12 Drinks of Christmas

A drink to celebrate each day!

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Popular children's song "The 12 Days of Christmas" may be irritating on its own, but these 12 cocktails can make even The Muppets' version tolerable.

4 Calling birds

What on earth is a calling bird, you ask? Well, it's nothing. Actually, it's "colly" birds, otherwise known as the common black bird. While its namesake may be common, this blackberry margarita is anything but.

4 Blackberry margaritas recipe

blackberry margarita recipe

Serves 4


  • Ice
  • Salt or sugar
  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • 1 cup blackberry juice
  • 1/3 cup real lime juice (or a mix of lime and orange)
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 4 blackberries or limes (for garnish)


  1. Rim 4 margarita glasses with salt or sugar by rubbing the rims with the still-wet husks of lime from the fresh-squeezed lime juice and twisting it around on a small platter filled with salt or sugar.
  2. For a margarita on the rocks, fill a large punch bowl or pitcher with ice. Add the tequila, blackberry juice, lime juice and orange liqueur and stir. For a frozen margarita, add the ice, tequila, blackberry juice, lime juice and orange liqueur to a blender and pulse until slushy.
  3. Pour the margarita into the rimmed margarita glasses and garnish with blackberries or limes.

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Heather Barnett is a freelance writer and foodie whose work has been featured in blogs, websites, magazines, and TV and radio ads. She spends her free time relaxing with her soulmate, Keith; her dog, Mosby "The Fly Slayer;" and Felix the Fish. You can follow her on Twitter @HireHeather.