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Holiday Beverage Recipes

Updated on November 25, 2019
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Suzanne is a former regional magazine publisher, as well as a cooking and gardening writer. She lives in North Carolina.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Isn't it amazing how quickly time passes! Each year the holiday season sneaks up on me and I am faced with the decision as to whether or not to host a party or open house for my neighbors and if I do, what shall I serve.

Everyone enjoys a cocktail or fancy drink to be handed to them when they arrive at a party.

Set up a festive display of crudité, cocktail meatballs, cheeses and assorted crackers and you've got yourself a party!

Give a Flip

Nothing perks up a holiday party like a Champagne Flip or a cup of creamy eggnog.

These recipes are from my personal collection of favorite holiday recipes.


Champagne Flip


  • 1 bottle Sauterne wine, chilled
  • 2 bottles Champagne, chilled
  • 1 quart lemon or orange sherbet


  1. Pour wine and Champagne over ice ring in punch bowl.
  2. Add sherbet.
  3. Decorate with slices of lemon, lime, and oranges

Favorite Holiday Punch

  • 1 3-ounce package orange-flavored Jell-O
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 6-ounce can frozen pineapple-orange juice concentrate
  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 3 1/2 cups ginger ale, chilled


  1. Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water.
  2. Stir in fruit juice concentrate, apple juice and cold water.
  3. Pour over an ice ring in punch bowl.
  4. Fill with chilled ginger ale.
  5. Serves 25.

Hot Buttered Cranberry Punch


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 1-pound cans jellied cranberry sauce
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • Butter


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  1. In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, water and spice.
  2. Bring to a boil, remove from heat.
  3. Add cranberry sauce and beat until smooth.
  4. Stir in 3 cups cold water.
  5. Add pineapple juice; return to heat and simmer, uncovered about 5 minutes.
  6. Ladle punch into mugs, top with butter and serve with a cinnamon stick garnish.
  7. Serves 12.

Mulled Apple Cider


  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 1 3-inch cinnamon stick
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • Butter


  1. In a large saucepan, combine ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Strain.
  3. Place in crockpot to keep hot.
  4. Serves 8.


Old-Fashioned Egg Nog


  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 15-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped
  • Nutmeg, as garnish


  1. In a large saucepan, combine well-beaten eggs, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and salt and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and gently beat in milk.
  3. Chill several hours.
  4. Stir in 3 cups cold water.
  5. Pour into punch bowl and fold in whipped cream.
  6. Garnish with nutmeg.
  7. Serves 12.

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© 2012 Suzanne Sheffield


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    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      they sound absolutely yum! at this moment I have half a bottle of wine with nothing to add to it, so I need to start experimenting! lol!

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      6 years ago

      The accident of finding this post has brenithged my day

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      Suzanne Sheffield 

      8 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Bottoms up!

    • Monis Mas profile image


      8 years ago

      The Hot Buttered Cranberry Punch sounds amazing, and the photo of your Eggnog makes me want to have one right now!

    • Lilleyth profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      8 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Thanks Carol7777! Cheers!

    • Lilleyth profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      8 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Thank you Nell! Happy holidays!

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      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Lots of lovely drinks here with great photos. Voting UP++

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      I am on my way over! lol! these are great! the hot buttered cranberry made my mouth water, lol! seriously great drinks!

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      8 years ago

      thank you for these recipes. they look wonderful. I love eggnog. voting up!

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, what a great variety of beverage recipes here for the holidays! Excellent hub here and great imagery. Thanks for sharing the fantastic recipes. Yum, "Hot Buttered Cranberry Punch!"

      Voted up ++++ sharing

      God Bless and Merry Christmas. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • FreezeFrame34 profile image


      8 years ago from Charleston SC

      I could cheers to any one of these delicious recipes; thanks for sharing them!

      I might just have to start a few of these traditional drinks with my family!

      The egg nog makes me think of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation- one of the best Christmas movies ever!

      I might just have to make them all!

    • Lilleyth profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      8 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Thank you KerryAnita and moonlake, I appreciate the comments! Skal!

    • moonlake profile image


      8 years ago from America

      They all sound so good. I have to keep track of your recipes. I might just make one. Voted up.

    • KerryAnita profile image


      8 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

      These look delish!

    • Lilleyth profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      8 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Thank you very much Peggy! Bottoms up!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas are putting me in the holiday spirit with all of these good sounding drink recipes. Voted up, useful and will share.

    • Lilleyth profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      8 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Jamie, thank you VERY MUCH for the thumbs up! I appreciate it. Cheers!

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      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      These sound yummy and great for the holidays.. I couldn't do the champagne one because I don't drink but the rest sound great. Thank you for sharing :) Very useful and voted up!


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