Rum is a holiday favorite, blended with four spices, brown sugar, honey and spiced rum. And it's fixed with real butter. Hey, it's the holidays, after all.