Hottest Holiday Drink Recipes

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December tells us it’s time to start planning great holiday get togethers and we have compiled a list of the hottest holiday drinks recipes for 2013.

Festive Holiday Drink Recipes


The following is an original recipe that I have been making for 30 years. This is one of the few recipes that

Winter Glogg Drink Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Winter Glogg Drink Recipe

Destination Cuisine Recipe Type: Drink


  • 2 quarts Port Wine,1 quart Rye Whiskey
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 24 cardamom seeds
  • ⅛ cup orange rind in small pieces
  • 1 dozen cloves
  • ½ cup blanched white almonds
  • sugar to taste (1/2 to 1 cup)


  1. Place almonds and raisins in a cheesecloth bag
  2. Place remaining spices in another cheesecloth bag
  3. Place both in a large pot and add the wine. Bring to a boil for 15-20 minutes
  4. Add whiskey and bring mixture to a simmer
  5. Add sugar to taste. Remove pot from stove
  6. Ignite vapors and let burn 30-60 seconds and smother with the pot cover
  7. Remove cover, let cool
  8. Throw out spice bag
  9. Remove almonds and raisins into a separate bowl
  10. Serve a tablespoon of the almonds and raisins with the Glogg
  11. Enjoy! Eat Well…Live Full!


Once your guests try this, they will be asking for it every year.

A special treat around the holidays and in cold weather is to make Glogg, a Scandinavian specialty of mulled and spiced wine with almonds and raisins, which is served hot, typically at the  December 24 holiday meal. I have so many stories about this heartwarming holiday drink that I’ll only mention a couple. First, once you make this little gem, your friends and family will ask you to make it again and again at holiday time. You will soon be sharing your own Glogg stories and making new traditions centered around this drink. A warming sense of silliness prevails in the first moments you sip this warm and comforting cocktail. You may want to get the the Karoake machine ready because you never know what may happen after the first mug. I would not get the video cameras out however, unless ransom might be needed at a later date.

I started making this great holiday recipe in college and haven’t stopped. Even though most people may call it a mulled wine, it is anything but. One year, we had a progressive dinner in our neighborhood and we would go from house to house and everyone made one appetizer and a drink. The food and drinks were amazing, however, I literally found my neighbors sneaking back to my house to get more Glogg. Apparently they were too embarrassed to ask. As soon as the cat was out the bag, the rest of the neighbors joined them. This recipe is that good.

Two words of caution; since the drink is served with slivered almonds and raisins, I would warn your guests about them since most people are expecting only a liquid drink. The other caution, when it comes to lighting the Glogg to burn off the (ahem) alcohol taste, DO NOT USE A BUTANE LIGHTER. I made this mistake while whipping up a batch at a friend’s house…and she just remodeled her kitchen. Seeing the stove hood engulfed in flames is not the way to impress. All’s well that ends well and nothing was damaged and we are still good friends….ah, another Glogg story to add to the journal.

Read on for more great holiday drink recipes

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Homemade Wassail




Cranberry Cider (non alcoholic)




Mulled White Wine Sangria





Coconut Vanilla Bellinis


Coconut Vanilla Bellini



Orange Mulled Wine


Warm Holiday Orange Mulled Wine


Raspberry Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail




Frost Bite Mocktail (non alcoholic)



Hot Buttered Rum Drink







More Drink Recipes available on the Pinterest Group Destination Cuisine Board

Nothing says it’s the holidays more than great concoction to end another year and usher in a new one. Try one of these hottest holidays drink recipes and get ready to take on rave reviews from friends and family.

Eat Well…Live Full

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Written by: Laura Raymond

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Laura Raymond

Laura Raymond is a Serial Entrepreneur, avid recipe developer and Modern Marketing Guru carving my niche in the food and travel industries, mobile marketing and online ordering. Specializing in Engagement Marketing and putting business owners back in control. Destination Cuisine is my passion to bring foodie events, culinary tours, cooking classes and cool restaurants/hotels together in an interactive site. Reach me at (941) 809-2012. Join our CULTure so you can... Eat Well and Live Full.


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