Spread Holiday Cheer with 8 Deliciously Festive Cocktails

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired December 15, 2015

Who doesn’t like to raise a glass filled with a delicious cocktail during the hectic holiday madness? Read on the eight suggestions, including the perfect “morning after” cocktail!

No. 1: Clinton Kelly’s Saint Nickarita

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Clinton Kelly’s festive holiday cocktail features tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, cranberry juice and club soda. Garnish with lime and cranberry for an extra cheerful presentation!

No. 2: Sammy Hagar’s Maui Rocker

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If you want your holiday beverage to transport you to a beach, check out Sammy Hagar’s Maui Rocker. Sammy mixes pineapple juice, orange juice, orange liqueur and white rum. He then pours the cocktail into glasses and adds a dash of grenadine and a wedge of pineapple for garnish. Bottoms up!

No. 3: John’s Cran-Apple Cosmo

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This might be the perfect holiday cocktail. Cinnamon-infused simple syrup is blended with vodka and cranberry juice, and topped with a splash of hard cider and an apple slice garnish. Festive!

No. 4: Anne Burrell’s Chef Anne Sparkler

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This refreshing citrus-infused cocktail is reminiscent of an Aperol spritz, and is the perfect cocktail to hand your guests as they walk in the door.

No. 5: Josh Capon's Chile-Rubbed Mango Margarita

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To warm things up on a cool December evening, try Josh Capon’s heat-infused cocktail. This chili-rubbed mango margarita is both sweet and spicy, and would pair perfectly with some grilled carne asada or fajitas.

No. 6: Charles Joly’s 'The Fireside'

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This cocktail is perfect for sipping by the fire if you will be spending Thanksgiving in a chilly location. The elegant drink is garnished with a bay leaf and a sprig of rosemary that are passed through the flame of a crème brulee torch for a smoky flavor.

No. 7: John Oates' Pomegranate Cocktail

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This festive pomegranate cocktail, which is so pretty to look at, will definitely get you in a celebratory mood! It’s super simple, with just three ingredients – vodka, lime juice and pomegranate juice! Yum!

No. 8: Fresh Tomato and Calabrian Chili Bloody Mary

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And if you need a morning-after cocktail, for instance on New Year’s Day, what could be better than this hearty and spicy Bloody Mary, which features homemade horseradish and Italian Calabrian chili pasta, yum!

What’s your favorite holiday cocktail? Share below, and watch Clinton make his holiday cocktail below!

Clinton Kelly’s Saint Nickarita

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