Happy Holidays, everyone! Things are definitely different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a fun and festive time. You can decorate accordingly, watch a couple holiday movies, and light a pine-scented candle to get into the holiday mood. You can also add a festive cocktail to the mix and the three recipes below are the ones I’m going to try. Cheers!

Holiday Milk Punch

Milk Punch is a holiday favorite that comes from New Orleans. The Garden & Gun recipe is as follows and surprisingly seems very simple to make:

  • 1 and 1/4 oz. of brandy or bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. of dark rum
  • 2 oz. of whole milk or half-and-half
  • 3/4 tsp. of vanilla
  • 1/2 oz. of simple syrup

Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker 3/4 with ice. Pour in all the liquids and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass and dust with nutmeg.

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine is a favorite of mind, because it doesn’t just taste like the holidays but it makes your home smell amazing. The mix of spices creates a warm and inviting scent that lingers..in a good way. I found a recipe that makes enough for six people (or three if you’re having more than one!):

  • 1 bottle red wine (750 ml)
  • One orange, sliced into rounds (and more for garnish)
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (and more for garnish)
  • 3 star anise
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brandy

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and then turn stove to medium-low. Simmer for about 10 minutes and serve with a garnish of an orange slice and cinnamon stick.

Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz

Here me out. I know a Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz isn’t very traditional sounding, but it’s sure to be one of your new favorites. It’s a little lighter than the standard Eggnog or Hot Buttered Rum, but the spices bring out those nostalgic holiday feels. It also incorporates prosecco, so that automatically makes it festive, right?

  • 2 oz. of rosemary syrup (to make the rosemary simple syrup, bring sugar, water and 2 rosemary sprigs to a simmer in a small saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Remove the rosemary and use right away, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.)
  • 3 oz. of Cardamom infused gin (in a small jar with an airtight lid add gin and cardamom pods. Seal and store for 24 hours.)
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • Splash of prosecco
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Grapefruit peel for garnish

Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour over the rosemary syrup, infused gin, and grapefruit juice. Shake to combine. Add fresh ice to two rocks glasses and strain the cocktail equally into the glasses. Top with prosecco and add a rosemary sprig and grapefruit peel for garnish.

I hope you all enjoy these recipes and that they bring a little holiday joy to your holiday season!

Photography by FarmFlavor.com, Garden & Gun, Delish.com, Popsugar.com

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