It’s the season for making merry, and what better way than with the perfect cocktail for any occasion? While I have my personal favorites (the Aviation, hands down), not every cocktail is suited for every situation. Our Holiday Cocktail and Punch opens in a new tab recipes have the perfect drinks for any crowd. Grab a glass, throw on your favorite holiday playlist and start planning the perfect shindig — whether it’s a cozy night in, a formal affair or a fun fling for all.
Hosting your boss and colleagues for the holiday team gathering? Finish off the year on a good foot by greeting them at the door with a Sherried Cranberry Smash opens in a new tab. Make hosting a breeze by pre-shaking the cranberry syrup, cranberry juice and sherry, then simply top off with sparkling water and cranberries when guests arrive. Oh, and have a plate (or five) on hand of these Sweet Potato Bacon Bites opens in a new tab— trust me.
Neighborhood block parties can extend beyond summertime to an indoor holiday open house with Fresh Cranberry Punch opens in a new tab. Parents and kids alike will flip if you pair with Pigs in a Blanket with Cranberry-Mustard Dipping Sauce opens in a new tab.
If the classic mimosa and your favorite not-too-sweet juice blend had babies, they would be Cardamom-Carrot Sparkling Cocktails opens in a new tab. Invite your family over for a Christmas-morning style brunch turned modern. Consider pairing with a Wild Mushroom Tart opens in a new tab and light green salad or a sweeter, make-ahead option like Baked French Toast with Pine Nuts and Apples opens in a new tab.
Invite your whole contact list for an open house dessert party, and serve up Apple-Pomegranate Fizz opens in a new tab for your favorites. Bonus points if you have a nonalcoholic version for kiddos and those who are hitting multiple parties in one night.
Like-minded veg lovers (maybe your Saturday morning farmers’ market crew) will flip if you take beets off the plate and into the glass — and we don’t mean your morning green juice! A little elf told me your guests will love Honeyed Beet Sparklers opens in a new tab with Red Lentil Crackers with Spicy Vegan Cream Cheese opens in a new tab.
Which are you going to try first? Do you have a favorite holiday cocktail that’s great for a crowd?