Ten Holiday Drinks That Are Sure to Keep Your Party Festive and Your Guests Happy

Experts share secrets to mixing drinks that you will want to serve at your holiday celebration.

The holiday season is in full swing, and you know what that means; it is time for hosting holiday parties. If you are looking for something fun and festive to serve, look no further.

We stopped by some of our favorite watering holes and persuaded local bartenders and baristas to give up some of their yummiest holiday drink ideas that you are sure to love.

We wanted to share their recipes with you, but we had to do a little coaxing with a reminder that “you know who” from the North Pole is watching. With a smile and a “be good for goodness sakes,” we were in the know. Recipes were in hand.

Our holiday drinks guide, thanks to the good boys and girls who shared their best drink ideas with us, will have your guests talking about your amazing ability to serve the tastiest drinks long into the New Year.

If playing bartender or barista is not exactly your thing, we have included some savory wine suggestions fabulous for your holiday party. Hint, hint, they also make great host or hostess gifts for the party you will be attending.

With our glasses raised, a toast to you, Happy Holidays to you and yours! Cheers!

John Griesedieck, Deanna Starmer and Matt Curtin are happy to mix up one of their holiday libations for you. While each is tasty and boasts festive colors, be aware, the Cake Batter tastes just like liquid yellow cake batter. It goes down so smooth and easy, you will be tempted to chug in one big gulp and then lick the martini glass afterward.

Cake Batter – Deanna Starmer
1 ½ oz. Three Olives Cake
1 ½ oz. Lemonade
Dash     Grenadine

Christmas Daddy – John Griesedieck
1 ½ oz. Cat Daddy Moonshine
1 ½ oz. Bailey’s
Dash     Green Crème De Menthe

Duke Myover has perfected one of the tastiest cocktails of the season. He calls it a snowflake. It is three ounces of deliciousness that will melt in your mouth and have you calling for another. His Christmas Spirit cocktail will put you in a spirited mood and the red color will have you thinking of Christmas.

1 oz. Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmellow Flavored Vodka
1 oz. Rum Chata
1 oz. Cream

Shake and serve up in a martini glass.

Christmas Spirit
1 ½ oz. English Harbor Rum
½ oz.    Dolin Sweet vermouth
½ oz.    Crism Hibiscus Liqueur
Dash    Angosturla Bitters
Dash    Pechyaud Bitters
Dash    Grenadine

Shake and strain over ice and serve in rocks glass.

Deer Creek Coffee

Marcy Williams and her staff will keep you warm and refreshed with their holiday flavors for the season. They are as beautiful to look at as they are tasty to drink. When it is cold outside the Mocha Mint Latte and the Hot Apple Cider will keep you toasty and have your tummy saying yummy. For a non-alcoholic taste of Eggnog, the Eggnog Frappe is cool and refreshing and sure to satisfy your Eggnog craving.

Mocha Mint Latte’
2 Pumps Peppermint Syrup
1 Pump Chocolate Syrup
Steamed Milk

Hot Apple Cider
3 Parts Apple Cider
1 Part Chai Tea
Steam, no foam, garnish with ground cinnamon.

Eggnog Frappe’
2 Shots Espresso
2 ½ oz. Eggnog
2 Pumps Cinnamon Syrup

Blend all together and garnish with whipped cream.

Red Wines For the Holiday

Pinot Noir
Cote Du Rhone
Red Zinfandel

White Wines For the Holiday

Caymus Conundrum
Kabinett Riesling
Pinot Grigio
Champagne or Sparkling wine

Dessert Wines For the Holiday

Tawny Port
Mosscato D’ Asti
Vin Santo, “the holy wine”


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