5 Festive Drinks for Your Christmas Brunch
Recipe by Meg Spaeth
This spicy sweet drink will take your festivity up a notch. Don’t underestimate the pear-ginger ale pairing, with a side note of rich sweet wine. Absolutely delightful with a rich Christmas ham meal! Total Prep Time: 4 hrs 20 min Servings: 12
- 2 bottles dry red wine (suggested: Rioja)
- 1 cup Triple Sec
- ½ cup Brandy
- ½ cup orange juice or 2 oranges squeezed
- 4 purple plums
- 4 red plums
- 6 strawberries
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- 1 bottle of Ginger Ale (2 Liter)
- In a large container, stir together wine, triple sec, brandy, and orange juice.
- Add fruit and cinnamon sticks.
- Refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours or even all night.
- Serve in glasses with ice and top off with ginger ale.
Texas Santa Punch
Source: My Recipes
Total Prep Time: 5 hrs 45 min
Servings: 3 ¾ quarts
This drink is perfect for those that don’t like drinks that are overly sweet. The pomegranate and dry wine give it flavor without the sugar. A little squeeze of lime, some tequila, and a ring of frozen cranberries and you have the perfect mix to make this big flavored Texas-big drink!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 quart pomegranate juice
- 3 cups tequila (blanco/white)
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 1 bottle of dry sparkling wine, chilled (750 ml)
- Bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
- Cool syrup completely (takes about 45 mins).
- Stir together pomegranate juice, next 3 ingredients, and simple syrup. Chill for 4 hours.
- Pour mixture into a punch bowl and gently stir in sparkling wine just before serving.
Source: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Source: My Recipe
Prep Time: 5 min
Servings: 12 ½ cups
This twist on the classic eggnog is sure to be a winner with your guests. Spicy, sweet, and creamy is the name of the game and it will be one you remember for years to come.
- 1 cup bourbon
- ½ cup sorghum
- 2 quarts refrigerated eggnog
- 3 cups milk
- Crushed gingersnaps
- Whisk together bourbon and sorghum.
- Stir in eggnog and milk
- Chill until ready to serve
- Sprinkle individual servings with crushed gingersnaps
Slow Cooker Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate
Recipe by Erin Phraner
Total Prep Time: 2 hours
Everyone loves hot chocolate! And this recipe will make all our guest merrier. Can’t go wrong with the comfort drink go-to with a splash of something that makes you feel a little lighter this Christmas season. Try a family friendly version too.
- 8 cups whole milk
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 3 cups bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup creme de menthe or vodka
- 1 tbsp. Vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. Peppermint extract
- ¼ tsp. Salt
- Sweetened whipped cream
- Crushed candy canes
- Put the milk, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips. Creme de menthe or vodka, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and salt in a 7-quart slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on high 2 hours or until combined, whisking vigorously halfway through to help chocolate melt.
- Switch to warm for serving. Set out whipped cream and crushed candy canes for toppings.
Block Island Fog
Recipe by: Alan Richardson
Need a kick Christmas morning? This brunch coffee special will wake you up and give you a strong dose of chill despite the hectic morning that follows opening all the presents under the Christmas tree. Serves: 16
- 2 cups coffee liqueur
- ½ cup vodka
- 5 cups espresso or strong black coffee
- 3 pints high-quality ice cream
- Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until smooth
- Refrigerate until ready to serve
- Serve chilled