Have some Maple Syrup on hand? Sweeten your holiday cocktails with this kitchen staple that you probably already have leftover from breakfast.  Buddy the Elf would be proud!

Since it is already sweetened, Maple Syrup removes the need to spend precious time on prep work – like preparing alternatives such as simple syrup.

Extra time to sip? Clearly a winner in our book!  We’ve compiled a list of some festive syrupy drinks to sweeten your holiday celebrations. Here are some of our favorites:

Maple Hot Toddy

Ingredients
• 2 oz hot brewed black tea
• 1 oz whiskey
• 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
• 1 oz rum
• 2 Tbsp simple syrup
• 1 drop angostura bitters
• 1 Tbsp butter, unsalted
• chocolate shavings
• nutmeg

Directions

Brew the tea; set aside. In a tall glass or mug, add whiskey, maple syrup, rum, tea & simple syrup; stir to combine. Pour in bitters & top with butter. Garnish with chocolate shavings & nutmeg.

 

Maple Butter Kiss Martini

Ingredients
• Ice
• 1 1/2 oz. vodka
• 1/2 oz. DeKuyper Buttershots liqueur or butterscotch schnapps
• 1/4 oz. real maple syrup
• 1 oz. half-and-half
• Fresh-ground nutmeg

Directions
Pour liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and top with fresh-ground nutmeg.

 

Cranberry Cocktail with Maple Syrup

Ingredients
• 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
• 1 cup pure maple syrup
• 2 cups dry red wine, such as Pinot Noir
• 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
• 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
• Thin strips of zest from 1/2 lemon
• 2 teaspoons pink peppercorns, crushed
• Pinch of coarse salt
• 2/3 cup granulated sugar
• 2 cups seltzer

Get full directions on MarthaStewart.com

 

The Maple Perfect Manhattan

Ingredients
• 2 ounces rye (Knob Creek Rye is good)
• 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
• 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
• 2 dashes bitters
• Ice
• Pickled cherries
Directions
Add the rye, vermouth, maple syrup and bitters into cocktail shaker. Shake it up, pour over good ice in a large and manly rocks glass. Add skewered cherries and drink.

 

Do you have any secret ingredients you use to spice up your holiday drinks?  Tell us!