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What’s on the cocktail menu for the holidays? Egg nog and sparkling wine are perennial favorites.
But offer guests holiday drink menu. Here are some of the beverages we serve, all with a holiday theme.
Instead of white wine, make a Cranberry Kir: white wine with a splash of cranberry liqueur. It’s our own adaptation of the popular French drink, Kir (white wine plus blackcurrant liqueur).
Instead of plain red wine, make mulled wine with holiday spices. You can serve it warm or chilled.
Turn to craft breweries for seasonal beers and ales. Many craft beers are only distributed regionally, but here are some we’ve found in wider distributions (check your local shelves for options):
Christmas ale: Anchor Brewing, Great Lakes, Rogue
Chanukah beer: He’Brew Chanukah Beer
Pumpkin ale: Buffalo Bill’s, Shipyard and all of these
Winter ale: Blue Point, Blue Moon, Samuel Adams
Cranberry Tequila Comfort
In addition to all kinds of variations on traditional eggnog recipes, there are also eggnog cocktails which have fewer calories than straight eggnog (which is perhaps the most caloric beverage on earth).
Eggnog White Russian
Ginger Joy (with pear liqueur)
TOP PHOTO: A cranberry and mint leaf garnish works for any cocktail. Photo courtesy Sarah’s Joy. BOTTOM PHOTO: Egg nog is less caloric in an eggnog cocktail. Photo courtesy Selva Rey Rum.
Cranberry liqueur plus white wine makes a Cranberry Kir. Use sparkling wine and it’s a Cranberry Kir Royale. Photo courtesy Drink Skinny.
Blue Chanukah Cocktail (think of it as a vodka Margarita; you can substitute tequila)
Chocolate Gelt Cocktail (chocolate vodka plus Goldschlager)
Hot Buttered Rum (Rum Toddy)
Cranberry seltzer: Canada Dry, Polar Ocean Spray Sparkling Cranberry
Cranberry soda: Cape Cod, Sierra Mist (Regular and Diet), Sprite Cranberry (Regular and Diet)
Cranberry tea: Bigelow, Republic of Tea, Stash (caffeinated and herbal are available; serve hot or iced)
Mulled cider (make it without alcohol, stir in the spirits for those who want them)
Serve responsibly! Always have attractive non-alcholic options for guests who should be cut off.
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