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Six of the Best Alcoholic Drinks for Christmas, But Keep Your Non-Alcohol Selections Readily Available

Wed December 04 2019 5:21 pm  https://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=579939
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Try some of the best alcoholic drinks for Christmas this year. Spend time with family and friends and celebrate the season with some drinks — alcohol or non-alcohol.

First, whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. There is a good chance you will get caught, especially during any of the holiday periods because most police departments are out in force — looking for DUI drivers. Many people think they can outsmart the Roadside Safety Checks, and motorists can legally avoid them. However, at the same time as the checkpoints are set up, there are often several roving police units apart from the Roadside Safety Checks. The roving units are looking for probable cause to stop a suspected DUI motorist. Getting busted is a major bummer, and expensive. There is also a chance you will become involved in a crash. With all the DUI prevention efforts and the availability of ride-sharing service and taxis, it seems unbelievable that DUI crashes occur. The answer is clear: DUI crashes still occur.

Christmas is near, and it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year. Social calendars are filling up, holiday parties are upon us, and people are spending more time with their families. If you’re hosting a Christmas party or family dinner, get into the spirit of the season with some festive cocktails. Everyone will appreciate you for going that extra mile and putting an exclamation point on the day.

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Some of these drinks are tasty even without the booze for guests who don’t imbibe. It’s a good idea to have a lot of non-alcohol options for alcohol-free guests, and it can be fun to be creative with cranberry juice, cran-cherry juice, cran-raspberry juice, lemonade, sparkling water, sparkling juice with gummy bears or rock candy drink stirs, ginger ale, soda, non-alcohol egg nog, and self-made non-alcohol mixers such as cranberry juice, pomegranate juice with seltzer water and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.

Keep in mind, nowadays in politically correct times, it is best not to harass, pressure, or bully people into drinking alcohol. Some people won’t want to drink alcohol, but will think they’re being rude if they don’t accept your alcohol beverage offer. Then the following day they really don’t appreciate being coerced into drinking, and friendships might be a little awkward. Keep in mind, some friends might be struggling with trying to lose weight, or cutting back on a problem with alcohol consumption.

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Now, for those that demand the adult drinks, here are six of the best alcoholic drinks for Christmas parties.

Eggnog

Don’t overlook the classics. Eggnog is still on the Mount Rushmore of Christmas drinks. You can make your own homemade eggnog with some eggs, heavy cream, sugar, and nutmeg. If you’re in it for the warm, tingly feeling, add bourbon or your rum of choice to the batch.

Pomegranate Mimosa

This is a super-easy yet delicious take on the classic brunch drink. Mix some champagne or sparkling white wine with pomegranate juice in a champagne flute and garnish it with mint. You’ll have a festive red and green cocktail everyone will love.

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Grilled Orange Boulevardier

Have you ever made a drink on a hot stove? Heat a grill pan and place orange slices on it, turning once until both sides have grill marks. Add bourbon, vermouth, and Campari to a shaker with some chopped grilled orange. Shake well and pour into a rocks glass with ice, then garnish with a grilled orange slice.

White Christmas Martini

This chocolatey martini will get anyone into the Christmas spirit. Pour vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur, white crème de cacao, and half-and-half into a shaker with ice. Rim a martini glass with honey and white sugar. Pour in the martini and serve.

Mulled Wine

You can find pre-made spiced wine, but it’s very easy to make yourself. Add a bottle of red wine, a bottle of apple cider, and some of your favorite brandy to a slow cooker set on low. Add some honey, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and cloves, and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Serve warm.

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Christmas Ale

Beer is always a hit for people who don’t want to try something different—and research shows that drinking a beer a day actually has several benefits. There are dozens of seasonal Christmas ales on the market this time of year, so pick out a couple to share with your guests.

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