Cheers :: Four Festive Holiday Cocktails!

It is officially the holiday season!!!

The temperatures may not agree, but it is time for bonfires, matching pj’s, pictures with Santa, all things peppermint, holiday markets and parties. Cue Mariah Carey.

This also means it is time for us to retire our summer beverages and discover some beverages that give us the warm and fuzzies and put us in the holiday spirit. While eggnog is a classic and a favorite of mine, there is absolutely no reason to waste time making it from scratch, unless that’s your thing. You can go in any store and find tons of variations of this beloved drink. I decided to share some new mock/cocktails to jazz up your holidays.

Apple – Ginger Moscow Mule

This is a great take on the traditional Moscow Mule. The pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg gives a nod to the holidays.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces apple cider
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Ice cubes
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Apple slice, cinnamon stick & lime wedge for garnish

Directions

Combine cider, lime juice, cinnamon and nutmeg in chilled copper mug or glass. Add ice cubes and top with ginger beer. Stir to combine. Garnish with an apple slice, a cinnamon stick and a lime wedge if desired.

Add vodka for an extra kick!

Sparkling Winter Berry Cocktail

This drink is perfect for a holiday brunch. This sparkly concoction can definitely jazz up any event all year round.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of cranberry juice
  • 2 cups of apple juice
  • 1/3 cup strawberry flavored syrup (grenadine will work just fine)
  • ¾ to 1 liter of Prosecco or Champagne
  • Water and sugar for rimming the glasses (optional)
  • Fresh or frozen berries for garnish

Directions

Add the cranberry juice, apple juice and strawberry syrup to a large pitcher and stir well until combined.

Rim glasses with sugar by moistening the rim of the glass with water and then dipping the rim of the glass in sugar.

Fill each glass half full with the juice mixture and add a few berries to each glass as well.

Top it off with Prosecco or Champagne.

Substitute sparkling water, ginger ale, 7up/Sprite to make it little people friendly.

Spiked Butterscotch Hot Chocolate

I imagine sipping on this while sitting in front of a fire making S’mores.

Ingredients

  • Any hot chocolate mix
  • 2% milk
  • Dekuyper Butterscotch Liqueur
  • Whipped cream
  • Shaved Chocolate
  • Marshmallows (optional)

Directions

Heat milk. Add hot chocolate mix and stir until dissolved. Add butterscotch liqueur and mix.

Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate and marshmallows

Omit the Butterscotch Liqueur if you wish.

Coconut-based Coquito

This drink is very reminiscent of eggnog but uses coconut milk and plant milk.

Ingredients

  • 1 – 12.2 ounce can of evaporated coconut milk
  • 1 – 15 ounce can of coconut cream
  • 2 – 7.4-ounce cans of coconut condensed milk
  • 1 – ½ cup of white rum
  • ½ cup plain unsweetened plant milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Garnish: 1 cinnamon stick and sprinkle of cinnamon

Directions

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend at a high speed until completely combined ensuring that the coconut cream is totaling incorporated (about 1-2 minutes).

Place in the refrigerator and chill for at least an hour. It will thicken as it chills. Serve with a cinnamon stick for garnish and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend at a high speed until completely combined ensuring that the coconut cream is totaling incorporated (about 1-2 minutes).

Place in the refrigerator and chill for at least an hour. It will thicken as it chills. Serve with a cinnamon stick for garnish and sprinkle with cinnamon.

I hope you find these recipes helpful and will incorporate them into your holiday festivities. May your days be Merry and Bright!

Torilyn Williams is a Louisiana native, born and raised in New Orleans. She moved to Lafayette to attend UL Lafayette, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Applied Life Sciences. Tori is blessed to be the wife of her ambitious and hardworking husband, Damian. The devoted mom of Tatum Marie (6) and Aubrey Malia (5) and bonus mom to Damian Jr. (20). Tori has been working in the banking industry for over fifteen years. She is a member of Junior League Lafayette. Tori has a heart for volunteerism, she loves to give back to the community and mentor the youth. Tori is a die-hard New Orleans Saints fan. She is also a self-proclaimed foodie that loves to chronicle her food adventures on Instagram (@Dashofwilliams). Outside of work you can find Tori spending time with family and friends, traveling, trying new recipes, and working out. Tori is always down for a good meal with family or a shopping trip!

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