The weather outside may be frightful, but these yummy cocktails are sure delightful!

Whether you’re hosting or toasting, ‘Cooking Channel’ stars and mixology duo Alie Ward & Georgia Hardstark have curated specialty cocktails infused with seasonal flavor to kick start the Christmas festivities. Scroll through the delicious recipes below!

The Night Before Christmas

the night before christmas drink recipe

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  • 1-1/2 oz Rye or bourbon

  • 3/4 oz Averna amaro

  • 1/2 oz NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Espresso, chilled


  • Add first three ingredients to a tall glass or shaker.

  • Add ice.

  • Stir with a long spoon (don’t shake) and strain into an up glass.

  • Garnish with one Luxardo cherry.

Chilly Bourbon Espresso Eggnog

eggnog burbon recipe

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  • 1/2 cup spiked eggnog (recipe below)

  • 1 pod NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Cappuccino, cooled

Eggnog Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites

  • 4 egg yolks

  • 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon

  • 1 pint milk

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 3 oz. bourbon

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • With a hand blender, beat egg whites until soft peaks are formed. Gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

  • In a blender, mix the egg yolks on med-high speed while slowly adding the ⅓ cup sugar. Next, slowly pour in the milk, cream, bourbon and nutmeg and mix until well blended.

  • With the blender running on low-med speed, gradually add spoonfuls of the egg whites until all is incorporated. Let chill for an hour in the fridge.

  • To Finish the Drink – Pull one pod of NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Cappuccino espresso and let cool. Add 1/2 cup homemade eggnog, dust with nutmeg and serve!

Gin and Cranberry Sauced

gin and cranberry recipe

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  • 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce (without whole berries)

  • 2 oz. gin

  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

  • 2 dashes bitters

  • Sprig of fresh rosemary


  • Grab some leftover cranberry sauce and — avoiding the whole berries — add 2 tablespoons to a shaker with the gin, lime juice and bitters.

  • Add ice, shake very vigorously at least 30 to 45 seconds and strain through a mesh strainer into a chilled coupe glass.

  • Smack a sprig of rosemary between palms to release aroma/holiday aggression and float delicately atop the cocktail. Toast to well-purposed leftovers.