My favorite scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the one where Clark and his brother-in-law Eddie are stuck awkwardly alone in the living room, admiring the tree and sipping eggnog from ridiculous moose mugs. (In case you’re obsessed, too, guess what? Warner Bros. has officially licensed them. How’s that for a unique Christmas gift?).
I usually start sipping eggnog, spiked with just a touch of rum or whiskey, on Thanksgiving while I’m busking around in the kitchen baking. As the holiday season continues, I like to keep that festive spirit going with other warming drinks, like mulled wine, cinnamon hot toddies, and sparkly prosecco and champagne cocktails that I bust out only this time of year. With so many friends and family gatherings penciled into the calendar, it’s the perfect time of year to make sure you keep things festive…for grown-ups and kids alike. Non-boozy mocktails are fun for younger guests; you can’t go wrong with a hot-chocolate bar or a make-your-own-bubbly-soda setup for the kids. Click through the above slideshow for some festive holiday drinks for kids and grown-ups alike to bring into your own home this season. Cheers!