Recipe Roundup: Holiday cocktails to keep your party going!

SBLIV Centerplate Cocktails at Hard Rock Stadium, photo by Matthew Noel/Centerplate
SBLIV Centerplate Cocktails at Hard Rock Stadium, photo by Matthew Noel/Centerplate /

Holiday parties are one of the best parts of the holiday season. Festive foods and drinks are my personal favorite thing about the holidays — and I love creating delightful and whimsical cocktails for my holiday parties.

We have a few unique recipes for you to try for your next get-together, or for just yourself! So grab your favorite shaker and martini glass, and let’s get crafty!

Crown Royale is always ready to have a good time, and their inspired cocktails have been a crowd-pleaser for years. Crown’s Crowned Cranberry Buck is a refreshing holiday drink — plus it takes very little time to make this drink, which is great in today’s busy world. In under 5 minutes, you can be the life of your party, even if you’re partying solo!

"Crowned Cranberry BuckIngredients:1.5 oz Crown Royal Deluxe.5 oz lemon juice1 oz cranberry juice2 oz ginger beer (to fill)Fresh cranberries & rosemary sprig for garnishMethod:Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker (except ginger beer) add ice and shake. Strain over ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary sprig."

These creative takes on holiday drinks will delight and entertain parties of all sizes!

Since the 1860’s Beefeater London has been celebrating the holidays with all kinds of families. Their award-winning gin is a must for every at-home bar — we use it fairly often for innovative and fun cocktails. Recently I tried their Maple Gin Fizz and was surprised at how light and delicious it was. The waffle garnish was a nice, sweet treat at the end of the drink!

"Maple Gin Fizz1 part Ghia botanical Aperitivo1 part Beefeater Gin½ part maple syrup2 parts club soda topperMethod: Pour the first three ingredients into a shaker. Shake. Strain. Top with club soda.Garnish: Mini waffle drizzled in maple syrup."

Another household name for the holidays — Nestle — knows how to make a classic holiday drink sweeter. I typically shy away from eggnog, but their take on it made me a believer. Nestle’s eggnog warmed me up while also making it truly feel like the holidays. This is a drink that will make you want seconds!

"Nestle Clasico EggnogIngredients:4 1/2 cups milk1 can (14 ounces) NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk4 large egg yolks3 tablespoons NESCAFÉ® CLÁSICO™ 100% Pure Instant Coffee Granules1 teaspoon ground cinnamon2/3 cup rum (optional)1 tablespoon vanilla extractSweetened whipped creamGround cinnamonDirections:Whisk together milk, sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, coffee granules and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in amedium saucepan.Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently for 15 minutes or until mixture reaches a gentle boil and coats theback of a wooden spoon.Remove from heat, add rum and vanilla extract.Serve at room temperature or chilled topped with sweetened whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon."

These drinks pair well with gingerbread houses, candy canes, and of course chocolate! Give them a try at your next party, you never know when you’ll find your next party staple!

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So what do you think? Have you tried a new drink recipe lately and need to tell us about it? Let us know in the comments below!