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Festive Holiday Party Drink Recipes

Add sparkle to your holiday gatherings with any of our recipes for cocktails, eggnog, hot drinks and nonalcoholic drinks.

Mulled Cranberry Punch

This blend of cranberry juice, juice concentrate, spices, orange juice and water simmers in your slow cooker.

Mulled Cranberry Punch

Cranberry Margarita

Stir up a pitcher of these rosy margaritas for your next holiday bash. The Simple Syrup recipe makes enough syrup for 30 margaritas but is easily halved or quartered.

Cranberry Margarita

Poinsettia Mimosas

The bubbly refresher is our version of a popular sipper at Marshall Field's Oak Grill in Minneapolis.

Poinsettia Mimosas

Jolly Gin Fizz

Part punch, part cocktail, this effervescent pink drink is perfect for holiday parties. If you don't have ginger beer or prefer a milder ginger flavor, substitute ginger ale.

Jolly Gin Fizz

Blue Blue Christmas Cocktail

Cheer the holidays with bold Blue Blue Christmas Cocktail -- a combination of vodka or rum, white cranberry juice, blue Curacao and lime juice.

Blue Blue Christmas Cocktail

Cranberry-Raspberry Spritz

Big party coming up? Offer guests Cranberry-Raspberry Spritz, which includes a make-ahead syrup base (enough for 80 servings!) and either champagne, carbonated water or lemon-lime carbonated beverage.

Cranberry-Raspberry Spritz

Mulled Cranberry Punch

This blend of cranberry juice, juice concentrate, spices, orange juice and water simmers in your slow cooker.

Mulled Cranberry Punch

Red Apple Crisp

Spiced rum, red apple liqueur and cranberry juice add spicy fruit flavor to this crimson drink from Blue Plate Catering of Chicago.

Red Apple Crisp

Deluxe eggnogs

Chocolate, coffee, orange juice, ice cream and strawberries bring fresh flavors and colors to our eggnog recipes. The recipe for Chocolate Eggnog Deluxe (top right and lower left) also includes ideas for Double Chocolate and Nonalcoholic Chocolate versions; Holiday Orange-Eggnog Punch can be made with strawberries or strawberry ice cream for Strawberry Eggnog.

Deluxe eggnogs

Holiday Orange-Eggnog Punch

Seduction Martini

Berry vodka, pomegranate liqueur and cranberry juice bring a blush to this drink from Jake's Old City Grill, Saginaw City, Michigan.

Seduction Martini

Indian Summer Cocktail

Liqueurs and fruit juice balance nicely in this beautiful green drink from a Schaumburg, Illinois, restaurant.

Indian Summer Cocktail

Chocolate Milk Shake Cocktail

Peppermint and chocolate give this splashy, nonalcoholic drink a festive, flavorful edge.

Chocolate Milk Shake Cocktail

Pomegranate Martini

This martini features a combination of pomegranate juice, orange liqueur, lime juice and vodka. Decorate glasses by rubbing the rims with a lime, then dipping in red and white sugar.

Pomegranate Martini

Hot Buttered Rum and Spiced Pear Tea

Freeze a base of ice cream, butter, sugar and spices, then combine with rum and boiling water when you're ready to serve our Hot Buttered Rum.

Pear nectar, honey, an orange and spices flavor easy-to-make Spiced Pear Tea.

Hot Buttered Rum

Spiced Pear Tea

Stained-Glass Kaleidoscope

For a pretty party presentation: Press thin slices of fruit (such as kiwi fruit, strawberries, oranges, seedless grapes and/or maraschino cherries) against the sides of 6- to 10-ounce rocks glasses. Cover and place in freezer. Check after 20 to 30 minutes and replace any fruit that has fallen off the sides of the glasses. Freeze for 4 hours or overnight. When ready to serve add a little ice and your favorite clear carbonated beverage. If you want to add a little color, drizzle some grenadine over the top.

Twinkling Ginger Champagne Punch

This sparkling drink is perfect to serve before or after dinner. For a nonalcoholic version, use the gingered syrup (without the vodka) in sparkling water or sparking cider.

Twinkling Ginger Champagne Punch

Spiced Apple-Cranberry Cider

This quick and easy drink combines cranberry-juice cocktail with apple cider or apple juice, cloves, and cinnamon. Garnish with a skewer of cranberries, if you like.

Spiced Apple-Cranberry Cider

Punch with a Punch

This ruby-red beverage gets its kick from tequila. If you'd prefer a nonalcoholic option, use lemon-lime carbonated beverage instead of the tequila.

Punch with a Punch

Spirited Cranberry-Rum Punch

This crimson, two-ingredient beverage is equally at home at a brunch or evening get-together. Use a less expensive rum for this no-fuss cocktail.

Spirited Cranberry-Rum Punch

Gluhwein (Hot Mulled Wine)

Udo Heinz from the Baum Wine Group in Bensenville, Illinois, says he fixes this German/Austrian specialty in the traditional Nuremberg way: hot, a bit sweet and spiced. We created both an adult and a nonalcoholic "kinder" (kids') version using directions from Udo.

Gluhwein (Hot Mulled Wine)

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