Getting cozy with your friends and family is what the holiday season is all about. Cold weather is truly just an excuse to spend more time inside chatting, dining, and laughing! Oh, and let’s not forget – drinking!
Holiday Cocktail Ideas For 2017
Crafting cocktails is fun year-round, but the holiday season affords an extra layer of cocktail festivity. Between fun flavors, vibrant colors, and classic twists, there are so many exciting ways to mix up a drink. Are you the go-to in-house bartender at holiday parties and gatherings? Whether the answer is yes or no, we know you’re going to love the following holiday cocktail trends:
Feast in a Glass
The particular flavor tends to shift every few years, but each holiday season we see a spike in fall-flavored drinks. For example, this Pumpkin Pie Martini recipe. Pumpkin is a fan favorite from September through New Year’s, but other flavors include apple pie, squash, and maple. The idea is to take some of the symbolic Thanksgiving flavors and incorporate them into a cocktail.
Mule’s With a Holiday Twist
Do we love mules because of the metal glass, or because they taste delicious? It’s a toss-up. Mules have been trending for a few years now, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be trending out anytime soon. Surprise and delight your loved ones by transforming the classic mule into a ginger and cranberry holiday mule.
Spiked Hot Chocolate
The ultimate cold-weather beverage can be greatly enhanced with a dash of alcohol – hot chocolate adult style! Everyone loves the sweet, whip-cream topped classic hot chocolate, but after you’re done with it, they’ll love it even more. We’re talking Kahlua infused hot chocolate.
All Things Pair Well With Chai
Perhaps second after hot-chocolate, Chai is immensely comforting. If you’ve ever had a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte, you might imagine how incredible a Chai and alcohol drink might taste! Whiskey and chai are an unusual match-made-in-heaven, and we recommend trying out the two together. For a little cinnamon, whiskey, and chai action, try your hand at this recipe.
Normally considered more of a summer drink, Sangria is aesthetically perfect for the holiday season. Plus, chatting around the fire might get a little too warm, and the cool Sangria will keep your inside temperature just right. How does one make Sangria more holiday-focused? With berries and cinnamon of course!
Follow the cocktail recipes exactly, or use them as a guideline as you perfect your own version! Who knows, you may create the signature holiday cocktail for your family, and will go down in the family history books as mixologist-extraordinaire.
If you’re in the mood to taste delicious handcrafted cocktails made by someone else, then we recommend a holiday getaway to picturesque Vermont. Vermont is to winter what pumpkin is to fall. Allow your taste buds to be pampered with a stay at The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa. At The Essex, you can learn cocktail mixing tips from the talented bartenders, cooking lessons from the acclaimed chef’s at the Cook Academy, and you can relax among the culinary-inspired decor.