Rum and ruby port form the base of this simple cocktail that is a delight to serve at any holiday gathering. The key ingredient here is a housemade cranberry-fig shrub that you will need to make two days in advance, though the spark that adds to the finished drink is worth a little extra effort.
JMW's Poinsettia Punch
A fun update to a holiday favorite, this recipe won the holiday cocktail contest in 2013. It features Hendrick's Gin, Chambord, and three bitters alongside the allspice dram and cinnamon syrup base and is easy to mix up into a party punch.
La Vie En Rouge
This beautiful crimson cocktail not only brings out the color of the season, but a few of the favorite flavors. It is a delectable mix of Grand Marnier orange liqueur, cranberry and rosemary and makes a stunning drink pairing for almost any holiday meal.
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.
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.
Mrs. Claus Wildside Punch
I always thought that Mrs. Claus had to have a wild side, 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.
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.
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.