Best Holiday Cocktails (Photos)

The Daily Beast has found the most delicious cocktails to prepare for all of your holiday party needs.

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Bailey's Peppermint Cream

1.5 oz Baileys with milk chocolate
4 oz hot chocolate
fresh whipped cream
crushed candy cane
1 Mint leaf


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Cinnamon Sparkle

4 sugar cubes
1 oz club soda
2 oz Flor de Caña 7-Year-Old Grand Reserve Rum
1 oz Camus VSOP Cognac
.25 oz Marie Brizard Peach Liqueur
1 oz lemon juice
.5 oz cinnamon rark syrup
2 oz Crémant d’Alsace wine


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Mulled Red Wine

¼ cup dried cranberries
1 cup rosehip tea (hibiscus)
1 cup orange juice
2 bottles merlot
¾ cup sugar
1 bag of mulling spices
1 orange
1 cinnamon stick


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Hot Spiked Cider

1 quart water
3 bags of orange tea
½ cup light brown sugar
2 cups of apple cider
1 ½ cups of light rum
8 cinnamon sticks
3 teaspoons of butter


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Spiked Egg Nog

4 egg yolks
½ cup sugar
2 cups milk
2 whole cloves
Pinch of cinnamon
1 cup cream
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tbsp each of bourbon and rum or brandy



Holiday Punch

1 1/2 cup(s) water
1 cup(s) packed light brown sugar
2 bottle(s) (750-ml) hearty red wine, preferably Cabernet Sauvignon
1 apple, sliced
1 orange, halved and sliced
1 cup(s) pineapple chunks, fresh or canned
4 whole star anise
1/2 cup(s) orange curaçao


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Hanny’s Hot Apple Toddy

1.5 oz Amaretto
1 cup of hot apple cider
shaken cream (not whipped)
grated cinnamoin

Source: The idea for Fort Defiance’s Hot Apple Toddy was born when a customer named Hanny asked owner St. John Frizell to make a drink similar to one Hanny had at a bar near the Unversity of Pennsylvania. At first, Frizell thought the drink sounded terrible, but he agreed to make his own version. It’s a staple on the menu to this day.

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Spiced Cider Bomb

Spiced cider
Grand Marnier

Source: Faye Maguire created Paris on the Platte’s Spiced Cider Bomb by mixing spiced cider with bourbon and Grand Marnier. The warm drink is finished with orange and lemon slices. Macguire recently decided to call the drink, which they had been serving without a name, the Spiced Cider Bomb. She admits the name initially gave her pause, “We also have Car Bomb milkshakes. We don’t want to start sounding like a terrorist organization,” she told The Daily Beast.