28 Holiday Cocktails

Entertain with ease this holiday season. Try one of our favorite Christmas cocktail recipes.

Ginger Bell Cocktail

If you're a fan of ginger, then this cocktail is for you. Bourbon complements the flavors from real ginger and ginger beer. Get the recipe here>>

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Pumpkin pie is one of the most beloved desserts of the holiday season. Recreate the classic pie in a martini glass with vanilla vodka, pumpkin spice liqueur, Kahlua, butterscotch schnapps and half-and-half. Garnish with the perfect "crust": crushed graham crackers. Get the recipe>>


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. Get the recipe>>

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

The name says it all — you'll be swooning over this raspberry-infused hot chocolate. Mix raspberry liqueur and creme de cacao with hot chocolate, then top with fresh whipped cream and a fresh berry. It's the perfect beverage for a cozy holiday gathering, or a great nightcap at the end of a holiday cocktail party. Get the recipe>>

Spiced Chai Tea

Whether or not you decide to put bourbon in this homemade chai tea recipe, it'll be sure to warm up your guests. Serve it from a teapot to keep it warm throughout your party. Get the recipe>>

Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail

A holiday gathering isn't complete without some apple cider. Add brandy to the sweet cider, and serve chilled. Garnish with apple slices. Get the recipe>>

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. Get the recipe>>

Hot Peppermint Rod

This peppermint-infused drink will warm you up, thanks to hot water and a healthy helping of vodka. The peppermint stick and dollop of whipped cream make this easy drink dressy enough for a holiday or party cocktail. Get the recipe>>

Rose Lemon Champagne Punch

Using both sparkling white wine and rose champagne, this refreshing drink is perfect to toast with. Serve in shot glasses or champagne flutes with fresh berries at the bottom. Get the recipe>>

Hot Buttered Rum

Gather your friends around the fireplace for this truly traditional winter favorite. Heat brown sugar, hot milk and rich, dark rum, then float butter on top for a decadent cocktail. Garnish with a pinch of ground nutmeg. Get the recipe>>

Liam's Midnight Toast

A flavorful, colorful and classy cocktail for Christmas or New Year's Eve. Get the recipe>>

Cranberry Hot Toddy

Cranberry harvest season is in full swing during December, just in time for cranberry relishes, cakes and muffins to grace holiday tables. Use the berries in juice form for a twist on classic mulled apple cider: Heat cranberry juice with cranberry vodka, lemon juice, honey, bitters and cinnamon for a festive warm-me-up drink. Get the recipe>>

Holiday Citrus Spritzer

Citrus and mint meet in perfect harmony in this sweet drink. Add a glitter sugar rim to bring some sparkle to your party. Get the recipe>>

Heath Bar Cocktail

This grown-up take on a candy bar features a sweet mix of Irish cream, cognac and coffee and hazelnut liqueur. Top it off with freshly shaved chocolate for a sweet holiday treat. Get the recipe>>

Sake Sangrini

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. Get the recipe>>

Warm Apple Pie Cocktail

This great holiday cocktail uses Tuaca, a delicious Italian liqueur made with citrus peels, spice and vanilla. Get the recipe>>

Homemade Eggnog

Top this traditional holiday drink recipe with a dash of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick stirrer for an extra punch of flavor. Get the recipe>>

Zuzu's Peach Sparkler

Greet party guests with this beautiful, fruity cocktail, made with cognac, peach schnapps, simple syrup and crushed fresh peaches, lemon and orange. Served over crushed ice, the drink seems to sparkle. Garnish with a mint sprig and a peach slice. Get the recipe>>

Mulled Wine

Serve this staple cold-weather drink with a holiday meal. Let the wine marinate for a few hours before serving for a robust flavor. Get the recipe>>

Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail

This festive holiday cocktail draws inspiration from decadent caramel-apple pie. Get the recipe>>

Uncle Billy's Holiday Treat

This creamy cocktail is a perfect after-dinner dessert. Get the recipe>>

Appleberry Pie Cocktail

If you're a lover of berries, this is the cocktail for you. It combines raspberries, blueberries and blackberries for a fruity combination. Get the recipe>>

Whiskey Buck Cocktail

A perfect treat for a retro-style holiday gathering, the whiskey buck cocktail gets its distinguished flavor from ginger syrup, and you guessed it — whiskey. Get the recipe>>

Rose and Mint Champagne Cocktail

Dried rosebuds, combined with champagne and fresh mint, give this drink an eye- and taste bud-pleasing appeal. Get the recipe>>

Pom-Berry Bellini

Made with pomegranate juice and blueberry jam, you can top this drink with non-alcoholic champagne or cider. Drop a few blueberries in each glass to create a beautiful color contrast. Get the recipe>>

Spiced Cappucini Cocktail

Need the perfect drink to pair with dessert? The warm cappucini cocktail gets its flavor from gin, coffee liqueur and fresh coffee and nutmeg. Get the recipe>>

Reindeer Bubbles Cocktail

Add pomegranate seeds to the bottom of this champagne drink to resemble Rudolph the Reindeer. A green-sugared rim adds extra color that will fit right into your festive holiday party. Get the recipe>>

Sparkling Grapefruit Cocktail

If you love mimosas, try this recipe that includes grapefruit juice. The tartness from the grapefruit prevents the drink from being too sweet. Get the recipe>>

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