Sip something special for the holiday season—fill your cup with a classic cocktail bursting with festive flavor. Here are our five favorite mixed drinks steeped in December decadence.
Take a sip of sweet warmth—there are few drinks more festive (and comforting) than this traditional Alsatian beverage. If you’ve never made vin chaud (mulled wine), this year is the year you discover your favorite easy-to-make holiday cocktail.
Simply add all the ingredients in a pot or slow-cooker and heat them up slowly. Once the mixture reaches a boil, reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for another five minutes. Serve hot and garnish with orange peels.
4 cups apple cider (non-sparkling)
1 bottle of red wine
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange (zested and juiced)
3 star anise
¼ cup honey
4 orange peels
When you’re picking your wine, don’t simply reach for the first bottle on your shelf. It doesn’t have to be particularly expensive, but consider something a bit younger and fruitier (and usually red). Try a Merlot or, if you are feeling adventurous, a Riesling—this sugary white wine pairs excellently with holiday spices to create a sweet festive beverage.
This copper-mug classic just needs a simple addition to become a holiday favorite. Adding cranberries to a traditional Moscow mule lends a jovial twist to this beloved cocktail recipe.
Stir all the ingredients together in a copper mug and garnish with the lime wedge.
1 ½ fluid ounces vodka
½ fluid ounce lime juice
½ cup ginger beer
1 lime wedge
Go all in by replacing the lime juice with cranberry juice, or try to find a cranberry ginger beer for the ultimate holiday-flavored cocktail.
Nothing fills your house will holiday scents like a simmering spiced cider. This aromatic staple has wonderful, comforting flavor, and acts as the ideal base for a magnificent holiday cocktail. Put everything in your crockpot and return when you’re ready for a satisfying pick-me-up.
To make, simply cut the orange into thick slices (round) and add them in to the apple cider with the cinnamon, cloves, and star anise. If you have a tea ball, use it—it will make removing the spices at the end much easier. Cover the pot or slow cooker and let it cook on low for 4 hours. Add the bourbon and let it sit for 10 minutes before garnishing with orange slices and serving.
5 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon cloves
1 gallon of spiced apple cider (non-sparkling)
5 star anise pods
1 ½ cups Bourbon or comparable liquor of your choice
Pick a darker, brown liquor with either some notes of caramel or an element of spice, and wait to add it until the cider has filled your house with delicious aromas.
Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate
Gather around the fireplace this December with a piping hot cup of spiked Mexican hot chocolate—this simply delicious recipe will have you wondering why you’ve been drinking normal hot chocolate all these years.
Place the milk in a saucepan on medium heat, and incorporate the chocolate, cocoa powder, and sugar. Stir until the chocolate dissolves, and serve in 2 large mugs, adding 2 oz of Baileys to each. Top with whipping cream and cinnamon.
3 cups of milk
1 ½ bars of the highest quality chocolate you can find
6 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp cane sugar
4 ounces Baileys
½ cup heavy whipping cream
If you’re really feeling in the holiday spirit (and love holiday spirits), add a bit of peppermint schnapps to double down on holiday hot cocoa flavors.
Chef Favorite—Holiday Old Fashioned
Munchery chef Scott Garrett likes to keep it simple and classic when it comes to holiday cocktails, with his signature cranberry old fashioned. Simply stir together the whiskey, bitters, and simple syrup, tasting for balance. Once achieved, add cranberries and a large ice cube and sip to your heart’s content.
2 dashes Orange bitters
Simmer the cranberries with the simple syrup before mixing the drink to infuse the syrup with lovely holiday flavor.