Like Thanksgiving, Christmas is another time in the year when we all gather with family and friends for mass quantities of food and holiday parties sprinkled in here and there. And, just like the turkey gobbling holiday, there are many cocktail recipes that bring great joy to the world.

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Whether you're looking for creative drink recipes for your next holiday party, or just looking for a way to make your next family gathering a little merrier, check out these cocktail recipes that will jingle your bells.

Candy Cane Cocoa

  • 4 cups of milk
  • 3 squares of 1-ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 peppermint candy canes, crushed
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 4 small peppermint candy canes
  • 1 shot of your favorite whiskey

In a saucepan, heat up the milk until warm. Stir in the chocolate and the crushed peppermint candies until melted and smooth. Then add a shot, or two, or three, or four of your favorite whiskey. Pour hot cocoa into four mugs, or one big mug for yourself, and garnish with whipped cream. Serve each with a candy cane stirring stick and a high five. 

(via All Recipes)

Homemade Eggnog

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of brandy
  • 1/3 cup of dark rum (or bourbon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups of whipped cream
  • 2 cups of milk

Make sure all liquids are very cold before you make the drink. Beat the eggs at medium speed until they’re very frothy or unconscious (sorry for the lame joke). Gradually add the sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg as you continue beating. Now turn the mixer off and stir in the whipping cream, milk, brandy, and rum. It’s best to keep it chilled at all times. Garnish each individual serving with the nutmeg sprinkled on top and a cinnamon stick.

If you want a non-alcoholic version, just simply leave out the alcohol.

(via Mix That Drink)

Christmas Cookie

  • 1 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • 1 ounce of Kahlua
  • 1 ounce of Bailey’s

If you're wanting a super easy recipe, this is the one for you. Simply mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly, then strain the ingredients into a chilled martini glass or a paper cup depending on how fancy you want to be.

(via Mix That Drink)

Santa Shot

  • 1 part grenadine syrup
  • 1 part crème de menthe
  • 1 part peppermint schnapps

Here's another easy one that completely rocks. Pour grenadine into about 1/3 of your shot glass. Carefully layer the creme de menthe, then the peppermint schnapps. Boom...instant happy face!

(via Mix That Drink)

Christmas Martini

  • 3 ounces of gin
  • 1/2 ounce of dry vermouth
  • 1 tablespoon of peppermint schnapps

Pour the gin, dry vermouth, and peppermint schnapps into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well (the shaker, not you), and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a candy cane, and serve.

(via Drinks Mixer)

English Christmas Punch

  • 750 mL bottle of dark rum
  • 750 mL bottle of dry red wine
  • 3 cups of strong tea
  • 1 lb superfine sugar
  • 1 large orange, for juice
  • 1 lemon, for juice

(Note: This is NOT for one shot, ya lush.) Heat, but do not allow to boil, the wine, tea, lemon, and orange juices in a saucepan. Pour the heated mix into a heat-proof punch bowl. Place as much sugar as possible into a large ladle and any excess sugar into the punch bowl. Pour rum over the sugar in the ladle. Light the rum and sugar in the ladle on fire and pour it into the punch. Stir well and extinguish the flames. Pour the remainder of the rum into the punch. Stir well.

(via Buzzfeed)

Holiday Hopper

  • 1 oz Midori melon liqueur
  • 1/2 oz green creme de menthe
  • 1/2 oz white creme de cacao
  • 2 oz half and half
  • Mint leaves for garnish
  • Raspberry for garnish

Here's another super easy recipe that will have you forgetting the words to 'Jingle Bells' in no time. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with mint leaves and a raspberry.

(via About)

Blue Snowflake

  • 2 ounces of Hpnotiq
  • 1 splash of vodka
  • 1-ounce pineapple juice

This may be the easiest Christmas cocktail of all time. Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into glass. You can switch out the pineapple juice for whatever kind of juice you want.

(via Drink Nation)

Holiday Mimosa

  • 1/4 cup of orange liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 bottle of  champagne chilled

This recipe goes beyond just simply adding champagne to orange juice. Pour the orange liqueur into a shallow bowl; put the sugar in a saucer. Dip just the rims of 6 glasses in the orange liqueur and then in the sugar to form a thin sugared rim. Divide the remaining orange liqueur and orange juice among the 6 prepared glasses. Top with champagne. Serve immediately.

(via All Recipes)

The Grinch

  • 2 ounces of Midori
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of syrup
  • 1 maraschino cherry (for garnish)

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a punch or cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, and serve. The reason it's called 'The Grinch' is that you might get a little cranky after it disappears in a few seconds.

(via Buzzfeed)

As always, Townsquare Media reminds you to drink responsibly, do not drink and drive. 

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