You Must Try These Easy Holiday Cocktails

hot-holiday-sangriaWhether you’re hosing a Christmas party or are attending a holiday gathering, it helps to know how to make a few really great cocktails. When having guests over, you’ll want to have at least one signature Christmas cocktail.

While at a party, your bartending skills may come in handy, especially if people find out you know how to make some really great drinks. Here are some simple cocktail recipes that will be a hit at any party:

Eggnog Martini

This is the perfect signature cocktail for a holiday party since you can make it in a large pitcher and then strain it into martini glasses as your guests want to drink. No need to make these one at a time! Add 3 cups of eggnog, 1 1/2 cups hazelnut liqueur, and 1 1/2 cups vodka to a large pitcher. Stir with a wooden spoon, sprinkle the top with nutmeg, and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for up to a day until you’re ready to use. When it’s time to make one of the martinis, fill a cocktail shaker with ice along with 1/2 cup of the mixture. Shake vigorously and then strain into a martini glass.

Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Nothing gets you in the mood better than this combination of peppermint and chocolate! Simply prepare a cup of hot chocolate in any way that you desire. Stir in 1 1/2 ounces of peppermint schnapps. Add a dollop of whipped cream to the top of the hot chocolate and garnish with a candy cane.

Holiday Sangria Recipe

This holiday sangria offers a delicious twist on an old summer favorite. What’s great about this recipe is that you can either serve it hot or cold. It also makes a great party punch! Just add the prepared sangria to a punch bowl with ice cubes and orange slices for a festive look. In a large pitcher, add 1 bottle of wine, 4 cups of sweetened cranberry juice, 1/2 cup of orange liqueur, and 1/4 cup cinnamon schnapps. Stir with a wooden spoon and refrigerate until serving. If serving it warm, pour the sangria in a mug and heat for 1 1/2 minutes on high. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

These holiday cocktail recipes will always be a hit!