21 drinks to get you through the entire holiday season


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Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us, and cool, crisp fall will turn to colder winter weather. Soon enough you may find yourself navigating through thick crowds of holiday shoppers or dealing with your extended family. Take a break from it all and bend an elbow with one of these 21 holiday drinks — in moderation, of course, not only because of the booze factor but also because some of them are quite decadent and full of calories.

Ready to treat yourself?


1. Egg Nog

Egg Nog

Epicurean Mom doesn’t wait until Christmas to start making some egg nog. The beginning of autumn will do just fine, and we are totally OK with that. An added bonus with egg nog is that it’s just as tasty without the rum, so those who don’t drink alcohol can still enjoy. Wondering if there’s a vegan version? Believe it or not, there is. Here’s a recipe from MindBodyGreen that proves that where’s there’s a will, there’s a way.


2. Traditional Coquito

Tradition Coquito

Want to meet egg nog’s awesome Puerto Rican cousin? Oh, trust us, you do. Marissa Says describes coquito perfectly: “Think eggnog with cream of coconut and rum, lots of rum.” This recipe calls for a very conservative three quarters of a cup, but people may add as much as 1.5 cups … or more. We found this awesome recipe from Always Order Dessert for chocolate coquito (omg), which uses 2 cups.


3. Classic Hot Toddy

Classic hot toddy

Got a lingering cough courtesy of a cold that refuses to go away? Enjoy this recipe for a classic hot toddy from Girl Versus Dough. Use cloves, lemon, honey and your choice of either bourbon, brandy or cognac. You can also use whiskey, you know. Go on. We won’t tell.


4. Winter White Cocktail

Winter white cocktail

Get into the holiday spirit with this recipe for Winter White Cocktail from Celebrations at Home. She combines Kahlúa, chocolate liqueur and cold milk, and tops it off with a large dollop of whipped cream. Skip the cream and use skim milk to try to keep that calorie count down.


5. Kahlúa Hot Chocolate

Kahlua hot chocolate

Cold weather is all about hot chocolate, so we had to include this recipe from Damn Delicious for a boozified version.


6. Caramel Apple Hot Toddy

caramel apple hot toddy

’Tis the season for the caramel apple, so naturally, we had to include this recipe from The Cooking Virgin for a caramel apple hot toddy. It’s made with caramel-flavored vodka, and although the half cup of bourbon is optional, The Cooking Virgin recommends you include it to cut the sweetness. You may want to skip the whipped cream, too. Holiday beverages do tend to get decadent, and you’ll want to save some calories for pie. Oh, and bonus? Photos of adorable pets wearing Santa hats.


7. Hot Buttered Hazelnut Whisky

hot buttered hazelnut whisky

This recipe for hot buttered hazelnut whisky from Adventures in Cooking is, as one commenter suggests, a warm hug on a cold day. It got our attention because unlike typical recipes for hot buttered rum — which call for a stick of butter and a couple of cups of brown sugar — it requires neither butter nor sugar. Instead, it adds cinnamon and 4 parts milk to 2 parts whisky and 1 part Frangelico. It’s the Frangelico that lends a rich, buttery flavor to the beverage.