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More Christmas Cocktails!

Christmas cocktails to share and enjoy at your next holiday party.

After posting my first Christmas Cocktails article, I received a couple of e-mails asking for more. Ask and ye shall receive!

Consider adopting your favorite holiday drink recipe as your very own “signature cocktail”, and serve it every year at your Christmas party or holiday dinner. Add your own twist, get creative with garnishes, or scour the stores for pretty serving glasses to make the drink truly your own.

Having a party? Find out how many appetizers you’ll need first!

These recipes make one serving each, unless otherwise noted.

Hot Cappuccino Eggnog

This one takes a bit of work, but it’s well worth the effort. The recipe is based on “Holiday Eggnog”, printed in Betty Crocker’s Best Christmas cookbook, and makes about 6 servings.

  • 3 eggs, beaten slightly
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups milk (1% or 2% milk works best)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup coffee liqueur
  • 1 cup hot, strong espresso coffee
  • 1 cup heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon

In a heavy 2-quart saucepan over low heat, combine eggs and sugar. Add milk in a slow, steady stream, stirring constantly. Cook and continue stirring for about 20 minutes, until mixture is think enough to coat a metal spoon. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, liqueur, and espresso. Cover the pan to keep eggnog warm.

Beat whipping cream and brown sugar on high speed until stiff. Gently fold 1 cup of the sweetened whipped cream into the eggnog.

To serve, ladle eggnog into warmed mugs and top with remaining whipped cream. Sprinkle lightly with ground cinnamon.

Gin and Cherry Sling

My grandmother and great aunt used to love gin slings, and this one is really yummy!

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce cherry brandy
  • 4 ounces club soda

Pour gin and brandy in serving glass over crushed ice. Top up with club soda and garnish with maraschino cherries.

White Christmas

  • 1 1/2 ounces white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce Southern Comfort
  • 4 ounces eggnog (homemade or prepared)

Mix all ingredients gently and serve in a cocktail glass. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings or cinnamon for garnish, if desired.

Christmas Cranberry

  • 1 ounce cranberry vodka (or plain vodka)
  • 1 ounce hazelnut liqueur or Amaretto
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice (without pulp)

Combine in a cocktail shaker over ice. Strain into glasses filled with crushed ice and garnish with orange slices or frozen cranberries.

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