The 7 Spirits and Liqueurs You Need to Make Christmas Cocktails
You'll be all set to make the merriest martinis, sidecars, and more.
The holidays are for celebrating. Often at a moment's notice. Stock your liquor cabinet with these seven spirits and liqueurs - and keep the top-rated Christmas cocktail recipes at hand - and you'll have all the stuff for instant holiday parties, with Christmas cheer to spare.
3. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
If festive were a flavor, the Allspice Dram would be it. Also known as "pimento dram," it tastes like holiday spices. Mix it up with bourbon and lime juice. It's like celebrating the holidays out on the islands - by way of Kentucky.
Frangelico melds the flavors of toasted hazelnuts, cocoa, vanilla, herbs, and berries. Though its name refers to a liqueur-making hermit, the nutty liqueur is not an austere sip in the least. Our Rudolph-Tini mixes Frangelico with vodka, coconut-flavored rum, and half-and-half, and dressing up the glass with cinnamon sticks as antlers and a cherry for Rudolph's nose.
7. Sparkling Wine
True, sparkling wine isn't a spirit or a liqueur. But you've just gotta have it for the holidays. Bubbles make an instant party. Add a splash of cranberry juice, and it's like holding a glass of liquid Christmas. "This is a nice holiday cocktail," Allrecipes user Kathy says of her Poinsettias recipe. "We always serve this at our Christmas Eve."