Looking for a tasty cocktail to ring in the new year with? Nothing celebrates the holidays quite like a delicious holiday drink! If you’re hosting a holiday get-together or New Year’s bash, a cocktail is the perfect way to enhance your party. When planning your holiday party, here are a few easy-to-make and festive holiday drinks that are perfect for your gathering.
The Grinch Cocktail
Sure, the Grinch never confessed to having a lot of holiday cheer, but this cocktail will bring plenty of joy to your holiday party with a zingy, refreshing tang! To make a serving follow the recipe below:
- 1.5 ounces vodka
- ½ ounces melon liqueur
- Lime juice from 3 wedges
- Top with ginger ale
- Garnish with green sugar, and a candy cane
Start by pouring the vodka and melon liqueur into an iced shaker. Next, juice the three wedges, cover them, and shake thoroughly before pouring them into a coupe glass or tumbler. Next, top with ginger ale. You can either do a splash for less seltzer or give a hearty pour if you like more bubbles in your cocktail.
For a party-size preparation of this cocktail, just combine the vodka, liqueur, and lime juice ahead of time and then ice it and top it with ginger ale when served. You can also pre-prepare the glasses with their garnish.
The Holly Jolly Christmas Cocktail
This classy holiday classic feels like Christmas in a cup, with the zestiness of a holiday orange, the sweetness of the liqueur, and some holiday herbs to tie together the perfect sampling of the season. Check out the ingredients you’ll need below:
- 2 ounces of vodka
- ½ ounces of elderflower liqueur
- ⅓ cup fresh squeezed orange juice (blood orange is best)
- Top with ginger beer
- Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint or thyme
Combine the vodka and liqueur in an iced shaker along with the freshly squeezed orange juice and shake thoroughly until frosty. Next, pour into a tumbler or punch glass using the ice from mixing or fresh ice, and top with a splash of ginger beer for some bubbles. And, of course, garnish with your sprig of mint for an amazing aroma or thyme for a more grounded, savory complement to the drink’s sweetness.
If preparing a large batch for your party, you can pre-combine the vodka, liqueur, and orange juice ahead of time, though be sure not to include ice until shaking! You can garnish the glasses ahead of time, as well.
The Spice Box
Hanukkah is another delightful part of the holiday season, and if you’re looking for a tasty drink to enjoy while your party lights the menorah, The Spice Box is a rich and delicious addition to your Hanukkah party! Here’s how to make a glass:
- 1.5 ounces bourbon
- ¾ ounces Besamim liqueur
- ½ ounce coffee liqueur
- Garnish with a lemon peel
Combine the bourbon with the Besamim liqueur and coffee liqueur in a tumbler or old-fashioned glass and stir gently. Add a large single ice cube, stirring gently once more before garnishing with a lemon peel.
To prepare for a party, you can pre-combine all ingredients and simply add them to ice and garnish as needed.
The French 75
One of mixology’s most classic cocktails, The French 75 is simple, delicious, and with its celebration of champagne as a signature ingredient, the perfect cocktail to ring in the new year! Here’s how to prepare a serving:
- 1.5 ounces gin
- 0.5 ounces of simple syrup
- Top with champagne
- Garnish with a lemon ribbon
Truly a simple but delightful cocktail; simply add the gin and simple syrup into a champagne flute, and then fill to the brim with champagne, garnishing with your lemon ribbon at the end. Be sure to keep the champagne chilled and corked until ready to serve to ensure you keep the drink bubbly and festive.
Enjoy these recipes this holiday season with your friends and family. Contact Payless Liquors today for more ideas on how to make your party festive.