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‘Tis the Season: 7 Cocktail Books to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Toast to the most wonderful time of the year!

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The holidays are all about gathering with loved ones, spreading joy, and getting a little boozy. To get you in the spirit, we gathered up a tasty selection of the best holiday-themed cocktail books that are available online. Whether you’re planning a holiday party or shopping for a budget-friendly gift idea, the books on our list offer up a variety of alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) recipes for the holiday season. For more holiday content, be sure to read our roundup of the best holiday board games, awesome Advent calendars, and ugly Christmas sweaters for movie and TV lovers.

“Holiday Cocktails: Over 100 Simple Cocktails to Celebrate the Season” by Editors of Cider Mill Press

With over 100 simple recipes, “Holiday Cocktails” serves up more than enough variety for the holidays. From hot toddies and sparkling cocktails to the classic eggnog and the joyful Christmas martini, “Holiday Cocktails” helps you channel your inner mixologist.

“The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails” by Nick Mautone

“The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails” is packed with dozens of easy-to-follow and eclectic drink recipes such as Pomegranate Punch or a classic martini. The book includes recipes for Pumpkin Cider and Holiday Eggnog, as well as delicious bubbly cocktails like Blood Orange Fizz, Magnificent Mimosa, and other seasonal drinks.

“Let’s Get Blitzen: 60+ Christmas Cocktails to Make Your Spirits Bright” by Sother Teague

Featuring more than 60 recipes, tips, and tricks, “Let’s Get Blitzen” might be the only cocktail guide you’ll need for the holidays. It mixes a collection of classic drinks with modern, Christmas-centered recipes to brighten your spirts. Find step-by-step instructions for every cocktail (with enough variety for every guest on your list), secrets to making homemade syrups and shrubs, and practical advice to make this Christmas one to remember.

“Winter Drinks: 70 Essential Cold-Weather Cocktails” by Editors of PUNCH

Sugar and spice, and everything nice! “Winter Drinks: 70 Essential Cold-Weather Cocktails” is perfectly designed for the winter months. Learn to make punches, nogs, spiked coffees, and essential classics, along with updated riffs on traditional toddies and thoroughly modern drinks for the season. Hot Buttered Rum, Glascow Mule, Winter Paloma, Peppermint Bark Eggnog, and a flaming Revolver cocktail are just some of the tasty recipes included.

“Very Merry Christmas Cocktails: Festive Christmas Drink Recipes” by Samantha Schwartz

Craving variety? “Very Merry Christmas” has more than 80 recipes including Santa Clausmopolitans, Grinch Punch, White Christmas Sangria, Moscow Reindeers, Irish Christmas Coffee, Caramel Apple Hot Toddy, Butterscotch Martini, Boozy Butterbeer, Driven Snow Cocktail, Gingerbread Hot Chocolate, and Jingle Juice. The book features simple recipes with no more than five ingredients for most of the drinks listed. You’ll also find a few kid-friendly options.

“Gather Around: Drinks to Celebrate Usual and Unusual Holidays” by Aaron Goldfarb

From the holidays to birthdays and everything in between, “Gather Around: Drinks to Celebrate Usual and Unusual Holidays” has you covered all year long. Featuring 45 drink recipes for holidays and unexpected occasions, “Gather Around” delivers refreshing twists on classics like Christmas nogs, mulled wines, and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day drinks, as well as cocktails for a fun-filled Superbowl, a romantic Valentine’s Day cocktail for two, and more.

“Christmas Confessions & Cocktails: A Humorous Holiday Memoir with Sassy Drink Recipes” by Vicki Lesage

Add a shot of humor to your cocktail book collection with “Christmas Confessionals & Cocktails,” a Christmas-themed memoir about a Midwesterner who moves to France. Complete with “sassy” drink recipes, “Christmas Confessionals & Cocktails” meshes 25 fun and heartwarming essays with festive drink recipes to enjoy.

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