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Kir Royale

This classic drink sets the standard for winter cocktails. It's sparkly, a little bit sweet, and very festive. A simple mix of champagne and creme de cassis, it feels ultra-fancy but is actually very easy to make.

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Peppermint White Russian

Wondering what to do with all those leftover candy canes? Use them to decorate these peppermint White Russians. These decadent cocktails are perfect for a night-in with your friends.

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Vanilla Pear Margarita

With pears in season, it's the ideal time to make this vanilla pear margarita. Pear-flavored drinks go well with herbed foods and with dairy, so if you are planning on serving a cheese and fruit platter, this would be an excellent choice.

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Sparkling Cranberry Punch

When deciding which winter cocktails you should serve at your next bash, consider the mood of the evening. Often winter parties can feel a little more formal, so when you need an extra special drink, go with this sparkling cranberry punch.

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Winter Citrus Punch

Speaking of punch, it's a party host's best friend. Pour it into a pretty glass bowls and load it up with fruit slices. Guests can refill their own drinks, giving you extra time to work the room.

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Pomegranate Prosecco Cocktail

An intoxicating mix of pomegranate juice, rum, and prosecco, everyone will love this lively cocktail. While you could garnish the drink with pomegranate seeds, we think it looks prettier without.

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ginger rum cider
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Ginger Rum Cider

Will your party be trekking into the snow? Bring along thermoses of this ginger rum apple cider to keep everyone toasty warm despite the cold temperatures.

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ginger lemon white wine cocktail
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Ginger Lemon White Wine Cocktail

Likewise, if your guests are gathered around a roaring fire in the fireplace, they might want something light and crisp. This modern version of a white wine cocktail uses ginger and lemon.

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green chile cocktail
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Green Chile Cocktail

For hosts that enjoy surprising their guests with something new and different, this green chile cocktail is terrific. The chile is balanced with pineapple syrup and lime juice, so it's not too spicy.  

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aperol and cayenne candies
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Aperol & Cayenne Jellies

You're not in college anymore, so it's time for your Jell-O shots to graduate to something more grown-up. These aperol and cayenne pepper jelly candies are dusted with sugar, but don't let their sweet appearance fool you. These are definitely a little deadly.