Each month, Chilled is bringing you five essential cocktails based on our National Drink Day Calendar. Don’t forget to reference it so you can prepare for the upcoming holidays.
We are asking ourselves the same question—how is it already the end of 2022? The last of the year brings many occasions. Whether you’re celebrating the holidays or just the national days, we hope one of these essential cocktails makes it into your December plans.
This time of year is the busiest, so don’t forget to relax and take time for yourself. A girl’s night in or a couch and movie date with your partner is the perfect place to sip and enjoy one of these cocktails.
Here are five cocktails you should try this December.
Let’s start the month off with a classic December treat—eggnog. National Eggnog Month begins on 12/1, so that obviously calls for an eggnog-based cocktail. And this one will be everything you’re craving. It has that nostalgic flavor of your favorite childhood drink combined with pungent bourbon, cognac, and rum.
Skip the mimosa on 12/13 and sip on a screwdriver instead. National Screwdriver Day should be celebrating by drinking this classic cocktail. While it’s a classic for a reason, there are ways to elevate or change the flavor profile. Swap out regular vodka for a vanilla one, and you’ll end up with a creamsicle taste, or muddle some fresh fruit into the drink for extra flavor.
If you aren’t making these Maple Whiskey Pecans on National Maple Syrup Day (12/17), you’re doing something wrong. These are the perfect things to snack on or gift to friends and family during the holiday season. They are sweet, warm, and covered in whiskey—what more could you ask for?
National Christmas Movie Marathon Day on December 23 deserves a warm and cozy cocktail to accompany it. This spiked hot chocolate has the perfect balance between boozy and chocolatey that it becomes the perfect treat for a movie night.
And, of course, a champagne cocktail to end off the year. On National Champagne Day (12/31), this Midnight Magic cocktail should be in your hand. The balance between the bubbly and brandy makes for a delicious and booze-forward celebration drink.