Delicious food and drink always make the holiday season merry and bright. Adding festive cocktails (or mocktails) to your next party is a sure-fire way to get everyone in the holiday spirit. The holidays have inspired us to share a few of our favorite beer, wine and nonalcoholic drinks that are sure to be crowd pleasers. Cheers!
Who said beer has to be boring. Skip the vodka and add the breakfast beer to brunch. It’s easy, spicy and tastes great with a simple scramble or your favorite benedict.
Light beer like Pabst Blue Ribbon
DIRECTIONS: Pour 3 oz tomato juice into a measuring cup, add about a teaspoon of sriracha (one solid squeeze of the big bottle), add 4 oz light beer and give it all a stir. Fill your glass with ice and pour in the mixture. Add lime wedges and celery sticks for garnish.
Our next beer cocktail is not only delicious but comes from one of our favorite breweries – Sunriver Brewing Company. Enjoy dessert and after dinner drink in one with the Cocoa Cow Float.
Cocoa Cow Float
12 oz bottle of Sunriver Brewing Cocoa Cow Chocolate Milk Stout
1 carton of your favorite vanilla ice cream
16 oz glass
Carefully pour Sunriver Brewing Cocoa Cow Chocolate Milk Stout into the glass. Scoop ice cream into glass. Top with a dollop of whipped cream, add chocolate sprinkles and a cherry on top. Enjoy!
Every party deserves a fun, festive drink. We recommend the Ho-Ho-Holiday Sangria. It’s an easy to make wine cocktail perfect for any holiday gathering.
2 750ml bottles Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay
3/4 cup sparkling apple cider
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cranberries, halved
3/4 cup cranberries, whole
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
3 rosemary sprigs
Garnish: rosemary sprigs
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Stir together with a large wooden spoon to help the sugar dissolve. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Serve chilled with a garnish of rosemary sprigs. Make sure to get some of the fruit in every glass!
When the temperature drops, there's only one thing to do get everyone over – serve Mulled Wine and cozy socks!
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
4 oranges, peeled, for garnish
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, add an orange peel to each and serve. To keep it warm, transfer the mulled wine into a crockpot on low.
Offering up a few mocktails and nonalcoholic options at this year's holiday soirée is the perfect way to make everyone feel special, kids and nondrinkers alike.
If you are looking for a hands-off way to serve drinks for everyone at your holiday party, we recommend big batch punches like Christmas Punch. We guarantee everyone will be going back for seconds.
5 cups Tropical Punch
1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
4-5 cups Ginger Ale
1 pint raspberry sherbet
Make sure all ingredients are chilled. Combine all juices into a large punch bowl. Add the ginger slowly to keep as much fizz as possible. Add scoops of raspberry sherbet and let sit for a few minutes. Serve with a ladle.
Fizz is always fun so we recommend adding the Cranberry Fizz to all your new year celebrations.
3 ounces of sparkling cider or ginger ale
3 ounces of cran-apple juice
Splash of lemon or lime juice
3 tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon completely blended
Rub a lemon or lime around the rim of your glass and then dip into the sugar/cinnamon mix.
Fill the glass with ice.
Add the cran-apple.
Add a splash of fresh juice of lemon or lime.
Top off with sparkling cider or ginger ale
Whatever your favorite go to mocktail, wine punch or beer cocktail is, we hope you enjoy it with great company and tasty treats. We wish everyone a very merry holiday season and happy new year. Cheers!