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They’re Here…The Family, That Is, For the Holidays

November 13, 2012 |

The holidays are stressful, period. And sometimes those moments where you’re about to rip your hair out and throw the turkey out the window lend themselves to great things like…movies about this very topic—Christmas Vacation, Bad Santa, and A Christmas Story, to name a few.

So what can you do to keep your cool this holiday season? Go for a run, do a little yoga, meditate…oh yeah, and drink. Here are some drink recipes to help you through turkey day and beyond:

Pumpkin Pie Martini (Courtesy of

  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces white creme de cacao
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 tablespoons of pumpkin puree (pie mix)
  • 1 dash of ground nutmeg (for garnish)
  • Powdered graham cracker (for the rim)

Rim two martini glasses with crushed graham cracker. Fill a shaker with ice and add the vodka, creme de cacao, cream and pumpkin puree. Shake well until it’s chilled. Strain into the martini glasses. Sprinkle the ground nutmeg on top for garnish.

Hot Apple Ginger Toddy (Is it wrong that my mouth is watering at the name of this alone?)

  • 1 cup of apple cider
  • 1 to 2 ounces of dark liquor
  • A drizzle of honey
  • A squeeze of lemon
  • Peeled fresh gingerroot, coarsely chopped
  • Mulling spices (e.g. cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, allspice, nutmeg)
  • Optional garnishes: cinnamon stick stirrer, lemon slice, apple slice, ginger slice

Add the ginger and mulling spices to the cider and simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat for at least 5 minutes (or a full 15 or more if you want full flavor). Drizzle some honey into a mug and add the liquor, hot cider, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Stir. Relax.

Apricot-Cayenne Fizz (Not only good for your mood, but good for your sinuses too!)

  • 3 ounces apricot nectar
  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 1 ounce apricot brandy
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 large pinch cayenne pepper
  • Seltzer

Shake apricot nectar, brandy, apricot brandy, fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a tall ice-filled glass. Top off with a splash of seltzer. Stir gently.

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