There’s a reason they call this the most wonderful time of the year. If you’re like me and obsess over the holidays, then the month of December is practically heaven. You get to hang Christmas lights on your house, decorate a tree, sing Christmas carols and bake cookies. Then there’s all the holiday parties and getting to spend more time with friends and family. And once Christmas is over you just have to wait a few days and then you get to watch fireworks and toast to a new year. It’s pretty great. One of my favorite ways to really get in the holiday spirit is with a few holiday spirits! Whether you need a pick me up after doing some Christmas shopping or you want some inspiration for your next holiday party, here are five festive drinks you have to try this month.
Yule Mule, Michael’s on the Lake (pictured on top)
Ketel One vodka, orange juice and pomegranate juice and of course, ginger beer. If you’re not a fan of ginger beer then you might want to skip this one. But if you love mules, then this will be a nice twist on the classic. The Yule Mule comes garnished with a lime and cranberries which is a nice Christmassy (I think I just made that word up) touch.
Pumpkin Pie martini, Rocktop Burgers and Brew
It’s just not the holidays without pumpkin pie. One of my earliest Christmas memories is learning how to make pumpkin pie with my mom. Most of what she said went over my head as I was only interested in licking the spoons. And while I still love the pie version, I’ve come to love the martini version, with Rum Chata, vanilla vodka, pumpkin pie puree and cinnamon, just as much.
Peppermint Patty, Porterhouse Steakhouse
There’s just something about a cup of hot chocolate when it’s 20 degrees outside. Porterhouse kicks it up a notch by adding some peppermint schnapps, a nice dollop of whip cream and a mini candy cane.
Roasted Pear Shimmertini, Michael’s on the Lake (pictured on top)
While you might not think of pears when you think of the holidays, this mix of pear vodka and riesling somehow works. The best part of this drink is the edible glitter (yes, glitter!) that they mix in. Fits right in with all the sparkle of Christmas decorations.
Pumpkin Spice White Russian, Michael’s on the Lake
More pumpkin! I love pumpkin spice anything so I was all over this one. Make this version with kahlua, vanilla vodka, pumpkin pie syrup and pumpkin spice creamer.