28 Nov Holiday Libations – Cocktails and Mocktails
Looking to change up our holiday beverage, we asked our gift guide survey respondents and cocktailian friends for their favorite holiday beverage. Try one of our new wine, cocktail, and mocktail favorites and let us know what you think!
Wine and champagne are perennial favorites. This year, treat yourself to a Sancerre or Veuve Cliquot Rose. Did you know that Madame Clicquot invented first known blended rosé champagne 200 years ago?
A little bored with wine, but not a cocktail kind of woman? Liven things up with these variations.
Spiced Cranberry Sangria
Sangria tends to be associated with warm weather. However, spiced simple syrup and tart cranberries make for a festive holiday twist. A perfect party beverage, make this recipe from Chowhound a day ahead for best flavor.
Mulled wine is delicious and an ideal beverage when the temperature drops. It also makes your house smell amazing. When guests walk in, they get an instant hit of holiday warmth and cheer. Try this recipe from Bon Appetit or buy mulling spices from Oaktown Spice Shop and pair with your favorite bottle of wine.
Clyde Common Eggnog
We think of eggnog as a cult favorite kind of beverage and were surprised at how many people reported it as their favorite holiday beverage. Sure, you can drink it straight, but why not try it spiked. Created by Jeffrey Morgenthaler at Clyde Common Portland, this recipe will not disappoint. It is creamy and smoky and utterly delicious. Take note that the recipe makes an entire gallon. Great for a party or stashing in the refrigerator for impromptu cocktails with the neighbors.
Holiday Brunch Punch
It’s always handy to have a time-saver make-ahead recipe for a holiday brunch party or Christmas morning. Nominated by our favorite ob/gyn and menopause expert, Dr. Barb Depree, the Holiday Brunch Cocktail is refreshing and versatile as a cocktail or mocktail.
This year give your standard martini a festive twist with pomegranate. Pomegranate is a superfood so you might feel a little less guilty about indulging in this boozy beverage. We like this recipe from Taste of Home.
Seedlip Non-alcoholic Mocktails
We were excited to get turned on to Seedlip. Seedlip is a high quality distilled non-alcoholic spirit. This holiday season, we are trying the Squirrel Milk Punch and Spice and Ginger Ale mocktails. Seedlip also makes a fabulous hostess gift.
Holiday Spiced Tea
If tea is your thing or you are looking for a hot non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine, give holiday spiced tea a shot. Fragrant, warming, and cozy all at once. This recipe from Epicurious can be adjusted to reduce or eliminate the sugar.
We like that you can play with the sweet-tart flavors in this mocktail recipe from the Culinary Institute of America to suit your taste. You can also save calories by using diet ginger ale.
Not to be a Debbie downer, but it’s well-known that alcohol exacerbates hot flashes during menopause and impairs sleep. Temper the effects by pairing your holiday booze splurge with plenty of water, healthy foods, fewer sweet treats, exercise, and moderation.
Finally, drink responsibly and help others to do the same.