The Five Best Holiday Party Cocktails of 2014

Give your Holiday party a bit of extra merriment with these specialty cocktail recipes from Olivia Restaurant. Whether you bring them from home or ask our expert bartenders to mix them for you, we guarantee that these festive drinks will fill your guests with the Christmas spirit!

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White Chocolate Peppermint Martini
Enjoy A White Chocolate Peppermint Martini At Your Next Holiday Party

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

  • 4 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liquor
  • 2.5 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • Chocolate Syrup

Fill cocktail shaker half-full with crushed ice. Pour in all of the liquor ingredients and shake until well mixed. Drizzle a small amount of chocolate syrup in a spiral design inside a chilled martini glass, then pour contents – including ice -into glass. Garnish with small peppermint candy cane and sugar rimmer, is desired.

Winter Rum Punch

Winter Rum Punch

  • 2 oz Light Rum
  • 1 oz Apple Cider
  • 1 oz Benedictine or Triple Sec
  • .5 oz Maple Syrup
  • .5 oz Lemon Juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker, or if serving multiple guests, multiply the ingredients servings and mix in a large punch bowl. Add ice when ready to serve, stir well and pour into high ball glasses. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired.

Olivia's Eggnog

Olivia’s Eggnog

  • 6 cups Milk
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 12 Pasteurized Egg Yolks
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • Praline Liquor (varied)

Cook milk, heavy cream, and nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until steaming. Reduce heat to low. Combine egg yolks and sugar in a large saucepan, whisk until smooth, then cook over low heat for approx. 25 minutes. Whisk milk mixture into egg mixture. Let mixture cool for 30 minutes, then cover and chill for no less than 3 hours. Add desired amount of praline liqueur (recommended 1 oz) into glass and sprinkle with freshly ground nutmeg.

Apple Ale Wassail

Apple-Ale Wassail

  • 2 Bottles Brown Ale
  • 2 cups Apple Cider
  • 1 cup Port
  • 1 cup Lemonade
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 diced apple
  • 2 whole Allspice
  • 6 whole Cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks

Stir ale, apple cider, port, lemonade, brown sugar, diced apple, whole allspice, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and cardamom together in a larges crock pot. Cover and cook on low for three hours. Ladle into mugs and garnish with additional cinnamon sticks, if desired.

Merry Berry Christmas Cocktail

Merry Berry Christmas Cocktail (non-alcoholic)

  • 5 Raspberries
  • 4 Blueberries
  • 2 Blackberries
  • 1.5 tablespoons Light Agave Nectar
  • 5 Mint Leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 2 oz water
  • 1 oz Ginger Ale

Muddle fruit, agave nectar, mint leaves, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add water and crushed ice, shake until chilled. Pour mixture into tall glass, top off with ginger ale. Garnish with fresh fruit, if desired.

Even More Great Ways To Make Regular Cocktails More Festive:

  • Add a holiday rimmer to your martinis. Find red and green sugar in the baking section at your local grocery store, then instruct the bartender to rim every martini or margarita glass with a mixture of the two colors.
  • Get your guests in the Christmas spirit by hanging a small candycane – either peppermint or fruit-flavored, depending on the cocktail – from the side of any cocktail.
  • Squeeze a couple drops of green food coloring into light draft beer to make a “Grinch’s Ale.” For an extra-special touch, garnish with a whole strawberry (for the Grinch’s heart, which grew three sizes, of course!)