What brings families and friends together better than the holidays? Christmas is the perfect excuse for everyone to get together for gift exchanges, turkey feasts, and an assortment of yummy cocktails. Our collection of Christmas cocktails is the only list you’ll need this season to please everyone on Santa’s nice list.
20 Christmas Cocktails To Try Out
1. Hot Toddy
We could think of no better way to kick off our list than with the hot toddy. It’s loaded with bourbon, honey, and lemon juice and has even been rumoured to fight the common cold. So, whether you need a remedy for the sniffles or a warm cup of bourbon and citrus, the hot toddy is your lady.
2. Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate
While traditional hot chocolate is a good holiday drink, we’re ready to spice things up (literally) with an adult’s version. Cinnamon sticks, bourbon, and a bit of dulce de leche makes this a brew you can’t do without. Hot chocolate is already easy enough to make on its own, and splashing some alcohol in there doesn’t add too many steps.
3. Gingerbread Eggnog
We love gingerbread. We love eggnog. Now, you’ll love this Christmas cocktail that combines the two. Cinnamon sugar, eggnog, and vodka are just some of the things you need to create this drink combining two of Christmas’ popular flavors. Make sure you’ve got the molasses ready for drizzling and some whipped cream on hand for the garnish!
4. Moscow Reindeer Cocktails
Who doesn’t love a good Moscow mule? They’re delicious, simple to make, and only need three ingredients. On its own, it’s not exactly festive, but you only need some fresh mint and candy canes to turn your traditional Moscow mule into a cocktail loaded with holiday spirit (and peppermint).
5. Jingle Juice
When you’re preoccupied with baking and preparing a Christmas feast, you’ll need to give the guests something they can return to. A bowl of punch never hurt anyone and some Captain Morgan spiced rum only amplifies the fun. Get your punch on with this aptly named juice that will keep guests are preoccupied as you.
6. Spiced Sugar Cookie Martini
We already love stuffing our faces with sugar cookies this time of the year. So, why not bring the feast to your martini glass with some vanilla vodka, simple syrup, and Irish cream? The end result will be a creamy drink that perfectly captures the taste of a holiday cookie.
7. Christmas Clausmopolitans
Cosmopolitans on their own are pretty grand, but when you make them more festive they take on a new kind of awesome. Some cranberry juice, vodka, and fresh cranberries help turn one of our favourite things to order at the bar something we can indulge in at the next Christmas party.
8. Irish Coffee
Amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s important to take time and refuel. The classic Irish coffee brings together coffee, heavy cream, whiskey, and brown sugar for one glorious cup of caffeine. Top everything off with nutmeg and you’re ready for a merry Christmas.
9. White Christmas Mojitos
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, how ’bout you? Even if you don’t get much snow where you live, you can bring the party to your house with a mojito filled with sugar, white rum, and coconut milk. This recipe yields about six servings, so you’ll be able to give everyone a little taste of Christmas.
10. Very Merry Ornamentini
We could think of no better way to ring in the holidays than by serving delicious Christmas cocktails right out of ornaments. All you’ll need is a bit of cranberry and cherry juice to help make this festive spin on the classic Cosmopolitan a reality. You can then add it to a clear ornament and serve them up from there.
11. Classic Jello Shots
Everyone loves a good bowl full of jello. What they love even more though (well, maybe just the adults) is when the jello is filled with alcohol. There are tons of different Christmas cocktails you can make in the form of jello shots. They’re easy to make and come in a variety of colors and flavors that are bound to please even the pickiest of guests.
12. Jack Frost Cocktail
They all told us ol’ Jack Frost would be back again someday and is he ever. Watch as Frost comes to life in the form of a beautiful blue cocktail rimmed with shredded coconut. A bit of pineapple juice and Blue Curacao for color really helps to make things pop.
13. Blackberry Ombre Sparkler
Just the name alone is enough to excite us. Five ingredients are all you need to play with these sparklers indoors; a splash of champagne and some blackberries help fill your champagne glass with a perfect blend of holiday flavors. This drink also looks super festive too with its little rosemary sprig popping from the top.
14. Cranberry Mimosas
Mimosas can liven up any party, and when all is said and done, they can easily be made into a Christmas-ready version everyone will enjoy. Cranberries, rosemary, and champagne are just a few of the items you need to give these a holiday look and taste.
15. Cinnamon Rosemary Old Fashioned
An old fashioned is one of those cocktails that quickly rose to popularity. With its elegance and timeless simplicity, bar-hoppers flocked to this beverage. The only thing that could make it better is spicing things up with some rosemary and cinnamon for a Christmas twist. You still won’t need many ingredients, only now things will be party ready.
16. Peppermint Chocolate Martini
We seem to have forgotten the more important things in life. Where is the chocolate?! Look no further than these Christmas cocktails which expertly blends chocolate and peppermint liqueur. Think of it as having an After Eight chocolate right in your martini glass.
17. Raspberry Cream Mimosas
Perhaps just as important as chocolate is raspberry. Okay, you’re right. Nothing is more important than chocolate. You should still try these mimosas, though, if you’re needing a drink that combines champagne, heavy cream, and raspberries.
18. Merry Manhattan
If you’re looking for a recipe that yields over a dozen servings and doesn’t take much time, you’ve come to the right place. These merry Manhattans use spiced simple syrup and only four other ingredients to create a tasty blend that’s good to go for any holiday party. And topping everything with a toothpick lined with cranberries? Yes, please.
19. Winter Sangria
Sangria already gives us the things we love most in a drink: wine and fruit. Not to mention, a cool glass helps us remember the warm days of summer. Well, you can easily transform your ordinary pitcher of sangria into a winter wonderland with some pomegranate, rosemary, and cranberries. Don’t forget the cran-apple cider either.
20. North Pole Cocktail
You might not find Santa at the North Pole, but what you can find is a recipe for Christmas cocktails made with Kahlua, vodka, heavy cream and an assortment of garnishes. You can place gingerbread men inside or even a candy cane or two for a bit of peppermint flavor.
These Christmas cocktails are delicious, colorful, and packed with our favorite flavors. Try one or all of them this year because there’s something in here for everyone.