Christmas Cocktails

Dazzle your holiday guests with one of these jazzy cocktails. By Julianna Grimes

Festive Holiday Cocktails

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Festive Holiday Cocktails

If you start your holiday party with one of these festive cocktails, we can assure you, guests will be dazzled from the very first sip.

First up, a luxurious confection with a whitty moniker.

The flavor of this Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, distilled from sour cherries, captures the essence of the pristine fruit.

View Recipe: The G-Word

The Sun Also Rises

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The Sun Also Rises

Not to be confused with cheap imitations, Plymouth Sloe Gin—a sweet-tart spirit featuring sloe berries—is made from a time-honored recipe and worthy of a special libation.

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Sweet Adeline

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Sweet Adeline

Be sure to use Clear Creek brandy—you'll actually experience the fragrance and texture of fresh Oregon pears—the pear is grown inside the bottle.

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Suze, a bitter French liqueur that's immensely popular in Europe, is newly available in the U.S. Order online, or look in boutique liquor stores.

View Recipe: Haymarket

Clementine Sparkler Recipe

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Clementine Sparkler

Sweet and sunshiny, this sophisticated twist on a standard mimosa is ideal for a holiday brunch.

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Campari and Orange Sparkling Cocktail Recipe

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Campari and Orange Sparkling Cocktail

A little rosé pairs wonderfully with Campari, an Italian aperitif which gives the drink a bitter edge and beautiful rosy color.

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Cognac Sparkling Wine Cocktail Recipe

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Cognac Sparkling Wine Cocktail

A classic combo—sparkling wine, cognac, sugar, and a dash of bitters—makes for an elegant drink worthy of a special celebration.

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Pomegranate Fizz Recipe

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Pomegranate Fizz

If the recession has been thumbing its nose at you, dip into Spanish cava or Italian prosecco for bubbles: Some cost less than $10 per bottle and are delicious in this lime-tangy crowd-pleaser.

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Sparkling Pear Cocktail Recipe

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Sparkling Pear Cocktail

Pear liqueur and a dry sparkling wine make for a heady combo in this beautifully aromatic sipper.

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Pomegranate Gin Sling Recipes

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Pomegranate Gin Sling

A classic gin sling is dressed for festive parties when made with seasonal pomegranate juice and decorated with crimson pomegranate fruit. Both simple syrup and agave syrup are widely available at liquor stores. To make your own simple syrup, boil 2 parts sugar to 1 part water, stirring just until sugar dissolves; reduce until thickened. Cool before using.

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Eggnog Recipes

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No need to forgo one of the holidays' favorite indulgences—creamy, rich eggnog. This version gives you all the satisfaction of the full-fat version without the guilt, and it can be made up to a week in advance.

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Pomegranate-Rosemary Royale Recipes

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Pomegranate-Rosemary Royale

This simple twist on the traditional kir royale blends tart-sweet pomegranate juice with subtle herbal notes from a rosemary-infused syrup. Float rosemary leaves on the drinks for a pretty garnish.

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Winter Sangria Recipes

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Winter Sangria

For the best flavor, let the sangria chill overnight so all the ingredients can meld together. If you can’t find satsumas, tangerines will also do the trick. 

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