The 12 Cocktails Of Christmas: Drink Outside The Boxed Wine

No one likes talking to old Aunt Patty sober. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of 12 drinks to save you from any holiday humbugs. Opening presents with a drink in your hand could be messy, but it will make your reaction to another pair of pajamas pretty animated.

1. On the 12th day of Christmas, you’re not 100% in the spirit. Finals are still looming and all you need is coffee. How about a chai toddy instead? Whether you make chai at home (with milk) or go to the nearest café for one.

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Add 1 ounce cognac or brandy, 1 ounce butterscotch liqueur or schnapps, then sprinkle some graham cracker crumbs in there. Now that’ll start your spirit right up and keep you warm. 

2. On the 11th day of Christmas you want to hang out with peeps before dispersing for the holidays. Cue the gingerbread martinis! This recipe is enough for 4 martinis so make sure to have 3 friends in close proximity or you’ll really be feeling festive.


Combine 4 ounces Bailey’s, 4 ounces vodka, 2 ounces Kahlua, 2 ounces gingerbread syrup, and 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream into a shaker. Now shake, shake, shake it up and pour, pour, pour into chilled glasses. Top with a dollop of whipped cream & a gingerbread cookie for some cute Instagram pictures. 

3. On the 10th day of Christmas bust out the butterscotch liqueur you loved so much in that chai toddy for a maple buttered kiss. This is an easy one so it’s perfect as a pregame for the last party before semester’s’ end!
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Pour an ounce and a half of vodka, half ounce of the butterscotch liqueur, quarter ounce of real maple syrup, and one ounce half-and-half into a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass and top with nutmeg. XOXO.

4. On the 9th day of Christmas, you’ve realized you’re in single digit countdown now. There’s no way to put off the gift shopping any longer. It’s time for a layered Christmas shooter then some online shopping.

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Pour half an ounce of sour apple schnapps into one of the tall shot glasses, gently pour a half teaspoon of grenadine; it will sink to the bottom under the green schnapps. Now shake up a bottle of cinnamon schnapps that has the gold flakes and turn it upside down so the gold flakes go to the top. Take a spoon to hold upside down over the shot glass and pour ¾ ounce of cinnamon schnapps on top for the third layer. All the glittery gold will fall beautifully into the red and green.

5. On the 8th day of Christmas you’re studying for the last couple of finals. Treat yourself to another warm beverage.
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Take some cocoa and heat it up with milk, or with Irish cream if you’re feeling spunky, and add a touch of cinnamon, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Add a splash of agave nectar or honey, and one ounce of Silver tequila. There you have it, mexicocoa. 

6. On the 7th day of Christmas you only have one week of holiday parties left. Grab a pitcher, some rum, ginger beers, and limes for a quick cocktail to share.

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Add 2 cups dark rum, 3 cups ginger beer, squeeze the juice out of 4 limes, and add a splash of vanilla extract. Pour over ice and toss a squeezed lime wedge in each glass. Sip on your vanilla dark and stormy, socialize, and be merry.

7. On the 6th day of Christmas, you’re decorating with the parents and wrapping gifts. What better way to embrace the coziness of home than with a s’mores delight?

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Drop a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter, a tablespoon of chocolate syrup, and stir in half an ounce of Kahlua. Now stir in half an ounce of vodka, half an ounce of dark rum, and one ounce almond milk. Fill it all in shaker with ice and dance around. Drizzle chocolate syrup inside of a glass, strain drink into glass, add some mini marshmallows, and cheers to good health.

8. On the 5th day of Christmas, you’re enjoying a welcome break from the crazy of school. You finish all last-minute errands and are ready to relax. Make yourself a hot buttered rum with just 5 ingredients!

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Warm an empty mug, add a teaspoon of brown sugar and 4 ounces of hot milk. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and add two ounces of dark rum. Top with a tablespoon of butter and sprinkle some nutmeg. Now get to the relaxing before the relatives start to arrive.

9. On the 4th day of Christmas everyone is in town for the festivities. After being asked about relationships, finals, your job, and if you’re eating enough, you need a candy cane cocktail.

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Pour a shot of vanilla rum, white chocolate liqueur, and peppermint schnapps into a shaker with ice. Shake, pour, add a candy cane, and hopefully sharing the same story to each relative will get easier.

10. On the 3rd day of Christmas, you’re in charge of making drinks for the house guests. Things could go either way with this one. 

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Put 2 cups frozen cranberries, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1 teaspoon orange zest, and ¼ cup of sugar to a pan and melt it all together into a syrup consistency. Blend that and strain out any solids; allow 5 minutes to cool. Pour 2 tablespoons of this mix into chilled champagne flutes, add a couple still frozen cranberries to each glass, and top with champagne. Now everyone can enjoy a Cranberry Kir Royale and you can say you mastered how to measure ingredients last semester.

11. On the 2nd day of Christmas, you can’t get too tipsy. You know you’ll be woken up early for gifts. Make this super simple Christmas in a glass recipe that exudes sophistication.
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Take a bottle of Prosecco and a bottle of gingerbread, or cranberry, flavored syrup. Fill a glass with Prosecco, top with syrup. It’ll get you nice and sleepy so when it’s time for bed, you won’t make Santa wait long until you fall asleep!

12. On the last day of Christmas…it’s finally Christmas! Add a shot of Bailey’s to your eggnog and get to opening gifts! Have a safe and happy holiday season!


Just promise me you’re not going to drunk text your ex.

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Feature Image via Stephen James Collins.


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