18 Darling Ways to Top Off Holiday Sips + Snacks

Make holiday cocktails and appetizers way more fun with garnishes that add the perfect finishing touch.
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There's nothing better than drinking a holiday-hued cocktail with a candy garnish. We've got traditional and not-so-traditional holiday snacks and sips that get a bit of festive flair with sprinkles, candy, spices and more.

Sprinkle With Cinnamon

Garnish

Garnish

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Step aside, PSL. I'm all about this homemade gingerbread latte made with fresh-brewed coffee, baking spices, vanilla extract and maple syrup. The holidays are h-e-c-t-i-c so adding a splash (or two!) of brandy will make this extra yummy. And forget making this low-calorie — jump right in by topping your finished latte with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few cinnamon sticks for festive flair.

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Coffee Mocha Mix

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Coffee Bean Ornaments

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Coffee Lover Gift

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Coffee-Stained Gift Tags

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Coffee Grounds Soap Bar

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Coffee Nuts

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Coffee Grounds Candles

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Coffee Syrups

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Coffee Maker

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Coffee Lover's Gift Basket

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Make Food Fun

Strawberry Santa Hats

Strawberry Santa Hats

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Turn your kids' favorite store-bought snacks into fun and festive treats for the season. Chocolate chips, nonpareils, sprinkles and colorful icing turn everyday food into smile-worthy bites that are almost too adorable to eat.

Here, strawberries are turned into sweet mini Santas with white icing and chocolate chips.

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Kid-Friendly Snack Hacks for the Holidays

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Kid-Approved Treats

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Snowman Donuts

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Snowman Donuts

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Strawberry Santa Hats

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Strawberry Santa Hats

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Cupcake Christmas Trees

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Rice Cereal Presents

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Sprinkle Cookie Sandwiches

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Sprinkle Cookie Sandwiches

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Sugar Your Fruit

Cranberry Brie Crackers

Cranberry Brie Crackers

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Relish in the combination of savory and sweet with this beautiful and delicious appetizer that layers cranberries, brie and cranberry chutney on a salty cracker. The element that really seals the deal? The sugared cranberry garnish right on top. Sugar, water and fresh cranberries are all you need to make these tart and sweet bites.

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More Cheese, Please!

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Brie and Sun-Dried Tomato-Stuffed Mushrooms

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Brie and Sun-Dried Tomato-Stuffed Mushrooms

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No-Bake Gorgonzola Cheese Balls

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No-Bake Gorgonzola Cheese Balls

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Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites

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Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites

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Mozzarella and Artichoke Wonton Bites

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Parmesan Spinach Balls

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Decorate With Ribbon (Candy)

Ribbon Candy Martini

Ribbon Candy Martini

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The holidays call for peppermint, so garnish your next Creme de Menthe cocktail with the ever-so-festive peppermint ribbon candy. The garnish adds an exquisite touch with the red and green color combo.

Add an Herbacious Touch

Rosemary finish

Rosemary finish

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Starting with a base of pomegranate juice, soda water and vodka (your spritzer!), freeze pomegranate seeds, cranberries or other complementary fruits into ice cubes for a splash of color and added flavor. Then add an aromatic rosemary sprig to finish. Trust me, this beautiful, blushing drink is as pretty to look at as it is to drink.

Make This: Pomegranate Spritz

Dress Up Holiday Cocktails With These Gorgeous + Simple Garnishes

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Fun With Fruit

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Thyme and Honeycomb

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Ribbon Candy Martini

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Champagne on the Rocks

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Colorful Surprise

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Pomegranate Spritz

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Festive Ice Cubes

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Rosemary Finish

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Top With Candycanes

Garnish Each Serving

Garnish Each Serving

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If you're expecting a house full of guests this season, we've got the perfect crowd-pleasing treat that adds a seasonal touch to everyone's favorite snack. Add melted white chocolate and finely crushed peppermint to popped popcorn for the perfect mix of salty and sweet.

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Pink Peppermint Cocktail

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Pink Peppermint Cocktail: Ingredients

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Pink Peppermint Cocktail: Shake + Strain

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Pink Peppermint Cocktail: Garnish + Serve

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Peppermint Ginger Cookie

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Peppermint Ginger Cookie: Ingredients

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Peppermint Ginger Cookie: Bake + Dip

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Peppermint Ginger Cookie: Garnish + Eat

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White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

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White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn: Ingredients

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White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn: Mix It Up

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White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn: Garnish + Serve

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