Holiday cocktails that Santa wants with his cookies this year


This year Santa wants you to skip the milk with his cookies. These holiday cocktails could get you an extra present on Christmas morning.

During the holiday season, holiday cocktails are flowing. While some people prefer their favorite, signature cocktail, other people prefer to try a cocktail with the flavors of the season. From eggnog to warm spices, holiday flavors seamlessly blend into delicious cocktails.

Some classic holiday flavors are peppermint, eggnog and hot chocolate. Instead of taking from the kids’ holiday stash, a holiday cocktail can make the holiday togetherness a little more bearable. Also, all the stress from shopping, baking and busy days could be lightened with a late night libation.

These holiday cocktails are Santa approved. He won’t mind if you swap out the milk for one of these cocktails filled with holiday flavors.

Peppermint martini, photo from PeetCom, Inc.

Peppermint martini

One of the classic holiday treats is a candy cane. What started as a way to keep children quiet in church is now an iconic holiday treat. Still, adults may not want to sit and suck on a candy cane.

This peppermint martini has all the candy cane flavor with an adult festive twist. Just don’t have too many of these candy cane inspired cocktails or you will be asleep before Santa arrives.

"Peppermint MartiniIngredients1 ½ oz. American Harvest Organic Vodka1 oz. Peppermint Schnapps1 oz. Crème de Cacao1 oz. Light CreamDirectionsAdd all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with chocolate shavings."

French Alexander, photo provided by PeetCom, Inc.

French Alexander

The classic Alexander cocktail is basically any type of liquor combined with crème de cacao and cream. For this version, French Alexander, the liquor is a French cognac. The cognac adds a bold, depth of flavor to the decadent cream. Who needs dessert when this holiday cocktail is the perfect sweet ending to any holiday feast?

"French AlexanderIngredients1 oz. CAMUS VSOP Cognac1 oz. Light Cream1 oz. Crème de CacaoDirectionsAdd all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with nutmeg sugar. Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg."

Trails End Nog, photo from PeetCom, Inc.

Trails End Nog

Starting at Thanksgiving, who doesn’t enjoy at least one glass of eggnog during the holiday season. The traditional holiday drink is a combination of milk, cream, sugar and eggs. The rich, almost decadent, beverage can be even more festive with a little extra boost from some bourbon.

This adult eggnog features Trails End Bourbon. This particular bourbon has some earthy notes from the Oregon Oak. Additional flavors of chocolate and hazelnut make it a delightful choice to pair with eggnog. Just don’t be fooled, this special eggnog is for sipping only.

"Trails End NogIngredients1 oz. Trails End Bourbon3 oz. Prepared Egg NogCinnamon StickDirectionsAdd ingredients to a mug or glass. Stir with a cinnamon stick and dust with cinnamon."

Holiday Getaway, photo from PeetCom, Inc.

Holiday Getaway

Who doesn’t want to get away during the holidays? Sometimes that holiday getaway isn’t as exotic or fun as hoped. Another trip to Grandma’s house, which is filled with relatives, could make holiday cheer a little less festive. Sometimes a good, holiday cocktail can make any holiday event cheerful.

The Holiday Getaway features Beach Whiskey Bonfire Cinnamon. The spiciness from the cinnamon flavor lingers long after the first sip. The warmth from the cocktail is perfect to ward off any wintery chill.

"Holiday GetawayIngredients1 ½ oz. Beach Whiskey Bonfire Cinnamon½ oz. Irish Cream3 oz. Hot Cocoa½ oz. Simple SyrupDirectionsAdd all ingredients to a warmed mug. Top with whipped cream and dust with cinnamon"

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