The song says there are 12 days of Christmas, so why shouldn’t there be 12 cocktails to celebrate with? During a time when you are constantly flitting between holiday parties and festive fêtes celebrating the end of the year, the eggnog overload may be hitting you hard. How many mugs of that stuff can you really drink? Holiday enthusiasts know how to party, however, and they come bearing cocktails with kitschy names and candy-coated rims.
Not unlike ugly sweaters, certain seasonal-only foods, drinks, and serving techniques get their due at Christmas, too. Crudités are shaped into Christmas trees and chocolate cake is suddenly a Yule log. Cocktails are equally as visually appealing, especially when there are candy canes, peppermint schnapps, and green booze involved. In a pinch, all it takes is some sugar syrup, a rolling pin, and peppermint candies courtesy of the hostess stand at your local tavern, and you can turn your martini into a “Christmas-tini.” Rim the glass with sugar syrup and dip into crushed candy. Fill’er up with a Cosmo, and ho-ho-ho, you’ve got a holiday cocktail that tavern probably charges 12 bucks for. If pumpkin is the unofficial flavor of fall beverages, peppermint mocha is the drink of Christmas. Spike hot cocoa with some schnapps, squirt on some whipped cream drizzled with grenadine, and garnish with a cherry, and you’ve got yourself a Santa’s Cocoa Nose.
In the days leading up to Christmas, you may be planning a holiday get-together or prepping for a big meal. These visually stimulating cocktails will impress not only with their good looks, but with their decidedly Christmas flavor, too. Get ready for some Santa-licious cocktails that would make even Ebenezer Scrooge giggle with holiday joy.
Candy Cane Martini
This minty fresh martini is the perfect combo of mint, crème, and vodka. Create a stripped candy effect with grenadine swirled around the inside of a martini glass and you’ve got yourself a Pinterest-worthy cocktail that will be trending all night long.
Christmas Cookie Cocktail
Why should you stop eating Christmas cookies just because it’s cocktail time? This decadent drink is part dessert, part cocktail, and all indulgence with the addition of ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and crushed cookie pieces.