6 Unique Cocktails for Divorced Moms to Celebrate the Holiday

6 Unique Cocktails for Divorced Moms to Celebrate the Holiday

Are you celebrating the New Year as a single parent this year? Maybe you’ve agreed to see your ex long enough for the kids to have a mini celebration together or you won’t see them at all. Either way, you’re probably going to need a stiff drink or two to get you through. With a cocktail in hand, you can celebrate the holiday with a bit more abandon and actually enjoy the festivities. You can have a perfectly Happy New Year as a single mom – but these unique cocktails won’t hurt. 

1. Cranberry Orange Bourbon Cocktail

If you love old-fashioneds, you’re sure to enjoy this mellower interpretation. Sure, the cranberry orange bourbon cocktail might be tamer, but that means you can drink more of them and still stay sober enough to enjoy the season’s festivities. 

First, fill a highball glass with crushed ice. Add two ounces of orange juice, one and a half teaspoons of orange ginger syrup, one and a half teaspoons of brandied cranberry syrup, and a dash of bitters. Stir to combine and garnish with a dried orange crisp, fresh mint, and brandied cherries. 

2. Cinnamon Apple Whiskey Sour 

Warm-up from the inside-out with a few cinnamon apple whiskey sours. Tender apples, hard cider, and fresh rosemary combine to create a tasty and boozy treat to carry you through winter. Be careful. This drink is so delicious it’s easy to forget that there’s alcohol in it!

Place the cinnamon and sugar in a shallow bowl. Use an apple slice to wet the rim of your glass and dip it in the cinnamon-sugar mix. Combine the whiskey, simple syrup, bitters, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into your glass. Top with cider and garnish with a cinnamon-sugar-covered apple slice and rosemary sprig. Cheers!

3. Kombucha and Sake Cocktail 

Kombucha is having a moment, and it’s no surprise why. This fizzy beverage is bursting with probiotics that support gut health and your immune system. Better yet, it makes a great mixer in cocktails, including this one. Fresh fruit, gingerberry kombucha and silky mild sake muddle and mingle in this delicious drink that’s easy to make and oh-so festive. 

In a lowball glass, muddle a few raspberries and blackberries, then add the sake. Fill three-fourths of the glass with ice and top with gingerberry kombucha. Add an evergreen sprig for good measure and enjoy!

4. Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz

Whether you’re celebrating NYE or the fact that you’re once again single and ready to mingle, this bright and bubble drink should be your go-to. It might sound like more work than it’s worth. You do have to make your own infusions, after all. However, it’s quite simple to make once you’ve prepared the gin and syrup. 

Add the ice, gin, juice, and syrup to a shaker and shake well to combine. Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice, top with prosecco, and sip, sip away! Add an orange peel and rosemary sprig if you’re feeling extra fancy. 

5. Swedish Mulled Wine

Maybe you’d rather sip on something warm and comforting this holiday season. Then pour yourself a mug of this Swedish mulled wine. There are myriad takes on the classic, but this recipe uses red wine, four different hard liquors, warm spices, and fruit. This drink’s as stiff as they come, with some even calling it the Long Island Tea of mulled wine. 

Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. When small bubbles start to form along the edges, carefully strain the solids and pour the leftover liquid into a mug. Enjoy this cocktail warm and store a batch in a pitcher in the fridge so that it’s always on hand. 

6. Chai Hot Toddy 

Have you ever made a hot toddy? This classic cocktail is light and hydrating and has long been enjoyed as a nightcap. With nothing but a twist of sweetness and dilution, the liquor’s flavor shines through. However, if you want a bit more sugar and spice, you can easily make a chai hot toddy. Put a creamy, indulgent spin on the classic with rum and cinnamon-infused milk. You can even make it dirty by adding a shot of espresso. 

First, steep a chai tea bag in hot water for at least 10 minutes to make your base. Meanwhile, heat milk and sugar in a bowl and add the cinnamon and vanilla. Remove the tea bag and pour the steaming creamer in. Add as much spiced rum as you need and enjoy! 

Sip Your Cares Away

Whether you make a giant batch of Swedish mulled wine or sip your cares away with a few whiskey sours, these unique cocktails are sure to put your mind at ease. Forget about your ex. It’s a new year!! So sip, sip away and enjoy the festivities.

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