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HolidaycocktailsThese winter cocktails are easy to make either in single servings or in batches for guests. Served either before or after the meal, these drinks have smooth flavors that will go well with most food. The fall and winter flavors are sure to get your guests in the mood for winter festivities. Try one or all three and enjoy a simple, delicious cocktail with your loved ones through the holiday season. 

The Sidecar

The Sidecar is the best cocktail you’ve never had. This recipe makes one serving, drinks are best made in individually. Take 3/4 ounce Cointreau, 3/4 ounce lemon juice and 1 1/2 ounces cognac and shake well with crushed ice. Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with lemon and dip in sugar. Strain in liquid and enjoy.

Mulled Wine

This traditional wintertime drink is a perfect drink for entertaining. It’s easy to make in batches and has a mellow taste perfect for before or after meals. Portions for this recipe serve 6. In a saucepan, combine 1 bottle red wine or sangria, 2 ounces raw sugar, 1 halved orange, 1 cinnamon stick and grated nutmeg. Heat on low until sugar dissolves, adding more if desired. Strain into punch bowl and serve immediately.

Hot Toddy

An ideal drink for any cold winter night, the hot toddy also works well following a heavy Thanksgiving meal. This recipe makes 1 serving, but can be altered to make in a large pot for guests. Combine 1 Earl Grey tea bag, 1 ½ ounces Scotch or bourbon, and 1 tablespoon honey in a mug and fill with boiling water. Add ½ cinnamon stick and 1 slice lemon. Let steep for 3 minutes. Remove tea bag and enjoy.

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