Classic Holiday Drinks

Toast the season with these 15 traditional tipples, hot spiced wine and the creamy Tom and Jerry.

Ultimate Eggnog

Chef Mary Sue Milliken showed us how to craft this decadent eggnog, which incorporates whipped cream, egg whites, and spices into a pudding-like zabaglione base. It first appeared in our December 2013 issue along with Karen Shimizu’s article A Nog Like No Other. Get the recipe for Ultimate Eggnog »

Pawleys Rum Punch

A sprinkling of nutmeg across the top of this easily batched cocktail compliments the molasses-like flavor of two rums softened with pineapple, orange, and cranberry juices.

Edisto Eggnog

From Edisto Island in South Carolina hails an eggnog spiked with bourbon and rum. See the recipe for Edisto Eggnog »

Chilled Cider Punch

This chilled cider punch combines the fall flavors of a mulled cider with the celebratory feel of a sparkling punch. Get the recipe for Chilled Cider Punch »

Flaming Punch (Punschglühbowle)

The name of this flaming red wine punch translates from the German as “punch glow bowl”. Light-bodied red wine laced with brandy is an impressive sight when lit aflame before serving.

Regent’s Punch

This tea-infused champagne punch makes an elegant centerpiece for any festive occasion. Get the recipe for Regent’s Punch »

Spiced Wine

Red wine warmed with cloves, cinnamon, lemon, and sugar is a quintessential fall treat.

Tom and Jerry

Experiencing the Tom and Jerry is like sipping a hot toddy through a brandy-laced, nutmeg-dusted froth. Serve this thick, batter-like concoction at your next holiday gathering.

Bourbon Cider

The spiciness of cloves, cinnamon and ginger complement the sweetness of apple and the smokiness of bourbon, to make a drink that is perfect for fall. See the recipe for Bourbon Cider »

Calvados Hot Toddy

This variation on a toddy combines calvados, a French apple brandy, with hot cider for a drink that’s autumn in a glass. Get the recipe for Calvados Hot Toddy »

Mulled Apple Cider Concentrate

Cider concentrate is great drizzled over pancakes, added to homemade vinaigrettes or used as a ham glaze. For a quick, warming drink, spoon three tablespoons into a large mug and fill with just-boiled water.