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With holiday parties kicking off as early as this week, it's time to review what's on the drinks menu. Get in the spirit and toast the season with one of the following 12 libations. They’re easy to make and will add a fantastically festive feel to your party, regardless of how large or small. Cheers! 


1. Mulled pear & ginger

Jamie Oliver 

From: Jamie Oliver

If you’re not a fan of mulled wine or simply want a little something different, you must try this deeply spiced pear and rum drink. You may never go back to the usual again.


2. Santa Claus-Mopolitan

Blue Ribbon Kitchen 

From: Blue Ribbon Kitchen

This recipe calls for flaked sweetened coconut and white sanding sugar. The coconut looks just like the white trim on Santa's red coat. To get the garnish right and keep it from falling in the glass, don’t use too many coconut flakes and when you’re done, sit the glass upright and let it dry.


3. Jack Frost Martini

Go Knoxville/Knox News 

From: Go Knoxville/Knox News

Those of us on tighter budgets will proooooobably have to skip the snow machine and hiring a cellist and pianist, but we can still grab that yummy recipe for Jack Frost martinis. Made from pineapple juice, coconut, vodka and blue curacao, they look as festive as they are tasty.


4. Naughty Rudolph

Who Needs a Cape? 

From: Who Needs a Cape?

Rudolph isn’t really naughty, don’t worry. He’s made of pretzels.


5. Frosty Lemon Drop Martini

The Hopeless Housewife 

From: The Hopeless Housewife

The Hopeless Housewife reveals her trick to making this cocktail: she shakes the martini shaker like mad and uses lots of ice. The results are extra frosty and, of course, delicious.


6. Winter Cranberry Martini

Tabler Party of Two 

From: Tabler Party of Two

The secret to this martini is the cranberry-infused simple syrup. Homemade, and not difficult — promise.


7. The Ultimate Holiday Sangria Recipe

Joyful Healthy Eats 

From: Joyful Healthy Eats

This sangria wants to be the star of your holiday party. This recipe was made with Cabernet Sauvignon but any good red wine will do. Add pomegranate seeds, cinnamon sticks, crisp green pears and lots of citrus, and then accent with a winning combination of orange liquor, brandy, agave nectar and ginger ale for effervescence. Let it sit overnight if you want all the flavors to blend beautifully, but if you can’t wait and need to have at it right away, we promise it will still be Christmas in your mouth.


8. Apple, Ginger and Cranberry Vodka Cocktail

What Katie Ate 

From: What Katie Ate

The inspiration for this concoction was a bottle of Absolut Brooklyn — an apple and ginger–flavored vodka that is easy to recreate with regular vodka, apple and cranberry juice and ginger ale.


9. Christmas Sangria

Cake -n- Knife 

From: Cake -N- Knife

It’s that sprig of rosemary that gives this sangria an extra Christmas-y feel. This is a must-have for any large of small holiday affair.


10. Cranberry Ginger Moscow Mule

Beard & Bonnet 

From: Beard & Bonnet

We agree: cranberry, vanilla, citrus and ginger really are a match made in heaven. Click here for the recipe, and bottoms up!


11. Cardamom Rose Gin & Tonic

The Baking Bird 

From: The Baking Bird

We could not resist Hendricks combined with rose simple syrup, grapefruit, lemon, cardamom and bitters and served in those nice-looking glasses (wish list, anyone?). It may be billed as a summer drink in the blog, but it’s tasty and certainly fancy enough for any holiday gathering.


12. The Grinch

Always Expect Moore 

From: Always Expect Moore

Whether you go with the cold, sparkling moscato or opt for the nonalcoholic lemon-lime soda version, this is a fun drink to serve at any holiday get-together.


Need more drinks? Don’t forget to check out last year’s selection. Happy Holidays and always, always, always drink responsibly!