Raise a glass and toast the arrival of 2018 with a trio of cocktails filled with familiar — and favorite — holiday flavors like peppermint, eggnog and amaretto.

Guests will enjoy the indulgence, and you’ll appreciate how quick and simple it is to mix the ingredients.

Eggnog Martini

4 ounces light cream

2 ounces white chocolate liqueur

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon rum extract

Fill cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add cream, white chocolate liqueur, nutmeg and rum flavor; shake until well mixed and chilled. Strain into a martini glass. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.

Peppermint Martini

Crushed peppermint candies

4 ounces white chocolate liqueur

2 ounces half-and-half

2 ounces vanilla vodka

1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract

Dip rim of martini glasses with crushed peppermint candies to lightly coat. Fill cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add white chocolate liqueur, half-and-half, vanilla vodka and peppermint extract; shake until well mixed and chilled. Strain into martini glasses. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.

Maple Amaretto Sour

1/4 cup amaretto

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon simple syrup

3/4 teaspoon maple extract

Fill cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add all ingredients; shake until well mixed and chilled. Strain into a martini glass. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.

Recipes from McCormick kitchen

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