Christmas Kickoff: Start the Season Right (Slideshow)

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13 drinks to make for your first official holiday weekend

The Gin Flip

Gin-loving guests will appreciate this riff on the traditional holiday eggnog.

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The Sparkling Bee’s Knees

Spice up your New Year's toast with this simple but sophisticated cocktail.

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Dog’s Nose

Pulled straight from the pages of Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers, the Dog's Nose can also be served warm for a mulled wine effect.

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Winter Fizz

Cinnamon adds a wintry twist to the gin fizz cocktail. Serve as bottled cocktails to delight guests and liberate the host from all-night bar duty.

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Tanqueray Hot Cider

Try a juniper-infused twist on this cold weather classic. Aprés ski, anyone?

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Bloomsbury Punch

Named for Tanqueray's original distillation site in London, this punch delights your guests and creates a striking centerpiece for your party.

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Winter Star Martini

This is made with various fruits such as raspberries and pears, and with it your holidays couldn't be any sweeter!

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Winter Star Nog

With espresso, hot chocolate, and jalapeño for that extra kick, this nog is anything but ordinary! There's even white chocolate used as a garnish, for an extra-delicious holiday treat.

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Spicy Sage Margarita

A bit of a tang, a bit of tart, this delicious typical summertime drink bundles up for the winter with that hint of sage and spice.

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The Double Shot Martini

Dessert and drink? Yes, please! This delicious holiday drink is perfect for a party, with two simple but decadent desserts!

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Midori Peppermint Kiss

Peppermint is the epitome of winter holiday flavors! It’s so refreshing. This drink pairs it with melon liqueur, pineapple juice, and lemon juice.

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Midori Holly-Daze

Frothy and delicious, this holiday drink is perfect for a party or even after a holiday dinner.

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Midori’s Elf Kiss

This drink not only looks the part with its festive colors, but its tasts perfectly sweet is dangerously easy to drink while you socialize.

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