A VetPartners Guide to Surviving the 2020 Holiday Season

peppermint martinis
Dec 17, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Sarah Rumple

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the land
People were canceling all the holiday fun they had planned
For a dangerous virus was spreading, and the vaccine was still new
For some time, social distancing had made everyone feel a little blue

So VetPartners decided to have a get-together via Zoom
And they spread holiday cheer throughout their virtual room
They laughed and reminisced about great times that happened before
They sang songs together, and ugly holiday sweaters they wore

VetPartners virtual holiday open house

Many at the virtual gathering were drinking festive cocktails
The drinks sounded so good, we wanted to share the details
With our friends in the veterinary industry who might like to try
A delicious beverage or two with their holiday pie

These recipes were shared by VetPartners members, and all contain alcohol
So partake at your own risk—this is your call
We’re not saying you need to drink alcohol in order to have fun
And we’re not responsible for what happens if you have more than one

Now that we got the disclaimers out of the way
There’s one more thing that we need to say
These recipes really aren’t your key to surviving the 2020 holidays
Your inner strength and resiliency are all you need… always

So without further ado, here are the recipes you’ve been waiting for
Prepare one that speaks to you, and a delicious cocktail you will pour
They’re listed here as each VetPartners member typed them into the Zoom chat
So you may need to be creative—just don’t blame us if they fall flat

The Greg Geckles

3 parts Skrewball peanut butter whiskey
1 part Godiva
1 part milk
Pinch of salt

The Nancy Dewitz

Caramel Cream Liquor

The Sarah Rumple

1/3 part chocolate almond milk
1/3 part regular unsweetened almond milk
1/3 part peppermint vodka
Shake or stir with ice, then strain into a martini glass

The Kristina Guldbrand

Hot apple cider
Alcohol of choice

The Cindy Trice

Hendrick’s Gin
Club soda

The Karen Felsted

Peppermint Schnapps
Hot chocolate

The Clayton Mackay


The Joe Axne


holiday drinks

And, in case you don’t think you’ll like any of the above
Below are a few more—there’s bound to be something you’ll love

Bourbon Hot Toddy

1 teaspoon honey
5 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 whole star anise
1/2 cup boiling water
1.5 ounces bourbon
1 slice lemon

Eggnog Martini

3 jiggers eggnog (4-1/2 oz)
1 jigger vanilla vodka (1-1/2 oz)
1/2 jigger amaretto (3/4 oz)
Nutmeg (optional)
Cinnamon stick (optional)

Peppermint White Russian

0.75 ounces kahlúa
0.75 ounces vodka
0.75 ounces peppermint schnapps
Half and half
Candy canes (crushed)
Corn syrup (clean)

Brandy Alexander

1.5 ounces cognac (or other fine aged brandy)
1 ounce dark crème de cacao
1 ounce cream
Freshly grated nutmeg


Now that our cocktail recipes have come to an end
Happy holiday wishes to you and yours we’d like to send
Here’s to a 2020 holiday season that’s merry and bright
And a 2021 full of happiness and light

Happy holidays from your friends at VetPartners! 


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Sarah Rumple is an award-winning veterinary writer and editor. Serving the veterinary industry since 2011, her writing covers everything from practice management topics for veterinary professionals to pet health and behavior topics for pet owners. Sarah’s clients include veterinary publications, organizations, nonprofit associations, media companies, individual veterinarians/practices, corporate groups, and others. Sarah is owner and chief creative officer of Rumpus Writing and Editing LLC, which she began in 2016. She and her team write hundreds of blog posts and other content for their various clients each month. Learn more about Sarah or contact her at

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