Ho! Ho! Ho! Get Drunk On These Christmas Cocktails

A lot of drinking has gone on in December.

Like I mean A LOT. I don’t see any reason to stop, so let us just continue on with 5 Christmas cocktails to enjoy this weekend. I went with obvious holiday flavors like cranberry, peppermint, gingerbread, citrus and Gin (because gin taste like pine needles and if you can drink a Christmas tree on Christmas you should).

23 Skiddoo Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. For Thyme Syrup
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon thyme leaves (or regular fresh thyme leaves)
For the cocktail
  1. Ice
  2. 1 ounce gin
  3. 1/2 ounce St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  4. 1/4 ounce thyme syrup
  5. 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  6. 3 ounces chilled sparkling wine
  7. Garnish: thyme sprig
Instructions
  1. For the syrup: Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, add thyme leaves, cover and let stand 1 hour. Strain and refrigerate.
  2. For the cocktail: Fill mixing glass with ice, add gin, St Germain, thyme syrup, and lemon juice. Stir until cold. Strain into flute, top with sparkling wine and garnish with thyme sprig.
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Peppermint Martini
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 ounces vanilla vodka
  2. 1 1/4 ounces white crème de cacao
  3. 3/4 ounce peppermint schnapps
Instructions
  1. Combine vanilla vodka, white creme de cacao, and peppermint schnapps in an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously, and strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with peppermint candy.
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Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ounce cranberry juice (sweetened)
  2. 1 wedge lime
  3. Champagne or sparkling wine
  4. Cranberries (Frozen)
Instructions
  1. In a chilled Champagne flute add cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime. Top off the glass with Champagne. Garnish with 3 or 4 cranberries.
Adapted from The Food Network
Adapted from The Food Network
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Gingerbread Cookie Cocktail
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For Gingerbread Simple Syrup
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 2 tablespoons mild-flavor molasses
  4. 1-inch piece fresh gingerroot, peeled, sliced
  5. 2 cinnamon sticks
  6. 1 teaspoon whole cloves
For the cocktail
  1. Orange wedge
  2. Brown sugar
  3. 1 oz Gingerbread Simple Syrup (2 tablespoons)
  4. 1 oz vanilla vodka (2 tablespoons)
  5. 1 oz half-and-half (2 tablespoons)
  6. 1/2 oz coffee liqueur (1 tablespoon)
Instructions
  1. To make Gingerbread Simple Syrup, mix sugar, water, molasses, gingerroot, cinnamon sticks and cloves in 1-quart saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; set aside 1 hour to cool. Strain syrup into glass jar; discard spices. Cover jar, and refrigerate until needed. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
  2. To prepare cocktail, moisten rim of chilled martini glass with orange wedge. Sprinkle brown sugar onto small plate, and dip moistened rim into the sugar to coat lightly. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1 ounce of the gingerbread simple syrup, the vodka, half-and-half and coffee liqueur; cover and shake. Strain into martini glass.
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Hot Toddy
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Ingredients
  1. 1 oz (2 tablespoons) bourbon
  2. 1 tablespoon mild honey
  3. 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  4. 1/4 cup boiling-hot water
Instructions
  1. Put bourbon, honey, and lemon juice in a 6-ounce mug. Top off with hot water and stir until honey is dissolved.
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