‘Tis the season to gather loved ones, and festive holiday cocktails are a surefire way to make sure the celebrating starts off right. Whether you’re thinking hot and rich or cold and light, our roundup of the top holiday cocktails is sure to inspire you for your next party.
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Fireball Cinnamon Cider
Forget the fireplace — warm guests up with a delicious hot cider that features a cinnamon kick. Fresh fruit and cinnamon sticks make this awesome holiday cocktail merry and bright. Get the recipe
Vodka Jell-O Shots
A delicious dessert and cocktail in one, diminutive Jell-O shots are light, refreshing, and pack a serious punch (so make sure you and your guests drink/eat responsibly). Use lime flavor for green and cherry for red for a holiday look that is most festive. Get the recipe
Hard Hot Chocolate
A timeless yuletide treat, holiday hot chocolate is best made from scratch and just needs a little kick in the cocoa to turn it into a delicious cocktail. Our dark-chocolate s’mores version definitely counts as a dessert. Get the recipe
A drink that is upscale as well guy friendly, the Black Velvet pairs equal parts stout with sweet, bubbly Champagne. It is utterly delicious, easy to make, and festive as heck (bubbles always = festive).
You know how you forget during the year that egg nog exists and then come November you see it in the store and get all excited and yay-I-can-drink-egg-nog-again? That’s exactly how your guests feel about it, too. Whether you make it yourself or spike ready-made nog, this holiday staple is a must for parties.