This is my favorite time of year to invite friends over for drinks and nibbles. And when it's cold outside, there's nothing more welcoming than a pot of hot cider simmering on the stove or a mug of mulled wine to offer my guests as they arrive. These delicious hot toddies (with alcohol and without) are festive enough to serve all season long. And the best part is they’re easy to make for a crowd, which means I’m not stuck in the kitchen mixing cocktails all night long.
Here are three fabulous cocktails to serve at your next party. (Money-saving tip: Skip expensive wine and liquor in these recipes. There’s no point in buying good stuff when you’re mixing it with lots of other ingredients.)
Spiced Hot Cider
This yummy spiked version of hot cider features applejack and cinnamon schnapps for a festive punch.
Very Merry Punch
There was a time when every household had its own recipe for spiced hot-wine punch. Folks would roam from house to house testing each one. With the blend of flavors in this punch, revelers at your house might never move on to other houses on the block.
This warm mixture is a distinctive twist on the classic hot buttered rum.
When it comes to delicious, nonalcoholic beverages, my perennial go-to is mulled apple cider. It’s elegant without being fussy. People go crazy for it and the kids can drink it too. Plus, it fills the house with yummy spicy fragrances—your friends will think you've been baking all day! (No one-drink limit here, so make an extra batch or two.)
Fireside Mulled Cider
Cinnamon, cloves and ginger infuse apple cider with amazing flavor.
This scrumptious nonalcoholic punch adds pear, cranberries and vanilla for a twist on the traditional hot cider.
What’s your favorite punch to serve at holiday parties? Do you have a signature cocktail or mocktail? Tell us what you think below.