December Cocktail Calendar
December 1: Cranberry-Spice Cocktail
Start a month of drinking with this light, fizzy concoction. The tart cranberries are perfect with the hard cider and Aperol.
December 2: ABCDEF
It’s the first Friday of the month and you need—you DESERVE—something strong. This six-spirit cocktail will do just the trick.
December 3: Frenched Hot Chocolate
We like our hot chocolate rich, creamy and spiked. This version calls for both Calvados and yellow Chartreuse.
December 4: In Cold Blood
Whiskey, vermouth and Cynar make up this smooth, sophisticated drink. Don’t forget to chill the glass.
December 5: Desk Job
Mondays are bitter and so is this cocktail. Think: next-level rum and Coke.
December 6: Cork County Bubbles
Take the evening to start planning your holiday party cocktail menu. This Champagne and whiskey drink is festive and unexpected.
December 7: Pomme Pomme Squad
It’s a Sazerac variation based on apple pie. You’ll be coming back for seconds and thirds of this liquid dessert.
December 8: Rock ’n’ Rolla
We’re still feeling the seasonal stone fruit vibes and we want you to, too. This drink is little more than spiced, spiked apple juice, but it tastes a bit like a wonderfully complex cider.
December 9: The Doubting Duck
Hosting a dinner party? This sherry aperitif is super food-friendly, and your guests will love it.
December 10: Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies
Get cozy with this French spin on a hot toddy.
December 11: Hot Spiced Wine
Curl up near the fire and wave the Sunday scaries away with this red wine and kirsch cocktail. Aromatic spices make it special: cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper.
December 12: Maple Bourbon Smash
You’re probably at your company's holiday party. And you probably want bourbon. Impress your coworkers by whipping up this mapley riff on an Old-Fashioned.
December 13: Cava and Pomegranate Cocktails
Celebrate a long day of successful holiday shopping with this bubbly, fruity drink.
December 14: Sidecar
Your holiday party is just days away and you need to make sure you have the classics down. Practice your Sidecar and enjoy sipping it while you memorize the recipe.
December 15: Whiskey Chai
Cleaning the house and decorating for your party means you’ve earned a drink. There’s nothing more comforting than this warm, boozy chai.
December 16: Champagne Mojitos
So you’re cooking all day in preparation for your holiday party. Keep your spirits high and alert with this festive version of a mojito.
December 17: Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
Greet your guests at the door with this bubbly, sweet-tart cocktail. You can bring out the strong stuff as the night goes on.
December 18: Kimchi Bloody Mary
The morning after probably doesn’t look too pretty. This spicy drink is a restorative dose of hair of the dog.
December 19: Vanilla Old-Fashioned
Is it Christmas yet? Apparently not. Sip on this vanilla bean-powered version of a classic old-fashioned while you wait for Santa's arrival.
December 20: Mulled Red Wine with Muscovado Sugar
Decorate your tree, bake cookies and down this cozy cocktail (complete with fennel seeds and cinnamon) while you do.
December 21: Hard Cider Sangria
Swap in hard cider for wine, add apple brandy and you’ve got yourself a delicious holiday sangria.
December 22: Peppermint Paddy
The holiday spirit is approaching its yearly high. Thus, it's time to break out the peppermint.
December 23: Suburban Anxiety
Headed home for the holidays? This cocktail will sooth any family-time fears.
December 24: Citrus Cinnamon Punch
Jingle bell rock your way through Christmas Eve with this juicy punch spiked with Marnier or Cognac. Beware of the Christmas Day hangover!
December 25: Hot Mulled Cider
Presents have been opened and you’re ready to stay in your pajamas the rest of the day. Invite this warming cider to your couch with you.
December 26: Fennel & Fig Infused Vodka
Post-Christmas blues will be a distant memory once you try this herbacious vodka.
December 27: Platinum Sparkle
It’s Hannukah! This Champagne cocktail is bright and bubbly enough to pair beautifully with crispy fried latkes.
December 28: Golden Spritz
"Dreidl, dreidl, dreidl” probably makes you want to drink. Keep the bubbly flowing and try this Salers and vermouth cocktail topped with Prosecco.
December 29: Snowstorm Café
If you’re skiing, we wish we were you. This spiked coffee is the perfect thing to sip after a day on the slopes.
December 30: Gaelic Punch
Drink your last whiskey cocktail of the year and think back to all the crazy stuff that happened in 2016.
December 31: Champagne Cocktail
It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without Champagne. And we’ve gotta say, we’re not upset about leaving 2016 in the past.