Cheerful, Fun and Tipsy – Retro Recipes For the Holidays

Raise A Glass To These High-Spirited Sips and Snacks

Spreading holiday happiness, inspiration for these cheerful, fun and tipsy sips and snacks was taken from The Holiday Cocktails Retro Christmas Card.  Cheers to you in 2022!  

Naughty or Nice Nog

Free up time for guests by using ready-made nog. Be sure to spring for the good stuff…all eggnogs are not created equal.

8 oz of nog
1 shot of bourbon

Finish with a dollop of freshly whipped cream, a swirl of real maple syrup and a sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon.  Nice!

Mistletoe Martini

Bond with your guests over this seasonal sensation.

8 oz cranberry juice chilled
8 oz vodka
Splash of lime to taste
Frozen cranberries

Combine cranberry juice, vodka and lime juice in a pitcher and mix well. Serve with a garnish of frozen cranberries

Getting Blitzen

We’re pretty sure the name says it all…

1 oz tequila
1 oz cranberry juice
½ oz triple sec
Orange slice 

Pour into lowball glass with ice, garnish with orange slice

Holly Jolly Highball

This refreshing drink makes for happy holiday guests.

2 oz aged rum
4 oz ginger ale
Lime wedges
Combine rum and ice in glass 
Top with ginger ale 

Add a squeeze of lime and a wedge for garnish 

Peppermint Punch

Delightful to look at and even sweeter to taste! This easy party drink is decadence in a glass.

1 quart eggnog
1 liter seltzer water
½ gallon peppermint ice cream
¾ cup peppermint schnapps 
Candy canes

Combine nog, seltzer and schnapps into punch bowl – Add ice cream – Sprinkle in crushed candy canes for garnish

(Omit the schnapps for family-friendly fun)

Jingle Juice 

Punch up the sparkle in your Tom & Jerry set with these festive flavors.

1 bottle Vanilla Vodka
1 bottle Sparkling Rose’
1 (2 liter) bottle Cranberry Soda chilled
Cranberries and mint leaves for garnish

Combine all ingredients in punch bowl and serve over ice

Add a squeeze of lime and a wedge for garnish 

Thanks to Inspired By Charm for this recipe inspiration.

Sugar and Spice Pecans

The ultimate cocktail nosh. Makes a yummy take-home party favor, too.

3 cups whole pecans, shelled
¾ cup brown sugar
½ tsp fine sea salt 
1 Tbs Ceylon cinnamon
¼ cup water

Add ingredients to large skillet on medium-low. Stir continuously, coating pecans as sugar melts. Cook three to five minutes until lightly toasted. Cool on parchment-lined baking sheet. Store in air-tight container until ready to serve

Bourbon Balls  

The recipe for these no-bake beauties is a true 1954 classic. Just as crowd-pleasing today as they were then! 

3 cups vanilla wafers (about 1 pound), crushed
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup bourbon

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and shape into balls the size of a walnut. Roll in confectioners’ sugar. Makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen balls.


Boozy Olives

Because sometimes the best part of a martini is at the bottom of the glass.

8 oz green olives, drained
1 cup gin
Splash of vermouth

Combine all ingredients and chill until served

Merry Maker Tip: Keep everyone’s spirits bright by mixing up a few merry mocktails, too.

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