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11 Spiced Cocktails To Choose From For Your Holiday Party

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The holidays are all about celebratory moments, so we paired up with Simply Organic to find recipes you'll want to share with friends (and make again and again).

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A list, in no particular order, of what we like from a winter cocktail: spiced, citrusy, maybe creamy, and if not warm, then warming. No, not all together of course, but some combination of these attributes. And when you're looking for a drink to make for your holiday party (the one everyone looks forward to all season), you'll want to serve something your guests will like too.

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Whether it's busy swirling in a punch bowl, straight up in a coupe, or just hanging out over a little ice, your signature drink should be something you'll proudly present to your friends (who will fawn over it), and have everyone merrier in the process. So here are 12 cocktails that will keep you in good company this holiday season (and probably other times of the year, too):

Bourbon to warm your belly.

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Apple Peel Bourbon

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Makes one large bottle of booze
  • 1 1/2 pounds apples, peeled
  • One 750 milliliter bottle of bourbon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
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Kentucky Hot Toddy

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Serves one
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Squeezed Meyers Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Squeezed Blood Orange Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • 1 Shot of Makers Mark Bourbon
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Hot Water
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Punch perfect.

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Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider

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Serves 8-10
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider (I have used unfiltered)
  • 3/4 bottle of gewurztraminer (or other white wine which is not too dry, or you can use even semi sweet one like Muscat)
  • 4-5 sticks of cinnamon
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nut meg
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise
  • 3-4 tablespoons honey (depends on how sweet the wine you're using)
  • cup or so of fresh cranberrries (of cubes of apple if not in cranberry season)
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Holiday Milk Punch

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Serves 1
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 1 ounce aged rum
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half or heavy cream
  • Ice
  • Ground nutmeg
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A holiday in paradise.

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Rum Punch

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Serves many (but double for a large group)
  • 2 cups rum
  • 2 cups strong black tea
  • 1/2 cup demerara sugar
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • Spices of your choice (see below)
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Zombie Cocktail

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Serves 2

For Donn's Mix:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

For the cocktail:

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  • 3 ounces white rum (preferably Jamaican)
  • 3 ounces gold rum (preferably Puerto Rican)
  • 2 ounces dark rum (preferably 151-proof Demerara)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pernod
  • 1 ounce Velvet Falernum
  • 4 ounces Donn's Mix (see above)
  • 2 teaspoons grenadine
  • A few dashes Angostura bitters
  • 3 cups ice
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint, for garnish
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Persimmon Mojitos

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Serves 1

Persimmon Syrup:

  • Flesh of one ripe persimmon, seeds and skin removed
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pinch cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Persimmon Mojito

  • 3-5 mint leaves
  • 1 pinch lime zest
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 2 ounces persimmon syrup
  • 1 ounce rum (I used a lightly spiced rum, but a white rum also works well here)
  • 2 ounces club soda (optional)
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'Nogs to go around.

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Clyde Common's Better Eggnog

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Serves many (makes about one gallon)
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups superfine sugar
  • 12 ounces añejo tequila
  • 15 ounces Amontillado sherry
  • 36 ounces whole milk
  • 24 ounces heavy cream
  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish
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Vegan Eggnog

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Makes 6 cups
  • 3/4 cup dry cashews, soaked overnight and drained (they'll plump up to about 1 cup as they soak)
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 teaspoon (or 1/4 heaping teaspoon) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cups bourbon or rum to taste (optional)
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"Spirits" of the Holidays Eggnog

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Serves a crowd
  • 12 eggs, separated
  • 3 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups apple brandy
  • 1 cup light rum
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And one wild child.

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Brown Butter Spiced Ale

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Serves 2
  • 12 ounces ale of your choice (my new favorite is pumpkin ale)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, browned
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • splashes brandy (about 1 tablespoon) per glass
  • 1 Cinnamon stick for garnish
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The holidays are all about celebratory moments, so we paired up with Simply Organic to share recipes you'll want to make again and again. Find more seasonal inspiration for your table here.


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