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

Finally, add a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon to the top For a little extra holiday flair, add a couple of cinnamon sticks, too!

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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

Put a fresh spin on classic hot chocolate by incorporating coffee into the mix. Add one part instant coffee, cocoa powder, sugar, powdered vanilla creamer, a dash of cinnamon and chocolate chips. Package your homemade mix in a glass canister or Mason jar, then finish with a gift tag and some ribbon.

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Coffee Bean Ornaments

If you have leftover coffee beans, place them inside clear ornaments. Once the bulbs are on the tree, the warm lights will heat your ornaments and give off a warm coffee-scented aroma.

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Coffee Lover Gift

Put your favorite coffee beans into a burlap gift bag inside a custom or store-bought coffee mug. Adorn with a simple gift tag, your friend’s name and a piece of gold ribbon. It makes for a simple and savory gift they'll love.

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Coffee-Stained Gift Tags

If you have some basic gift tags that need a little pick-me-up, soak them in a mixture of water and instant coffee. The longer you let the tags soak, the darker the intended look will be. For added color variation, sprinkle with instant coffee grounds and allow them to air dry.

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Coffee Grounds Soap Bar

Use your leftover coffee grounds to make homemade coffee-scented soap. In addition to adding a contrast of color, the coffee grounds aid in exfoliation.

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Coffee Nuts

Add some pizazz to raw nuts by glazing them in maple syrup, pinches of salt, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, sugar and finely ground espresso. Package your concoction in a glass canister with a sweet bow.

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Coffee Grounds Candles

Add texture to your candles by coating them with coffee grounds. Once the candle melts, the grounds will give off a pleasant coffee scent.

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Coffee Syrups

For your friend who prefers a more flavorful coffee experience, gift them with specialty coffee syrups. Pour the syrups into oil pourers from the craft store and label the bottles for a more personalized touch.

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Coffee Maker

Has your coffee fanatic been extra good this year? Get them a brand-new coffee maker to replace that noisemaker from college. Rain or shine, every morning will seem so much brighter.

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Coffee Lover's Gift Basket

Create a thoughtful gift basket for your coffee-dependent friends. Place a personalized mug and their favorite coffee inside of a basket. Take your gift to the next level by including a French press.

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Make Food Fun

Strawberry Santa Hats

Strawberry Santa Hats

A second strawberry glued into place with more icing and a couple of chocolate chips are all you need to make Santa's face and hat.

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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

Creating quick and fun snacks for kids during the holidays is easier than it looks. Use shortcuts with store-bought snacks, and add simple embellishments to make holiday parties, potlucks and last-minute get-togethers super low stress.

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Snowman Donuts

Store-bought powdered donuts are transformed into snowmen by simply adding mini chocolate chip eyes, mouths and orange gummy candy noses.

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Snowman Donuts

As an added bonus, these are a yummy nut-free treat that are perfect for school parties.

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Strawberry Santa Hats

Create a flat surface on both ends of an upturned strawberry and use piped white icing to create these adorable snowmen Santas.

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Strawberry Santa Hats

A second strawberry "glued" into place with more icing and a couple of chocolate chips are all you need to make Santa’s face and hat.

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Cupcake Christmas Trees

Ready-make cupcakes are transformed into festive Christmas trees with some easy (and tasty!) tricks. Top an iced cupcake with an ice-cream cone, and pipe green icing all the way around the cone. Finish the look with nonpareils as mini ornaments.

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Rice Cereal Presents

Elevate standard (but always welcomed) rice cereal treats with decorative red icing piped on to look like a wrapped gift.

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Sprinkle Cookie Sandwiches

Dress up simple vanilla wafer cookies with this quick macaroon-style dessert. Sandwich two cookies with vanilla icing and finish with festive sprinkles.

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Sprinkle Cookie Sandwiches

Use a spoon to lightly add sprinkles to the middle of the cookies. The icing will work as a glue to hold the sprinkles in place.

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Sugar Your Fruit

Cranberry Brie Crackers

Cranberry Brie Crackers

Top a water cracker with store-bought cranberry chutney (other flavors also work here, too), a slice of brie, and finish with a sugared cranberry.

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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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Brie and Sun-Dried Tomato-Stuffed Mushrooms

Hollow out portabella mushroom caps and stuff with creamy chunks of brie cheese. Pop them in the oven for 5-10 minutes. Top each stuffed mushroom with a slice of sun-dried tomato and thyme.

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Brie and Sun-Dried Tomato-Stuffed Mushrooms

When guests arrive, watch as these savory bites all disappear. Get the recipe.

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No-Bake Gorgonzola Cheese Balls

Combine gorgonzola, cream cheese, chopped rosemary and a splash of white wine. Add in walnut pieces and salt and pepper for texture. Refrigerate, then form into balls. Garnish with rosemary.

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No-Bake Gorgonzola Cheese Balls

This make-ahead appetizer is quick, easy and delicious. Get the recipe.

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Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites

Top a cracker with cranberry chutney, a slice of brie cheese and a sugared cranberry.

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Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites

Relish in the combination of savory and sweet with this beautiful appetizer that layers cranberries, brie and cranberry chutney on a salty cracker. Get the recipe.

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Mozzarella and Artichoke Wonton Bites

Fill baked wonton shells with a mixture of parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, mozzarella cheese and artichoke hearts. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Get the recipe.

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Parmesan Spinach Balls

To create these yummy spinach balls, combine spinach and eggs with onion, garlic, stuffing, parmesan and butter. Mix and roll together into a ball. Chill and then bake for 15-20 minutes. Get the recipe.

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Decorate With Ribbon (Candy)

Ribbon Candy Martini

Ribbon Candy Martini

The holidays call for peppermint, so decorate your next Creme de Menthe martini with peppermint ribbon candy, found at specialty candy shops or online. The classic combo of red and green is a no-brainer!

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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

Aromatic rosemary is a great finish to a tart cocktail. Plus, it is easy to grow in a pot or in the ground, so you can always have some on hand!

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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.

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Dress Up Holiday Cocktails With These Gorgeous + Simple Garnishes

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Fun With Fruit

Add a fruity, festive touch to your cocktail with an orange-skin star and frozen cranberries. These garnishes look particularly pretty on (and in!) dark-hued drinks like an Old-Fashioned.

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Thyme and Honeycomb

For a refreshing holiday cocktail, incorporate some natural flavors, such as honey and thyme, into a classic gin and tonic.

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Ribbon Candy Martini

The holidays call for peppermint, so decorate your next Creme de Menthe martini with peppermint ribbon candy, found at specialty candy shops or online. The classic combo of red and green is a no-brainer!

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Champagne on the Rocks

Champagne is the drink of choice during the holiday season. Add a stick of rock candy to "ice" your dry Brut and add a little sweetness to the mix.

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Colorful Surprise

For an even bigger kick, use red, green or blue rock candy and tint your bubbly with festive colors. Added bonus: You'll feel like a kid again.

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Pomegranate Spritz

Turn a cocktail into a spritzer by adding club soda. It's an easy way to lighten up any drink – in calories, alcohol and color. This beautiful, blushing drink is as pretty to look at as it is to drink.

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Festive Ice Cubes

Freeze pomegranate seeds, cranberries or other complementary fruits into your ice cubes for a splash of color and added flavor.

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Rosemary Finish

Aromatic rosemary is a great finish to a tart cocktail. Plus, it's easy to grow in a pot or in the ground, so you can always have some on hand.

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Top With Candycanes

Garnish Each Serving

Garnish Each Serving

Once fully coated, spoon out popcorn into serving size bowls to keep the presentation elegant. Add a bit of crushed peppermint to the top of each serving as a garnish and enjoy!

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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

This pink peppermint cocktail is as pretty as it is tasty. And it's definitely a crowd-pleaser.

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Pink Peppermint Cocktail: Ingredients

To make this creamy concoction, you'll need vodka, crushed peppermint, brandy and half and half.

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Pink Peppermint Cocktail: Shake + Strain

Combine your ingredients, then stir until blended. Strain over ice.

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Pink Peppermint Cocktail: Garnish + Serve

Simply garnish with a few sprigs of fresh mint and a soft peppermint stick. Get the recipe.

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Peppermint Ginger Cookie

Great as a gift and oh-so-delicious, this delectable treat is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Peppermint Ginger Cookie: Ingredients

To make these tasty treats, you'll need store-bought ginger cookie dough, peppermint candy, white chocolate chips and vegetable oil.

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Peppermint Ginger Cookie: Bake + Dip

Keep this one easy and bake store-bought cookie dough. Then, combine your chocolate chips with vegetable oil and melt in the microwave. Once the chocolate is melted, dip each cookie into the mixture halfway, coating it on both sides.

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Peppermint Ginger Cookie: Garnish + Eat

While the chocolate is still warm, sprinkle crushed peppermint onto the top of each cookie. Gift to friends or hoard for yourself. (This is a no-judgement zone!) Get the recipe.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

This recipe is so simple, you'll be whipping it up for every holiday event. Get ready for a delightfully-sweet treat.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn: Ingredients

For this party-perfect treat, you'll need popped popcorn, peppermint candy, white chocolate chips and salt.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn: Mix It Up

Heat the chocolate chips until melted. Add the peppermint, and stir until incorporated. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl, add salt, then shake the bowl to distribute evenly. Pour in the melted chocolate-peppermint mixture across the top of the popcorn and mix well. Add most of the remaining peppermint into the bowl and continue mixing.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn: Garnish + Serve

Once fully coated, spoon out popcorn into serving-size bowls to keep the presentation elegant. Add a bit of crushed peppermint to the top of each serving as a garnish. Set a timer to see how long this lasts in a crowd. Get the recipe.

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