Monday, December 14, 2015

Gifts For Your Clients | Business Gift Guide

Corporate Gift Giving Guide

You’re coming up to the end of another (hopefully) successful calendar year in the corporate world, but don’t wrap up the year quite yet. With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to think about corporate gift ideas. Wait until the last minute, and you’ll be stuck handing out stale fruitcake or the cheap mugs with the company’s logo that you can’t seem to give away.

Your gifts for employees or clients shouldn’t be memorable for the wrong reasons. You don’t want to be the person known for being cheap, impersonal or completely off the mark. Instead, choose gifts for clients, colleagues and the boss that keep your company in mind, show you care and reflect the recipient’s tastes. Do that and you’ll be the talk around the water cooler.

Gift Giving Considerations

Before you reach for the first thing that grabs your attention, consider the implications of corporate gift giving. If you give your Aunt Ida a gift she hates, she might not speak to you at the next family gathering. (Maybe that’s not a bad thing.) But offending a client, business partner or employee can hurt your business.

Keep these things in mind when choosing gifts on behalf of your business:
  • The recipient: It’s easy to buy in bulk for everyone on your corporate gift-giving list, but this option also feels a little impersonal and lacking in thought. If your list of recipients is relatively short, pick out something special for each person.

    If a client barely knows how to boil water, a cooking-themed gift will likely flop. If the recipient never leaves town, engraved luggage tags won’t likely get much use. Choose gifts that take into consideration the preferences, interests and lifestyles of the recipients for the best reactions.
  • The budget: This relates both to the actual cost and the perceived value of the gift. Sure, a low-cost gift saves your company money, but everyone can spot a cheap gift a mile away. On the other end of the spectrum, spending an extravagant amount or gifting something with an exaggerated value gets tricky. It can look like you’re trying to buy your clients. Instead, stick with the middle of the road with a gift that shows your gratitude without looking like a bribe.
  • The purpose: Ask yourself why you are giving a gift to this particular person. You want to show your employees your appreciation for their hard work all year. You want to thank your clients for their business and show them you care about their needs. You want to find a gift for your boss that shows your gratitude for the opportunity to work for them and maybe to earn a few brownie points so they keep you in mind for that raise and promotion.

    Choose a gift that shows how you feel or that fills a need for the recipient. A tool the recipient can use for work purposes shows you are aware of their needs and care that they are filled, for example.
  • The unique nature: In the corporate world, clients or business partners likely get a lot of swag during the holidays. Printed mugs, stale boxes of chocolate and bottle openers with your company’s logo all have their place, but they won’t do much to make your gift memorable. They may even end up in the garbage or in the storage closet with all the other cliché gifts. Stand out from the crowd with a gift that is out of the ordinary and something the recipient genuinely likes.

Relate the Gift to Your Company

One major perk of giving gifts, especially if your clients are the recipients, is to make the recipient think of you and your company. It’s a great way to thank the recipient while also promoting sales or repeat business. Each time the recipient sees the gift, it reminds him of your company or line of work.
For example, a high-end fountain pen with your editing company’s logo on it reminds your corporate clients of editing work they need to send your way each time they jot down a note. A novelty flash drive reminds clients of the services offered by your IT company every time they save documents.

Gifting something useful that also relates to your company’s purpose or business benefits both the recipient and your sales.

Make Them Remember You

You’ve heard it a million times: It’s the thought that counts. It’s very true when giving gifts, but it’s also a perk if you can make the recipient think about you long after the Christmas tree and holiday decorations get packed away. One option is to give something the recipient uses on a regular basis — even better if you can add your company’s name or logo without making it look like a cheesy gift. It serves as a constant reminder of your company each time the recipient uses it.

Another option is to keep the gifts coming all year long with a subscription to an item of the month club. Knowing what your intended recipient likes or how they live and work can be a big help in choosing the right membership.

A gourmet food of the month club is an option for the foodie on your list. If the recipient likes to add a little flourish to their wardrobe and has a sense of humor, try the sock of the month club through Sock 101. They’ll always have a new pair of socks to wear to the office. These types of clubs are available for almost anything you can think of, from razors and beauty supplies to healthy snack foods.

Since a subscription usually means the recipient has to wait a while for the first shipment, attach a card to a bottle of their favorite wine or liquor explaining the membership and letting them know when to expect the first shipment. They get the gift of alcohol right away with the monthly reminder of how thoughtful you are once the subscription kicks in.

Give the Gift of High-End Liquor

The holidays and liquor go hand-in-hand, so it’s a logical option to give a bottle of liquor as a corporate gift. Knowing what the recipient likes to drink comes in handy with this gift option.

Buying tequila for a scotch-only drinker won’t earn you any points, although they will be able to throw an amazing Cinco de Mayo party for employees next year with that tequila. Others on your list may be more open to various types of liquor. If you’re not sure what type of liquor the recipient likes, ask around or invite them for a drink so you can do a little research. It helps to know a little about the basic types of liquor. Here’s a quick primer if you’re not sure which way to go:

Don’t head to the local supermarket and grab just any bottle of liquor. If you’re going to give alcohol as a gift, it needs to be something special. Choose premium alcohol with a unique story to show you know your cognac from your whisky. WineDelight offers all sorts of unique liquor options for your gift-giving needs.

High-End Liquor Gift Ideas

Macallan Rare Cask is made from some of the scarcest and most precious Spanish sherry seasoned oak casks. Many of these handpicked casks are first fill.

WhistlePig 10YR and 12YR is created using a unique double-barrel process. The results of this process are celebrated as the perfect combination of age, proof and purity. This straight-rye whiskey has earned 96 points from Wine Enthusiast — the highest rating they ever gave — along with accolades from Maxim, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and many others.

 For the tequila lover on your holiday shopping list, check out Casamigos Anejo. This tequila, which is only produced in small batches, is made from the finest hand-selected blue weber agave that grows in the cool climate and red, rich clay of the Jalisco Highlands in Mexico. Its process includes roasting slowly for 72 hours in traditional brick ovens. The juices then ferment over 80 hours in a unique yeast blend. Finally, it ages in an oak barrel for over 14 months.

Gift the distinctive Germain-Robin. It’s a Very Special Old Pale, which designates a blend of brandies with the youngest aged for at least four years.

For a classy, elegant gift, opt for a high-end cognac, such as Remy Martin XO. This fine champagne cognac is a blend of more than 300 eaux-de-vie, aged 10 to 37 years old. The result is a rich, layered aroma, velvety texture and long-lasting finish.

The gin drinker in the group will appreciate their very own bottle of Nolet's Silver Dry Gin. This Double Gold Medal Winner from the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition is considered the “new face of gin,” thanks to its fresh notes of raspberry, peach and Turkish rose. It is the result of 300 years of Nolet family experience. Any lucky recipient of this bottle of alcohol will likely feel like giving you an award for Best Holiday Gift Ever.

El Dorado 15YR and 21YR are two great choices for the rum drinker in your life. El Dorado Special Reserve 15 Year Old Rum is layered with flavors, from dark coffee, almonds and dark chocolate to candied orange, rich vanilla and pepper. It’s vibrant, silky and moderately full-bodied. El Dorado Special Reserve 21 Year Old Rum has a tropical spice and fruit nose with touches of dark sugar and honey. The mellow, round, full-bodied palate is rich with flavor. 

WineDelight offers a wide selection of liquor in any variety. We’re happy to ship the liquor directly to the recipient. Or you can deliver it yourself. The recipient may let the holiday spirit overtake them and offer you a drink on the spot.

High-End Liquor Gift Add-Ons

Once you select the bottle of liquor for each recipient, add in a related gift to give something to go along with the alcohol. Here are some ideas:
  • Glassware: Choose something fun and unconventional to really make an impression. Try Himalayan salt tequila glasses, stainless steel shot glasses or other unique glasses. Match the glassware to the type of alcohol you give.
  • Bar accessories: Add in some tools to help the recipient enjoy the liquor — or impress their friends when they pull out the new bottle at their next gathering. Chilling stones make a classy gift and allow them to enjoy cool liquor without worrying about watering it down. A cocktail shaker in a fun shape or design works well paired with alcohol designed for mixing. Or get them a whole set of bartender tools so they can serve up their new bottle of alcohol with flair.
  • A mixing guide: If you’re gifting liquor to someone who doesn’t know a lot about it, throw in a drink mixing guide. Choose a hardcover book with colorful images so it doubles as a decorative piece. Match the theme of the drink mixing book to the type of alcohol you give.

Or Go With the Safe Bet: High-End Wine

Whether the recipient is a wine connoisseur or doesn’t know their merlot from their pinot noir, a bottle of wine is always a suitable option for gift giving. Wine is classy without being too stuffy, so it works for everyone from that uptight executive to the most outgoing employees at your company. Plus wine is easy to serve. Remove the cork and it’s ready to drink. No special recipes, measuring or mixing required.

WineDelight offers all types of wines, both from the U.S. and other parts of the world. With a wide range of prices, you can find a bottle that fits your corporate gift budget.

If you’re not sure which wine to choose, it helps to know the range of both white and red wines. While white wines are generally sweeter than red wines, both varieties have a range of sweet to dry:
  • Red wines from sweeter to drier: port, shiraz, malbec, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, cabernet franc, chanti
  • White wines from sweeter to drier: white port, ice wine, moscato, riesling, chardonnay

High-End Wine Gift Options

Choose a bottle of wine that has significant meaning for the recipient. Gift a bottle of Cade Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Napa Valley to a client who started with your company in 2012. If your company started in 2009, commemorate the anniversary by giving out bottles of Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon from the same year. Relive the business trip you took with a colleague to the Napa Valley with a bottle of BV Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon 2005. Finding a special connection through the wine you choose makes the gift that much more meaningful.

If you don’t have a special request based on year or origin, go with a high-end bottle of wine based on the taste preferences of the recipient. Terrazas knows how to do red with its Cheval Des Andes Mendoza and has a celebrated Cabernet Sauvignon: its Single Vineyard Los Aromos Cabernet Sauvignon.

Montes Alpha 'M' 2005 is powerful, with rounded and soft tannins. This intense dark red color has well-defined, elegant character. Its Folley Syrah 2005 features a range of aromas and flavors, from leather, asphalt and toasty cedar wood to vanilla and spicy berry.

High-End Wine Gift Add-Ons

Round out the gift with a wine-related item. Pack it all in a gift basket or wooden crate for a creative presentation. If you’re not sure what to include with the wine bottle, consider one of these wine-themed gifts:
  • A corkscrew: This gift addition ensures the recipient doesn’t have to wait to test out their gift. If you want to add a personal touch, buy a customized corkscrew. Add a special message and the recipient’s name or your company’s name so the recipient remembers you every time they open a bottle of vino.
  • A decanter: Help your work acquaintance get the most out of their bottle of wine with a decanter. You’ll find decanters in a variety of styles, including those with different compartments of funky twisting shapes. They’ll be proud to display their new decanter every time they serve wine.
  • A wine rack: Keep their wine bottles under control with a wine rack. You can go big with a multiple-bottle design or stay small with a novelty single-bottle display stand. Either way, the recipient gets to show off their new bottle of wine — at least until they can’t take it anymore and have to pop the cork.
  • A wine guide: This option works well for those novice wine drinkers. Choose a coffee table-style book to make this gift option seem substantial. They can brush up on all the different types of wine. You just may turn them into a wine connoisseur after they learn everything there is to know about wine.
  • A wine stopper: We know it’s hard to believe, but some people don’t finish a bottle of wine in one sitting. For those who want to draw out the enjoyment of their wine gift, a wine stopper is a fun addition to the gift. Choose a fun design that matches the recipient’s personality and interests for bonus points.
  • Serving gear: Give the recipient everything they need to enjoy the wine by including a set of wine glasses. Go stemless for modern simplicity. Or choose a decorative glass option to make the glasses as pretty as they are functional.
  • Gourmet food: Wine and snacks go hand-in-hand, so this is a natural addition to the wine gift collection. Fill a basket with artisan cheeses, breads, chocolates and fruits to please the palette of the recipient. Add in a personalized cheese board to round out the gift.

Turn the Bottle Into a Gift

If a bottle of alcohol makes the cut on your list of corporate gifts, take it a step further. Engraving on the bottle is a simple way to turn the gift into a personalized present that says a lot. Engraved bottles for corporate gifts allow you to put thanks into words, recount a milestone with a client or add an inspirational quote. Plus the bottle becomes a keepsake and constant reminder of your thoughtfulness, even if the alcohol doesn’t last long.

WineDelight offers bottle engraving on most of our available wines and liquors. The wide selection of available liquor and wines — including white, red and bubbly — means you can find just the right bottle for each recipient. Or order in bulk so your employees don’t fight over who gets what. We can even engrave these bulk orders if you want to spread a certain message to everyone.

All engraving takes place in house with the attention to detail you can only get from WineDelight. This allows us to get your personalized liquor bottles to you faster. We can even do same-day engraving and shipping on certain whisky bottles, including WhistlePig Rye. Your clients can still get a personalized gift even if you wait until the last minute to order.

Let WineDelight Help With Your Corporate Holiday Gifts

WineDelight offers an extensive selection of liquors and wines, many that are difficult to find in stores. With such a wide selection, you can take care of everyone on your shopping list in one spot.

But we aren’t a one-size-fits-all alcohol store. We’re here to customize your experience so you get just what you want. Not only can we engrave your bottles, but we can also take care of the packaging, with options for gift wrapping, custom packaging and gift tags. Trust us. Your assistant will love the fact that they won’t get stuck wrapping all those bottles. We also offer picture proofs to ensure your vision of the gift is being achieved and dedicated account reps who work with you every step along the way.

We can also take your mailing list and ship the gifts directly to the recipients. All you have to do is place the order and sit back until the sincere thank you notes from all of the recipients start rolling in. If wine or liquor is on your corporate shopping list, check out the WineDelight options.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Holiday Cocktail Guide | Mixed Drink Guide for Holidays

A Home Bartender's Guide for Surviving the Holidays

The holidays are a time for making memories with family. Generations gather in a single home, sharing heartwarming tales while they sit around a crackling fire. Children quietly play while the adults catch up after months apart. You can finally relax because your boss gave you a week off since she understands the value of a good work-life balance. Everyone is happy.

At least this is what the greeting card companies want us to think. But the holiday reality is very different.

A recent study shows that, during the holidays, 68 percent of people experience increased fatigue, 61 percent experience increased stress and 52 percent experience increased irritability.

For more than half of us, the holidays aren’t a time to relax. They’re the exact opposite: They’re a time for higher blood pressure, acute stress headaches and cold sweats.

But we don’t need science to tell us why the holidays can be such a drag. No matter what the holiday commercials say, we know the true holiday experience is a far cry from the idyllic scene described above.

So let’s paint a more accurate picture:

Children scream because hugs from Grandma smell like weird, ancient perfume. Your uncle, who started drinking cheap beer around 6 a.m., is well into an uncomfortably racist rant about the country’s future. Your mom not-so-subtly steers every conversation towards your perpetual singlehood.

You’ve only recently arrived at this delightful family get-together, and it’s eerily familiar. Before arriving, you first had to attend a mandatory work holiday party where the lady in the cubicle next to you overdid it with the cheap perfume, all of the office bros were pounding cheap beers while reliving their college years, and your “work friend” kept explaining how you blew it with your ex.

Needless to say, there comes a time at every holiday gathering when you need a cocktail, and you need it quick.

To make surviving the holidays a little easier, we have collected a list of recipes for our favorite holiday drinks. Some are strong, some are light and all are designed to make celebrating the holidays more of a celebration and less of a chore.

Hopefully, after artfully employing these holiday cocktails, either your family will start to relax and stop nagging you or your mind will get just hazy enough to make all of the stress seem like a heartwarming Christmas special. Either way, the holidays are about to get survivable!

So make a list of the necessary ingredients, make sure you have a cocktail shaker and the proper glassware handy and get ready to drink your way towards a more bearable time with your family.

The Best Cocktails for Thanksgiving Dinner

Before we get to our more wintery holiday drinks, let’s start with the Christmas/Hanukkah warm-up known as Thanksgiving.

The centerpiece of this November whirlwind of gluttony is a dinner known for its autumnal flavors, including cranberries, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and the traditional turkey — it’s not known for being a light meal.

You have one of two options when approaching Thanksgiving cocktails: You can either embrace the tendency towards indulgence or you can instead try to counteract the calories with lighter, less filling options. Either way, booze is the key to surviving the most stressful Thursday of the year.

The Lighter Options

  • Pass the Turkey

Don’t be deceived. Despite its name, this cocktail is a refreshing cranberry drink with a hefty dose of booze.

Unsurprisingly, the punch in this cocktail comes from one and a half ounces of Wild Turkey 101. Before adding the bourbon, muddle one sage sprig and one thyme sprig with two ounces of apple cider in a cocktail shaker. Add the bourbon with one tablespoon of cranberry jelly and ice. Shake well and then strain into a glass rimmed with turkey jus and breadcrumbs.

This is a great cocktail if you want to trick your family into getting toasted with you. The thanksgiving flavors mask the intense booziness of the 101-proof bourbon. If you think surviving turkey day will be easier if your great aunt has a nice buzz, just sneak her a couple of these. Just make sure to save at least one for yourself.

  • Fall Sangria

This is a big batch cocktail that you can serve in a punch bowl, ensuring your family will have a hard time keeping track of how many you’ve had.

Combine one chopped and cored apple, a bottle of unoaked chardonnay, a half cup of peach brandy, a quarter cup of raw honey, a quartered orange, a quartered lemon, a quartered lime, two cinnamon sticks, three whole cloves and two quarter-sized slices of ginger. Refrigerate this mixture overnight.
Before serving, strain the sangria and then place it in a punch bowl filled with sliced apples. Serve in a cinnamon-and-sugar-rimmed wine glass topped off with club soda.

Although this sangria is lighter on the booze, it is easy drinking. Don’t be afraid to double the recipe if you have a stressful family.

The Heavier Options

  • Warm and Toasty
This is an unapologetic dessert drink: creamy, warm and wonderful. If you don’t want to waste your pie calories on something non-alcoholic, this is a great alternative.

In a coffee mug, combine five ounces of hot apple cider, an ounce and a half of cranberry puree, and an ounce and a half of bourbon. Top with a heaping helping of whipped cream and cinnamon and garnish with an apple slice.

Drinking to make your family more tolerating may seem cold, but with this warm drink you can easily ignore that frigid feeling growing in your heart. And if the conversation becomes so burdensome that you have to go run into the backyard or retreat to the toolshed, you’re holding something warm in your hands as the late autumn night gets frosty.

  • Pumpkin Martini
Thanksgiving might as well change its name to Pumpkin Spice Day. And while pumpkin everything may be wearing on the nation’s patience, we still think it’s a good fit for at least one day out of the year.

Combine two ounces of vodka and two ounces of pumpkin liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with whipped cream and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
This is a simple cocktail to make, so if you find yourself wracked with acute family-related stress, you won’t have a complicated recipe to remember. As a bonus, it’s mostly alcohol.

Perfect Cocktails for a Work Christmas Party

The dreaded work holiday party: Inappropriate co-workers. A drunken, flirtatious boss. The IT department “dancing” to Beyoncé. Nothing sucks out your soul quite like mandatory fun at the last place you want to be during the holidays.

Here are a couple drink ideas to make those parties a little more tolerable. Just don’t get so drunk that you start to flirt back with your boss. You don’t want those rumors making their way through the office email chains.

  • A Flask Full of Tequila

Maybe your company is providing drinks for the party. But your company is probably also cheap, meaning that the drinks will be watered down and terrible.

Take out a funnel and a flask and fill it with tequila. Add tequila to any lame punch or cocktail being served at the party. Or skip the punch and just sneak sips in the supply closet. We won’t judge.

  • Rum and Grapefruit Spritzer
Another way to make your company party more tolerable is to volunteer to make the drinks yourself. This spritzer is a crowd pleaser and easy to make.

Combine three fourths of a cup of light rum, two cups of pink grapefruit juice and one cup of ginger ale. Serve in a salt-rimmed glass garnished with candied ginger.

This recipe serves four, so multiply the recipe accordingly. And if you feel it needs to be stronger to make the party go faster, a little more rum won’t hurt.

Perfect Cocktails for a Family Christmas Party

Now that you’ve survived the warm-up acts, it’s time for the main event. You fly halfway across the country to sleep in your childhood room along with your cousins and great uncle Barry who suffers from the worst sleep apnea you’ve ever heard. You wake up in the morning having slept about 20 minutes total and choke down some burnt, cheap coffee, only to see your grandma walking around in an ancient threadbare nightgown.

It’s almost enough to make you want to start drinking first thing in the morning.

We do insist that you wait at least until brunch. But once it becomes socially appropriate, we want to help you survive the holidays.

Whether you are celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, family is family, which means stress headaches and heartburn. Thankfully, a good stiff drink can help you relax and make the experience a little more tolerable.

With that in mind, here are a few of our favorite holiday survival serums.
  • Holiday Mimosa 
If you can’t wait until the evening to start numbing your senses, then add this holiday themed mimosa to your brunch menu.

In a pitcher, combine one chilled bottle of champagne, one cup of chilled orange juice, half a cup of chilled cranberry juice, and orange slices. Serve in a champagne flute garnished with an orange wheel.

The best part of having a mimosa is that people forget it’s a cocktail designed for the morning. So while people might judge you for drinking a martini with your eggs, you can usually sneak a few of these without getting too many strange looks.

  • Gin and Rosemary Cocktail
This is a good one if you ate a little too much Christmas goose: Gin is an excellent digestif and the herbal flavors of the rosemary help with an upset stomach. And gin is liquor, so it’s good for helping make incessant questions about what you’re doing with your life more tolerable.

In a small saucepan, simmer a half cup of water, four rosemary sprigs and a half cup of sugar. Strain the rosemary syrup into a pitcher. Add one cup of grape juice, half cup of club soda and one fourth of a cup of fresh lemon juice. Finally, add three fourths of a cup of gin, pour the mixture over ice, and garnish with grapes and a sprig of rosemary.

This is a classy cocktail, which will help give your family the impression that you actually are an adult. Plus it’s tasty and balanced, so you can have additional drinks as needed.
  • Belgian Winter Fizz
This is definitely a drink for an experienced mixologist. If you have the chops to put it together, you will find yourself enjoying a winning combination of sophistication and alcohol.

Shake two ounces of Tanqueray, one teaspoon maraschino liqueur, one heaping teaspoon of orange marmalade, a fourth of an ounce of lemon juice and one small egg white vigorously. Next add ice to the shaker and continue to shake. Pour into a snifter. Next, pour three ounces of Belgian beer into the shaker and swirl, pouring the foamy mixture into the snifter. Garnish with fresh cinnamon.

While this drink is certainly worth the effort, the involved preparation may invite more inquisitive relatives to ask the same kinds of nagging questions that you are drinking to avoid. Plan your preparation accordingly. Try slipping away just as the game of charades is about to begin: Everyone will be distracted and you can mix alone in peace. In fact, you could just stay in the kitchen and drink in peace too!

  • Easy Eggnog
Eggnog is a classic. You can buy it in its far less exciting non-alcoholic form in any grocery store once the holidays start. But good eggnog also helps you cope with pinched cheeks or screaming children. We recommend leaving the store-bought eggnog to the kids. Just make sure you don’t confuse your special grown-up version with theirs.

In a medium saucepan, bring two cups heavy cream, a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg, and a half cup of sugar to a simmer. In a blender, add four large eggs and blend on the lowest setting. Without turning off the blender, add the hot cream and let it combine until it is frothy. Turn off the blender and add three fourths of a cup of brandy. We recommend serving this eggnog warm.

Technically this recipe serves four, but considering how stressful the holidays are, you might as well keep all four servings for yourself.
  • Chartreuse and Lime
This is an alpine classic. Chartreuse is a beguiling green herbal liqueur flavored with anise, licorice, basil and spearmint. If you need to cleanse your palate after eating yet another one of your aunt’s terrible fruitcake bricks, this is a great option.

Combine half a cup of light rum, half a cup of club soda, one third of a cup of Chartreuse, and another third of a cup of lime juice. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with a cherry.
Admittedly, this drink requires a refined taste. But if such sophistication is a reflection of your own drinking habits, then this is a perfect cocktail, because your wine cooler sipping cousins won’t ask you to share.

  • Gingerbread Martini
The best thing about martinis is that they are made of alcohol and not much else. This gingerbread martini is no exception. It tastes like dessert, but it’s as alcoholic as the punch at a frat party.

Combine two ounces of vanilla vodka, two ounces of Frangelico, and one ounce of butterscotch schnapps in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and then strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with ginger beer and pour some dark rum over the back of a spoon to float on top of the cocktail.

The best part of this drink is its versatility. If you want to drink your dessert, go right ahead. You can blissfully doze off while the rest of the family gathers to watch a black-and-white Christmas movie for the millionth time.

But if you want to get the rest of the family to fall asleep, just make one of these for everyone. They taste so good that everyone will drink them quickly and start snoring on the couch before they know what hit them.

Of course, you still have to find a way to get the kids to leave you alone. Hopefully their parents packed them hand-held video games.

Bonus: A Holiday Hangover Cure

The one drawback to drinking in order to cope with family: The next morning you might have a killer holiday hangover. But have no fear — we have a perfect seasonal cure just for the occasion!

Combine three cups of tomato juice, three fourths of a cup of vodka, two thirds of a cup of lime juice, two teaspoons of Worcestershire Sauce, one teaspoon of horseradish, half a teaspoon of celery salt, half a teaspoon of hot sauce, half a teaspoon of salt and a fourth of a teaspoon pepper.

Pour this life-restoring Bloody Mary over ice and garnish with a celery stalk and a couple of sliced jalapeños.

Depending on your family, nursing a hangover with a little hair of the dog may raise some eyebrows. So you can prepare this ahead of time and hide it in the garage or sealed in a jar stuck in a snow bank. That way, when everyone else is checking out what they have in their stocking, you can sneak out the back and enjoy your cure in peace.

Spice Up Your Holidays With Your Favorite Cocktails

Hopefully this guide to Thanksgiving and holiday stress avoidance has made the prospect of spending time with your family just a little more bearable. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few who actually enjoy spending time with in-laws. Thankfully, these cocktails for a Christmas party are just as good for sharing with company you enjoy keeping. If, like the rest of us, you need a little libation to get you through the holidays, these drinks are sure to do the trick.

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you to drink responsibly. If you do drink, make sure you either have a guest room to crash in or someone else to drive you home.

But since holidays with your family usually mean you’re stuck with your family overnight, you’re probably good to go. So raise a glass to health and drink up. It’s what the holidays are all about!