Beyond Eggnog: 10 Festive Holiday Drinks

Holiday entertaining can be daunting, but with the right cocktails, a houseful of guests doesn't have to be overwhelming. Sure, it would be easy to drop some rum or bourbon into a vat of premade eggnog, but there ought to be a lot more to a December cheer than that.

Beyond Eggnog: 10 Festive Holiday Drinks (Slideshow)

Taking advantage of the flavors of the season will help you jazz up cocktails to enhance the taste of your meal, too. For example, cinnamon easily transitions from the pantry to the minibar when combined with ingredients like Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka and butterscotch schnapps.

Another great cocktail idea is to create brown sugar simple syrup to add both sweetness and depth to cocktails — especially when brown liquor is involved.

Whether you're hosting or you are a guest, these cocktails are easy to serve up individually or in batches. (Isn't that why we love eggnog, anyway?)

Read on for 10 holiday drinks and will impress even the most discerning of guests.