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
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.
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'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.
You Want to Help Friends Through the Season
Pass on some holiday cheer (and help friends preserve their sanity!) by sharing small bottles of liquor infused with seasonal ingredients like vanilla and anise. Get our step-by-step instructions and printable labels.
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.
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 Cranberry Hot Toddy; it's easy to stretch this mix of cranberry vodka, lemon juice, honey, bitters and cinnamon.
You Want to Be in Anguilla, But You're in Annapolis
You love your family, but after hours at the airport and a harrowing car ride, you're ready to escape to the Caribbean — if only in a glass. This frozen cocktail hails from sunny Anguilla and combines coconut, rum and pineapple juice for a tasty, fruity mini-vacation.
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 Want to Sip Something Iconic
This colorful, bourbon-based cocktail is recognized for its prominent reputation. You'll often see a traditional Manhattan in the hands of New York socialites or among ritzy, fashion-forward movie personalities such as Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot and the women of Sex and the City. And, of course, no Manhattan is complete without a cherry on top.
You Get a Group of Surprise Visitors
You're glad friends were "in the neighborhood," but you wish you'd had time to shop for supplies. Never fear: Keep a bottle of gin, a few limes and some tonic water on hand for a quick, classic cocktail that can be modified as you please. Cranberry juice? Pomegranate seeds? Campari? Add a bit for festive color and flavor.
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.