How to Serve Traditional Holiday Beverages

Posted on December 8, 2011
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FSW Holiday Drinks

The holidays bring people together and they also bring a fantastic excuse to dress up your cocktail hour! Here’s our quick and handy guide for how to serve traditional holiday beverages at your next gathering.

Holiday Punch

If you’re short on booze and big on one-dish ideas, then a fruity holiday punch is the perfect signature cocktail for your party. Punch bowls have long been a staple at holiday parties, and why not? It’s a great place to gather, meet new people and it’s an incredibly space-saving way to offer beverages. How about dressing up your cocktail table with any of these punch bowl ideas this year?

And for more ideas, check out these holiday punch recipes we found.

Egg Nog

Egg nog is a go-to holiday beverage for many families. Drink it after dinner in the evening, or get creative and make egg nog martinis served in–what else–martini glasses! Adding a little pumpkin pie spice can gives it a little more zip, and a dash of brandy makes this treat even more adult-friendly.

Two great egg nog recipes to try!

Hot Holiday Drinks

There’s something about a glass coffee mug that makes every coffee or tea drink just a little fancier. And the classic hot holiday drinks practically beg to be on full display. Two of our favorite classics are the Irish coffee and the peppermint hot chocolate.

Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is perfect following a holiday meal, or simply as an enjoyable drink among friends on a chilly night. Traditionally made with good quality coffee, Irish whiskey and a touch of cream, these drinks are the prefect nightcap for any friendly gathering.

An easy Irish coffee recipe to follow

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

The beauty of hot chocolate is that it can be sweetened and garnished with peppermint for a beautiful and Christmas-y dessert, or it can be enjoyed with a nip of alcohol at the bar for the perfect nightcap.

Peppermint hot chocolate recipe with coconut milk


The more refined among us may simply want to sip a fine brandy to warm their bellies during the cold winter weather. Cater to all your guests by keeping a selection of brandy snifters on hand. These glasses are perfect for swirling fine alcohol and enjoying the full flavor of a good scotch.

Maggie Moulatsiotis Maggie Moulatsiotis (57 Posts)

Maggie is the Director of Marketing at, a pescetarian and a newly minted DIY and home cook extraordinaire. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and very cute puppy, Puka.

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