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Christmas Cocktails

As we all know today is Christmas Eve.  Which means for the next week or so it’s forced family time again.  This morning I stopped in my favorite liquor store, Joe Canals, and they said to me, “it wouldn’t be a holiday if you weren’t here.”  So clearly I’m partial to the use of alcohol to help at these gatherings.

Make sure you have plenty of red and white wine.  It’s really the staple of a holiday gathering.  Who doesn’t love a good wine.  I personally went with 2 bottles of Merlot and a bottle of Pinot Grigio.  I prefer the red to the white for Christmas, little more festive.

Last week I went to a Christmas Party and we had Candy Cane Martinis.  These are definitely required for Christmas parties.  For this we need:


Holiday Cocktails

As we all know the holidays are coming and you know what that means. Forced Family Bonding.  Nothing everyone loves more than being forced to spend time with your family that you never see.  Maybe this is why the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is notorious as the biggest drinking day.  To make your holiday better I’ve compiled a list of my favorite holiday drinks and how to make them!

This is an Autumn Punch I found on Pinterest (I love Pinterest. You can find amazing things there and Pinterest will bring you to the orignal site)


  1. 2 teaspoons of whole cloves
  2. 1/2 of a vanilla bean (make sure you split the bean)
  3. 1 64 once bottle of apple-cranberry juice
  4. 4 medium plums green and purple
  5. 1 750 mL bottle of a fruitty wine (when I make my fall sangria I used White Merlot.  It has a nice body to it while complementing the fruit)


  • Place cloves and vanilla bean in center of a double-thick 6-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners of cloth together; tie closed with clean string. Pour apple-cranberry juice into a large container or pitcher. Add plums and spice bag. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
  • Remove and discard cheesecloth bag. Stir in Gewurztraminer. Serve beverage and plum slices over ice. (Or omit the ice and heat the juice mixture and wine in a 4-quart Dutch oven until hot. Serve in heatproof mugs.) Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Now you have an Autumn Punch. I usually make something incredibly similar to this every holiday season.


Autumn Punch
Photo Courtesy of Pinterest

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