Making Spirits Bright
Whether it’s a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve party, these festive drinks are sure to add cheer to any celebration.

Making Spirits Bright

North Pole Nog

North Pole Nog

Ingredients

  • 6 oz prepared eggnog
  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • Ground cinnamon for garnish
  • 1 cinnamon stick for garnish

Instructions

  • Stir together spiced rum, bourbon, and eggnog.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on top, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Yuletide Mule

Yuletide Mule

Ingredients

  • 1 solid Copper mug and ice
  • 2 oz gin or vodka
  • 4-6 oz ginger beer
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • Frozen cranberries for garnish
  • 1 rosemary sprig for garnish

Instructions

  • Squeeze lime juice into the mug and fill with ice.
  • Add gin or vodka, ginger beer, and cranberry juice over the ice.
  • Stir everything and then garnish with the cranberries and rosemary sprig. Then enjoy!

Baileys Christmas Coffee

Baileys Christmas Coffee

Serves 2 Prep 5 mins 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp instant coffee
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 tbsp of hot water
  • 2 tbsp of whiskey
  • 4 tbsp of Bailey’s Irish Cream or to taste
  • ¼ tsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of milk
  • Chocolate gratings to garnish

Instructions

  • Mix the coffee granules, sugar, and water together to combine, then start mixing the ingredients together on a low speed. Gradually increase speed as the mixture thickens until stiff peaks are reached.
  • Add milk, whiskey, Bailey’s, and vanilla to a mixing bowl and stir well. Pour into a glass over ice until it’s ¾ full. Spoon a generous amount of the whipped coffee in the remaining ¼ of the glass. Grate the chocolate and garnish the top of the drink.

Naughty or Spice Glühwein

Naughty or Spice Glühwein

Serves Prep 10 mins Cook 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • Oranges, peeled, for garnish

Instructions

  • Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves, and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
  • Pour into mugs or glasses, add an orange peel to each and serve.

Apple Pie Cocktail

Apple Pie Cocktail

Prep 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Martinelli’s apple juice, heated
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or 1 square Kraft caramel
  • 1 tbsp real butter
  • 1 ½ oz Buttershots liqueur
  • 1 ½ oz Fireball whisky

Instructions

  • Melt the butter and sugar or caramel together in a saucepan for multiple servings, or in a coffee mug for a single serving.
  • Heat the apple juice as well.
  • Stir all ingredients together and serve.

Recipes by Karlie Spiry and Dani McQuillen; photos by Troy McQuillen

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