Alex Karvounis
November 17, 2010 06:00 AM

When it comes to holiday cocktails, mixologist Patricia Richards stirs by a simple approach: Just shake it! Lucky for us, what Richards mixes in Las Vegas for the famed Wynn Hotel, isn’t staying there.

The famed drink-pert says a merry recipe is as simple as 1-2-3: combine the contents, shake over ice and serve with festive garnishes. Toast your festive guests with these effortlessly chic drinks to get your holiday party started!


• Peppermint Hot Chocolate (see below)
Gingerbread Spiced Nog

Joseph De Leo

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

• 3 tbsp. hot chocolate powder
• 1½ cup boiling water
• 1½ cup scalded milk
• 1½ tbsp. crème de menthe
• 1½ tbsp. peppermint schnapps
• 1 tbsp. whipped cream
• Red and green sanding sugars
• Mint sprig

1. Combine cocoa powder, boiling water and milk in a mug and stir well.
2. Add remaining ingredients and gently stir.
3. Garnish with whipped cream, red and green sanding sugars and a sprig of mint, and serve.

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Joseph De Leo

Gingerbread Spiced Nog

• 2 tbsp. aged rum
• 1 tbsp. vanilla liqueur
• 1 tbsp. gingerbread or ginger syrup
• 1½ cup eggnog
• 1 tbsp. whipped cream
• Red and green sanding sugars

1. Combine rum, vanilla liqueur, syrup and eggnog in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well.
2. Pour the mixture into a highball glass.
3. Top with whipped cream, garnish with sanding sugar and mint sprig, and enjoy.

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