Warm up winter with a special mocha, hot cider, mulled wine, glass of bubbly, or fizzy mocktail
Sip hot chocolate through layers of hot espresso and thick, cold cream in this deconstructed mocha.
Recipe: Layered Mocha
Warm coriander and pungent cardamom―instead of the usual cinnamon―give this traditional spiced wine an earthy floral twist.
–Inspired by Megan Nordtvedt, Seattle
Recipe: Orange-Scented Mulled Wine
Perfect for revelers of all ages, this lightly sweet herbal tea goes well with cookies and other desserts.
– Inspired by Dianne Yoss, Tustin, CA
Recipe: Cranberry and Spice Tea "Toddies"
Try this rich Puerto Rican–style treat with or without the rum.
– Inspired by Mike Siwek, Phoenix
Recipe: Coconut Eggnog
You can throw these sparklers―dressed-up kir royales―together as guests walk in the door.
– Inspired by Cassandra LaValle, Seattle
Recipe: Pomegranate Fizzies
This dessert-themed beverage, a cousin of rum punch, lives up to its evocative name.
– Inspired by Elizabeth Hummert, Boise
Recipe: Warm Apple Pie Cocktail
On a chilly day, our grown-up version--rich with bittersweet chocolate and punched up with French brandy--will warm you to
Recipe: Brandied Hot Chocolate
Our favorite new holiday beverage is a delicious hot cider made with honey and steeped with dried hibiscus blossoms.
Recipe: Thanksgiving Star Cider
A tart, refreshing, nonalcoholic drink that's appealing to mojito fans.
Recipe: Pear Tree
This sweet (but not too sweet) drink should be made one at a time in a cocktail shaker. Energetic shaking and a proper drink-to-ice
ratio―possible only in a shaker―are key: The ice dilutes and softens the cocktail, encouraging the otherwise sharp flavors
to meld together.
Recipe: Pear Sidecar
Much of a negroni's flavor comes from Campari, a bitter Italian aperitif.
This take on a classic whiskey sour uses marmalade in lieu of simple syrup to sweeten the mix. The extra citrus flavor and
chewy bits of orange peel will convert any neophyte to the magic of this versatile drink.
Recipe: Marmalade Sours
Steep warm spices in cider, then spike the drink with a generous dose of dark rum.
Recipe: Spiced Rum Cider
Replace red wine with apple juice and omit liqueur to make a non-alcoholic punch.
Recipe: Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch
Cranberry juice gets infused with a kick of ginger and spiked with lime juice for a warming winter drink that the whole family
Recipe: Hot Cranberry-Ginger Punch
It's everything we love about dessert, only more portable and fun to hold in your hands.
Recipe: Hot White Chocolate
Once a widely popular and sophisticated drink, the Champagne Cocktail fell out of favor for decades, deemed sweet and silly.
We find it to be neither. The sugar and bitters balance the natural acidity of sparkling wine, and the cocktail pairs very
well with both creamy cheese and earthy mushrooms.
Recipe: Champagne Cocktails
Our infusions range from traditional caraway to updated saffron-orange.
Recipe: Infused Vodkas
A good sparkler made completely from Chardonnay ― aka Blanc de Blancs ― has all those sweet apple and creamy citrus flavors
and lively bubbles that set crab off so well. Our current favorite is Schramsberg 2005 Blanc de Blancs (it won our Special
Occasion White Wine of the Year Award in November's Sunset Wine Awards).
And our current favorite crab dish? How can there be just one?
Lemon-lime or club soda can be used in place of cognac and Champagne for a nonalcoholic version.
Recipe: Crimson Spice Champagne Cocktail
A lively, aromatic, fizzy fluteful that makes a good non-alcoholic stand-in for a kir royale.
Recipe: Sparkling Spice Mocktail
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