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7 Red and Green Cocktails to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

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For this year’s Christmas party, you could try to subtly invoke the spirit of the season in your drinks with wintery ingredients or punny cocktail names. But the tried and true way to put people in the yuletide mood is by handing them something red or green—like one of these delicious holiday-hued cocktails. Get everyone in the spirit by serving one of these festive drinks at your next holiday bash.

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The holiday season is all about decadent hot cocktails—and saving calorie counting for New Year’s resolutions. For the ultimate guilty pleasure, indulge in this red velvet cake-inspired hot chocolate, spiked with jammy red wine and garnished with tangy cream cheese whipped cream and actual cake crumbs.

The Essentials

milk
Red Wine
chocolate
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This underrated classic cocktail is perfect for sipping year-round, but it’s especially delectable in the cooler seasons. Gin, maraschino liqueur and lime juice combine with herbaceous Green Chartreuse, yielding a complex flavor that demands slow sipping by the fire.

The Essentials

Gin
Green Chartreuse
Maraschino liqueur
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Vibrant, juicy and bubbly, this holiday twist on an Aperol Spritz from Cody Goldstein of Muddling Memories calls for the same cranberry sauce that you’d serve at Christmas dinner. Bittersweet Aperol and sweet-tart cranberry sauce get shaken with reposado tequila and blood orange juice, then topped with Champagne for some added sparkle.

The Essentials

Reposado Tequila
Blood orange juice
cranberry sauce
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You may think of avocados as a summer staple, but the green fruit is exceptionally delicious in creamy, winter-spiced cocktails, too. This avo-cocktail from Morgan Schick of San Francisco’s Trick Dog mixes silky avocado milk with spicy dark rum, cinnamon syrup and bitter Suze aperitif. A topping of whipped cream gives it that extra special holiday touch.

The Essentials

Don Q Anejo Rum
Avocado Milk
Cinnamon Syrup
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Take advantage of seasonal root vegetables by mixing up this earthy Bloody Mary for Christmas brunch. Beet juice and nutty amontillado sherry blend with the traditional mix of tomato juice, Worcestershire and Tabasco, along with an umami punch from Maggi seasoning. It’s sure to stave off the fiercest of Christmas morning hangovers.  

The Essentials

Tomato Juice
beet juice
Amontillado Sherry
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When you’ve reached your pumpkin spice and gingerbread latte limit, reach for this matcha latte—which is even better than the one at your local cafe, thanks to healthy pours of two different kinds of white rum. If you’re able to master the traditional Japanese whisking technique, you’ll yield a perfect neon green matcha with balanced grassy and honeyed flavors.

The Essentials

matcha powder
milk
Rum
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It’s right there in the name—this riff on the Cosmopolitan was simply meant for Christmastime. Created by Nico de Soto for the annual Miracle pop-up bar in NYC, the Christmapolitan mixes vodka, St-Germain and fresh lime with fig bitters and homemade spiced cranberry sauce. It’s tart and refreshing while still being cozy and comforting, like a glass of Christmas cheer.

The Essentials

Vodka
St-Germain
Spiced cranberry sauce

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