The Holidays are a time of peace, harmony and family. But sometimes the peace and harmony go out the window and you need just a little something to help you make it through the season without shoving a sharpened candy cane through your own eye. We've combed the internet for some of the tastiest and festive holiday cocktails for you to sip on while doing your best to ignore the screaming, fighting and complaining that might arise at your family gathering. Just remember to drink responsibly!
Grey Goose offers up the Cherry Chocolate Chill. A smooth, chocolatey sweet concoction that combines Grey Goose Cherry Noir Vodka with peppermint schnapps, chocolate syrup and heavy cream is sure to please on Christmas Eve. Just make sure the kids know this is not their chocolate milk!
From Cake N' Knife, we get this beautiful and tasty Christmas Sangria. Who says sangria is only for summer? Apple cider, pinot grigio, cranberries and rosemary come together to make this refreshingly tart and sweet cocktail you can enjoy while you're cooking or watching A Christmas Story for the fiftieth time.
We found these adorable Candy Cane Shooters over on A Night Owl. With shot glasses coated in marshmallow fluff and candy cane bits, these dessert shots are a sweet combination of white chocolate liqueur, International Delight's White Peppermint Chocolate Truffle creamer and half & half. The blog also offers up a virgin option for the little ones, just be careful not to get the drinks mixed up on the tray!
This cool blue cocktail called The Jack Frost can be found at The Blond Cook. For more of a tropical Christmas, you can find rum or vodka, blue curacao, pineapple juice and cream of coconut to blend together with ice. For an extra snowy flair, trim the glass in coconut flakes and you have the perfect frosty drink for Christmas afternoon.
Elegant and gorgeous in presentation, the Blackberry Ombre Sparkler from The Cookie Rookie is fantastic for any Christmas party. With a basic ingredient list of champagne, blackberries, sugar, water and a sprig of rosemary, the Blackberry Ombre Sparkler is a simple cocktail that will impress anyone at your table.
This Gingerbread Martini comes from Eat-Drink-Love for a creamy, spicy-sweet alternative to eggnog. Vodka, Kahlua and Bailey's Irish Cream are mixed with gingerbread syrup and half & half in this party-pleaser. Mix a batch together for that cookie party you're hosting or enjoy a few during that Lifetime Christmas movie marathon we all know you look forward to every year.
Mulled wine is a fantastic alternative to cold sangria. Rich, dark and served warm, mulled wine can be spicy or sweet. Made with red wine, brandy, spices and a dash of orange, this recipe will be perfect for a cold winter night by the fire or recovering after the kids have passed out with exhaustion and the house is buried in a sea of shredded wrapping paper and bows. Get the full recipe at GimmeSomeOven.com.
Another eggnog alternative is this delicious Pistachio Coquito from Puerto Rico. This creamy coconut and rum treat is made with pistachio paste and garnished with a sprinkle of cinnamon for holiday flair. Serve it up in a chilled glass and tip a few back while you're wrapping presents or cooking dinner. Get the full recipe at SheKnows.com.
Another wintery take on a summer favorite is this cranberry margarita. Throw together some cranberry juice, lime juice, triple sec and tequila for an icy, fresh cocktail that is sure to kick start any holiday party! Get the recipe at GimmeSomeOven.com.
We've shown you some eggnog alternatives, but let's face it; it's just not the holidays without eggnog. So we've found this jazzed up eggnog cocktail from Creative Culinary called The Merry Friar. A shot of espresso with Frangelico, hazelnut and vodka come together to take your eggnog to a whole new level of delicious in this unique concoction. Impress your friends and family while they 'ooh' and 'ahh' at your creativity with this cocktail!