Preparing for lavish holiday parties can be intense, full of baking, roasting and decorating. By the time you’re finished with all the prep, you need a drink, and the last thing you want to do is play bartender at your own get-together. Our solution: Serve drinks you can easily prepare ahead of time. When guests arrive, kick back and be a part of the festivities. The following cocktails do take a little time to prepare, but get them done before the party starts, and you and your guests will be able to sip and celebrate together.

Holiday Cheer

Cherry-Ice Cream-Gin Punch

Don the Beachcomber's Coffee Grog

Matt is a bartender, author and industry historian.