Spread The Cheer With Our Favorite Holiday Cocktails

Tis the season for...well...booze. From celebratory dinners to family get togethers, there are a ton of opportunities to try some delicious new seasonal cocktails. Give your regular drink a rest, skip the eggnog and toast with any one of these killer recipes.

Cranberry Old Fashioned
Give your favorite easy-to-make classic a seasonal make over with this killer twist. The cranberry adds a great bracing element that is tempered by the warm burn of the bourbon.

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Hot Toddy
This basic recipe is a good way to wind down and warm up after a really cold day. Toddies are also rumored to do double-duty as a common cold remedy, but that۪s probably just a drunk uncle story (let's test it just in case). All you۪ll need for this one is bourbon, honey, and hot water. You can also mix it up and add some seasonal spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice.

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Coquito
Like eggnog and a pina colada had a delicious, delicious baby, the Coquito is a classic holiday drink served in Puerto Rico. Both sweet and potent, it۪s a great shift away from the traditional heavy eggnog.

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Dark 'N Stormy
Think warm thoughts with a drink mix of Bermudian origins. For such a dreary name, it۪s really refreshing and spicy. Get some rum and ginger beer (if you don۪t care about staying authentic, you can substitute it with ginger ale and add a splash of lime juice). Now imagine yourself on the beach instead of in a winter coat.

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Santa's Shot
Just pour a shot of Fireball. That۪s it. What? It has cinnamon in it.

French 75
Besides packing a hell of a punch, the French 75 has some history behind it. It۪s actually named after a gun from World War I (which is homage to the fact that it۪s potent). It۪s best for ringing in the New Year since you۪re likely to have champagne on hand ( doesn۪t have to be anything pricey), and how often do you get to mix it with liquor? In this case, it۪s cognac or gin. You۪ll also need lemon juice, and sugar and water to make simple syrup.

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Tequila Mint Hot Chocolate
It۪s your fave childhood drink with a real adult twist. Spiking hot chocolate is nothing new, of course, but this recipe has a real kick, thanks to tequila and peppermint schnapps. While it does call for homemade hot chocolate, it۪s easy to substitute in the boxed kind, and save yourself several minutes.

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The Heated Affair
This is another great spin on a traditional holiday drink: hot apple cider gets an upgrade from tequila. The recipe encourages you to make your own cider, but you can get the instant version in stores. Feel free to substitute bourbon for tequila if you۪re more of a whiskey man.

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