Whether it’s the stress of the holidays, or the fact that you have to deal with the entirety of family for a long stretch of time, many a man has needed a little help to get through the holiday season.
While I don’t have to play Santa yet (my nine month old looks at our Christmas tree and is probably thinking “What the hell is that thing?”) and don’t have to worry about getting the last little Suzy Talks and Poops A Lot doll in a mad rush at the store, making sure that everyone has a nice Christmas is still a concern of mine.
Therefore, I wanted to share a couple of drinks that most anyone can enjoy.
A nice pre-dinner cocktail or an evening apertif by the fire help round out the holidays. Fortunately, I have done some taste-testing and am here to help. Below are two of my favorite wintery cocktails, perfect for any party or celebration.
(Note, I don’t like to prescribe rations in the drinks. Make them as strong or as weak as you’d like.)
- Hot apple cider
- Thinly spiced lemon
- A dash of allspice
- Cinnamon stick
I prefer spiced apple cider rather than just the regular apple cider. It’s more holiday-y. I also like bourbon. So this is a stronger drink, if I am pouring it. The squeeze of lemon and the hint of cinnamon from the stick give this a nice, jubilant feel.
- Hot chocolate powder
- Warm milk or hot water (I prefer milk)
- Peppermint Schnapps
- Bailey’s Irish Cream
- Candy Cane
Pour the warm milk (or water) into a mug already filled with the cocoa powder. Then add alcohol. Stir together with the Candy Cane. This is one of those drinks where you don’t feel a buzz, then you have three or four and — BOOM! — you’re drunk. Be careful.
Put on some Burl Ives, light that yule log and put your stockinged feet up. Enjoy!