How better to get into the holiday spirit than with a few drinkable spirits. Pardon the pun, but it seems right this time of year. As you prepare for your holiday meals and parties, don’t forget to include some of these fine cocktails for the holidays. From martinis to spiked cider to microbrews, there are dozens of delicious cocktails available to you for the holidays.
Seasonal Mixed Drinks
Break out the tried-and-true seasonal mixed drink recipes or take a non-festive cocktail recipe and create a new twist by replacing ingredients that fit in with the season. Here are a few recommendations that will make your holiday very special.
- Eggnog and brandy
- Cider sangria: Use hard cider in place of wine when making this fruity drink.
- Champagne with fruit. Add pomegranate seeds, a lemon slice, or another fruit that will add zing to your champagne.
Several brewing companies create specialty beers specifically for the holiday season. Both inexperienced beer drinkers and beer connoisseurs enjoy many of these varieties. Here are a few recommendations that will make your holiday very special.
- Sam Adams Brewery sells a number of seasonal brews including Cranberry Lambic and Oktoberfest.
- New Belgium Brewery releases Snow Day, Red Hoptober, and Somersault for the holidays.
- Many local microbrews sell seasonal varieties such as Boulder Beer Killer Penguin. Find the local breweries near you to see what they have in store for the coming months.
When you think of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other fall holidays the color red probably comes to mind. Luckily, the bright red cranberry is in season and it pairs incredibly well with other fruits and spirits. Here are a few recommendations that will make your holiday very special.
- Cranberry juice and vodka is simple and tasty.
- You can’t go wrong with a cranberry ginger fizz (cranberry juice, fresh fruit, ginger ale, and gin). Sweet and tangy.
- For more fizz, keep the ginger ale and add orange juice, lime juice, and cranberry juice for a delicious cran-orange cocktail.
You cannot go wrong with a gin or vodka martini, as long as you don’t forget the olives. Other martinis that make for great holiday cocktails include chocolate martinis (Godiva has an excellent chocolate liqueur) and peppermint martinis (simple combo of peppermint schnapps and vodka).
As you prepare for your holiday meals and parties, don’t forget to include some of these fine cocktails for the holidays.
This article was written by Lisa Vance. Lisa is a food writer and recommends Chefs.com for more information on food trends, recipes and cooking classes.