How to Make Eggnog, Coquito and More Classic Holiday Drinks
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How to Make Eggnog, Coquito and More Classic Holiday Drinks

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How to Make Eggnog, Coquito and More Classic Holiday Drinks
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There are special foods and desserts for the holiday season, but why should pies and turkeys get all the glory? To complete the season, you need a few classic Christmas cocktails. Imagine sitting underneath warm blankets while watching the snow fall with a glass of hot buttered rum or mug of spiked cocoa. Sounds pretty good, right? These classic holiday drinks are exactly what you need to warm yourself this season.

Eggnog For One

Eggnog For One
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You don’t have to travel to the grocery store to pick up a boxed carton of eggnog. Simply make it for yourself at home with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

For the Eggnog For One recipe, click here.

Eggnog For A Crowd

Eggnog For A Crowd
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Hosting others this holiday season? You can’t go without serving a classic punch bowl of eggnog. Use spiced rum or other spirits to booze it up.

For the Eggnog For A Crowd recipe, click here.

Pecan Pie Martini

Pecan Pie Martini
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Pecan pie is one of the best pies for the holiday season. Drink your dessert instead with this creamy cocktail.

For the Pecan Pie Martini recipe, click here.

Spiced Wine

Spiced Wine
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Winter is cold. And snowy. Warm up with this spiced wine.

For the Spiced Wine recipe, click here.

Rosemary Pear Mimosa

Rosemary Pear Mimosa
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Mimosas are a must for any special morning time occasion, like opening presents on Christmas morning. A sprig of rosemary and pear juice give this classic brunch cocktail a holiday feel.

For the Rosemary Pear Mimosas recipe, click here.

Apple Cider Mimosa

Apple Cider Mimosa
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Not a pear fan? Make your mimosas with a generous splash of apple cider instead.

For the Apple Cider Mimosa recipe, click here.

Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy
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If you have water, honey, lemon and cinnamon sticks, all you need is some whiskey to make a classic hot toddy, which is perhaps the best-known cold-weather cocktail.

For the Hot Toddy recipe, click here.

Spiced Cider

Spiced Cider
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Spiced apple cider with orange peels, cloves and cinnamon is the ultimate comforting drink. Add a splash of brandy or spiced rum for a kick.

For the Spiced Cider recipe, click here.

Caramel Apple Cider Mule

Caramel Apple Cider Mule
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This cider-y twist on a Moscow mule cocktail may be your new favorite apple recipe for the fall and winter months.

For the Caramel Apple Cider Mule recipe, click here.

Gin Gin Mule

Gin Gin Mule
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Love ginger? This cocktail is for you. It contains most of the ingredients found in a classic Moscow mule, except for the vodka, which is replaced by gin.

For the Gin Gin Mule recipe, click here.

Kümmel Schnapps

Kümmel Schnapps
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Mexicocoa Eggnog

Mexicocoa Eggnog
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Enhance your eggnog by adding cocoa powder and Mexican chocolates. You can choose to enjoy this drink alcohol free or add a splash of tequila or rum.

For the Mexicocoa Eggnog recipe, click here.

Glühwein

Glühwein
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This traditional mulled wine uses Riesling with sugar and cinnamon sticks for those who don’t prefer reds.

For the Glühwein recipe, click here.

Reindeer Punch

Reindeer Punch
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In the spirit of Christmas, try this vodka-based cocktail recipe topped with prosecco, blueberries and raspberries.

For the Reindeer Punch cocktail recipe, click here.

Christmas Punch

Christmas Punch
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Perfect to serve during family gatherings, this red punch can be made alcoholic by adding vodka or spiced rum.

For the Christmas Punch recipe, click here.

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee
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Need a little pick-me-up while your kids are opening Christmas gifts? Start your day with Irish coffee — we won’t tell.

For the Irish Coffee recipe, click here.

Eggnog Martini

Eggnog Martini
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This eggnog martini omits the raw eggs and instead uses white chocolate liqueur for a smooth, creamy holiday cocktail.

For the Eggnog Martini recipe, click here.

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum
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Warm up your body with hot buttered rum, a classic winter cocktail.

For the Hot Buttered Rum recipe, click here.

Porto Tonico

Porto Tonico
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You probably won’t go back to a standard gin and tonic after you try this pairing. The crispness of the white port partners well with the bitter, bubbly taste of tonic.

For the Porto Tonico recipe, click here.

Cranberry Gin Spritz

Cranberry Gin Spritz
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Cranberry gin liqueur mixed with some soda water creates a great seasonal twist on a cosmo. Serve with some other cranberry dishes to complete the spread.

For the Cranberry Gin Spritz recipe, click here.

The Cider Mill

The Cider Mill
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Winter is the perfect time to drink warm apple cider. Condensing the apple cider and adding ginger beer creates a cozy spiced cocktail.

For the Cider Mill recipe, click here.

Coquito

Coquito
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For the holidays, try this traditional Puerto Rican coconut cocktail that is similar to American eggnog. Want to make it chocolatey? Add a half cup to a cup of Nutella into the mix.

For the Coquito recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Red Wine Hot Chocolate
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There are probably many things you didn’t know you can make in a slow cooker, and this cocktail might be one of them. This isn’t your usual hot chocolate. Red wine is added along with cinnamon sticks and nutmeg to create a warm, delicious cocktail.

For the Slow Cooker Red Wine Hot Chocolate recipe, click here.

Spiked Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate

Spiked Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate
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