Drink Up, Grinches! Best Holiday Drinks For 2018

The winter holiday season is upon us! Whether your plans are filled with parties and happy hours, or some gift wrapping and relaxing by the fire, you can go beyond apple cider and eggnog! We’ve checked out the best trending and fresh new cocktails and holiday drinks, and picked our top five favorites for you to try.  Enjoy!

Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer

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Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer
A sparkly, fizzy drink that is perfect for brunches, showers, or just to sip on Christmas morning while the kids open gifts!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add 1 cup of water to a small pan with 2-3 sprigs of rosemary, bring to a boil.
  2. Add sugar to boiling water and stir until sugar dissolves.
  3. Remove from heat, strain rosemary leaves and set to cool.
  4. Clean and de-seed pomegranate. Set seeds aside.
  5. Pour Prosecco evenly into 4 cocktail glasses.
  6. Add .5 ounces of peach schnapps, .5 ounces rosemary simple syrup, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 ounce pom juice and a splash of mango soda water to each glass and stir.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds to each glass.
  8. Allow the pomegranate seeds time to float to the top of the glass and garnish with 1 sprig of rosemary.
  9. Best if made with chilled prosecco and peach schnapps, or with 1 - 2 ice cubes if needed.

White Christmas Margarita Punch

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White Christmas Margarita Punch
These coconut cream margaritas are perfect for those warmer winter days we sometime have here in Austin. Swirl in some cranberries and garnish with a sprig of rosemary, and you have a yummy and festive drink!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together well
  2. If desired, you can add 1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut extract for more coconut flavor!
  3. Taste and add more syrup if you’d like more sweetness.
  4. To make the simple syrup, combined equal parts sugar and water (like 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water) in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil, then remove from heat and let cool completely.

Jingle Juice Holiday Punch

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Jingle Juice Holiday Punch
This punch is the easiest recipe of the bunch, and is both yummy and beautiful! Bonus: It serves 20, so it's perfect for hosting a party.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
Instructions
  1. In a punch bowl or large pitcher filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Serve over ice and garnish with cranberries.

Christmas Sangria

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Christmas Sangria
A sweet sangria, with all of the flavors of Christmas. This drink has a bit of apple cider, a bit of ginger beer, and is beautiful served in glasses with brown sugar rims.
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients.
  2. Stir and then place in the fridge until chilled.
  3. Don't chill for longer than a few hours or the ginger beer will lose its fizz.
  4. Before serving, rim your glasses with cinnamon sugar.
  5. Fill each glass with ice and pour the sangria over the ice.
  6. If desired top with more ginger beer.
  7. Garnish with sliced of pears, oranges and pomegranate arils.
  8. To make this more than a few hours in advance, just add all the ingredients minus the ginger beer. Then before serving, stir in the ginger beer.

Gingerbread Eggnog

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Gingerbread Eggnog
A mix of two classic holiday tastes, with some spice and lots of booze. This drink may not taste strong, but it packs a punch!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
Instructions
  1. Wet rims of four cocktail glasses and dip in cinnamon sugar.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add eggnog, vodka, Kahlúa, molasses, and ginger and shake to combine.
  3. Pour into rimmed glasses.
  4. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with molasses before serving.

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