By Raechel Conover, Cheapism.com
November has blown in on a gust of dropping temperatures. The days of BBQ and beer are long gone, replaced by cold weather roasts and winter holiday drinks. We found some budget-friendly recipes for DIY cocktails that will keep your inner fires burning and your guests in a festive mood.Have fun making holiday cocktail drinks!
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Drinks to Warm You Up. After a long day battling the cold nothing warms the body quite like a hot drink spiced with a hint of relaxation.
- Hot Toddy: An oldie but goodie, this simple brew uses what you have on hand. Start with a cup of hot tea and add some lemon, honey, and a spot of brandy. No brandy in the cupboard? Just substitute bourbon or dark rum. This is the perfect remedy for a sore throat.
- Spiced Hot Chocolate: Liven up traditional hot chocolate with chocolate vodka and garnish with marshmallows. Sip and savor slowly by the fire.
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Holiday Drinks. Impress guests with these fancy party drinks. No one has to know they're easy to make and also quite cheap.
- Candy Cane: This Pinterest-inspired holiday drink combines equal parts white chocolate liqueur and peppermint schnapps. Be sure to rim each glass with crushed candy canes for an extra kick.
- Eggnog Martini: Single Minded Women has assembled a 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails list, recipes included. Our favorite is the simple eggnog martini, which calls for mixing eggnog with vanilla vodka and amaretto and garnishing with a dusting of nutmeg or cinnamon.
Not-Just-for-Warm-Weather Sangria. When most people think of sangria, thoughts turn to a light, refreshing drink on a warm summer afternoon. But you can also enjoy sangria in the cold of winter. The appeal of sangria is its low-cost flexibility -- whatever seasonal fruits you have on hand in addition to the mandatory white or red wine.A seasonal sangria might just do the trick.
- Fall Sangria: This holiday drink recipe involves mixing apples, oranges, a lemon, a cup or two of bourbon, half a cup of triple sec, one-quarter cup simple syrup, cinnamon sticks, and hot sauce to taste. Let everything marinate for a day, and then add a couple of bottles of white wine and a few cups of apple cider; adjust proportions to taste.
- Winter Sangria: For a simple winter sangria, combine cranberries, pomegranate seeds, a cut-up orange, and apple slices with red or white wine. Adding a cup of orange juice and a few cups of cranberry juice will deepen the flavor.
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Non-Alcoholic Drinks. Surely there are times when you or your guests will prefer non-alcoholic party drinks -- and let's not forget the kids.
- Grinch Punch: Children will love this Pinterest-inspired holiday drink idea. Mix Sprite with lime sherbet in a glass rimmed with green sprinkles. Enjoy on family movie night or while cuddled up with a good book.
- Homemade Hot Cocoa: This recipe from Pennies on a Platter involves mixing three cups nonfat dry milk powder, two cups powdered sugar, one-and-a-half cups unsweetened cocoa powder, one-and-a-half cups white chocolate chips, and one-quarter tablespoon salt; blend in a food processor until the chocolate chips are ground up. When you're ready to make a cup of hot cocoa, combine one-third cup of the mix with one cup of hot milk. There are two compelling reasons to try this cold weather brew - it's much better than processed store-bought hot chocolate mixes and it makes a lot. Store the dry mix for three months in an airtight container and it will last you all winter.
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