Holiday Spirits: Cocktails n’ Mocktails


Beer and wine are fine, but for an extraordinary party, a good cocktail packs the right punch. Dust off Nana’s antique punch bowl for our Holly Jolly Juice or indulge in one of Tanya’s signature Bahama Mama’s when you’re dreaming of warmer weather.


Holly Jolly Juice

Non-alcoholic and ready for self-serve, this cheerful, bright red punch is a crowd-pleaser! It adds instant color to your buffet and, of course, it can also be spiked for a grown-up treat! Add a bottle of champagne for extra sparkle.  


1 2-quart bottle of cranberry juice

1 quart of sparkling water (plain or flavored)

1 small container of raspberries or cranberries

Optional: 1 bottle of champagne

Recipe from The Super Mom's Guide to Simply Super Sweets and Treats for Every Season


Tanya’s Bahama Mama

I don't have a holiday-specific cocktail, but I believe it's always a holiday when you enjoy a Bahama Mama! I like sipping rum cocktails this time of year because it helps me feel like I'm on vacation.”

1 cup crushed ice

1 oz orange juice

1 oz pineapple juice

1/2 oz rum

1/2 oz coconut rum (like Malibu)

1/2 oz grenadine syrup

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until consistency is slushy. Garnish with orange slice and cherry


Barbara’s Brandy Slush

An old-school concoction, this recipe comes from one of our moms, who served it at her supper club parties circa 1985.

2 cups of brandy

1.5 cups of sugar

7 cups of water

1 12-oz can of frozen lemonade

1 12-oz can of frozen orange juice

1 to 2 liters of lemon-lime soda, like 7-Up, to taste

Optional: One bottle of champagne

Combine all ingredients in a large freezer-safe container and freeze for 10 hours

Place frozen mixture into a punch bowl and pour lemon-lime soda over it

Stir occasionally until slushy and serve with a ladle