6 Simple, Festive Drink Recipes

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Celebrate with Cocktails for the Holidays
by VERGE Staff | Food and Drink | Tuesday, December 19, 2017 

Eggnog Martini and Maple Amaretto Sour are two holiday cocktails that could easily be found on a festive bar menu. However, you can also make them yourself in the comfort of your own home. Dazzle guests with an easy, simple trick: extracts. 

A simple drop of an extract – peppermint, maple, rum or almond – can transform a holiday cocktail or warm drink into a truly special experience. Add rum extract and nutmeg to white chocolate liqueur and cream for an Eggnog Martini. Or try a few drops of maple extract with coffee, whiskey and half and half for a festive Irish Coffee. 

Find these cocktails and more recipes at: McCormick.com.


1. Peppermint Martini

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Peppermint Martini The crisp bite of peppermint extract and the smooth sweetness of white chocolate liqueur unite in this quintessential winter martini. Be sure to use colorful mints for a candy-dipped rim that’s both pretty and tasty.


2. Eggnog Martini

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Eggnog Martini There’s no taste that says “holiday” quite like eggnog. Swap the actual rum or bourbon for rum extract then mix with white chocolate liqueur and cream for a less alcoholic version. Top with snowy whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.


3. Maple Amaretto Sour

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Maple Amaretto Sour Give the sweet-tart Amaretto Sour the seasonal treatment with warming maple extract. Made with amaretto, simple syrup and lemon juice.


4. Almond Ale Shandy

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Almond Ale Shandy This nutty riff on a shandy calls for almond extract, which joins pale ale and cilantro in this lemony, fizzy drink. For a non-alcoholic version, just replace the beer with micro-brewed ginger ale.


5. Chocolate Coconut Martini

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Chocolate Coconut MartiniA dusting of delicious coconut and rich chocolate syrup makes for a drink that’s a dessert and cocktail in one. Coconut extract takes the decadent flavor to the next level.


6. Maple Irish Coffee

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Maple Irish CoffeeFor a seasonal twist on Irish coffee, add a few drops of maple extract. It brings authentic maple flavor to this warm favorite when combined with hot coffee and whiskey.


Source and photos courtesy of McCormick & Company.

Read more tips and ideas for home entertaining, including a delicious drink recipe with sangria featured in the Special Fall (to Winter) 2017 Issue of VERGE magazine.  Click here to download the issue now, and become inspired!


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