Cocktails and Mocktails for The Holiday's

‘Tis the season to overindulge in food and drinks. Whether you are having a party of your own or you are attending one. Here is an idea of how to get festive with your beverages for people who drink alcohol, or those who prefer not to. A lot of these recipes will allow you to make both.


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1. Cranberry MargaritaThis margarita gives all the Christmas feels with its ruby red color garnished with lime and a snowy salted rim.

  • 2 ounces cranberry cocktail juice

  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice

  • ½ ounce triple sec or Grand Marnier

  • 1 ½ ounces tequila

  • Salt, for the rim

  • Lime wedge, for a functional holiday garnish

Salt the rim of a glass, combine all liquids over ice and stir. Garnish with a lime. Feliz Navidad! Serves:1


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2. Apple Gingersnap MocktailThe warming spice of ginger mixes with sweetness of apples to make a perfect drink. This mocktail is sure to please all your guests .

  • 1/4 apple, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 ounces apple cider

  • 4 ounces ginger beer (my favorite is Bundaberg)

Muddle the apple and lemon juice, pour into cup over ice. Add apple cider and ginger beer. Happy Holidays! Serves:1


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3. Boozy Bourbon Hot Chocolate OR Sans Bourbon

Warm chocolate in a cup! Use this recipe without alcohol at any time of the day. But for an after-dinner dessert, or on a cold night enjoy with the extra warmth of bourbon.

  • 1 tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (Trader Joes works great)

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 cups milk of your choice, fuller fat milk for extra creaminess

  • 1 shot Bourbon

  • Marshmallows

Heat milk of your choice on the stove top, stir in cocoa and sugar. Make sure to stir thoroughly to remove all clumps. Pour into a mug, add shot of Bourbon and top with marshmallows. Enjoy! Serves:1


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4. Cranberry Mimosa or Cranberry Cider

Mimosas are versatile cocktails that can be had any time of day from brunch to after dinner. They are also so simple and festively red.

  • Sparkling wine, prosecco or champagne

  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider

  • Cranberry cocktail juice

  • Frozen cranberries for garnish

Place a few frozen cranberries at the bottom of the champagne flute, pour in one-part cranberry cocktail, two parts sparkling of your choice. Watch the cranberries dance in delight from the bubbles. Cheers! Serves:1


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I hope you all enjoy the holidays! Please share the recipes with others below!

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