There’s nothing quite like a
holiday party to bring out the creative side of everyone. From office
happy hours to parties at home, it seems as if there’s a new theme for
every event this time of year. Some are more obvious than others, but
they all have one thing in common—the need for great themed drinks!
Themed parties are not only fun, but
they also allow you to get creative with your cocktails and mocktails.
Consider your guests and the general vibe of your party when choosing
which themes work best and which ones might feel odd or out of place.
Even if you don’t have a lot of time to plan, these themed drink ideas
will inspire you and get you ready for the festivities ahead!
Hot chocolate made with pumpkin,
white chocolate, and alcohol. Yes, please! What better time of the year,
too? Instead of whining about the weather, head to your kitchen right
now and prepare this delicious winter beverage! The quickest and easiest
way to beat the winter chill is to rip open a packet of hot chocolate
and pour it into a cup of hot water, and add a special ingredient,
In a pan, stir together white
chocolate chunks and half a cup of milk over low to medium heat until
the white chocolate is melted. Whisk in the remaining milk, pumpkin pie
spice, and pumpkin puree. As it will burn easily, stirring frequently
is essential. Fill two to four mugs with a small amount of white hot
chocolate each. Add to each glass one ounce of Kahlua, which should be
mixed in with the chocolate Pour in the rest of the hot chocolate
equally between the glasses. As if the pumpkin white hot chocolate
wasn’t already delicious, you get to add a towering dome of whipped
cream, a dollop of caramel sauce, and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice to
make it even more seductive.
A festive holiday twist on the
traditional cocktail, the peppermint white Russian is made with just a
few basic ingredients. You and your guests will savor its creamy,
decadent, and fresh peppermint flavor this Christmas season.
In an ice-filled and peppermint
candy-rimmed glass, blend 4 ounces of vodka, 3 ½ ounces of coffee
liqueur (We recommend Kahlua), and just a splash of half and half. Add
peppermint candy simple syrup to taste. Stir thoroughly.
Why not attempt to make a chocolate
espresso martini for something truly delectable? Nothing beats the
flavor combination of chocolate and coffee, and adding vodka, chocolate
liqueur, and Kahlua to a base of booze doesn’t hurt either.
Place chocolate syrup on a plate,
then turn a chilled glass upside down and dip the rim of the glass in
the chocolate to coat it. In a measuring cup, heat 1 ounce of water for 1
to 2 minutes in the microwave. Stir in 1 tablespoon of instant espresso
before setting the mixture aside. Combine 1 and ½ ounces of vanilla
vodka, 1 ounce of Kahlua, and 1 ounce of creme de cocoa in a shaker with
no ice. Shake for 10 seconds then add 1 ounce of instant or fresh
espresso and a cup of ice. Serve straight up in your chilled coupe after
shaking for 10 seconds. Add espresso or coffee beans as a garnish.
This ginger snap martini is a
particularly unique holiday beverage that combines all the tastes and
spices that are associated with the chilly winter months. Additionally,
it does a fantastic job of re-creating a popular Christmas delicacy in
Place 2 slices of ginger, ½ an ounce
of molasses, ½ an ounce of simple syrup, and a pinch of ground allspice,
ground cinnamon, and ground cloves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
Blend well. Fill the shaker with ice before adding 2 ounces of pear
vodka and 1 ounce of amaretto. Shake ferociously until the shaker’s
exterior is frosted. Into a chilled cocktail glass, strain. Add a final
ginger slice as a garnish.
a beverage that will allow you to host the perfect Christmas party
without having to spend all day at the wet bar mixing up cocktails? The
James & Everett-inspired noel spritzer is a fuss-free, celebratory,
and enjoyable beverage that serves a crowd with ease.