11 Must-Try Holiday Cocktail Recipes (+1 Cute Mocktail!)
Toast to the holidays with these festive (and delicious) drinks.
Whether you're hosting a holiday party or just an attendee, you'll want the perfect beverage to sip as you're enjoying tasty hors d'oeuvres and all the sweet treats you can imagine.
Try one of our holiday-themed drink recipes to make the party or family gathering a huge success.
Dreaming of a white Christmas? We can’t promise snow, but this creamy concoction is the perfect complement to that chilly, peaceful night by the fireplace.
Make This: White Christmas Cocktail
It’s not the holidays without something cranberry-related. Try this lovely twist on a classic margarita with a wedge of lime and a few cranberries for garnishing.
Make This: Cranberry Margarita
Have a slice of pie and drink it, too. Sip on this warm apple pie cocktail or try a pumpkin pie martini at your upcoming holiday party.
Make This: Warm Apple Pie Cocktail
Coffee, Coffee, Coffee
Start the morning off right with a big cup of joe mixed with a splash of amaretto liqueur. We're sure Lorelai Gilmore would approve.
Make This: Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail
Rosario's Rumpope (Ecuadorian Holiday Eggnog)
No holiday is complete without this traditional Ecuadorian family recipe for eggnog. Rumpope, pronounced "rom-poe-pay," uses eggs, condensed milk, peaches, vanilla extract and cinnamon to create a sweet, silky beverage that's perfect for cool winter nights. Add rum for an adults-only gathering, or serve it on the side so guests of all ages can enjoy this holiday treat.
You either hate it or you love it, but the season is not complete without a mug of eggnog. Try it spiked with rum for an extra kick on the classic beverage.
Make This: Ecuadorian Holiday Eggnog
Kid-Friendly Hot Cocoa
Crock Pot Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Man Topper
Your friends and family will adore this rich, delicious hot chocolate recipe and the adorable marshmallow man topper that goes with it.
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Offer a non-alcoholic beverage for the younger guests and those that don't imbibe. The kids will be begging you to make this rich, slow-cooker hot chocolate. Plus, they'll love making a marshmallow snowman to top it off.
Make This: Slow-Cooker Hot Chocolate
Red + Green
Ribbon Candy Martini
The holidays call for peppermint, so decorate your next Creme de Menthe martini with peppermint ribbon candy, found at specialty candy shops or online. The classic combo of red and green is a no-brainer!
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Incorporate the traditional color duo into your signature cocktail. This Creme de Menthe martini garnished with peppermint ribbon candy is the perfect addition for your holiday happy hour.
Kick It Up a Notch
Ginger Bell Cocktail
Celebrate ginger two ways with this zippy bourbon cocktail that is bold, crisp and perfect for ringing in the seasonal festivities all winter long. [Get the recipe>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/ginger-bell-cocktail?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
Please your guests with this bourbon and ginger beer cocktail that's light, refreshing and a perfect choice for the holidays.
Make This: Ginger Bell Cocktail
Candy Cane in a Glass
Pink Peppermint Cocktail Recipe
If Santa left a sleigh full of candy canes for you this year, and you're wondering what to do with them all, here's an easy peppermint flavored cocktail guaranteed to please!
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Pretty-in-pink and oh-so-sweet, this adult beverage is another great option for the peppermint-obsessed.
Make This: Pink Peppermint Cocktail
Perfect as an after-dinner treat, this delectable cocktail consists of three liqueurs, honey, whipped cream, chocolate shavings and a strawberry.
Make This: Uncle Billy's Holiday Treat
Holiday Gin Fizz Cocktail
Switch up your typical winter bubble routine with this simple sparkling cocktail. A perfectly festive and unique welcoming toast for your arriving holiday guests that's bursting with vibrant berry colors and evergreen-like fragrance. [Get the recipe>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/holiday-gin-fizz-cocktail?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
Welcome guests into your home with a tray of these berry-colored beauties. Made with sparkling red wine, gin, rosemary syrup and agave, this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Be the ultimate hostess by serving them on a fancy tray.
Make This: Holiday Gin Fizz Cocktail
You Want to Hold on to Fall a Little Longer
The stores are stocked with Christmas trees and the radio's blaring holiday tunes, but you're not ready to give up on fall just yet. Make it last with this rum-spiked hot apple cider topped with cinnamon-sprinkled whipped cream.
You're Stuck at the Kids' Table Again
If you have to spend another year eating at a rickety card table in the company of your four-year-old cousin, you might as well enjoy an adult drink that will be the envy of your pint-sized companion. The Hot Peppermint Rod's bright peppermint stick and whipped cream topper evokes your childhood days, but a healthy helping of vodka makes it distinctly adult.
Your Brother Brings Five Extra Guests to Dinner
Oh, you didn't get the text he sent about extending an invitation to his new neighbors? It's OK. Just smile and pour a little bit more cranberry juice into the Hot Toddy; it's easy to stretch this mix of cranberry vodka, lemon juice, honey, bitters and cinnamon.
You Survived the Crowds at the Mall
Congratulations! You made it through the hordes of shoppers without having a meltdown. Reward yourself with a decadent dessert cocktail made from butterscotch schnapps, hot chocolate and amaretto.
You Have All-Day Guests
Whether you're having an open house or hosting all-day company, this centuries-old delight is a festive (and easy!) alternative to wine by the glass. Infuse Cabernet Sauvignon with sugar, cloves and cinnamon sticks, then top it off with port and brandy.
You Burned the Cookies
Burnt cookies happen to the best of us. After you get the next batch in the oven (hey, it can be refrigerated dough), mix up this coconut-chocolate drink. Enjoy it with one of the freshly baked treats.
You Just Built a Snowman
Knock the chill off outdoor holiday activities with this tasty homemade hot cocoa. For the adults, add an unexpected kick with Kahlua, light rum or silver tequila.
You're Already Tired of Christmas Songs
Questioning whether it really is "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"? Put on some soothing Vince Guaraldi, then mix up a non-musical favorite from the 1960s: the Old Fashioned. Your faith in holiday tunes will soon be renewed.
You Ate Too Many Sweets
Cookies from coworkers, gold foil-wrapped Hanukkah gelt — it's easy to reach dessert overload during the holidays. Classic Vodka Gimlets, made with chilled vodka and fresh lime juice, are the perfect antidote.
You've Spent Seven Hours Hanging Christmas Lights
Light-up Santa and his tiny reindeer are safely on the roof, but you're worried your hands may still be frozen on Christmas Eve. The remedy? Steamy apple cider spiked with belly-warming bourbon will have you in a caroling mood in no time.
You Want to Help Friends Through the Season
Your Aunt Won't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Shouldn't you be using cinnamon in that pie? Where's the green bean casserole? Skip the pre-dinner interrogation this year by asking your relative to be in charge of the morning Bloody Mary station. She'll be so busy setting out the Tabasco sauce, celery spears and olives that she might forget to critique your every move.
You're Sitting Fireside With the Family
No holiday is complete without this traditional Ecuadorian family recipe for eggnog. Rumpope, pronounced "rom-poe-pay," uses eggs, condensed milk, peaches, vanilla extract and cinnamon to create a sweet, silky beverage.
Your Mother-In-Law Hates the Mashed Potatoes
They're lumpy. They're too creamy. They're all wrong. Take a deep breath, hand her the gravy, then hand her this festive holiday cocktail that draws inspiration from decadent caramel-apple pie.
You Want a Classic Holiday Drink
Gather your friends around the table for this truly traditional winter favorite. Heat brown sugar, milk and dark rum, then float butter on top for a decadent cocktail. Garnish with a pinch of ground nutmeg.
You Can't Decide: Pumpkin or Apple Pie?
It's the age-old question: Which pie should you serve this season? Make decision time a little easier with this fruity, dessert-inspired beverage: the Appleberry Pie. Who knows, you may just opt to make them both.
Someone Ate the Last Slice of Pie
When someone else calls dibs on your after-dessert treat, mix up this drinkable pumpkin pie replica. Combine vanilla vodka, pumpkin spice liqueur, Kahlua, butterscotch schnapps and half-and-half, then garnish with the perfect "crust" made of crushed graham crackers.
You Want to Make Non-Drinking Friends Feel Special
The non-drinkers in your life shouldn't be stuck with warm tap water or punch meant for the kids. Instead, try this modern and non-alcoholic take on the classic Cosmo. Dried hibiscus flower petals give the drink its holiday-perfect hue.
Your Great Uncle Won't Stop Talking About the Election
If you want to get through dessert without taking the political bait, you'll need to find some common ground. Something we can all agree on: The dirty martini is a year-round crowd pleaser that's just as popular today as it was during the swinging '60s. The only issue on which to vote: shaken or stirred.
His Team's Playing in a Bowl Game
Whether the game goes off with flying colors or ends in disaster, everyone will love this refreshing twist on the classic margarita. This twist? Beer. Serve in a frosty glass with a salted rim.
You're Up at Midnight to Shop the Sales
Camping out in front of the computer to score discounted Beats by Dre headphones feels so much cooler when you're sipping a sparkling water cocktail. Here's to you, bargain shopper!
You're Making Christmas Ornaments With the Squad
Toast to your crafty nature with a bit of bubbly punch. This sparkling cocktail for a crowd gets its festive hue from cranberry juice and a tart note from lemonade and fresh lime juice.
You Made It Through the Season
Congratulations! You've survived the shopping excursions, gift-wrapping marathons and holiday dinners. Toast to a brand new year with this champagne cocktail topped off with cognac, Grand Marnier and Campari.