11. Merry Irishman
Whiskey, coffee and mint combine to create a very merry and very easy mixed drink. The Merry Irishman is great as an after dinner sipper or a relaxing Christmas Eve nightcap. That candy cane garnish not only leaves you a delicious treat when the drink's gone, but also is a handy stir stick.
12. Mistletoe Martini
Mix up a couple of Mistletoe Martinis and share them with your lover at a romantic dinner for two. Although it contains no actual mistletoe, this drink can be just as much an aphrodisiac as the age-old tradition.
13. Mrs. Claus Wildside Punch
I always thought that Mrs. Claus had to have a wildside, what with being stuck in the North Pole all the time while her husband gallivants around the world. So I'd also like to think that when the yearly tasks are complete she's sitting at home mixing up a special punch for Santa, the elves, and the reindeer to celebrate with. This just may be that drink, though tequila isn't the average taste I associate with the snowy north.
14. Palin's Christmas Punch
It should be obvious who this punch is named after, and yes, it was created during the 2008 presidential election. However, it is one of the best punches I have ever had, with my first taste being at a Martin Miller's reception at Tales of the Cocktail. The combination of the Westbourne Gin with dates and pine are fabulous and truly a party drink that everyone will notice and remember for years.
15. Peach Pomegranate Holiday Martini
Very delightful and full of holiday spirit, this martini is filled with fruits and a touch of sweet. It is an elegant sipper and a nice pairing for any holiday meal, especially those with glazed ham as the main course.
Champagne and cranberries. These two holiday essentials combine in one elegant drink that is perfect for celebrations and intimate dining affairs.
17. Reindeer Caesar
18. Santa Shot
Yes, there is a shooter for every occasion and Christmas is no exception. One thing you will notice with the Santa Shot is that it is pretty tame and the layered effect of red, green and white is very festive.
19. Santa's Whiskers
This drink is soothing and a delight for the holidays. It's mix of honey-flavored vodka and the apple-flavored brandy known as calvados with a touch of bitters and nectar. Truly a delight, this one has the potential to become a holiday tradition.
20. Spiced Silver Bell
Tequila may not be the first liquor you think of when it comes to holiday cocktails, but it is actually quite fitting because of drinks like this. Here, a luscious silver tequila is paired with a unique and useful cranberry spiced syrup that can also make an appearance in a number of other drinks.