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Mulled red wine with orange slice and cranberries surrounded by cinnamon stocks and candy canes



Everyone loves festive, holiday-themed drinks. Whether you’re an experienced mixologist or a first-time bartender, these five seasonal concoctions are simple to make and will lend some sophisticated flair and seasonal spirit to your holiday celebrations.

Warm & Cozy Cocktails

Even if the weather outside is frightful, you’ll stay toasty and happy with a warm toddy. Savor one as a pre- or post-dinner libation, or to fortify you before you head out for an afternoon of holiday shopping. Spiced Hot Buttered Rum from the Food Network somehow makes you envision the holiday season and a tropical vacation all at once, with dark rum and sweet pineapple juice, plus vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Bobby Flay’s Mulled Red Wine Sangria will fill your whole apartment with its tantalizing aromas of rich red wine, brandy, and fruit.

Cranberries Aren’t Just for Sauce

Some tart, fruity, cranberry cocktails are just the thing to accompany your holiday feast, or to enjoy anytime you’d like to get yourself into a celebratory mood. Cranberry Champagne Cocktails from chef Tyler Florence are simple to make and you get a double dose of seasonal cheer thanks to the cranberries and bubbly Champagne. The Holiday Cosmopolitan from Southern Living adds a zesty cranberry twist to a classic cocktail. To save time, you can make the cranberry reduction in this recipe up to a week ahead.

Peppermint – The Flavor of the Season

From candy canes to hot chocolate and peppermint bark, peppermint is everywhere this time of year. So why not inject some holiday spirits (literally) into your cocktails by incorporating that minty kick of flavor? Peppermint Bark Mimosas from Delish combine peppermint schnapps and Champagne or Prosecco for a delightful holiday cocktail. Make your presentation next level by rimming the glasses with melted chocolate and crushed candy canes and then garnishing with a candy cane before serving.

Mix it up with these great holiday cocktails and find more great food, entertaining, and lifestyle ideas in the Union at Carrollton Square blog.