The Cocktails You Need To Survive The Weekend Before Christmas

If you’re like me, and have yet to buy a single Christmas gift, then you’re probably going to need a solid cocktail at some point this weekend, as you begin your last-minute shopping. It’s not easy fighting the masses at Target or having to pass on buying yourself those thigh-high boots because you’ve already blown your gifting budget. So, you should definitely treat yourself once it’s all said and done. If you need some boozy inspiration, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list featuring a few of my favorite holiday cocktails. Cheers!

Snowflake Chiller (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka
2 parts heavy cream
3 tablespoons melted white chocolate
½ teaspoon almond extract
¼ teaspoon coconut extract
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Shredded coconut or granulated sugar crystals

DIRECTIONS

Rim edges of glasses by dipping in melted white chocolate and then in either coconut flakes or sugar crystals. Combine vodka, heavy cream and extracts. Shake and strain into the glass.

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5 Christmas In July Cocktails You Need For Instant Holiday Cheer

I always thought the idea of “Christmas In July” was merely a marketing tool to get people to bust out their wallets months ahead of the Christmas holiday. But after talking to a friend about a “Christmas In July” house party crawl they’re taking part in this month (so awesome!), I realized that the idea of “Christmas In July” extends far beyond premature holiday shopping. In fact, it’s down right boozy. 

I absolutely love, love, love holiday cocktails. They’re just so rich, decadent, and cheery! So, the idea of taking a break from your standard summer cocktails for a dessert-y, holiday-inspired drank is super enticing to me. And to help you celebrate “Christmas In July,” I’ve added the recipe to my Minty Hot Chocolate Shooters, and a handful of other holiday-heavy cocktails. Cheers!

Minty Hot Chocolate Shooters (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
1 Cup Cooled Hot Chocolate
Whipped Cream
Crushed Peppermint

DIRECTIONS

Prepare hot chocolate. Allow time to cool. Pour cooled, hot chocolate in a shaker with ice. Pour Smirnoff Peppermint Twist into shaker. Shake and strain into shot glasses. Top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint. (Should fill approximately six shot glasses)

Holiday Horchata

INGREDIENTS

1 part Hornitos Plata Tequila
½ part coconut water
½ part almond milk

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients to a shaker over ice to chill. Shake, strain and pour into a shot glass rimmed with cinnamon and sugar.

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