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Written By: Wednesday, December 7th 2016

Let’s face it – the holidays are a stressful time. If you’re hosting, you actually have to clean (dust can get in weird places). You need to be ready for guests, get all the food organized and purchased. Stress!

If you’re not hosting, you need to figure out where you need to go, what you need to bring, pack everything up for the kids, make sure they will be entertained in the car. Stress!

So once all of your planning is over for the day, why not get into the holiday spirit with a holiday spirit? You’ll certainly start to forget some of things you were stressed about.

Here are 5 delicious Christmas cocktails that are sure to warm you up like chestnuts in an open fire. In no particular order.

5. Mulled Wine

The legendary Gordon Ramsey has a recipe for this holiday staple, and no swearing is required when making it (but hey, go for it if you’d like).
Here he is showing you how it’s done:

Looks delicious, doesn’t it?

You Will Need:
A piece of muslin cloth (or a new J-cloth)
Red wine
Cardamom pods
Cloves (dried flower buds)
A cinnamon stick
Star anise
Lemongrass
Demerara sugar
Orange
Lemon
Stem ginger

You can find the full written out recipe here.

4.  Christmas Punch

Fun fact, when I was 19 or so, my family and I would make up batches of Christmas punch (also known as Thanksgiving punch, Easter punch, and whatever other holidays were happening). One year, we might have gotten a little too heavy handed on the punch, and no one actually made it to dinner, as we were all passed out instead. So, my advice? Go easy on the Christmas punch, if you actually want to celebrate the holiday with family and friends.

Martha Stewart is an expert in pretty much everything, so obviously she has a fantastic Christmas punch recipe.

You will need:

  • 2 cups chilled pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup chilled cranberry juice
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) vodka
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1 cup chilled club soda
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 6 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup Simple Syrup for Mixed Drinks

Basically, mix them all together, and voila! Punch-y fun. Find the full recipe here.

 

3. The Grinch Cocktail

Hey, we all get cranky sometimes. Instead of stealing everyone’s Christmas presents, just indulge in this drink instead.

I found it on mixthatdrink.com and it looks worthy of a try.

You will need:

  • 2 ounces Midori
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup

You won’t be feeling grouchy after this one! Find the full recipe here.

 

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2. Hot Buttered Rum

Need to warm up after putting up those Christmas lights? Instead of swearing that you’ll just leave them up year round from now on, why not get toasty with a delicious hot buttered rum? Rachel Ray has a great recipe, and I promise it doesn’t include any evoo. None.

You will need: 

2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch salt
3/4 cup spiced rum
2 cups boiling water
4 sticks cinnamon, for garnish

You’ll be saying “winter what now?” after enjoying one of these tasty drinks. Find the full recipe here.

 

Finally – Eggnog

You knew we couldn’t have a Christmas Cocktail Countdown (ooh, that’s fun to say) without including good old eggnog. I’m going to give you my recipe for it. This was passed down through generations of my family.

You will need:

  • A glass full of eggnog (bought at the grocery store)
  • A shot of Rum

 

Mix, and drink. Sure, you could get fancy, but let’s face it. We’re getting down to the wire here. Half of the gifts still need to be wrapped. No one can find the elf. You have to wake up at 5 AM to get the turkey ready. Sometimes, simple is best. That’s when you turn to eggnog. In my humble opinion, that’s the only time when you should turn to eggnog.

 

(oh all right, if you really must get fancy, this is apparently the best eggnog in the world, according to famous chef Jamie Oliver. I still think mine’s better).

That’s my list. Of course, feel free to remove the alcohol for those that don’t want it. In fact, I insist that you do so if serving to kids. Safety first.

What do you drink during the holidays?