6 Modern Holiday Cocktails

These 6 Modern Day Holiday Cocktails will take you all the way from first frost to Auld Lang Syne. 

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There is something endlessly romantic and satisfying about hot mulled wine. It tastes of nostalgic Christmases at home and of warm winter memories spent by the fire.

Before you keep scrolling, before I had my first delectable sip of mulled wine, I had the same thoughts you're probably thinking. "Hot...wine? With cinnamon? I'm not sure..." But, speaking from the other side, I'm sure now.

I have a lovely memory of late November, just days after Thanksgiving in Brussels. There was a Christmas market that took over one of the main squares in the downtown and numerous vendors were set up in little wooden booths selling their wares and Christmas gifts. Mulled wine was being served in little to-go cups and we cupped our hands around the paper cups to keep warm as well I remember the chocolate shops, the lights, the cheer, and the mulled wine. Oh Belgium.

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Legend has it Roman soldiers in the 2nd century needed a drink to help them keep warm and they turned immediately to their beloved wine. Hot wine became so trendy that the whole world soon picked up on it. Much of Europe drank mulled wine, for hundreds of years. But it's our friends, the Swedes, who really championed this tradition in the form of Glogg, a spiced take on the original hot wine. Mulled wine has been making a Christmas time comeback and is deserving of a place at the holiday table. Consider starting a crockpot batch before heading out sledding and warming up with it when you come back, or start a pot while wrapping presents so your whole home fills with the smell of heaven (mulled wine).

I'm telling ya, this is a tradition worth starting. It made it through the Middle Ages just to make it to you. Get you some.

Try this recipe from Yammie's Noshery. It's as close to a Belgian Christmas Market as you're going to get without leaving your kitchen. 

Ohhh Peppermint Schnapps, how I love you. So very simple and so very satisfying. I want the whole world to turn their attention to this majestic beast, the delicious, oh so tasty drink I like to call Hot Cocoa and Schnapps.

If you are the low maintenance hostess who doesn't need twenty types of cordials laying around to fix one particular cocktail, I would like to introduce you to my little friend, Peppermint Schnapps. A drink in of itself, Peppermint Schnapps does some of it's best work tipped inside a warm frothy mug of hot chocolate.

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Flying down the slopes? Sure, keep a little nip of peppermint schnapps with you to do the trick. But if you're back in your ski lodge or tucked cozily into a blanket on your couch, bust out the hot chocolate first and thank me later. I'd go so far as to call this a potential breakfast drink. That's right. Breakfast. Sure, you can get fancy with the hot chocolate you use, but know that the most basic sorts are some of the best I've had. Try this recipe from.

Oh, you mean the quintessential modern day cocktail is also a modern HOLIDAY cocktail?? Oh fo sho. Just add cranberries, of course. Or a splash of apple cider and a cinnamon stick.

Mules are so versatile and should really be considered for any occasion, the holidays included. They really shine when they are served in copper mugs, and have many delightful twists they can take. Serve cold in traditional copper Moscow Mule Mugs.

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Check out this recipe from Hot Beauty Health featuring a Gin option for a cranberry mule or this recipe for an Apple Cider Moscow Mule.

Okay, real talk. You know that Christmas song that goes..."Here we go a wassailing among the leaves so green!" The eff is Wassailing???

Medieval times weren't all plagues and famines. They also had fun traditions like Wassailing, a Christmastide drinking ritual that toasted the good fortune of the next year's apple harvest. Turns out it's just fancy pants hot cider and spiced rum with OJ and spices tossed in.

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This is another great drink for my girls who don't want speciality liquors crowding their liquor shelf is to just make yourself some hot cider and add a splash of Spiced Rum. It's that simple. Feel free to go gourmet and add additional spices and flavors. A infused simple syrup is a nice touch for those who like a sweeter drink, and this drink also benefits from being slowly cooked in a crockpot with added orange rinds, cloves and cinnamon sticks. An easy recipe to follow for my type A's out there can be found here, from Yummy Healthy Easy.

Somehow British things seem even more Christmasy than American things, no? Exhibit A: Butterbeer. If ever there was a drink that you had never tasted, but felt like coming home, this would be it.

Alright, everyone must have heard of a guy named Harry Potter, and his favorite beverage, the Butterbeer. Perfect for family holidays and oh so versiatile (warm, cold, alcoholic), Butterbeer has made it to the modern lineup of beverages that give us warm fuzzy holiday feelings unlike any other. 

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Now of course, like all the best tidbits of the wizarding world, J.K. Rowling left a few things a little vague, including the exact brick wall that is the entrance to Diagon Alley as well as the recipe for Butterbeer. This is one of my favorites, as it includes actual beer and butterscotch, and is stupid simple.

Every Modernista can benefit from a champagne cocktail perched in her hand at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.

In my early barhopping days I fell so much in love with the ubiquitous champagne cocktail. Pretty, bubbly, and helped me pretend I was fancy, the champagne cocktail is what dreams are made of (for a 22-year-old girl at least). I still love the taste and the tingle and everything about these drinks.  

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Check out this lovely, tasty and delicate recipe here.  Mixed with St. Germaine, and Elderflower liquor, these champagne cocktails are best served 15 minutes before the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, or any other night when you're just celebrating life.


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