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10 Perfect Cocktails for Your Holiday Party

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There are so many reasons you might need a drink this holiday season: too much family togetherness, yet another awkward office party, or the overall political climate in the U.S. that everyone won’t stop sounding off about. There might be good reasons to drink as well: to celebrate your personal or professional achievements this year, to toast reunions with old friends, or to loosen up before popping the question (engagements are at their peak during the holidays, after all). Whatever your motivation to reach for the booze, these cocktails will both impress your guests and hit the spot. Raise a glass and say cheers to time off, fun gatherings, and a fresh start in 2018!

Holiday Christmas Punch

 

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Put water in a pot and add all ingredients. Boil together for 30 minutes and serve hot in a coffee mug. Add 1 ounce Tequila Cazadores Reposado, cinnamon stick. Use a teaspoon to stir. Eat with caramelize fruit.

Santa’s Helper

Photo: Tequila Cazadores.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients except ginger beer. Add ice and shake vigorously. Serve in a wine glass over ice, top with ginger beer, and garnish with a lemon twist.

Holiday Joe

Photo: Tequila Cazadores.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

In a coffee mug, combine all the ingredients. Top with whipped cream, nutmeg, and raspberry puree. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Winter Hibiscus Margarita

Photo: Tequila Cazadores.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients with ice and shake vigorously. Coat the rim of a margarita glass in cinnamon sugar. Serve cocktail over ice and garnish with a lime wheel.

Almond Joy

Photo: Tequila Cazadores.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients (except cocoa powder) with ice. Shake vigorously and serve up in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a dash of cocoa powder.

Jamapple Punch

Photo: Jam Jar Wines.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Garnish with star anise and orange slices. Makes 1 pitcher or punch bowl. (4 to 6 servings.)

Cocktail by Jam Jar Wines.

Frozen Spanish Brandy Alexander

Photo: El Five.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Blend with a stick blender. Serve in a 12-ounce ice cream soda glass. Top with crumbled Spanish cocoa cookies.

Cocktail by Ky Belk of El Five in Denver, Colorado.

Golden Toddy

Photo: The Bitter Truth.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Pour all ingredients into a warmed glass or cup and garnish with cinnamon stick and lemon peel.

Cocktail by Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauck of The Bitter Truth.

Pimento Flip

Photo: The Bitter Truth.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Grate nutmeg on top.

Cocktail by Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauck of The Bitter Truth.

Hot Thotty

Photo: The Honeywell.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Pour half ounce lemon in teacup. Add 1 ounce of hibiscus agave in teacup and 1/2 ounce honeybush infused buffalo trace. Heat up plain water, 5 cinnamon sticks and 6 orange slices (liked an infusion). Pour over concoction and stir. Garnish with dehydrated lemon.

Cocktail by Marcio Ramos of The Hone.