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.

Creamy Cocktail

White Christmas Cocktail

White Christmas Cocktail

No matter where you live you can enjoy a White Christmas with this yummy, delicious cocktail!

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Tomas Espinoza

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.

Fruity Margarita

Cranberry Margarita

Cranberry Margarita

This pretty bevvie is party-perfect with its gorgeous color and sweet, crisp taste.

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Tomas Espinoza

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

Pie, Please

Warm Apple Pie Cocktail

Warm Apple Pie Cocktail

This holiday cocktail uses Tuaca, a delicious Italian liqueur made with citrus peels, spice and vanilla. What great way to relax after a long fall day than by having a warm apple pie cocktail.

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.

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail

Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail

Give your morning coffee a twist with this recipe that includes amaretto.

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092026005024

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.

Spiked Eggnog

Rosario's Rumpope (Ecuadorian Holiday Eggnog)

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.

Kid-Friendly Hot Cocoa

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Man Topper

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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Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut

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.

Red + Green

Ribbon Candy Martini

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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Flynnside Out Productions

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

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.

Please your guests with this bourbon and ginger beer cocktail that's light, refreshing and a perfect choice for the holidays.

Candy Cane in a Glass

Pink Peppermint Cocktail Recipe

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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Flynnside Out Productions

Pretty-in-pink and oh-so-sweet, this adult beverage is another great option for the peppermint-obsessed.

Drinkable Dessert

Crowd-Pleasing Cocktail: Uncle Billy's Holiday Treat

Crowd-Pleasing Cocktail: Uncle Billy's Holiday Treat

This holiday season, try entertaining your guests with the help of Uncle Billy's holiday treat. This creamy cocktail is a perfect after-dinner dessert.

Perfect as an after-dinner treat, this delectable cocktail consists of three liqueurs, honey, whipped cream, chocolate shavings and a strawberry.

Pretty Presentation

Holiday Gin Fizz Cocktail

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.

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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 Up at Midnight to Shop the Sales

Camping out in front of the computer to score a discounted Furby feels so much cooler when you're sipping a raspberry-flavored sparkling cocktail. Here's to you, bargain shopper!

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.

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 Cocktail. 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.

His Team's Playing in a Bowl Game

Whether the game goes off with flying colors or ends in disaster, everyone will love this spicy Mexican twist on a classic brew. Serve in a frosty glass with a salted rim.

You're Making Christmas Ornaments With the Girls

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 Mailed All Your Holiday Cards

You're probably parched from all that envelope-licking, right? Sit back with this refreshing mix of bourbon and ginger-infused apple cider. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.

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 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 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 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.

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'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 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 Snowed In

Whether there's a foot or an inch of snow, it's enough reason to enjoy this frozen cocktail evocative of the outdoors. Put on your warmest mittens and blend up this mix of Irish cream, rum, half-and-half and banana.

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.

Santa Claus Escapes a Near Sighting

Tiny footsteps can be sneaky on Christmas Eve, but Santa managed to keep the mystery alive for one more year. Celebrate your assist with this adult take on milk and cookies that includes warm milk, honey and butterscotch schnapps.

You've Got a Moment With Your Sweetheart

Steal some time to kick back with your partner alongside a steamy, decadent drink. You'll both be swooning over this raspberry-infused hot chocolate cocktail.

You Want a Crowd-Pleasing Cocktail

Keep holiday guests smiling with this flavor-filled, spiced pear sangria with a champagne twist. Prepare the spiced pear mixture the night before to let the flavors soak into the fruit. Then top it off with a bit of bubbly right before the party.

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.

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 Want to Serve Something Completely Different

Say "sayonara" to typical sangria: This take on the classic fruit-and-wine concoction is infused with sake and a splash of sour mix. Garnished with an orange twist, it's the perfect signature drink for a winter cocktail party.

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 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.

You Want to Serve Cocktails Instead of Dessert

If baking isn't your style, impress guests with this creamy, pudding-like cocktail flavored with coffee and hazelnut liqueur. They'll forget all about pie and cheesecake.

You Need an Energy Boost

All the parties, shopping and tree trimming of the season can really take a toll. Recharge with this non-alcoholic, antioxidant-rich blend of pomegranate and blueberry juices.

You Want to Start the Day on a Good Note

Along with plenty of coffee and pastries, greet overnight holiday guests with a Bellini bar outfitted with fruit purees and your favorite sparkling wine. Even Black Friday-level crowds will be more bearable.

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.

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.

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