The holidays are here, and that means plenty of parties and gatherings with friends and family. If you're throwing a party, a great food and drink menu is the key to success. While eggnog is a Christmas classic, cocktails are equally popular and a great addition to end-of-the-year festivities. Check out the recipes to some drinks you may want to add to your party menu, courtesy of the Food Network and About.com.

Citrus Temptation

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Ingredients

Raw sugar to rim glass

1 1/2 oz. limoncello

3/4 oz. orange-flavored vodka

Juice of 3 lime wedges, approximately 3/4 to 1 oz.

Ice

Directions

Dip a cocktail glass in a saucer of water to rim. Roll glass rim in raw sugar to coat. Pour limoncello and vodka into shaker with ice. Squeeze and add 3 lime wedges into shaker. Fill cocktail glass with ice. Strain drink into glass.

Cherry Gin-gria

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Ingredients

Ice cubes

2 ounces cherry syrup (recommended: Giammona)

2 ounces gin

5 to 6 ounces club soda

1 ounce red wine

Maraschino cherries

Fresh or frozen raspberries

Directions

Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Pour in the cherry syrup and the gin; stir to mix together. Lighten the drink with a generous splash of soda. Float a layer of red wine on top by pouring it over the back of a wide, flat spoon. (Don't worry if it doesn't float; it tastes great either way.) Drop a few maraschino cherries and raspberries into the glass. Drink.



Poinsettia Cocktail

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Ingredients

1/4 cup vodka

1/4 cup Champagne

1/2 cup cranberry juice

Crushed ice

2 strips orange zest, each about 1/4-inch wide and 2 inches long

Directions

Combine the vodka, Champagne and juice in a large-stemmed red wine glass. Add crushed ice and stir until the mixture is well chilled. Twist the orange strips over the glass, drop them in, and serve.



Christmas Jones

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Ingredients

4 fresh strawberries

1 1/2 oz vodka

2 tsp superfine sugar

5 oz pineapple juice

7-Up (or other lemon-lime soda)

Mint sprigs for garnish

Directions

In a blender, whiz the vodka, strawberries, sugar and pineapple juice together.  Pour the mix equally into two highball glassesTop with 7-Up. Garnish with a sprig of mint.