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Skip the boring beer this year - holiday parties deserve fun, festive drinks, like Christmosas and Jingle Juice. Whether you want champagne, vodka, rum, or tequila base, there is a drink for you.

Boozy Grinch Punch - Get into the festive mood with these bright green cocktails!

Ingredients: 

1 packet Kool-Aid Lemon Lime mix 

4 cups water

4 cups ice

3 cups lemon-lime soda

2 cups pineapple juice

2 cups vodka

1 cup ginger ale

Lime wedges, for rimming

Red sanding sugar, for rimming

Directions:

1. In a large pitcher combine Kool-Aid and water. 

2. In a large punch bowl, combine ice, kool-aid, soda, pineapple juice, vodka, and ginger ale. 

3. Use a lime wedge to rim glasses and dip in sanding sugar to coat. Pour punch into glasses to serve.

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White Christmas Margaritas - Switch up your usual holiday cocktail this year with this!

Ingredients: 

1 can unsweetened coconut milk

12 oz. silver tequila

8 oz. triple sec

1/4 cup lime juice

4 cups ice

Lime wedge, for rimming glass

Sanding sugar, for rimming glass

Lime slices, for garnish

Cranberries, for garnish

Directions:

1. Combine coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth.

2. Rim glasses with lime wedge and dip in sanding sugar. Pour into glass and garnish with lime and cranberries.

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Christmosas - The only thing you need in your hand when opening presents!

Ingredients: 

2 apples, chopped

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 cup green grapes, halved

1 cup pomegranate seeds

1 cup sparkling grape juice

1 bottle of Champagne, Processo, or Cava

Directions:

1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine apples, cranberries, grapes, and pomegranate seeds. Pour over sparkling grape juice and Champagne and stir well to serve.

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Santa Hat Jell-O Shots - A Christmas party wouldn't be complete without Santa and these Jell-O shots are the perfect way to include him.

Ingredients: 

1 and 1/4 cup water

3/4 cup vodka

1 package strawberry Jell-O

1 container Cool Whip, thawed

1 pint strawberries, hulled

Directions:

1. Pour water into small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and add Jell-O packet, stirring until dissolved. Add vodka. Pour into plastic shot glasses and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

2. Top with a dollop of Cool Whip, then place a strawberry on top, pointed-end up. Top with a small dot of whipped cream, to resemble Santa’s hat. Serve.

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