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.

7 Swans-a-swimming

Swans are the most elegant of birds, but they're well known for a fierce temperament that makes them a bit unapproachable. This beautiful cocktail packs a punch belied by its gorgeous color.

Naughty swan cocktail recipe

pink anise cocktail recipe

Serves 1


  • Ice
  • 1/2 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1/4 ounce anise liqueur
  • 2 dashes aromatic cocktail bitters
  • Squeeze of lime (or more to taste)
  • Lime for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin, vermouth, anise liqueur, bitters and lime.
  2. Shake until the shaker turns cold in your hands and strain it into a tall cocktail glass. Garnish with a wedge or wheel of lime.

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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.