7 Boozy Drinks To Make This Holiday Season

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My favorite holiday-themed bar is closed for the season, so this year, I’m getting creative and experimenting at home with some new holiday cocktail recipes. I’m no mixologist, but these fun boozy beverages from Food Network Kitchen (claim your free trial, here!) sure make me feel like one! If you’re looking to start a new holiday tradition (and impress your friends and fam with your bartending skills), check out these festive drink recipes that you can make in under ten minutes. 

  1. 1. Hot Spiced Buttered Rum

    Just the name of this holiday cocktail earns it a spot on our list. If you love a rich, buttery beverage, this recipe from Food Network Kitchen is for you. All you need is brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, vanilla extract, a dash of pineapple juice, and of course, your favorite rum. The best part is, you can make a batch for you and your friends in just 10 minutes. Check out the full recipe to learn how.

  2. 2. Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

    This celebratory cocktail tastes like New Year’s Eve in a glass, and it only takes a few minutes to make. Pour cranberry juice and a squeeze of fresh lime into a chilled champagne flute, then top it off with your favorite champagne or sparkling wine. Add 3-4 cranberries on top for some extra flair, then serve! Whether you’re hosting virtual brunch or toasting to 2021, this bubbly cocktail is perfect for celebrations when you’re short on time.

  3. 3. Mulled Cider

    There are few things more nostalgic than sipping hot cider on a winter night. If you’re craving a warm, comforting drink you can make with minimal ingredients, look no further than this yummy cider recipe. Simply combine apple cider, berries, cloves, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Once it’s hot, pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

  4. 4. Coquito

    Although “coquito” translates to “little coconut,” this boozy drink is big on flavor. This Puerto Rican classic is a staple in my house, and features a sweet blend of rum, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, and spices. Mix ingredients together in a blender for about two minutes, pour into a pitcher, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold. (Pro tip: coquito is delicious served over ice with a dash of cinnamon and fresh nutmeg on top!)

  5. 5. Santa's Sleigh Cocktail

    This festive recipe inspired by Santa’s sleigh takes just under ten minutes to make, and includes vanilla ice cream, so it’s basically Christmas in a glass. Add eggnog, brandy, amaretto, nutmeg, and two scoops of ice cream into your blender and process until smooth. Then pour and enjoy! If you’re feeling fancy, grab a martini glass, dampen the rims, and line with sugar crystals. Trust me, you’ll feel like a real life bartender.

  6. 6. Rose Sangria

    Sometimes, all you need is a light, fruity drink to ring in the holiday season. If this sounds like you, you must check out this sangria recipe from Food Network Kitchen. Mix your favorite rosé and raspberry liqueur with ¼ cup of brandy, then add a dash of sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Then, add fresh raspberries and strawberries to the mix, and refrigerate for at least an hour. Add seltzer before serving, and there you have it — a refreshing addition to your holiday cocktail lineup.

  7. 7. Candy Cane Cocktail

    Last but not least, the cutest holiday cocktail we ever did see. You’ll need a shot of vanilla rum, white chocolate liqueur, some peppermint Schnapps, and a candy cane. Add the liquid ingredients to a shaker filled with ice, then shake well and strain into your favorite glass. Garnish with a candy cane, and enjoy this minty drink after just five minutes of prep. (When you’re ready to level up this recipe, try the Gingerbread Martini, which takes a bit longer but is 100% worth the wait!)

The Food Network Kitchen app has hundreds of festive recipes for you to try this holiday season. From the Bourbon Apple Hot Toddy to the White Christmas Margarita, there’s a boozy beverage to fit every taste palette. Try these out and don’t forget to take pics — who says you can’t be a mixologist, anyway? Your friends and family will be so impressed. Cheers!