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Holidays are all about getting together with loved ones, spreading joy and drinking a little. To get you in the mood, we’ve rounded up a tasty selection of the best vacation-themed cocktail books available online. Whether you’re planning a holiday party or shopping for a budget gift idea, the books on our list have a variety of alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) recipes for the holiday season. For more holiday content, be sure to read our roundup of the best holiday board games, awesome Advent calendars, and ugly Christmas sweaters for movie and TV lovers.
“Holiday Cocktails: Over 100 Simple Cocktails to Celebrate the Season” by the editors of Cider Mill Press
With over 100 simple recipes, “Holiday Cocktails” offers more than enough variety for the holidays. From hot todies and sparkling cocktails to classic eggnog and a merry Christmas martini, “Holiday Cocktails” helps you channel your inner mixologist.
“Artisanal cuisine: holiday cocktails” by Nick Mautone
“The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails” is packed with dozens of easy-to-follow, eclectic drink recipes such as pomegranate punch or a classic martini. The book includes pumpkin cider and holiday eggnog recipes, as well as delicious sparkling cocktails like Blood Orange Fizz, Magnificent Mimosa, and other seasonal drinks.
With over 60 recipes, tips and tricks, “Let’s Get Blitzen” might be the one cocktail guide you’ll ever need for the holidays. It mixes a collection of classic drinks with modern Christmas-centric recipes to brighten up your spirits. Find step-by-step instructions for each cocktail (with enough variety for each guest on your list), secrets for making homemade syrups and shrubs, and practical tips to make this Christmas one to remember.
“Winter Drinks: 70 Cold Weather Essentials” By PUNCH Editors
Sugar and spices, and it’s all good! “Winter drinks: 70 essential cocktails for the cold” is perfectly designed for the winter months. Learn how to make punches, nogs, fortified coffees and essential classics, plus updated riffs on traditional grogs and decidedly modern drinks for the season. Hot Buttered Rum, Glascow’s Mule, Winter Paloma, Peppermint Eggnog, and a Flaming Revolver Cocktail are just a few of the delicious recipes included.
“Very Merry Christmas Cocktails: Festive Christmas Drink Recipes” by Samantha Schwartz
Want variety? “Très Merry Noël” offers more than 80 recipes, including Santa Clausmopolitans, Grinch Punch, White Christmas Sangria, Moscow Reindeers, Irish Christmas Coffee, Caramel Apple Hot Toddy, Butterscotch Martini, Boozy Butterbeer, Driven Snow Cocktail, Gingerbread Hot Chocolate and Jingle Juice. The book offers simple recipes with no more than five ingredients for most of the drinks listed. You will also find some options suitable for children.
“Gather together: drinks to celebrate the usual and unusual holidays” by Aaron Goldfarb
From vacations to birthdays and everything in between, “Gather: Drinks to Celebrate Usual and Unusual Holidays” has you covered all year round. With 45 drink recipes for the holidays and unexpected occasions, “Gather Around” offers refreshing twists on classics like Christmas nogs, mulled wines and New Year’s and New Year’s drinks, as well as cocktails for one. Superbowl fun, a romantic Valentine’s Day Cocktail Party for two and more.
“Confessions and Christmas Cocktails: A Humorous Holiday Memoir with Sassy Drink Recipes” by Vicki Lesage
Add a touch of humor to your cocktail book collection with “Christmas Confessionals & Cocktails”, a Christmas-themed memoir from a Midwestern resident moving to France. Complete with “sassy” drink recipes, “Christmas Confessionals & Cocktails” brings together 25 fun and heartwarming essays with festive drink recipes for you to savor.