Holiday Cocktails on a Budget

With the holiday season beginning there will be many occasions to celebrate! Throwing a party of any kind can be costly, but Holiday parties in particular can rack up costs quickly with decorations, food, and gift exchanges. It’s always nice to have a festive drink this time of year, but with a large party all of those ingredients for a fancy drink can be expensive. So, I went on a search for the best party drinks and cocktails that will impress your guests while being easy on your time and your wallet.

Mulled Wine:

4 to 5 Servings (multiply recipe as needed)

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Red wine (does not have to be expensive)
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Add sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste
  • Optional add-ins:
    • ¼ cup of brandy
    • 2 Star anise (for extra spice)
    • Additional orange slices and cinnamon sticks to garnish

*Ways to save* -If you do not want to buy the spices for this drink individually, many local grocery stores carry pre-made mulling packets around the holiday season. Be on the lookout!

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in large sauce pan and simmer over low heat for 10 min
  2. Serve in mugs and add garnish

* For a party a slow cooker is a great resource to keep drink warm, and have guests use a ladle to serve themselves.*

 

Hot Toddy:

4 to 5 Servings (multiply recipe as needed)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brandy, whisky or rum
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 5 cups hot water
  • 3-5 tea bags (taste preference)

Instructions:

  1. Boil 5 cups of water
  2. Take the water off heat and add your alcohol, honey and lemon
  3. Steep tea bags for 3-4 minutes
  4. Serve in mugs

*For a party a slow cooker is a great resource to keep drink warm, and have guests use a ladle to serve themselves.*

 

Holiday Mimosas:

6-8 Servings (multiply recipe as needed)

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) champagne, prosecco, cava
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • Rosemary and cranberries to garnish

Or

  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • Cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and or apples

Instructions:

  1. Chill ingredients ahead of time
  2. Combine ingredients in pitcher
  3. Serve

 

Holiday Punch (Non-Alcoholic):

Large Serving 15-20 (cut or multiply recipe as needed)

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 cups ginger ale
  • 1 can (12oz.) frozen orange juice concentrate
  • Your choice of fruit and garnish: apples, oranges, cranberries, and/or rosemary

*To make alcoholic just add vodka*

Instructions:

  1. Chill ingredients ahead of time
  2. Combine all ingredients in punch bowl
  3. Serve

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