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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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