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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Produced by Aimee Nishitoba, Photo by Christie Vuong, Food Styling by Eshun Mot, Prop Styling by Nicole Billark.
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.Image courtesy of Gabby Peyton.
This fresh citrus cocktail can easily be turned into a mocktail, and pairs great with light snacks. Get our grapefruit sake cocktail recipe here.
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.
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.
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.
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 wintry take on a classic cocktail. Get our forager whisky and tonic recipe here.
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.
This gently spiced winter warmer is perfect for sipping by the fireside. Get our hot toddy recipe here.
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.
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.
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.
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