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5 Holiday Drinks for Any Seasonal Occasion

Whether you’re hosting an open-house for friends or family or having a more intimate dinner, serving a specialty cocktail to your guests will make your event memorable. Here are some of our favorite holiday cocktail recipes.

Hot Spiced Wine

A hot spiced drink on the stove permeates your entire house with lovely aromas of cinnamon, cardamom and citrus. The base for this hot drink from Food & Wine magazine is red wine and kirsch, a delicious brandy made from cherries. It takes about 15 minutes to mix it up and put it on the stove, but your guests will think you’ve been slaving over it all day.

Santa Clausmopolitans

This beautiful red drink with fresh cranberries floating on top will make you believe in Santa. Delish takes a traditional cosmopolitan and makes it more festive with a sugar-rimmed glass. It uses vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and triple sec.

Candy Cane Cooler

You’ll need to plan ahead to make this creamy, cool drink from Food Network. The mint-infused vodka takes about three days to come to full flavor, but it’s mostly waiting time. Once the vodka has been infused mint flavor from fresh mint, you’ll mix it with crushed peppermint candy, B&B and half-and-half. If you don’t know what to do with your candy canes, try this drink. Make sure to save a peppermint stick as a stirrer.

Apple Pie on theRocks uses vanilla vodka, Fireball whiskey, apple juice, cinnamon and brown sugar to create this drink that will remind you of an apple pie. It’s a much easier version that should pair nicely with a fire in the fireplace, a movie and warm blanket on a cool evening.

Cranberry Thyme Ginand Tonic

Cranberries are one of the quintessential holiday fruits. Here, cranberry juice is mixed with OJ, gin and a simple syrup for a tart, bright drink that your guests will love. It’s recommended by the Pioneer Woman.

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