Holiday drink recipes that will have you celebrating early and forgetting finals

Crystal Nastor

With finals right around the corner and the holidays creeping up, a drink or two might be the perfect way to both relieve stress and celebrate the new season. Those who are looking to save a bit of money, but still want to have fun with friends and family, can check out these inexpensive holiday concoctions.

Snowball Martini
2 oz. Vanilla Vodka
2 oz. Malibu Rum
2 oz. coconut milk
¼ oz. Blue Curacao

For those looking for something that screams “classy” but is easy to make, the Snowball Martini is perfect. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass. The glass may be rimmed with honey and coconut if desired.

Red Hot Chocolate
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. brandy
3 oz. milk
0.5 oz. heavy cream
2 tbsp chocolate chips

This spin on a holiday classic requires a little more effort but is still fairly simple to make. First, froth milk and cream together. When the liquid is hot, add chocolate chips until they are fully melted. Next, add Campari and brandy into the mixture. Garnish with a marshmallow or peppermint stick for decoration.

Champagne Holiday Punch
1 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup sugar (super fine)
½ cup Grand Marnier
½ cup Triple Sec
½ cup Cognac
½ cup fresh orange juice
2 bottles chilled of dry champagne
2 oranges (thinly sliced)
2 limes (thinly sliced)
½ pint fresh raspberries

Although the list of ingredients may seem a bit intimidating, preparation is easy: combine everything into a bowl, stir and serve. To prevent the punch from getting watered, combine one cup of orange juice, one cup of champagne and one tablespoon of sugar and freeze it in a smaller separate bowl. Freeze the liquid and use it as ice cubes instead of water ice cubes.