Spice Up Your Happy Hour This Holiday Season With a Festive Twist

‘Tis the season to drink and be merry!

With all the fun and festivities happening, it is easy to keep things simple and stick to your favorite vodka and soda.

However, this it the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy your holiday season even more, and have yet another way to get festive!

These happy hour drink recipes are great not only for you to enjoy on your own, but also to make at a holiday party. We guarantee you’ll be the life of the party with these drinks up your sleeve.

Rose + Rosé Bourbon

While we love all the creamy, heavy cocktails the holiday season allows us to have (see recipes below), we also love something refreshing. And this rose and rosé combo is the perfect wake-up.

What you need:

  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 3 ounces rosé wine
  • 1 tsp. rose syrup
  • 2 T fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Sparkling water to taste
  • Grapefruit slices or peel for garnish

What to do:

  1. Mix the whiskey, rosé, rose syrup, and grapefruit juice well.
  2. Pour over ice in a lowball glass.
  3. Top with a bit of sparkling water and add garnish.

Recipe and photo courtesy of HelloGlow.com

Orange Cinnamon Blossom Wine

Not only is this drink pretty to look at, it’s also pretty to drink. We love the warm temperature of this drink, and the wonderful holiday scents that will be floating in your house once you pop this baby on the stovetop.

What you need:

  • 1 bottle Prosecco
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1 T honey
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 3 whole allspice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

What to do:

  1. Thinly slice the lemon and the orange. Quarter the orange slices.
  2. Put fruit in a 5 quart pan.
  3. Add honey, sugar, cloves, and allspice.
  4. Cut the cinnamon sticks lengthwise into thin strips.
  5. Add the cinnamon and 2 cups of water to the pan.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat and boil gently for five minutes.
  7. Pour Prosecco into the hot mixture and warm for about eight minutes, or until steaming.
  8. Keep warm over low heat and ladle into wineglasses.

Recipe and photo courtesy of ElleDecor.com

Mayan Hot Chocolate

What would winter and the holiday season be without a cup of hot chocolate? Shed a whole new light on your love of hot chocolate with this boozy twist on the classic favorite.

What you need:

  • 1 ounce hot chocolate powder
  • 1/4 tsp dutch cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 ounces scalding hot water
  • 3/4 ounce cognac
  • 3/4 ounce Kahula

What to do:

  1. Preheat a tempered glass mug with scalding hot water for 1 minute.
  2. Discard the water and add hot chocolate powder, dutch cocoa powder, chili powder, and ground cinnamon with fresh scalding hot water, stirring until dissolved.
  3. Add liquor to this mix.
  4. Garnish with heavy whipping cream, and sprinkle with fresh cinnamon.

Recipe and photo courtesy of InStyle.com

Holiday Punch Bowl

 

Not sure what to serve a room full of guests? How about this grown-up punch that offers up some fab flavors. It’s quick easy, and sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

What you need:

  • 4 lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tea bags
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice, strained
  • 2 1/2 cups cognac
  • 1 1/2 cups dark rum
  • fresh nutmeg

What to do:

  1. The day before, place the punch bowl full of water in the freezer.
  2. The day of, using a vegetable peeler, skin the lemons and put them in a large heatproof bowl.
  3. Add sugar and mash the sugar and peels together.
  4. Bring a quart of water to a boil, remove it from heat, and add tea bags.
  5. After 5 minutes, remove the tea bags and pour the tea onto the sugar and peels.
  6. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  7. Add lemon juice and cognac.
  8. Stir well and let cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  9. To serve, pour the punch into the punch bowl, put in block of ice, and grate fresh nutmeg over the top

Recipe and photo courtesy of Esquire.com

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