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Our Favourite Festive Holiday Cocktails

These drinks are bound to put you in the holiday mood.
Our Favourite Festive Holiday Cocktails

(Photo: Erik Putz)

Ginger Moscow Mule

Fill 2 copper mugs with ice. Shake 1⁄4 cup vodka with 2 tbsp lime juice and 2 dashes cinnamon or Angostura bitters in a shaker filled with ice. Divide between mugs. Top with ginger beer and stir with a cinnamon stick. Garnish with a lime wedge. Serves 2.

Our Favourite Festive Holiday CocktailsPhoto, Eric Putz. Food styling, Lindsay Guscott. Prop styling, Catherine Doherty.

Eggnog White Russian

Fill 2 lowball glasses with ice. Pour 2 tbsp each Kahlua and vodka into each glass. Slowly pour 1⁄4 cup eggnog into each glass. Serves 2.

Our Favourite Festive Holiday CocktailsPhoto, Eril Putz. Styling, Lindsay Guscott. Prop styling, Catherine Doherty.

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Boozy Hot Chocolate

Simmer 1 cup 2% milk and 1⁄4 cup 35% cream in a small saucepan set over medium-high, then reduce heat to medium-low. Whisk in 1 1⁄2 oz dark and 1⁄2 oz white chocolates until melted, 1 to 2 min. Whisk in 1⁄2 cup crème de cacao and 1⁄8 tsp peppermint extract, if desired. Divide between 2 mugs. Top with a marshmallow and chocolate cookie. Brûlée the marshmallow, if desired. Serves 2.

Our Favourite Festive Holiday CocktailsPhoto, Eril Putz. Styling, Lindsay Guscott. Prop styling, Catherine Doherty.

French 75

Shake 2 tbsp gin with 2 tbsp each lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice. Divide between 2 coupe glasses. Top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist. Serves 2. 

Kitchen tip: Making simple syrup at home is super easy. You can even make simple syrup in the microwave. Get the guide here. 

Our Favourite Festive Holiday CocktailsPhoto, Eril Putz. Styling, Lindsay Guscott. Prop styling, Catherine Doherty.

Cranberry Aperol Spritz

Fill 2 highball glasses with ice. Pour 2 tbsp each Aperol and club soda, and 1 tbsp cranberry juice into each glass. Top with prosecco. Garnish with frozen cranberries, rosemary sprigs and clementine slices. Serves 2.

Our Favourite Festive Holiday CocktailsPhoto, Eril Putz. Styling, Lindsay Guscott. Prop styling, Catherine Doherty.

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Old Fashioned

Fill 2 lowball glasses with ice. Pour 2 tbsp rye or bourbon, 1 tsp maraschino cherry syrup (from jar) and 3 dashes Angostura bitters into each glass. Stir well. Garnish with an orange twist and maraschino cherry. Serves 2.

Our Favourite Festive Holiday CocktailsPhoto, Eril Putz. Styling, Lindsay Guscott. Prop styling, Catherine Doherty.

Brandied Cherry Cocktail

Although we used brandy for this fall-inspired cocktail, swapping in calvados would dial up the autumn vibes even further. Get our brandied cherry cocktail recipe here.

A brandied cherry cocktail garnished with two cocktail cherries on a pickProduced by Aimee Nishitoba, Photo by Christie Vuong, Food Styling by Eshun Mot, Prop Styling by Nicole Billark.

Newfoundland and Labrador Christmas Slush

In other parts of the world, Christmas punch recipes abound, but in Newfoundland and Labrador, it’s all about the Christmas Slush—a shockingly easy batch cocktail recipe traditionally made in a salt beef bucket. Get our Newfoundland and Labrador Chrismas slush recipe here. 

recipe of a glass of yellow pineapple Newfoundland slush with a cherry and paper straw for ChristmasImage courtesy of Gabby Peyton.

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Grapefruit Sake Cocktail

This fresh citrus cocktail can easily be turned into a mocktail, and pairs great with light snacks. Get our grapefruit sake cocktail recipe here. 

A bowl of popcorn and various items from table games(Recipes by Irene Ngo, Produced by Sun Ngo, Photography by Erik Putz, Prop Styling by Madeleine Johari, Food Styling by Michelle Rabin)

Limoncello Prosecco Cocktail

This light lemon cocktail pairs well with parmesan and Parma ham kettle chips, and can also be turned into a mocktail. Get our limoncello Prosecco cocktail recipe here. 

A bowl of kettle chips and a glass of wine against a dark blue backdrop.

Spiced Rum And Ginger Beer Cocktail

This spiced rum and ginger beer cocktail works well served with rice paper chips, and can also be turned into a mocktail. Get our spiced rum and ginger beer cocktail recipe here. 

White rice paper chips with an orange sauce in a bowl against a red tablecloth with various mahjong tiles.

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Cranberry-Orange Vodka Soda

A fun citrus-infused drink, this vodka soda goes well with our chocolate-covered pretzels and can also be turned into a mocktail. Get our cranberry orange vodka soda recipe here. 

A plate of chocolate covered pretzels on a table next to a chess board and a drink

Mulled White Wine

This warming, festive drink is not only pretty, with its star anise garnish, but will leave your house fragrant, too. Get our mulled white wine recipe here. 

A pink plate with cheddar cheese crackers and a cup of mulled white wine with a star anise, sliced orange and cinnamon stick garnish(Recipes by Irene Ngo, Produced by Sun Ngo, Photography by Erik Putz, Prop Styling by Madeleine Johari, Food Styling by Michelle Rabin)

Forager Whisky And Tonic

A wintry take on a classic cocktail. Get our forager whisky and tonic recipe here. 

A bowl of warm sweet and savour nuts on an orange tray, beside a hand holding a whisky and tonic in a tall glass with a lemon garnish(Recipes by Irene Ngo, Produced by Sun Ngo, Photography by Erik Putz, Prop Styling by Madeleine Johari, Food Styling by Michelle Rabin)

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Homemade Whisky Irish Cream Liqueur

This dreamy after-dinner tipple tastes amazingly like Baileys Irish Cream (imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, right?). Sipped straight up or over ice, it’ll warm you through and through. Get our homemade whisky irish cream liqueur recipe here. 

Three glasses of homemade Bailey's Irish cream liqueur on a wood table, each with a large ice cube and paired with a gold star ornament, best homemade baileys Irish cream recipe(Photo: iStock)

Hot Toddy

This gently spiced winter warmer is perfect for sipping by the fireside. Get our hot toddy recipe here. 

two cups of hot toddy garnished with cloves, lemon and cinnamon.(Photo: istock)

Ginger-Rum Hot Toddy

Get our ginger-rum hot toddy recipe here. 

Hot toddyHot toddy. (Photo, Roberto Caruso.)

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Red Grapefruit Punch Bowl

This boozy, festive red grapefruit punch bowl is a showstopping—yet hands-off!—way to serve your party guests (and repurpose that trifle bowl!) Get our red grapefruit punch bowl recipe here. 

Red grapefruit punch in a glass trifle bowl with sprigs of rosemary and slices of grapefruit floating in it served in a trifle bowl with two glasses next it on a table(Photo: Erik Putz)

Gin Chaud Cocktail

This warming cocktail is an unexpected twist on the classic French mulled wine, traditionally known as vin chaud. You can use any citrus gin you like and scale it up—punch-style—or down to suit a gathering of any size. Get our gin chaud cocktail recipe here. 

a glass mug with a pink hot drink inside garnished with a pineapple spear and a cherryPhoto by Maya Visneyi.

Warm Chai Toddy

It’s hard to make a classic hot toddy even cozier, but we were up for the challenge. Chai tea adds delicious spice to this updated classic. Get our warm chai toddy recipe here. 

hot toddyWarm Chai toddy. (Photo, Roberto Caruso.)

Assorted cookies on a pink background with the words in white

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