Top Holiday Cocktails

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Peppermint martini

At some point it seems the holidays have gotten away from the adults. Now that I am an adult with children, holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah have become synonymous with what presents we can get for the kids. Most parents forego giving presents to each other in order to provide more fun and frivolity for the youngsters, and because by the time we're adults we have most of what we need and want anyway. Except for one thing. The holiday season also means a lot of running around, spreading yourself too thin, and planning, planning, planning. If there's on thing we adults need during the holidays, it's a drink.

The end of the calendar year is a toasty time when it's more festive to, well, toast. Champagne always seems more bubbly when it's imbibed in December, don't you think? The cold weather also makes for some inventive drinks with fun colors and playful names like the "Scroogedriver," which is actually just a regular screwdriver or the peppermint martini. Regular drinks like hot chocolate, apple cider and coffee get a new alcoholic twist. of course, you could also be like a late relative of mine who actually had straight whiskey in her mug and just told all of us it was coffee. That works too! Naturally, eggnog makes its annual appearance although I eschew anything with the word "nog" in it for the ultimate cockles-of-the-heart warmer, a neat, single-malt scotch.

Even if you don't or can't drink this year, there are still a lot of ways to make a drink more festive if not alcoholic. Whipped cream is not out of place this time of year, and it makes for a wonderful treat atop pretty much anything (significant others included!). A simple mix of cranberry juice, seltzer and a dash of lime is not only color-appropriate but refreshing and less caloric.

One mystery I have yet to solve: One year at a company holiday party I enjoyed a poinsettia martini. It was beautiful, festive and delicious, but I haven't been able to turn it up since. Anyone have the recipe??? Check out recipes for holiday cocktails and more at that's the spirit.com.

Holiday Cocktails(click thumbnails to view gallery)

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