3 Perfect Holiday Cocktails


Now that we are getting close to Christmas, and the family will soon be arriving- who needs a cocktail? Ha ha! Just kidding.

Here are our Top 3 Cocktails to enjoy this holiday season with your family and friends!

The Poinsettia

This is my family’s Christmas Morning drink of choice. Instead of traditional orange juice mimosas, we do a peppermint twist on cranberry and champagne! 

Here’s what you need:  Makes 1 pitcher

1 bottle of cold Champagne

1/2 of a 64oz bottle of cold Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail (so about 32oz, save the other half if you want to make another pitcher)

2 shots of Triple Sec Liquor

Candy Canes (You should buy the quanity of candy canes equal to the number of guests that you will have – most people use the same candy cane for refills. )

In order to keep the ingredients cold, I make one pitcher at a time.  You don’t want to add ice! 

Mix the champagne, cranberry juice, triple sec in a pitcher and stir. Pour into wine glasses and garnish each glass with a candy cane. (The candy cane will melt and give off just a little hint of peppermint). Enjoy!


Santa’s Special Sauce

This is a new cocktail for me this holiday season, and I am obsessed! Two weeks ago, I attended a fabulous holiday party, and this was Santa’s signature cocktail.  It’s strong and sooo yummy!

For 1 drink: Mix 3/4 oz of fresh lemon juice, 3/4 oz of maple syrup, and 2 oz of Bourbon in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Do the Santa Shake and pour into a scotch glass with ice. “Drink and repeat!”

*Picture & recipe from my friend, Rebecca. See her blog post here



Glögg is a Swedish wine cocktail, and this recipe is a special family tradition for one of our very own writers.  

“Muscatel is always hard to find — it’s a kind of cheap, sweet fortified wine. You can substitute with something along those lines. As with many of these kinds of things, the concoction can vary, and this is my dad’s recipe.”

Ingredients: Makes 20 servings

2 qts. dry red wine

2 qts. Muscatel

1 pt. Sweet Vermouth

2 tbs. Angustar bitters

2 cups of raisins

12 whole cardamons (crushed)

1 orange

10 whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

1 1/2 cups of Vodka

1 1/2 cups of sugar

2 cups of blanched almonds

Mix everything but Vodka, almonds, and sugar in a 8 qt. pot.  Let is stand for 12 hours. Right before serving, add Vodka and sugar and heat.  Serve, stir in almonds, and enjoy!

*Thank you to our writer, Inger, for sharing her family’s recipe. 


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Kelly migrated to San Francisco in 2009 after living in Chicago, Florida, and growing up in Texas. She is happy now to call the Bay Area her home. She is a licensed Physician Assistant and previously worked in OBGYN and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. With the support of her husband and college sweetheart, Rob, she took a break from medicine to do something more creative! In addition to running San Francisco Moms Blog, Kelly is mommy to Mr. Gavin and Mr. Byron. She is happy to be the princess of the house! When she is not working or chasing her boys, she loves cooking, college football, and spending time and traveling with her family.


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