Unique (And Non-Cheesy) Holiday Themed Drink Ideas

Happy Thanksgiving! Like most people I’ve always loved the holidays… Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas… any time where people aren’t working and are spending time with friends and family (and even as a Jew I have always appreciated Mariah Carey Christmas music!). Now that I spend a big chunk of the year away from my immediate family, however, holiday time is all the more special. One thing I don’t like? Things like egg nog and Manischewitz. Eeck! Sorry to anyone who loves egg nog and Manischewitz, but aside from the taste they’re both exceedingly bad for your health. With that in mind I turned to experts to get unique drink ideas that we can all enjoy this holiday season. Please share your own favorites in the comments!

Apple Cider Poptail

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  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 oz Bourbon
  • Banana Cinnamon GoodPop

Warm apple cider for 1-2 minutes with Bourbon. Swirl a Banana Cinnamon Good Pop into cocktail and allow to melt. Add mini marshmallows to taste.

Spiked Hot Cocoa 


  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 oz. Kahlúa
  • SmashMallow

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, sugar, cocoa powder and cinnamon. Heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add in Kahlúa. Garnish with a SmashMallow.

Rootbeer Old Fashioned


  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Splash of water, club soda or Root Beer
  • 2oz. Bourbon
  • Fresh orange rind
  • Root Beer SmashMallow

Place sugar in a glass. Wet it down with Angostura bitters and a short splash of water, club soda or Root Beer (for an extra sweet treat). Crush the sugar and rotate the glass so that the sugar grains and bitters give it a lining. Add an ice cube and pour Bourbon. Garnish with a fresh orange rind and Root Beer SmashMallow.

  • 4 sweet red apples (like Red Delicious)
  • 5 cups coarsely chopped orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (about 6 small or 3 large)
  • 1 pound carrots (8 thin medium carrots)
  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Feed the apples, sweet potatoes, carrots, and ginger into a juicer, alternating among the ingredients. Stir in the cinnamon and serve.

The Tamarind Fizz (Darnell Holguin, New York’s Best Bartender 2015)


  • 2 oz NOLETS Silver Gin
  • 1 1/2 oz of Tamarind Reduction
  • 1/2 Benedictine
  • 1/4 Yellow Chartreuse
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1 egg white

Dry shake (shake without ice) ingredients in a tin. Then add ice and shake again. Pour into a collins glass filled with 1 1/2 oz of club soda. Let it rest for 60 seconds in the fridge. Then top with more club soda until the foam rises a little above the glass. Grate cinnamon for garnish.

Dry Sparkling Apple Cider With An Orange Twist (Megan Roosevelt, RDN and founder of Healthy Grocery Girl)

  • 1 bottle Fuji Apple Flavor Dry Sparkling Soda
  • 2 Limoneira Navel oranges
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Wash and dry the navel oranges, then peel twists from the skin. Juice the oranges and pour into a small sauce pot, add cinnamon sticks and simmer for 10 minutes, then chill. Pour one tablespoon of cinnamon infused orange juice in each glass over ice, then top with Fuji Apple DRY Sparkling soda. Garnish with an orange twist and cinnamon stick.

Juice Generation Fighter Cider 


  • 2.5 fl oz grapefruit juice
  • 1.5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 0.5 tablespoons ginger juice
  • 0.5 tablespoons turmeric juice
  • 8 fl oz hot water
  • Agave to taste (optional)
Mix all ingredients well.
Blue Ice Vodka Pumpkin Martini
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1⁄2 oz. Blue Ice Vodka
  • 1 oz. half and half
  • 1⁄2 oz. canned pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Combine the sugar and 1⁄8 teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice on a small plate. Dip the rim of a chilled martini glass in water, then dip in the sugar to coat. In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, half and half, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and the remaining 1⁄8 teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice. Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared glass.

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