Belly Up: My Fave Holiday Drinks

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Hi everyone,

Christmas is almost here and all I’m thinking about are all the yummy treats I’ll be having with my family over the weekend. I thought I’d share some of my favorite Holiday drinks for you to try and of course, I’d love to hear what your faves are!

As far as Christmas drinks go, I love sipping on Hot Toddys and Irish Coffees when my family is all gathered up late at night on Christmas Eve.

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1. Hot Toddys

Hot Toddys are definitely not for everyone because they have a very simple mixture of ingredients that leave the drink tasting pretty much like pure alcohol. You can play around with the ingredients and amounts to make it more or less strong but overall Hot Toddys are warm and very boozy drinks. Decide for yourself and give the recipe a try.

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If that doesn’t sound like what you’re going for, but you still want something warm, definitely try an Irish Coffee which is rather simple and delicious. I actually found a fun variation on your typical Irish Coffee called Uncle Dave’s Coffee that I really want to try this year!

2. Uncle Dave’s Coffee

It seems fairly simple to make since the only ingredients are a bit of Bailey’s Irish Cream, Grand Marnier, and hot coffee. Hey, stop drooling over there :p Sounds dreamy doesn’t it? Check out the recipe courtesy of Swig Bartending:

This drink was born during a family gathering some time ago and as warm and fuzzy as one can feel while enjoying this drink, no one can deny it packs a punch! So buckle up your taste buds, ‘cause this drink’s gonna take ‘em for a ride:

Uncle Dave’s Coffee
3/4 oz. Grand Marnier
3/4 oz. Frangelico
3/4 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
Fresh Brewed Coffee
Half & Half

Instructions: Pour your freshly brewed coffee and creamer (to taste), add liqueurs and stir. Garnish with a hefty mound of whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.

It’s always nice to have something warm in front of the fireplace during the Holidays. I mean, what better time to bust out the hot alcoholic beverages than a cold December night with close friends and family? Basically, it’s the perfect recipe for a cozy night. :)

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As for Christmas morning, we’d need to shift gears a little bit and go for something lighter, cooler and more fruity. Have you ever had a Ramos Fizz?

3. Ramos Fizz

It’s chilled drink that’s white and foamy and basically looks like a vanilla milkshake. We usually have a round of Ramos Fizz on Christmas morning – it’s very wintery and festive looking. The recipe is tricky and disclaimer: there are raw egg whites involved, but it is totally worth a try! Don’t forget the splash of nutmeg on top. Here’s a Ramos Fizz recipe for those of you who are looking to expand your bartending skills.

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4. Strawberry Mimosa

Last but not least, I really like having some Strawberry Mimosas on Christmas morning. Besides the fact that they’re super tasty, the strawberry champagne gives the drink a nice red holiday color! These are pretty straight-forward drinks and are good with just about anything from the breakfast or brunch variety. Yum. Strawberry Mimosa recipe here for your convenience.

Did you like my Holiday drink picks? What do YOU like drinking during the Holidays? Share in the comments. Bottoms up ;)

Peace, Love and Sparkles,
Chelsea

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