What Are Some Easy Holiday Cocktails to Make at Home?

What Are Some Easy Holiday Cocktails to Make at Home?

To make an easy mulled wine cocktail for winter holidays, combine 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice with 1/2 cup sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks and 2 pieces of star anise in a saucepan. Simmer the mixture for 15 minutes, and add 3 cups of dry red wine and 1/2 cup cranberries.

To make a cool, but festive, winter holiday rum punch, combine 1/2 cup dark rum, 1/2 cup orange liqueur and 2 cups of fresh orange juice in a large punch bowl or a pitcher. Chill the mixture for one hour before topping it with 2 bottles of chilled sparkling wine. Add festive garnishes to each glass, such as a sprig of rosemary or a slice of star fruit.

To make an easy, crowd-pleasing warm weather holiday cocktail, try making a pitcher of citrus sangria. Combine 4 cups of white grape juice with two 750-milliliter bottles of white zinfandel. Add 1 sliced lemon, lime and orange. Chill the sangria for at least four hours, and serve it over ice.

Alternatively, make a lemony gin punch by combining 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Simmer the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Take the pan off the heat, and stir in 1/4 cup honey. Allow the syrup to cool before pouring it into a large pitcher along with 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, 3/4 cup gin and 1 cup club soda.