Definitive Guide to Holiday Boozing

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Definitive Guide to Holiday Boozing
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‘Tis the season for festivities, good cheer, and the pressures of hosting (and coping with) an infusion of family and friends. Keep your bar well-stocked this season so you can be prepared for good tidings at a moment’s notice. We called in beverage director Joe Campanale to share some of his favorite drinks for the holidays.

Mulled Wine
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Mulled Wine

Nothing sets the mood for a holiday party like a big pot of mulled wine on the stove. A winter favorite of northern Europe, mulled wine (or “glogg”) tastes like Christmas, warms you up from the inside, and leaves your whole house smelling like citrus and spice.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Winter Warmer: Mulled Wine in HD

Champagne Punch
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Champagne Punch

Everything else is merry and bright this time of year -- why not serve a drink that sparkles too? Joe’s champagne punch is made for a crowd and will get every partygoer donning their most festive smiles.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Festive Champagne Punch in HD

Hot Buttered Rum
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Hot Buttered Rum

Baby, it’s cold outside -- all the more reason to combine butter, rum and sugar in this warming concoction. (As if you needed an excuse.)

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Hot Buttered Rum in HD

Egg Nog
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Egg Nog

Impress a crowd by making a punch bowl of homemade egg nog -- it’s delicious, simple, and with the addition of bourbon, sublimely adult.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Best Holiday Eggnog in HD

“Fake Out” Nog
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“Fake Out” Nog

Worried about salmonella or need to avoid dairy? Joe has a “Fake Out” Egg Nog that's made with pantry ingredients that satisfies this holiday craving -- without the raw eggs.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Fake Out Egg Nog in HD

Hot Toddy
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Hot Toddy

This cold-weather favorite is rumored to cure colds, bad moods and anything else that ails you. We like it because it goes down easy and is perfect on a crisp winter night.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch How to Make a Hot Toddy in HD

Manhattan
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Manhattan

Joe breaks down the basics of this pretty and classic cocktail made with bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters and a cherry on top.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Make it a Manhattan in HD

Sugared Rims
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Sugared Rims

Add some taste bud teasing bling to your drinks with Joe’s tutorial on how to rim your glasses with sugar, cinnamon, chocolate, citrus or salt.

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Watch Brim with Flavor: Glass Rimming 101 in HD

Apertifs
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Apertifs

Get the party started with an aperitif, a European category of liqueurs made to stimulate the appetite. Joe shows how to make cocktails out of classic apertifs like Lillet, Aperol and Campari.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Classic Apertifs in HD

Digestifs
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Digestifs

Ate too much figgy pudding? Digestifs were literally invented to help a tired tummy -- and are a tasty and festive alternative Pepto Bismol.

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Watch Classic Digestifs in HD

Champagne Cocktail
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Champagne Cocktail

This sparkler is fizzy, fun and elegant -- perfect for a New Year’s Eve bash or evening of entertaining.

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Watch Easy and Elegant Champagne Cocktail in HD

Martini
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Martini

Every self-respecting host should know how to mix a perfect martini. Joe breaks it down.

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Watch How to Mix a Martini in HD

Mimosa
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Mimosa

Great for special-occasion brunches or hangovers, Joe walks through the classic mimosa and a twist made with grapefruit.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Variations on the Mimosa in HD

Negroni
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Negroni

Invented a century ago by Florentine Count Camillo Negroni, this sweet-bitter cocktail’s still a favorite. Plus, its deep red color fits right in with the season.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch How to Mix a Negroni in HD

Grenadine
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Grenadine

Equally good as a grown-up mixer or as a base for a child’s mocktail (it figures prominently in the Shirley Temple), homemade grenadine is a must-have bar staple.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch DIY Grenadine in HD

Wine Cocktails
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Wine Cocktails

Everyone’s heard of champagne in a cocktail, but you can also make delicious drinks out of red and white wine. Joe and sommelier Jordan Salcito, share their favorites.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Jordan and Joe's Wine Cocktails in HD

Invent Your Own
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Invent Your Own

Creating your own signature cocktail is a fun adventure in mixology once you know the basics. Joe talks through the elements of a great cocktail.

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Watch Signature Cocktail Secrets in HD

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