Festive holiday cocktails

'Tis the season to drink libations!

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With all the stresses that come with this time of year, it's no surprise just how many cocktails, bottles of wine and beers are consumed by families all across the country. Avoid the family drama and mall traffic stress by enjoying a few of these delicious holiday cocktails, made with seasonal ingredients.

Serve these fun and festive cocktails at your holiday parties, on Christmas morning or just enjoy one as you wrap presents or prepare your holiday feast. There's really no better way to fight holiday stress!

Black cherry spritzerBlack cherry spritzer

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Champagne, chilled
  • 1 cup of black cherry juice
  • 2 cups of cranberries
  • 1 orange, finely sliced

Directions:

  1. Mix 1 part (3 ounces) Champagne with 3 tablespoons of juice. Add fresh cranberries and orange slice and enjoy!
  2. Add more juice or Champagne to taste.

Crystallized ginger sparklerCrystallized ginger sparkler

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Champagne, chilled
  • 1/2 cup of fluff flavored vodka
  • 1 cup of chopped crystallized ginger

Directions:

  1. Pour 3 ounces of Champagne into a flute. Add about 2 tablespoons of fluff vodka to the Champagne. Add 3 pieces of chopped ginger into the cocktail. The ginger will cause the Champagne to fizz up. Enjoy!

S'more martini

S'more martini

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of fluff vodka
  • 1/4 cup of crème de cacao
  • 1 graham cracker, finely crushed
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • Water
  • Chocolate syrup

Directions:

  1. Chill martini glasses for at least 20 minutes until cold. Squeeze chocolate syrup around the inside of the martini glass to create a swirled look. Dip rims in water and then into the crushed graham cracker to line the rim.
  2. In a martini mixer, add ice, fluff vodka and crème de cacao. Mix well. Pour drink into each martini glass and enjoy!
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.

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