5 Christmas Cocktails To Get You Drunk Enough To Deal With Your Family

Christmas – the time for food, gifts, and familial resentment. After the joy of unwrapping gifts, deal with the stress by downing a few heavy duty cocktails. Feel free to serve some to your family, too, but we’d definitely recommend just getting wasted by yourself; it will make your family way more entertaining. Enjoy our carefully selected list of delicious alcoholic beverages, all equipped with the magical ability to make family gatherings completely bearable.

1. Classic Mulled Wine
Pretty much my go to for Christmas alcohol, despite the fact that I’m actually not a big wine fan. Here’s my recipe – super easy, comforting, and tasty.

Ingredients: 1 bottle of red wine, 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 star anise, 3 cloves, 2 oranges (sliced), 2 lemons (sliced), 1/2 a cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of apple cider, 1/4 cup of honey

Method: Place all of the ingredients into a saucepan and simmer gently for about 15 minutes. Serve hot.
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2. The Snowball 
Super creamy and much better than egg nog.

Ingredients: 1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream, 1 ounce creme de cacao, 1/2 ounce butterscotch ripple schnapps, 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka.

Method: Fill a shaker with ice, then pour in all of the ingredients. Shake vigorously, pour into a glass, and top with cocoa powder.
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3. Sparkling Pomegranate Punch 
Fresh, sweet, and bubbly, and a great way to use up any wine you get as a Christmas gift.

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of sugar, 1 cup of pomegranate juice, 1500l of sparkling wine, 3/4 cup of white wine, 2 oranges (thinly sliced), 1 cup of diced pineapple, 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds, ice cubes.

Method: In a punch bowl, dissolve the sugar in the pomegranate juice, stirring vigorously. Add the sparkling wine and late-harvest white wine, then add the orange slices, diced pineapple and pomegranate seeds. Serve the sparkling pomegranate punch over ice cubes.
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4. Peppermint Hot Chocolate
It looks like you’re just enjoying a simple festive drink, but, secretly, you’re getting deliciously drunk.

Ingredients: 1 quart skim milk, 6 ounces of semisweet chocolate (chopped), 6 ounces of peppermint schnapps (more, depending on how much your family is annoying you), whipped cream, 6 peppermint candy canes.

Method: Heat 1 cup of the milk in a large saucepan and slowly add the chocolate until melted. Add the remaining milk and whisk rapidly, do not allow to boil. Remove from heat and add peppermint schnapps. Serve topped with whipped cream and a candy cane.
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5. Orange and Cranberry Gin and Tonic
Oranges and cranberries transform a classic into a festive favorite. Knock a few of these back with your grumpiest relative.

Ingredients: 1 orange rind strip, 1 tablespoon cranberries, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 cup of ice cubes, 3 tablespoons of gin, 1/4 cup of tonic water.

Method: Muddle orange rind strip, fresh cranberries, and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes, gin, and fresh orange juice. Cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled (about 30 seconds). Pour into a glass; top with tonic water. Serve and enjoy.
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Plus, if you’re up for doing shots, try a Santa Shot!
The most festive shot you’ll ever take.

Ingredients: 3/4 ounce of grenadine, 3/4 ounce of green creme de menthe, 3/4 ounce peppermint schnapps.

Method: Pour the grenadine into a shot glass. Float the creme de menthe on top, then the peppermint schnapps.
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