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10 Great Holiday Drink Ideas

10 Great Holiday Drink Ideas

The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without some luscious libations to share with friends and family, so here’s a list of festive drinks that are sure to please everyone on your list.

1. Candy Cane Martini

Candy Cane Martini

    Sweet and minty, the Candy Cane Cocktail/Martini blends strawberry or pomegranate vodka with cranberry juice and crème de menthe for a cool, refreshing winter pick-me-up. If you’d like to get all fancy-pants with it, consider crushing some candy canes and tossing the resulting dust with red sugar crystals (normally used for decorating cookies) to rim your cocktail glasses with before pouring. For a “virgin” version, just blend cranberry and strawberry juice with a few drops of mint extract.

    2. Cranberry Mimosa

    Also known as Poinsettia Mimosas, this cheerful little cocktail is a festive alternative to the classic breakfast mimosa recipe. You can make these with the traditional champagne and Triple Sec, or create a non-alcoholic version with carbonated apple juice and orange or cherry syrup. Note: the alcohol-free version is a great treat to make kids feel special on Christmas morning—serve it up in plastic champagne flutes (like the kind that come with picnic sets), toss in some maraschino cherries, and watch smiles light up around the table.

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    3. Glögg

    Glogg

      Glögg (say it aloud a couple of times just for fun) is a hot spiced wine that’s a traditional yuletide drink in Scandinavian countries. Wine and brandy are mixed together and warmed in a pot on the stove. To that, you add cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, orange peel, apple slices, whole cloves, and sugar, and let it simmer for 40 min or so to let all the spicy flavours develop. Depending on how much brandy you add to it, this drink can pack quite a kick. If you’d prefer a non-inebriating version, use apple cider instead of wine, and skip the brandy.

      4. Pomegranate Punch

      Pomegranate Punch

        Limeade and Prosecco team up to create this sparkling, beautiful punch. Pomegranates are stunning indulgences during the holiday season, and their tart juice pairs wonderfully with sweet bubbles. Just empty a bottle of Prosecco (or another sweet sparkling wine) into a glass punch bowl, and add in the limeade, pomegranate juice, and either orange or cranberry juice. Float some lime slices and whole pomegranate seeds on top, and dip in! For a kid-friendly version, swap out the Prosecco in favour of carbonated white grape juice.

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        5. Hot Buttered Rum

        Hot Buttered Rum

          Memories of rural England come to mind with every sip of this drink. Butter (or Earth Balance for a vegan version) is blended with brown sugar or maple syrup, and a pinch each of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. This mixture is refrigerated until set, and then a couple of tablespoons are ladled into each mug. 2-3 oz of dark rum is then added (or more…I’d say fill the mug halfway), and then boiling water is poured in to melt the buttery mixture and heat up the lot. This is a ridiculously strong, calorie-laden drink that’s sure to knock out even the most obstinate uncle.

          6. Irish Coffee

          Irish Coffee

            The perfect way to start a holiday morning: a good, strong cup of coffee with a shot of Irish whiskey, some brown sugar, and lightly whipped cream. If there’s a long day full of dealing with relatives ahead, you might as well fortify yourself nice and early.

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            7. The Reindeer Caesar

            The Reindeer Caesar

              For those of you who like more savoury drinks, there’s always the Reindeer Caesar: it starts off like a regular Caesar—with Clamato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and a dash of hot sauce (try Sriracha!)—and then you just add extra celery, maybe a lettuce leaf, and some nutmeg to make it more “festive”.  Hey, after you’ve knocked a few back, you’ll find a way to re-name just about anything to make it Christmassy.

              8. Angel Kisses

              Angel Kisses

                The holidays are usually rife with angels of all shapes and sizes, so raise a toast to these celestial spectres with an Angel Kiss Cocktail. Made with crème de cacao and heavy cream, this isn’t a drink for dieters: it’s creamy and sweet, and downright sinful. Note that despite the word “crème” in the title, crème de cacao is actually vegan (there’s no dairy in it: the creaminess is in reference to the texture, not the ingredients), and you can easily substitute coconut cream for the dairy. Top the lot with your favourite whipped topping and a cherry, and slurp away.

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                9. Super-Festive Hot Chocolate

                Hot chocolate

                  Is there anything more warming to the soul than a mug of hot cocoa? Wrapping your hands around a steaming cup of sweet chocolate-y goodness after being out in the cold is absolutely glorious, and there aren’t many people who don’t love this wintertime indulgence. By making your own, you can adjust the sugar content to suit your own tastes, and you can dress it up as you like by adding whipped toppings, chocolate shavings, or peppermint schnapps.

                  10. Hammered “Tool Man” Taylor

                  I can’t think of a single person who doesn’t have a favourite holiday movie, be it A Christmas Story, Gremlins, How the Grinch stole Christmas, or the Santa Clause. If your favourite is the last one on that list, you’re in luck: there’s a special drink waiting just for you. Absinthe and orange bitters meet simple syrup and either crushed ice or water for a libation that’s sure to leave you seeing elves.

                   

                  Happy Holidays!

                  Featured photo credit:  Classical martini in chilled glass via Shutterstock

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                  How to Overcome Boredom

                  How to Overcome Boredom

                  Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

                  I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

                  If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

                  What is Boredom?

                  We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

                  You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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                  It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

                  If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

                  When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

                  Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

                  If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

                  Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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                  Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

                  In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

                  It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

                  Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

                  Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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                  In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

                  3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

                  1. Get Focused

                  Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

                  You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

                  Here are a few ideas:

                  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
                  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
                  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

                  2. Kill Procrastination

                  Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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                  So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

                  Here are some ideas:

                  • Do some exercise.
                  • Read a book.
                  • Learn something new.
                  • Call a friend.
                  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
                  • Do a spring cleaning.
                  • Wash the car.
                  • Renovate the house.
                  • Re-arrange the furniture.
                  • Write your shopping list.
                  • Water the plants.
                  • Walk the dog.
                  • Sort out your mail & email.
                  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

                  3. Enjoy Boredom

                  If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

                  Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

                  So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

                  Final Thoughts

                  Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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