Christmas is here and one of my favorite things to do during this season is watch holiday movies! This week as you have family and friends over to celebrate, get some extra spirit in the house with these Christmas classics! From a black and white oldie but goodie to a raunchy dark comedy, Santa has something for everyone on this list!
It’s a Wonderful Life
In 1946 Jimmy Stewart starred in what would become one of the biggest Christmas movies of all time. A down on his luck good guy gets help from an Angel trying to earn his wings and saves a town. (130 min., no rating)
A Christmas Story
All little Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder B.B gun. The hard part is convincing his family or Santa for it. Filmed in the 80’s but set in the 40’s this hilarious movie unveils the awkward and heart warming sides of Christmas. (94 min., PG)
Since it’s debut in 2003, this British romantic comedy has become a cult classic. Starring some of the UK’s biggest actors, Love Actually follows the love lives of 8 couples as they navigate through their romantic lives at Christmas. This heartwarmer will have you pulling out the tissue’s! (135 min., R)
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Fun and whimsical, this Tim Burton Film is a great one for kids and adults alike. The King of Halloween, Jack Skellington, discovers Christmas town! (76 min., PG)
Billy Bob Thornton does a helluva job playing a bitter conman in this ’03 dark comedy. While he starts off trying to pose as Santa to rob department stores, but things change when begins to care for a neglected child. Bernie Mack as the head of security is a great bonus to this funny film! (91 min., R)
What are your favorite holiday movies?
25 Christmas Spirits That Will Deck Your Halls
1. Be A Lush For The Holidays
It's that time of year again--when we can spike our egg nog and apple ciders. Yum. In between Christmas shopping and sloshing through the snow, you've got to take a break and have some Christmas spirits. Check out these amazing holiday drinks that will give you yuletide cheer.
2. Pomegranate Prosecco
1 tbs. Pomegranate Seeds 1 oz. Finest Call White Sangria Mix 2 oz. Santa Margarita Prosecco 1 Rosemary Sprig Add Pomegranate Seeds and Sangria Mix into Champagne flute. Fill with Santa Margarita Prosecco. Garnish with rosemary sprig.
3. Starry Night
½ oz. Lucid Absinthe 2 ½ oz. chocolate vodka ½ oz. simple syrup Crushed chocolate cookie and Chinese star anise for garnish Rim a martini glass with crushed chocolate cookie and set aside. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, chocolate vodka, Lucid Absinthe, and simple syrup. Shake thoroughly and strain into the martini glass. Garnish with Chinese star anise and serve.
2 oz. Sobieski Espresso Vodka 2 oz. KerryGold Irish Cream 2 scoops chocolate ice cream Chocolate syrup (optional) Whipped cream In a blender, combine Sobieski Espresso Vodka, KerryGold Irish Cream and the chocolate ice cream. Blend until smooth. Top with chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Serve.
5. CAMUS Milk Punch
1 ½ oz. CAMUS VSOP Elegance Cognac ½ oz. simple syrup ½ oz. vanilla extract 3 drops Herbsaint Half & half Nutmeg for garnish Pour all ingredients into a tall glass filled with ice. Fill the glass with half and half. Toss mixture between your glass and a metal bar shaker 3 or 4 times. Do not shake! Pour contents back into glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg. Created by Paul Gusting from Broussard’s in NOLA
6. Coco Press
1 oz. Amaretto 2 oz. Bacardi Oakheart 3 oz. Pumpkin real puree 14 oz. Hot Chocolate 5 Marshmallows Place 5 marshmallows (regular size) into bottom of press. Add the first three ingredients then fill with hot chocolate. Insert depressor and lid. Slowly press.
7. Apple Old Fashioned
2 oz. Whiskey .5 oz. Simple Syrup 4 dashes Angostura Bitters 4 dashes Peychauds Bitters 4 slices Granny Smith Apples Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Muddle, shake and strain serve over ice. Garnish with apple slice.
8. Sparkling Ice Spike Cranberry Lemonade
3 oz. Sparkling ICE Lemonade 1 oz. cranberry juice 1 1/2 oz. vodka Fresh Cranberries and mint for garnish In a shaker, combine Sparkling ICE Lemonade, cranberry juice and vodka. Pour into glass and garnish with fresh cranberries and mint spring.
9. Coco Joy Coconut Eggnog
4 cans Coco Joy Coconut Water 6 egg yolks 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 8 ounces spiced rum Ice Cinnamon Coconut flakes Check out the full recipe here: http://bit.ly/1wJyJVD
10. Light Negroni
1 oz. Gin 1 oz. Aperol 1 oz. Marini Bianco Lemon slice for garnish Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon slice.
11. Voga Italia Pomegranate Sparkler
1 teaspoon fresh pomegranate seeds 3 ounces VOGA Prosecco ½ oz. Pomegranate Juice Scoop 1 teaspoon of fresh pomegranate seeds into a champagne glass Pour in pomegranate juice Top with VOGA Prosecco
12. Spiced Milk
Pinch of Ground Cinnamon Pinch of Ground Nutmeg 3/4 oz. Barbancourt 8yr 3/4 oz. Pierre Ferrand Ambre 2 oz. Egg Nog Add all ingredients above into a mixing tin. Add ice and shake. After shake, strain into a chilled martini coupe. Glass: Martini Coupe Garnish: Grated Pistachios, Short Bread Cookie From: Yellowtail Sunset
13. Akira Back Pimm's Royale
2 oz. Akira Back Sake Pimm's (see recipe below) 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice 2 oz. Mio Sparkling Sake 1 oz. Fever Tree Ginger Beer Add ingredients above into a wine glass. Then add lemon, lime and cucumber half moons. Add ice and stir. Top with mint sprig. Glass: Wine glass Garnish: Lemon & lime half moon wedges, cucumber half moon wedges, mint sprig From: Yellowtail Sunset
14. Sparkling Ice Raspberry Shooters
lack Raspberry Sparkling ICE 1 oz. vanilla flavored vodka White sugar nonpareils for rimming each shot glass Wet the rim of a chilled shot glass and dip into a shallow bowl of nonpareils. Pour in chilled vodka and top with a splash of Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE.
15. G'Vine Orchid by Junior Merino
1.5 oz G'Vine Floraison 1.5 oz pink grapefruit juice .5 oz Elderflower Liqueur 1.5 oz Brut Champagne Add the G'Vine Floraison, pink grapefruit juice and elderflower liqueur with ice and shake. Before pouring into a highball glass, add the Champagne to the mix with the rest of the ingredients. Garnish with an orchid.
16. Look Better Naked Margarita by Adam Seger
1.5 oz Partida Reposado .5 oz Sambazon Pure Organic Acai Smoothie Pack .75 oz Partida Organic Agave Nectar 4" Sprig Rosemary (reserve the top inch for garnish) .5 oz Organic egg white 1 lime fresh squeezed Muddle rosemary in a 16 oz pint glass until aromatic. Add liquid ingredients. Rim a chilled 10 oz cocktail glass with salt & pepper. Shake liquid ingredients vigorously w/ice. Strain into glass. Top with rosemary.
17. Dark Rum Daisy
1.5 oz. Appleton 1 oz. Domaine .5 oz. Lime .5 oz. Simple 4 dashes of Peychauds bitters Lemon and Lime slices for garnish Combine Appleton, Domaine, lime and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Top with Peychauds bitters. Garnish with lemon and lime slices.
18. Calvados Royal
1 oz Fine V.S. Calvados Pere Magloire .75 oz strawberry liqueur 3.25 oz Champagne or sparkling wine In a coupe, strain the strawberry liqueur and Calvados. Top with Champagne or sparkling wine.
19. Coco Joy Coconut Cucumber Gin Fizz
2 oz. Coco Joy Coconut Water 2 oz. gin 1 oz. Lime sparkling water Fresh Lime wedge, cucumber slices and basil for garnish Slice fresh cucumber and mint leaves and place in the bottom of a glass. Muddle and fill glass with ice. Shake Coco Joy, Gin, and sparkling water and pour into glass. Garnish with fresh cucumber, lime and mint.
20. Voga Italia Sparkling Peppermint Swirl
2 ½ oz. VOGA Sparkling 1.5 oz. Vanilla vodka 1 oz. crème de menthe liquor Splash of Grenadine In a shaker, combine ice, vodka and crème de menthe and grenadine. Stir gently and strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with crushed candy canes. Top with VOGA Sparkling and garnish with a candy cane.
21. Whiskey Mule
2 oz. Whiskey .5 oz. Lemon .5 oz. Simple 1 oz. Ginger Beer Orange slice for garnish Combine whiskey, lemon and simple syrup in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain over ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with orange slice.
22. Berry Merry Mistletoe
2 parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka 4 parts cran-raspberry juice ¼ part fresh lime juice Raspberries (for garnish) Rosemary sprig (for garnish) In a shaker filled with ice, shake together the cran-raspberry juice and vodka. Add the lime juice. Serve on the rocks. Garnish with raspberries and fresh rosemary sprig.
23. Maple Syrup Martini
2 parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka 2 parts club soda Dollop of warm maple syrup Shake vodka and maple syrup together with ice. Top with club soda and pour into martini glass.
24. Cruzan Snow Day
1 3/4 parts Cruzan Aged Light Rum 1/4 part DeKuyper Crème de Menthe 1 1/2 parts Heavy Cream Squeeze of Fresh Lime Combine all ingredients over ice, shake, double strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with crushed peppermint on the rim of the glass.
25. Cruzan Sleigh Bell
2 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum 1/2 part Sweet Vermouth 1/2 part Bitter Amaro Dash of Orange Bitters Bing Cherry Combine all ingredients over ice and stir. Pour into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a Bing Cherry.
26. Mexican Mule
1 part Sauza® 901® Tequila 2 parts ginger beer Juice of ½ lime Combine Sauza® 901® Tequila and lime juice in a highball glass. Add ice. Pour ginger beer into glass. Garnish with fresh lime wedge.