hot-chocolateOne of my favorite things about the holidays is the lip-smacking drink options that are available. If you make a mug of hot cocoa in July, people look at you sideways; just like they would if you were drinking a Slurpee in January.

In December, you are able to indulge in flavors that are off-limits during the bulk of the year, like Starbucks’ ginger spice and eggnog espressos. Actually, I don’t even think they sell eggnog any other time of year, do they?

My point is that you get to tickle taste buds that never see any action with the bevy of beverages available at Christmastime. If you are planning to throw a holiday party in the near future, whether at the office, at home, or at De Luxe Banquet Halls in Los Angeles, we have some tasty drinks for you to serve.

Midnight Snowstorm

This spiked hot chocolate is sure to be a hit at office parties. Combining the warmth of Christmas with the excitement of New Years’ Eve, this is a holiday favorite.

  • 2 oz white crème de menthe
  • Hot chocolate
  • 1/2 oz green crème de menthe
  • Whipped cream

Combine hot chocolate and white crème de menthe in a mug, top with whipped cream and green crème de menthe.

Candy Cane Martini

candycane-martiniThis drink is all about presentation, although it tastes pretty good too. You can use you your favorite martini recipe or the one provided below and garnish it with a candy cane. In fact, it doesn’t even need to be a martini, you can add peppermint to any of your favorite mixed drinks.

  • 1.5 oz. Vodka
  • 1.5 oz. white crème de cacao
  • 1 oz. Peppermint schnapps

Shake ingredients together with ice and strain into Martini glass. Put mini-candy cane into glass for presentation.

Hot Apple Cider

Try this recipe for a healthier choice. Both apples and cinnamon are proven to have beneficial qualities that help your body.

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ cup apple brandy
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon schnapps
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish

This one is easy to serve as a non-alcoholic version for party guests who don’t drink.

Spread Holiday Cheer

Make sure to include these or other traditional holiday drinks this season so your celebration is a festive success. After all, you only get a few months to explore these unique flavors, then it it time for the next seasonal beverages.