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Holiday cocktails that aren’t a pain to make

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With everything going on during the holiday season, no wonder it flies by every year. The parties, the gifts, the food, the out-of-town guests—there’s more than enough on your plate. The last thing you need is another complication, and probably the first thing you need is a cocktail. Calm your anxiety with these easy, breezy holiday cocktails. Holidays are complicated enough. Your holiday cocktails shouldn’t be.

White Chocolate Snowflake Martini

Two delicious eggnog martinis with brown sugar rimmer and cinnamon sprinkle

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce white creme de cacao
  • 1 ounce half and half
  • Lemon wedge
  • Sanding sugar

Directions:

  1. Cut a half-inch slit into the lemon wedge and rub it around the rim of the glass. Pour sanding sugar into a shallow dish then dip the rim in the sugar to coat evenly. Gently shake off excess sugar.
  2. Add the vodka, chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, and half and half into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain mixture into glass.
  3. Serve immediately.

Santa’s Little Ho Ho

cold champagne with strawberries on a white background, isolated, close-up

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 1 bottle of chilled ginger ale
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages of frozen strawberries, partially thawed

Directions:

  1. In a large punch bowl, combine all ingredients and stir.
  2. Serve immediately. Garnish with a strawberry or lime wedge.

Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa

Cranberry and rosemary lemonade, cocktail, fizz on a white wooden background

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of vanilla flavored vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces of cranberry juice
  • Sparkling wine

Optional Garnishes:

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Whole vanilla beans

Directions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the vanilla vodka, cranberry juice and ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a champagne flute.
  2. Fill the glass to the top with sparkling wine.
  3. Garnish if desired. Serve immediately.

Jack Frost Cocktail

Blue cocktail in margarita glass

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Ingredients:

  • Light corn syrup for rimming glasses
  • Flaked coconut for rimming glasses
  • 8 cups ice (more or less depending on desired consistency)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup blue curacao
  • ½ cup vodka or light rum
  • ½ cup cream of coconut

Directions:

  1. Pour a thin layer of corn syrup onto a plate and dip the rims into the corn syrup, then dip in coconut flakes.
  2. In a blender, blend ice, pineapple juice, blue curacao, vodka and cream of coconut until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

White russian cocktail on blurred bokeh background

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Shots of Rum Chata
  • 1 Shot of Kahlua
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Fill a shaker with ice. Pour RumChata and Kahlua in shaker. Shake to combine.
  2. Pour over ice in two short glasses.

Santa Claus-mopolitan

Cosmopolitan cocktail top on bar

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup white peach cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Lime juice, corn syrup and flaked coconut for rimming glasses

Directions:

  1. Rim the glasses by first dipping in lime juice, then corn syrup and finally the flaked coconut.
  2. Shake first four ingredients with ice, pour into glasses.
  3. Garnish with fresh cranberries.

Christmas Sangria

Man pouring white wine into a jar, making sangria for home party, home kitchen interior. Homemade food and drinks

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Ingredients:

  • 2 750 ml bottles your favorite white wine, like riesling
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2 oranges, sliced thin
  • 6 ounces cranberries, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 cups ginger ale

Directions:

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the white wine, pomegranate arils, orange slices, cranberries and pomegranate juice.
  2. Chill for at least one hour.
  3. Stir in the ginger ale and serve.

Kaitlyn is a graduate from Lee University and is a staff editor for R.H. Boyd Publishing. She enjoys travel, books and penguins. When she's not working, she dreams of seeing the world.