Tis the season to enjoy your family and friends around a campfire with some holiday cocktails for your next camping trip.
Whether you are camping or just spending the holidays at home, Christmas cocktails are always a fun way to enjoy a gathering.
Every year, we snowbird with some friends in warmer climates and love to share some holiday cheer and great food.
What better way to celebrate this holiday season and ring in the new year than a classic cocktail or a new concoction of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails with family and friends?
Some of the most common ingredients that are used in festive cocktails could already be in your pantry.
Some of them are used for both alcoholic drinks as well as non-alcoholic drinks. This makes it easier to make drinks for all your guests, whether they drink alcohol or not.
Easy things like lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, hot chocolate, vanilla, and nutmeg can create some of the tastiest concoctions for the holidays.
Other ingredients that are not as common could be:
Cranberry juice – Adding this to drinks adds a tart flavor that in some drinks can be perfect or a holiday drink.
Peppermint Schnapps – This alcoholic addition will bring a cool and minty taste to your cocktail.
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Spiced Rum – Another alcoholic element that brings a blend of warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to your drinks.
Champagne or sparkling wine – This adds a little elegance and effervescence to your holiday celebration.
Brandy – When it comes to warming up a drink, add some brandy to drinks like a hot toddy or mulled spirits.
Grand Marnier – Orange-flavored liqueurs that add a citrus taste and some complexity to your drinks.
Pomegranate juice – When you add some of this juice to a drink, it offers a sweet and tart taste together, which is perfect for cocktails.
Eggnog – This is a classic holiday beverage that adds a nice creamy texture to any cocktail.
Hot holiday cocktails
When it’s cold outside, and you want to warm up from the inside, these are a couple of ideas for warming drinks.
Keep in mind that any of these can be made without the alcohol or with non-alcoholic spirits for your non-drinkers.
Hot Toddy – This is a classic that has been around for a long time. Mix a couple of ounces of whiskey with 1 Tbsp of honey and a little splash of lemon juice in a mug. Add hot water and stir until the honey dissolves. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Mulled Wine – Combine a bottle of wine with 1/4 cup of honey along with 8 whole cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks in a saucepan and heat. Don’t let it boil, but let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain and serve warm.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate with Schnapps – Make a mug of hot chocolate and add 1 oz of peppermint schnapps. Top this tasty drink with whipped cream and even some crushed candy canes sprinkled on top.
Irish Coffee – A classic hot drink for the holidays or anytime, it is really easy to make. Pour a cup of hot coffee into a mug and add a splash of Irish whiskey and 1 Tbsp of brown sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves, and top with whipped cream.
Spiced Apple Cider Toddy – This one is a little bit of a twist from the classic Hot Toddy. Combine a couple of ounces of spiced rum and a cup of hot apple cider in a mug. Stir your drink with a cinnamon stick and a slice of apple.
Cold holiday cocktails
These are some ideas for a wonderful cold cocktail to share with your family and friends. They are great for the holidays around a blazing open campfire.
Cranberry Mule – Here is a twist on the popular Moscow Mule. Mix vodka, ginger beer, and cranberry juice and serve over ice and garnish with a slice of lime.
Gingerbread White Russian – This is Paul’s favorite holiday twist on this classic drink, with or without the vodka. Combine coffee liqueur and vodka with a splash of heavy cream and a pinch of ground ginger and cinnamon.
Christmas Punch – This punch will hit the spot when it’s time for a party. Mix cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, and ginger ale. Add some slices of orange, lemon, and some cranberries for the garnish. Add vodka or champagne if you want the alcoholic version.
Santa’s Hat Martini – Here’s a cute drink just for the holiday. Combine equal parts of vanilla vodka, cranberry juice, and white creme de cacao. Shake well with ice and strain into a martini glass.
Festive Fizz – This is such a great-tasting drink. I like this with my holiday meal on Christmas day. Mix pomegranate juice with either champagne or sparkling cider and add a splash of Grand Marnier. It’s fun to garnish this drink with a twist of orange peel.
Candy Cane Cocktail – When it comes to Christmas, this one says it all. Blend some peppermint schnapps, white chocolate liqueur, and some cranberry juice in a chilled glass with a candy cane garnish.
Grab your favorite camping mug, gather around the fire pit, and enjoy some holiday cocktails in the heart of nature.
Because, after all, nothing says “Happy Holidays” quite like sipping a delicious, handcrafted drink under the stars.
Cheers to celebrating nature’s wonders with a touch of holiday spirit!
Nibbler Tip: Remember to plan your cocktails for your camping trip. Make drinks that have common ingredients and do not require a lot of effort or equipment.
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