Holiday Cocktails & Mocktails: 7 Recipes for Entertaining

From now till New Years Eve, there are several occasions to break out the cocktail shaker and raise your glass.  For all your holiday gatherings and entertaining, here are some festive recipes – 4 cocktails, 2 mocktails and a (spiked) punch – to bring your party good cheer.

Alexander Baby
4-5 ice cubes
2 measures dark rum
1 measure cremé de cacao
1/2 measure double cream
grated nutmeg

Put the ice cubes into a cocktail shaker and pour the rum, cremé de cacao and cream over the ice. Shake the drink then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Sprinkle grated nutmeg on top. Serves one.

– Recipe from All Shook Up: Party Drinks and Cocktails by Hamlyn

Christmas Punch
2 cups chilled pomegranate juice
1 cup chilled cranberry juice
8 oz. (1 cup) vodka
8 oz. (1 cup) Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur
1 cup chilled club soda
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 6 lemons)
1/2 cup simple syrup

Combine pomegranate and cranberry juice, vodka, Cointreau, club soda, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a punch bowl. Fill glasses with cranberries frozen in ice cubes, and serve. Garnish with lemon slices if desired.

– Recipe from Martha Stewart Living magazine, December 2009.

Mulled Cranberry Sipper
32 oz. cranberry juice
2 qt. water
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 (5-inch) cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp. whole cloves

Bring all the above-listed ingredients to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard solids, stir in 1 cup of orange juice. Serve warm or cooler. Garnish with lemon rind twists. Makes about 3 1/2 quarts. Non-alcholic.

– Recipe from Southern Living magazine, November 2012.

Hot Dixie Chocolate
2 oz. bourbon
2 oz. good-quality semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup whole milk
2 tbs. heavy cream
1/2 tbps. vanilla
1 tsp. sugar

Finely chop the chocolate and set it aside. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the milk, heavy cream, vanilla and sugar, stirring until the sugar has dissolved and the milk is very hot but not boiling. Remove from heat, pour the milk mixture over the chocolate pieces in a bowl, and let stand for a minute or two or until the chocolate has melted. Add the bourbon, stirring well to combine. Serve steaming hot in a heat-resistant glass.

– Recipe from Cocktail Parties with a Twist: Drinks + Food + Style by Alexandria and Eliot Angle

Sweet -N- Sassy
powdered sugar
2 oz. white cranberry juice
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. raspberry syrup
3 raspberries for garnish

Rim a martini glass with powdered sugar and set aside. Pour juice and raspberry syrup into a mixing glass and shake. Strain into the martini glass. Garnish with raspberries on a skewer. Serves one. Non-alcholic. 

– Recipe from Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be by Natalie Bovis-Nelsen

Coffee Amaretto
hot black coffee
1/2 measure Amaretto di Saronno
1/2 measure Tia Maria or Kahlúa
whipped cream
amaretti biscuits, to serve

Put some very hot, black coffee into a mug or heatproof handled glass and add Amaretto and Tia Maria or Kahlúa. Stir well then spoon whipped cream on top. Serve with amaretti biscuits. Serves one.

– Recipe from All Shook Up: Party Drinks and Cocktails by Hamlyn

Sunset Tea
200 ml / 7 oz. freshly-brewed Indian tea
1/2 measure golden rum
1 measure Cointreau
2 measures fresh orange juice
orange slices stuck with three whole cloves
cinnamon sticks

Pour the tea into 2 heatproof glasses. Put the rum, Cointreau and orange juice into a small saucepan. Place it over a low heat and bring the mixture to just under a boiling point, stirring constantly. Pour immediately into the glasses with the tea. Garnish with a slice of orange stuck with 3 cloves and a cinnamon stick. Serves two.

– Recipe from All Shook Up: Party Drinks and Cocktails by Hamlyn

Next time you’re at your local HPB, check out the magazines and cookbooks for many more tempting recipes to take home and try.  Happy holidays!

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.

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