We love the holidays. We love drinks. We love holiday drinks.
Reaching for all possible cocktail ingredients from your cupboard to please an exploding list of guests can be stressful – we’ve all been there. When it comes to wintertime beverages for the imbibing adults in your life, going for something far out and fancy doesn’t always need to be the case. There are a ton of amazing alcoholic beverage options you can throw together with what’s already at home, or available at the corner market.
We turned to our own team of in-house experts (aka, all of us at Oliver + Sons) to find out what some of the best holiday cocktail recipes are.
Attiya’s Sangria De Cava
Who said Sangria was meant for a sunny day in Spain? Nobody I know, because the Spanish know how to convert their very own cold beverage into a taste wintery one. The best thing about this is that you probably have all the ingredients left from your Christmas shop, so why not make yourself a delish Sangria with Cava.
All you’re gonna need is the fruit before it gets made into a pie, another orange that didn’t make it into the turkey and the rosemary that exceed the amount you needed for your potatoes – not forgetting the red wine that’s generously stocked. That’s the basic batch, to add to your wholesome potion, try a little cider, apple or even pomegranate.
Ariel’s Spicy Cider
While I LOVE Hot Toddies, I strictly reserve them for when a seasonal cold is coming on (seriously, it works. Try it.). One of my other all-time favorite drinks for any other Wintertime event is Spiced Apple Cider.
You just throw some apple cider, an orange poked full of fresh cloves, and some cinnamon sticks into the slow cooker for a few hours, and you’ve got a delicious holiday drink ready to go. I’ll add some spiced Bourbon for a kick, too. Perfect to stock up on or brew for a party, and the flavors are marvelous!
Faye’s Slow Cooker Spiced Wine
My favourite winter cocktail is a slow cooker spiced wine. Unlike other cocktails, this drink can be made in hap-dash fashion with a disregard for the recipe, or quantity recommendations. You can seriously add a little bit of everything that you fancy.
I love chucking in pear cider, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg complete with the most expensive bottle of red vino I can get my hands on. This makes for the perfect get-together beverage too, as it can be sat mellowing on the stove as you go about hosting your Christmas party. Guests can freely help themselves without fuss and more fruit can be added as the night draws on to give it more of a zesty flavour.
Lily’s Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco
Hello, limoncello! This fruitful liquor will forever follow me. For the good reason that it slips into many drinks, and this one is my favorite. Although I don’t specifically drink it around Christmas, the compliment it provides prosecco is sensational, and introduced to a gathering sure helps guests feel the bubble energy.
Necessary with fresh raspberries, instead of frozen, to save yourself an extra unwanted chill after you put the crushed ice in. Now it’s down to you – add mint or another herb which you feel matches the mood.
Miguels’ White Russian
When I think of the holidays, I instantly thought of the White Russian. I haven’t had it for a while, but once I discovered it (which was a very, very, very long time ago) watching The Big Lebowski, I was hooked.
It got me curious and had it quite regularly back then. What I love, is the coffee liquor which really gets you going, making it hard to fall asleep – a dangerous choice. I love coffee anyway, so this was naturally an easy fit for me. I go with 50% Kahlua, a shot or two of Vodka and just a little bit of cream or milk. Ready to drink!
While you try to wrap your head around the pronunciation (it’s cali-mocho BTW), I’m still trying to wrap my head around this strange tradition of two drinks we love in the Basque Country. But it is actually, a very refreshing drink, even for Christmas.
It’s a simple combination of coca-cola and red wine – which is probably the cheapest cocktails on the menu, everywhere. Tip in some orange, or maybe some blackberries but stay away from the ice because it’s way too cold for that.
A very Merry Christmas from all of us at Oliver + Sons!