College Kitchen: Holiday drinks for a merry and bright December

Get in the holiday spirit with some simple drinks.

Nina Raemont, Arts and Entertainment Reporter

It’s the holiday season, and you can’t say “Eat, drink and be merry!” without the “drink.”

A&E put together some festive drinks that are stellar to sip on throughout the most wonderful time of the year. Plus, all of these recipes are easy to make and convenient for non-alcoholic substitutes.

A more refined take on a Vodka Cranberry:

If you have a bag of leftover cranberries laying around from Thanksgiving, put them to good use by turning them into a simple syrup that’s infused with rosemary or cinnamon for a warm holiday touch.

Cranberry simple syrup recipe

1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
2 cups whole cranberries
Optional but recommended additions: a few sprigs of rosemary, a few star anises, a cinnamon stick or a few dashes of ground cinnamon

In a medium saucepan, add sugar, water and whole cranberries, stirring occasionally on medium high.

Once all the cranberries have popped and the liquid has turned a rose tint, remove from heat and chill.

Strain the mixture to remove the cranberries and store the syrup in your fridge for two to three weeks.

Vodka Cranberry ingredients

2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Cranberry simple syrup
Soda water to fill

In a glass, add your vodka and cranberry simple syrup. Stir with ice or shake with a cocktail shaker until cold. Top with soda or tonic water and garnish with a few sugared cranberries by putting three to four cranberries on a toothpick, lightly coating with simple syrup and rolling in sugar.


Apple Cider Mimosas:

If you’re anything like me, you bought a gallon of apple cider in October to celebrate the fall season. But, after it sat in your fridge for a month, you’re questioning whether you needed a whole gallon after all. To use up some of that cider, turn it into a sparkling drink!

½ sparkling wine of choice
½ apple cider

It’s as simple as putting some champagne or Prosecco in a glass and adding apple cider.


Optional but enjoyable additions:

Cover the rim of your glass with lemon juice. Then, mix some white sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, and coat the rim of your glass with it. Then, add your sparkling alcoholic beverage of choice and mix with apple cider.

Mezcal mule:

This drink utilizes Mezcal, a smoky liquor that tastes like a warm fireside. Paired with ingredients typically found in a Moscow Mule, you’ll end up drinking this throughout the whole season.

2 oz. Mezcal
1 oz. Triple Sec Orange Liqueur
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. lime juice (or any citrus juice you have on hand)
Ginger beer to top

In a glass, add Mezcal, Triple Sec, simple syrup and lime juice.

Stir with ice or shake with a cocktail shaker.

Finish with a pour of ginger beer and garnish with a slice of lime.