On the eleventh day of Christmas, Drink Matron gave to me: Other Christmas Cocktails!

We’ve featured lots of drinks over the last week, most of them warm and traditional. What about the other drinks? The cold martinis, bubbly champagne, and traditions that range from family to family? We’ve asked around and come up with a handful of good ones for you to try at your Christmas Eve party.

Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lindsey Ellis BeattyPeppermint Martini


1 1/4 ounces vanilla vodka
1 1/4 ounces white crème de cacao
3/4 ounce peppermint schnapps
Garnish: peppermint candy

Combine vanilla vodka, white creme de cacao, and peppermint schnapps in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with peppermint candy.

cranberry champagneCranberry Champagne Cocktail


2 well-chilled bottles champagne
1 cup well-chilled cranberry juice cocktail, or to taste
3 Tbsp triple sec

In a large pitcher combine champagne, cranberry juice cocktail and triple sec. Serve in champagne flutes. Garnish with cranberry, if desired.

grinch1Grinch Cocktail


1 part vodka, rum, or champagne
2 parts sprite
2 parts pineapple juice
lime sherbet
whipped cream
green sprinkles

Combine booze, sprite, and pineapple juice in a pitcher. Float Lime Sherbet on top. Serve in a large glass. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles. (For kids, leave out the booze. You already know how I feel about giving kids alcohol.)

cocoa with boozeyHot Peppermint Cocoa


1 pouch of hot cocoa
1 oz Irish cream
1 oz 100 proof peppermint schnapps

In a mug, combine packet of cocoa and hot water. Add Irish cream and peppermint schnapps. If desired, top with whipped cream or marshmallows. Serve.

apple ciderBoozey Cider


Warmed hot cider
1.5 oz rum
.5 oz bourbon
whipped cream

In a mug, combine hot cider, rum, and bourbon. Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg.


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