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Family Drinks

Cocktails Inspired by Those You Love

Article by Nicolette Martin

We love them, but it’s no secret that some family members make the holidays a little more interesting. Cheers to them!

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+ The Political Uncle +


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon

  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  • 2 dashes orange bitters

  • Cinnamon stick and candied orange slice for garnish


Combine maple syrup, whiskey and bitters in an old-fashioned glass until syrup is dissolved. Add a single large ice cube and garnish with orange peel and cinnamon stick, if desired. 

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+ The Football Enthusiast +


  • 1 part apple cider

  • 1 part pumpkin beer

  • Apple slices and cinnamon sticks (optional for garnish)


In a small pitcher, combine the apple cider and pumpkin beer. Serve in a coupe glass for an elevated viewing (or playing) experience. A pint glass is fine for more traditional types.

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+ The Mother-In-Law +


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka

  • 1 part club soda or tonic

  • 1 part Sprite or lemon-lime soda

  • 1 part cranberry juice

  • Lime and cranberries for garnish


Add vodka, club soda or tonic, Sprite and cranberry juice to a glass of your choice—the more ornate, the better. Garnish with lime and cranberries if desired and enjoy!

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+ The Rowdy Nieces and Nephews (kid-friendly!) +


  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa

  • Dash of salt

  • 1/3 cup hot water

  • 4 cups almond milk

  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 

  • Mini marshmallows and chocolate syrup for garnish


In a saucepan, combine sugar, salt and cocoa. Add water and bring to a boil, stirring for 2 minutes. Stir in almond milk and heat to desired temperature (don’t boil). Once at desired temperature, remove from heat, add vanilla and whisk until frothy.  Top with toasted marshmallows and chocolate syrup—the more sugar, the better!

Mix it Up! Experiment with these additions to keep your hot chocolate on its toes:

  • Sea salt and whipped cream

  • Crushed peppermint rim

  • White chocolate + pumpkin purée

  • Peanut butter + graham cracker

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+ The Hipster Cousin +


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka

  • 1 1/2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream Pumpkin Spice Liqueur

  • 3 ounces cereal milk (steep cereal of your choice—we like pumpkin spice Cheerios—in milk for 25-30 minutes, then strain)


Fill a rocks glass (or any unconventional container you have laying around) with desired amount of ice. Add vodka and pumpkin spice liqueur, then top with cereal milk. Cheers!

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