Celebrity Shake-and-Serve Holiday Cocktails from Mixologist Patricia Richards By People Staff Published on November 17, 2010 06:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Alex Karvounis 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! Menu: • Peppermint Hot Chocolate (see below)• Gingerbread Spiced Nog Peppermint Hot Chocolate 3 tbsp. hot chocolate powder1½ cup boiling water1½ cup scalded milk1½ tbsp. crème de menthe1½ tbsp. peppermint schnapps1 tbsp. whipped creamRed and green sanding sugarsMint 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. NEXT: Gingerbread Spiced Nog > Gingerbread Spiced Nog 2 tbsp. aged rum1 tbsp. vanilla liqueur1 tbsp. gingerbread or ginger syrup1½ cup eggnog1 tbsp. whipped creamRed 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.