As snow blankets the northeast in a soft powdery glow, we are all forced to face the truth: Christmas is around the corner, and, despite the tedious passage of time (or should we say lack there of!), we are well into a winter season that is here to stay. We have been spending our days working where we sleep and dining where we exercise—there has been nothing to differentiate the passing of days and activities, and perhaps that is what makes this holiday season feel that much more unusual. Some of us might have a decorated tree in the living room or a menorah on the mantel, but it is hard to deny the struggle of keeping the holiday spirit alive—stuck somewhere between the couch and the sink, the magic of December needs a little something extra to feel special. Behold, our guide to making the ordinary feel festive with our favorite Holiday Cocktail Menu:
Boozy Hot Chocolate
For those nights when you want to feel cozy inside out, the After Eight hot chocolate recipe from Aspiring Winos is perfection—served with Kahlua and Cognac, hot chocolate mix, and a touch of sweet peppermint, this hot chocolate blend is a calming mixture to end cozy night. Follow the link here to find the exact recipe.
Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer
A seasonal take on the classic Cosmo comes from the Tidy Mom blog—think cranberry, orange juice, ginger ale, and vodka, with rosemary and cranberries to garnish. The bright red presentation of this Spritzer (possibly inspired by Rudolph’s red nose!?) is what takes it to the holiday hall of fame. Check out the full recipe here.
Christmas Citrus Cocktail
Dreaming of a tropical Christmas? You’re not alone. As a swimsuit company, we are obliged to celebrate every holiday through the lens of warm waters and sweet citrus—if you are of the same mindset, the Christmas Citrus Cocktail by Half Baked Harvest is for you. Made with vodka, St. Germain (elderflower liquor), fresh squeezed winter citrus juice, and topped with bubbly ginger beer and festive pomegranates, this wintery cocktail tastes as good as it looks. Read more about it here.
White Christmas Margarita
This drink is best consumed in pitcher form—made with lime juice, tequila, coconut water and cranberries from Joyful Healthy Eats, this refreshing blend “tastes like summer and looks like Christmas in a cup.” Read more about it here, and garnish the final product with rosemary and cranberries for a festive appearance.
Holiday Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail
From the Wholefully healthy eating blog, the Holiday Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail is especiallyseasonal because the fizz creates a “beautiful layer of sweet foam on top that looks like fresh fallen snow!” The cranberry syrup gives the drink its distinct Christmas flavor, made up of gin (obviously), lemon or lime juice, simple syrup, club soda, and an egg white. Read more about the recipe here, and happy holidays!