Holiday Drinking

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Let’s face it: not everybody loves the holidays. In fact, for some it’s the worst time of the year. But have no fear: the alcohol recipes are here! Celebrate with these delicious (21 and up only) drinks to make your holiday season just a little less terrible.


Candy Cane Cocktail

What’s more festive than candy canes?


What you’ll need:

1 shot vanilla rum

1 shot white chocolate liqueur

1 shot peppermint schnapps

Candy cane, garnish


Here’s what you do:

Add the rum, liqueur and schnapps into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and pour into a decorative martini glass. Add the candy cane and you’re done! Simple and delicious.


Maple Butter Kiss

While everyone else is actually getting kissed this holiday season, you can drink this.


What you’ll need:

1 ½ ounces of vodka

½ ounce of butterscotch schnapps

¼ ounce of maple syrup

1 ounce of half-and-half




Here’s what you do:

Combine all of the liquid ingredients, including the ice, into a cocktail shaker. Shake hard for 1 or 2 minutes and then pour into a tall glass. Top with the ground nutmeg for a decorative and delicious, finishing touch.


Buttered Apple Cider

It may not be fall anymore, but apple cider is always a good choice.


What you’ll need:

1 Stick softened butter

¼ Cup light brown sugar

½ Teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ Teaspoon cinnamon

½ Teaspoon cloves

3 Cups apple cider

1 Cup bourbon


Here’s what you do:

Mix the butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves until they’re well combined. Put the butter mixture on a piece of plastic wrap and roll into a 1-inch-thick log. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Next, pour 3 cups of apple cider into a slow cooker (or a saucepan), cover and heat on high for 1 hour. Divide the cup of bourbon into six different cups, topping them each off with apple cider and a slice of the chilled, spiced butter.


Mix up these drinks, sit by a warm fire and celebrate the fact that alcohol exists and your holidays won’t be so bad with it. Cheers!


Taylor Downs is a senior professional writing major from Kalamazoo, Mich. You will almost always find her with coffee in one hand or hyperventilating at Sephora. She loves going out to eat, indulging in TV reruns and spending time with her family and friends.


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