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2 must-have holiday cocktails to entertain

Photos by Colleen Harrison

You don’t need to be a professional bartender to kick your cocktails up a notch. These festive drinks will be sure to put you and your guests in the holiday spirit.

Seasonal twists can be added to your favorite drinks like white Russians or sangria. Spruce up your go-to beverages with some holiday flair.

Christmas Sangria

Christmas Sangria

Christmas Sangria

2 bottles Pinot Grigio

3/4 cup sparkling apple cider

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup cranberries, halved

3/4 cup cranberries, whole

1 apple, chopped

3 rosemary sprigs

Pour into large pitcher, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Refrigerate for 4 hours and serve over ice.

Peppermint White Russian

Peppermint White Russian

Peppermint White Russian

2 ounces Kahlua

1 ounce vodka

1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

2 ounces half-and-half or cream

Serve over ice in a glass with a crushed mint candy rim.