18 Cocktails to Help You Survive Being Home for the Holidays

Going home for the holidays is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's wonderful to spend time with your family, but at the same time, after a few days the walls can start to feel like they're beginning to close in on you — which is where strong holiday cocktails come into play.

You love your family, but that doesn't mean that being in close quarters doesn't occasionally trigger your fight or flight response. To help you combat Home for the Holidays Syndrome, we've found 18 of the most deliciously festive, boozy cocktails out there, from a cranberry bourbon Negroni to an aged rum Old Fashioned, and even a candy cane martini to loosen you up and get you back in the spirit of things. So get the shaker out, and cheers to a happier home for the holidays.

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Cranberry Orange Bourbon Cocktail with Brandied Cherries

Cranberry, orange, and bourbon blend together seamlessly in The Little Epicurean brandied, cherry-topped holiday cocktail.

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Aged Rum Old Fashioned

Upgrade your favorite stiff drink by opting for a nice aged rum like The Effortless Chic does.

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There Will Be Blood (Oranges)

There will be blood, or at least a cocktail of the same name courtesy The Crepes of Wrath.

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Tangerine Margarita

Swap out tangerine for seasonal mandarin orange in Confections of a Foodie Bride’s margarita recipe to create the perfect holiday cocktail.

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Basque Cider and Rye Cocktail

You don’t have to choose between cider or rye ever again with A Better Happier St. Sebastian’s tasty hybrid cocktail.

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Buccaneer's Booty Trap

Go all out and treat yourself for keeping it together by trying your hand at this delicious take on a hot buttered Appleton Estate rum by Willy Shine.

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The Ward Eight

The Kitchn’s got your back with the straightforward, booze-laden Ward Eight.

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Pomegranate Margaritas

Get yourself back in the holiday spirit with How Sweet It Is’ red and green pomegranate margarita.

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Rob Roy Cocktail

For those in serious need of a booze fix to get them through, The Kitchn’s classic Rob Roy cocktail is just the thing.

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Apple Pie Moonshine

This apple pie-flavored moonshine sip by The Little Epicurean is strong enough to help get you through any family gathering out there.

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Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

Jelly Toast mixes cranberry and ginger in this wonderfully boozy holiday creation.

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Spiced Manhattan

A Spicy Perspective takes on the spirit of the season by dressing up the original for the holidays. We couldn’t be happier.

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Pear-Ginger Rum Runner

Pass the Sushi shows us just how good rum and pear really get along.

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Spiced Bourbon Coffee

Need a little bit of coffee with your booze? No problem — Offbeat + Inspired has you covered with a citrus-laced bourbon spiced coffee.

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Mulled Wine

Kitchen Confidante’s deliciously spiced mulled wine is the perfect sip to warm all your worries away.

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Candy Cane Martini

If getting into the Christmas spirit is hard in your house, look no further than Jelly Toast’s wonderfully seasonal candy cane martini for a little help.

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Honey Sage Gin Fizz

How Sweet It Is gives a festive herbaceous hit to the gin fizz by adding honey and sage. We approve.

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Cranberry Bourbon Negroni

If you thought the classic Negroni couldn’t get any better, think again. Climbing Grier Mountain improves perfection with a hit of bourbon and cranberry.

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