December Drinking Holidays

Christmas & other holiday events may dominate your calendar this month, but December is chock full of days to celebrate! Below are Minibar’s favorite non-traditional holidays. In the spirit of giving, here is their chance to shine.

December 5th: National Repeal Day

This day honors the anniversary of the 21st Amendment, which officially repealed Prohibition. December 5th, take a moment to give thanks that our great government finally came to its senses; and clink glasses in honor of the resiliency of the American spirit(s), and the return to civilized drinking.  


December 17th: National Maple Syrup Day

Maple leaves are so revered they have their own NHL team and a prominent spot on the Canadian flag. Such admiration is due, seeing as they’re responsible Maple Syrup: our favorite breakfast condiment, and a great cocktail ingredient. Pay your respects with a Maple Leaf cocktail.

 Photo via Wall Street Journal

Photo via Wall Street Journal

Maple Leaf Cocktail

2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon

¾ ounce maple syrup

¾ ounce lemon juice

Shake with ice and strain into a glass over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.


December 20th: National Sangria Day

Often thought of as a summertime beverage, a Mulled Wine Sangria is the perfect addition to any holiday party. 


Mulled Red Wine Sangria

1 bottle Spanish red wine

1 cup orange juice

3 tablepoons mixed mulled spices (cinnamon, cloves, allspice)

2 teapoons sugar + 1 orange + 6 cinnamon sticks

Pour the red wine into a pitcher. Slice the orange and add the slices to the pitcher.Bring the orange juice, sugar and the mulled spices to a light simmer and cook 10 minutes. Strain the orange juice into the pitcher. Discard spices. Marinate mulled sangria in the fridge for an hour.


December 24th: National Chocolate Day

If you needed another reason to indulge your sweet tooth this holiday season, National Chocolate Day is begging you to pair that glass of wine with a decadent treat. It’s the least you can do to honor the sugary friend, which is always there in times of need.


December 31st: National Champagne Day

It’s no surprise that New Year’s Eve doubles as Champagne’s day in the sun. Order your bottles of bubbly ahead of time to beat the holiday rush!