Our Five Favourite Holiday Drinks

holiday drinks

Seniors who live in Bria Communities share their favourite festive beverages with recipes so you can enjoy them too.

White Christmas Margarita

senior lady with holiday margarita

A favourite of Diane at Sunridge Gardens in Langley

14 oz can of unsweetened coconut milk

12 oz silver tequila

8 oz triple sec

1/4 cup lime juice

4 cups ice

Sanding sugar for rimming the glass

Lime slices and cranberries for garnish.

Combine coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Rim glasses with lime wedge and dip in sanding sugar. Pour mix into glasses and garnish with lime and cranberries. Makes 6 servings

German Glühwein

senior drinking gluhvwein

A favourite of Kurt at Magnolia Gardens in Langley

6 glühwein spice bags (imported from Germany and available your local European deli)

1 bottle red wine

Heat wine until it’s hot but not boiling. Pour into a glass, and add a spice bag. Steep until it tastes good.


Apple Cider with Cinnamon Sticks

senior drinking hot cider

A favourite of Sheila at Sunridge Gardens in Langley

2 litres of cranberry juice

2 litres of apple juice

1 tsp whole cloves

1 tsp allspice

Combine juice in a pot on low heat. Put cloves and allspice into a cheesecloth bag and add it to the juice mixture. Simmer for an hour. Add sugar to taste. Serve with a cinnamon stick as garnish.

Harvey Wallbanger

senior drinking harvey wallbanger

A favourite of Les at The Wexford in Tsawwassen

4 oz orange juice

2 oz vodka

1 oz Cointreau

Pour the Vodka, Cointreau and orange juice into a Collins glass full of ice and serve. I never met one I didn’t like.

Homemade Egg Nog

Senior lady drinking egg nogA favourite of Fran at The Waterford in Tsawwassen

1 egg

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 cup warm milk

Dash of vanilla

Sprinkle of nutmeg

1 shot rum (optional)

Combine the milk and the cream in a saucepan on medium heat. When the milk mixture is simmering, remove it. Take some of the warm mixture and add it to the egg a bit at a time, slowly, to keep the egg from cooking. Once it’s mixed, pour the egg mixture back in with the rest of the milk. Heat to low and stir constantly for about 10 minutes until the eggnog looks thick and coats the back of the spoon. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour into a mug and top it off with a shot of rum if desired.