5 Fun and New Cocktails to Try This Holiday Season

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Happy Holidays! Looking to spice up your holidays? Do you want to “wow” all the guests at your next party? I am here to show you some fantastically festive drinks to whip out at your next holiday party.

Spiked Apple Cider

My friends and I made this one for our work Halloween party but it was very popular and works perfectly during the holidays. It is very simple and sweet. 
1 fifth of vanilla flavored vodka (usually Smirnoff)
1-gallon apple cider
Caramel syrup (optional)

In a crockpot or instapot, heat up the apple cider. Once it is warm, you can add the vanilla vodka. To serve, dip the glass rim in the caramel and spoon in the spiked apple cider. 

Espresso Martini

This cocktail is so popular right now! And honestly, winter makes me want to drink them all the time.
2 ounces vodka (I prefer Tito’s)
1/2 ounce coffee liqueur (I prefer Kahlúa)
1-ounce espresso, freshly brewed or cold brew concentrate
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Coffee beans (optional)

Add the vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso or cold brew, and simple syrup to a shaker filled with ice and shake until well-chilled. Then strain the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with 3 coffee beans if you want to feel even fancier!

Holiday Margarita

I just made this one for my boyfriend’s Christmas party and it was a huge hit! 
1-ounce tequila (I prefer Casamigos)
1-ounce simple syrup
2 ounces cranberry juice
Lime/lime juice
Fresh cranberries and rosemary

Fill your glass with ice. Pour a shot of tequila and a shot of simple syrup into the glass. Then add two shots of cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime. Mix it all up and top it off with a few cranberries and a sprig of rosemary! 

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Big Apple Manhattan

If you’re looking for something less sweet and a little stronger, this holiday cocktail is perfect! 
2 ounces rye whiskey (I prefer WhistlePig)
1-ounce apple brandy
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
An apple slice, for garnish

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Then add whiskey, brandy, and bitters. Stir your cocktail and strain it into a glass and garnish with an apple slice.

Fireball Hot Toddies

On cold winter days, this hot cocktail is a hit! If you have never had a hot cocktail, you really are missing out. The first time I had one, I was so confused since I like my liquor served cold. However, on a cold winter’s day, a hot toddy hits the spot. 
8 ounces of hot water
2 ounces Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
1/2 tablespoon honey
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tea bag, (optional)

Add whiskey, hot water, honey, and lemon juice to a large mug and stir. You can always add more honey if you would like it sweeter! If using a tea bag, steep for 5 minutes before drinking.

We hope you have success with these delicious cocktails! Enjoy!

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