15+ Holiday Beverages For Festive Flavors

This Recipe Hit List rounds out the holidays with a selection of festive beverages, both with alcohol and non-alcohol options. You’ll also find a collection of Hot Apple Cider Recipes here that features 20 different recipes and resources.

*Note: Descriptions below are quotes from the sources

Eggnog Is A Treat During The Holidays That Many Enjoy
Eggnog Is A Treat During The Holidays That Many Enjoy
  1. Homemade Eggnog: It wasn’t difficult to put together and the ‘nog was light, with a foamy, fluffy top, in sharp contrast to the heaviness of store-bought stuff. Recipe found at Slashfood.
  2. Mulled Cider: I generally brought the cider to a hard simmer, then turned off the heat, covered it, and forgot about it for an hour or so. Then Dave would say “didn’t you make cider?” and I’d remember and be excited and drink some and love October. Recipe found at The Way The Cookie Crumbles.
  3. Icy Holiday Punch: It’s easy and convenient to prepare the base of this slushy punch ahead. Its rosy color makes it so pretty for Christmas. Recipe found at Taste Of Home.
  4. CrockPot Wassail (Spiced Punch) Recipe: Delicious and soothing. One of my kids has a sore throat, and she drank a lot, and was happy with how it made her throat feel better. We’re having some more for breakfast. Recipe from A Year Of CrockPotting.
  5. Cranberry Liqueur: Tis the season for…cranberries! If you have about a pound left over from this year’s festivities, here’s an easy way to use them up. Recipe from Tipnut.
  6. Hot Spiced Tea: There is actually no tea in this recipe. It is a great hot drink to make for a party or family gathering. Recipe found at What’s For Dinner?
  7. Hot Apple Cider: There’s nothing quite like hot apple cider on a chilly autumn afternoon. Once you’ve mulled the cider and are ready to serve it, you can either leave the whole spices in or strain them out. Recipe found at Culinate.
  8. Hot Cranberry Cider: Recipe found at Food Network.
  9. Holiday Cocktail: Peppermint Patty: This Peppermint Patty “hot toddy” from the Winter 2008 issue of The Nest looks absolutely de-lish! Perfect holiday “dessert cocktail” or signature drink idea for home parties like ornament/cookie exchanges. Recipe found at Hostess With The Mostess.
  10. The 12 Cocktails of Christmas: A roundup of festive drinks for the holidays (alcohol). From Mix That Drink.
  11. Warming Winter Beverages: I didn’t check the ingredients for each and every drink, but I believe they are mainly non-alcoholic. Recipe roundup from Better Homes & Gardens.
  12. Spiced Cranapple: It is mulled wine in flavour and not too sweet, as some non-alcoholic punches can be. From The Vicar’s Wife.
  13. Holiday Citrus Punch: Can be made with or without rum. Spreading good cheer is easy — greet guests with a citrusy twist on punch. From Martha Stewart.
  14. Cranberry Prosecco Cocktail: There simply isn’t a more festive beverage than this pink cocktail. Tart cranberries and Italy’s answer to champagne, prosecco, combine to make a tasty, not-too-sweet party drink. From Craftzine.
  15. Mulled Wine Recipe: This is dead easy to make and tastes like Christmas in a glass. It’s a lovely celebration of those traditional festive spices like cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. From Jamie Oliver.

Holiday Punch Recipe

Vintage Holiday Punch Recipe
Vintage Holiday Punch Recipe
Its cool green color adds a festive note to your party table.

Yield: Makes 50 punch-cup servings


1 cup sugar
1 two-inch piece of stick cinnamon
5 whole cloves
5 whole allspice
2 cups water
2 cans (6 ounces each) frozen concentrate for lemonade
2 cans (6 ounces each) frozen concentrate for limeade
2 bottles (1 pint, 12 ounces each) carbonated water, chilled
Ice block (directions follow)


  1. Combine sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, allspice, and water in a small saucepan; heat to boiling; simmer 5 minutes. Strain into a medium-size bowl; cool.
  2. When ready to mix punch, pour spiced-water mixture into a punch bowl; stir in frozen lemonade and limeade, and carbonated waters.
  3. Float ice block on top. Surround bowl with clusters of green grapes, as pictured, if you wish.

Ice Block: The day before the party, fill a fancy mold that will fit into the punch bowl with water; freeze. To unmold, dip quickly in and out of a pan of hot water; float on top of punch. Garnish with a ring of alternating slices of lemon and lime.

Source: Family Circle Magazine, 1960

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