12 Christmas Cocktails, part 2

Put a spin on the classics


The days of anticipation are winding down and we are just hours away from Christmas Eve. With that, we bring you the second half to last week's 12 Cocktails of Christmas article.

While that was filled with the likes of more traditional drinks, with recipes like eggnog and hot wine punch, this list aims to shake things up a bit. These might not seem "classically" Christmas to you, but their clever names and interesting ingredients might earn them a part of your Christmas traditions to come.

Whip some up on Christmas Eve and you'll keep the holiday spirits high and jolly through New Years Day. Though don't forget to hydrate with some water between these festive cocktail treats.

What spins on the Christmas classics are you making this year? Read on for ours.

Photo courtesy orangejack via Flickr/CC

Christmas Kiss

1/2 oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
1/2 oz Chambord Raspberry Liqueur

Mix equal parts Kahlua and Chambord in a shot glass. Can also be served over ice.

Christmas Martini

3 oz Gin
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
1 tsp Peppermint Schnapps

Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubs. Stir well. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish glass with a bit of chocolate syrup.

Holiday Brandy Alexander

2 oz Eggnog
1 1/2 oz Brandy
1 oz Creme de Cacao

Shake ingredients together in a mixer half filled with ice cubs. Strain into glass and garnish with nutmeg.

Winter Cider

1 gallon Apple Cider
1 1/2 cups Rum
1 cup Peach Brandy
3/4 cup Peach Schnapps
6 Cinnamon Sticks

Bring cider and cinnamon to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and stir in all other ingredients until hot. Serve in Irish coffee glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Holly Jolly Roger

2 oz Apple Cider
2 oz Rum
1/2 oz Hazelnut Syrup
1/4 tsp Absinthe or other licorice flavored liqueur

Combine everything in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with lime.

Skier's Toddy

1 cup Hot Chocolate
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

Rinse out a large mug with boiling water, add steaming hot chocolate and stir in liqueurs. Top with several marshmallows.

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