20 Essential Christmas Drinks Made Even Better With Booze
Make the season a little merrier with eggnog, mulled cider, hot chocolate, and other top-rated holiday drinks. These festive favorites are even tastier with a touch of booze. So once you've served the kids the non-alcoholic versions, add a little Christmas cheer to your own. We've included suggestions for which spirits make the best additions. Read on to get our list of 20 Christmas drinks to put on your holiday sip list.
It's a rich, indulgent favorite, and Christmas wouldn't be the same without it. Rum is a classic match, but bourbon and brandy stake their claim, too. Feeling bold? Add a touch of all three.
Amazingly Good Eggnog
"It's taken me several years to perfect this recipe," says NATALIESMOM. "Now everyone asks, 'When are you making the eggnog?' This uses cooked eggs for safety, and you can use more or less rum to taste. It's a bit of work to make, but well worth it. You'll never buy store-bought eggnog again!"
It's the next best thing to Christmas on a tropical island when cream of coconut combines with spices and white rum. "This a traditional Puerto Rican eggnog," says GISELLE73. "I am Crucian-Puerto Rican (from St. Croix, VI) and we enjoy this made with our own Cruzan Rum. So, kick up your feet and enjoy!"
Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa
A classic winter warmer, hot chocolate goes to cozy extremes when you mix in the spirits. There are just so many ways to go with hot chocolate. The short answer: rum, bourbon, and brandy. Or go Irish with a touch of Bailey's — and maybe a drop or two of Irish Whiskey. Liqueurs also work wonders with hot chocolate. Try Grand Marnier, Kahlua, Frangelico, and peppermint schnapps.
Candy Cane Cocoa
Heat milk with semisweet chocolate and crushed candy canes, garnishing each mug with whipped cream and a small candy cane.
White-Hot Hot Chocolate
"Hot chocolate could warm you up on a cold day, but what about those unmercifully cold sub-zero days? This recipe uses a combination of spices and creamy chocolate to create a smooth drink with a lingering warmth," says Mike. "Garnish with a candy cane or cinnamon stick if desired."
Easy Mexican Hot Chocolate
Spice up a rich hot chocolate mix with a pinch of chili powder and cinnamon, plus a splash of tequila! Chocolate is a Central American original, so perhaps it's not unusual that hot chocolate would pair so well with tequila and mezcal.
Easy Iced Coffee
Gingerbread lattes, peppermint mochas, chocolate lattes — spice up your cup of joe this season. Bailey's (with or without Irish whiskey), Kahlua, and peppermint schnapps are classic companions with coffee. Amaretto, Frangelico, and Grand Marnier are other magical additions. Or try combining Tia Maria and rum.
Stir a little molasses and some spices into hot coffee and top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cloves. "This drink was inspired by a gingerbread latte I had at a local coffee shop," says Jennifer.
Brown Sugar-Caramel Latte
Abbey's White Chocolate Latte
Hot Apple Cider
Nothing alerts the nose to the holidays quite like the aroma of hot spiced cider. You can't go wrong adding a little dark rum to the mix. Bourbon would also pair nicely with a spiced apple drink. Or add a splash of vodka for boozy benefits without altering the flavor profile.
Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider
Spicy Apple Cider
In-season citrus slices brighten up this Spicy Apple Cider and create an eye-catching presentation.
When the mood calls for simple sophistication, you can't beat champagne cocktails. Enjoy these festive champagne and orange juice classics in glasses rimmed with orange liqueur and sugar. "A real treat for the holidays," says SILVREZS. "My family enjoys these on Christmas morning."
Original Champagne Cocktail
Traditionally made with ale, a wassail is also a friendly place for fruit juices and rum. It'll cure what wassail's ya. Many of these recipes call out the spirit of choice, but play around; punch is the perfect playground for booze. Rum, brandy, bourbon, vodka, they can all work Christmas miracles.
Warm and Spicy Autumn Punch
Hot apple cider is sweetened with pineapple juice and honey and spiced with clove-studded oranges, cinnamon, and nutmeg. And it's not just for autumn. "Make a batch, and your home will have a fragrance that will alert anyone's sense of smell," says Michele O'Sullivan.
"I've been making another wassail recipe for years and didn't think it could be improved upon. This is hands-down fabulous! Everyone really enjoyed the fresh tartness of this cranberry wassail." — greenthumb