With the endless shopping, long lines and parking lot wars, it’s evitable that you’ll want, or possibly need, a holiday cocktail. We’re here to help you find the perfect drink this season with a few of our favorite holiday cocktail recipes. Kick your feet up, forget the shopping lists, and enjoy a nice (or naughty) cocktail.
A timeless holiday drink, this beverage will warm you up during the chilly holiday season. Fusing tea, honey, lemon, and spirit of choice (typically brandy, whiskey, or rum), nothing beats sitting by the fire, as snowflakes land on your window, sipping a warm Hot Toddy. Thanks to Punchbowl for the photo and recipe for Hot Toddy.
Grandma’s Brandy Slush
A delicious mixture of sweet and sour, Grandma’s Brandy Slush is a beverage for adventurers who crave unique cocktails. Combining limeade concentrate, orange juice concentrate, water, sugar, and brandy, this unique desert drink is sure to surprise any guests. Thanks to Sips Etc. for the photo and recipe for Grandma’s Brandy Slush.
Potentially the most festive cocktail of the bunch. This sweet treat is filled with vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur, peppermint extract, and (of course) a candy cane! Need to decorate this cocktail? Anything red or white should do the trick. Thanks to Fashionably Bombed for the photo and recipe for Candy Cane-Tini.
Winter Sea Breeze
A tangy, bubbly, crisp cocktail that is sure to make any of your guests smile. The main ingredients mix vodka, grapefruit juice, and tonic, while the pomegranate seeds and fresh mint leaves give this beverage a festive Christmas feel. Thanks to Catch My Party for the photo and recipe for Winter Sea Breeze.
Tom & Jerry
As legend has it, the founder of this drink (yes, his name was Tom) wouldn’t make this beverage until the first snowfall… making this a perfect drink to sip during the holiday season. A cousin of eggnog, this classic recipe is sure to bring about the holiday spirit. Thanks to Persimmon and Peach for the photo and recipe for Tom & Jerry.
Salted Caramel Vodka Hot Chocolate
The comfort of a warm blanket and hot chocolate is hard to beat during the breezy holiday nights. Mixing milk, dark chocolate, heavy cream, and caramel vodka, this sweet treat is sure to delight. Thanks to London Bakes for the photo and recipe for Salted Caramel Vodka Hot Chocolate.
The Drunken Elf
A cute pink cocktail, this simple beverage mixes only 2 ingredients — gold rum and pink lemonade. That’s it! However, we suggest garnishing with a candy cane rim to build the holiday spirit. Thanks to Summer Wind for the photo and recipe for The Drunken Elf.
Caramel Apple Cider Martini
Michael Wurm originally shared this delicious drink on the RedEnvelope blog, suggesting that its sweet notes would go great as a dessert or when paired with a salty side. It serves as a great mocktail when used with apple cider, giving the kids a fun way to participate at family gatherings. Thanks to Inspired by Charm for the photo and recipe for the Caramel Apple Cider Martini.
Triple Chocolate Amaretto Hot Cocoa
Calling all chocoholics! This hot cocoa cocktail mixes with the sweet, tart taste of Amaretto. Dive deeper into the recipe to find ingredients for homemade, chocolate whipped cream and chocolate topping. Thanks to Catch My Party for the photo and recipe for Triple Chocolate Amaretto Hot Cocoa.
Delightfully Chocolate And Peppermint
This minty chocolate drink is a refreshingly easy way to welcome the holiday season. Combine chocolate vodka, peppermint schnapps, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate syrup. Garnish with candy cane for good measure. Thanks to She Knows for the photo and recipe for Delightfully Chocolate And Peppermint.
Sugar Cookie Martini
Beware Sweet Tooths, the future beholds happiness inside this drink. What really makes this Christmas cocktail a holiday delight is that it contains many of the tastes and flavors of the winter holidays, featuring a combination of Irish cream, vanilla, sugar cookie and butterscotch. Thanks to These Heavenly Holidays for the photo and recipe for Sugar Cookie Martini.
Amaretto Coffee Chiller
Put some pep in your holiday step with this coffee cocktail. Mix coffee liqueur, amaretto, creme de cacao, and heavy cream in a cocktail shaker with ice. Thanks to Tasty Trials for the photo and recipe for Amaretto Coffee Chiller.
Break free from the sweets and chocolate to enjoy this fruity Christmas concoction. Bring the spirit of Christmas colors to life with this delicious red drink. Thanks to Chow for the photo and recipe for Barbarossa Punch.
Peppermint Ice Cocktail
Ice cream dominates this sweet dessert cocktail, infused with the minty bite of peppermint schnapps. Add white chocolate liqueur, grenadine, white chocolate, and crushed peppermint candy canes for the Christmas finish. Thanks to Growing Up Bilingual for the photo and recipe for Peppermint Ice Cocktail.
Kris Kringle’s favorite cosmo, this smooth cocktail brings a splash of Christmas spirit into the mix. Combine whipped cream vodka and cranberry juice (with a hint of lime) with ice in a shaker, until shaker is frosty. Beware, this cosmo may ensue envy from Mrs. Clause. Thanks to The DailyNoff for the photo and recipe for Santa’s Cosmo.
Uncle Billy’s Holiday Treat
This extra sweet treat combines the flavors of coffee, hazelnut, honey, whipped cream and strawberries, then tops it off with chocolate shavings. This dessert cocktail is best served after a large Christmas meal. Thanks to Food Network for the photo and recipe for Uncle Billy’s Holiday Treat.
Milk is good for strong bones. Holiday cheer is good for your heart. Put them together for a cheery cocktail that does a body good! Thanks to Blogs By Latinas for the photo and recipe for Frothy Vanillanog.
Calling all red wine connoisseurs! Red wine dominates this flavorful cocktail, mixing with cinnamon, cloves, oranges, and white sugar. Switch up the sweets with this extraordinary drink. Thanks to Capital Cooking for the photo and recipe for St. Moritz.
Cherry Thyme Champagne Cocktail
Break out the bubbly, because this cocktail could be consumed well into New Year’s Eve. Mixing champagne, whole cherries, and fresh thyme, this is the cocktail to drink when the celebrations are at their peak. Thanks to Baked Bree for the photo and recipe for Cherry Thyme Champagne Cocktail.
A classic and comforting winter beverage, this Irish Coffee recipe is impossible to not list. Enhance the mixing of freshly brewed coffee with Irish whiskey with a dash of brown sugar and fresh whipped cream. Thanks to Chow for the photo and recipe for Irish Coffee.
White wine lovers, this cocktail is for you. Combining champagne, rum, rosemary, and a lemon wedge, this tart and sour drink is a delicious change of pace. The rosemary also adds a subtle hint of aromatic herbs. Thanks to She Knows for the photo and recipe for Rosemary-Scented Champagne.
The Coco Snowball
This icy, blue cocktail is sure to cause double-takes with its unique appearance. Blue Curacao gives the unique coloring, while combined with rum and other liqueurs. Thanks to Wedding Blog by The Breakers for the photo and recipe for The Coco Snowball.
Christmas Tree Cocktails
This red drink favors the bitterness of pomegranates and bite of gin. Mix with simple syrup, lime juice, and fresh mint leaves for unique flavoring. Thanks to Ringfinger Tan Line for the photo and recipe for Christmas Tree Cocktails.
Santa’s little helpers are here to help with this festive, melon-flavored green cocktail. Vodka, cranberry juice, and melon liqueur can bring holiday cheer to the Grinchiest of Grinches. Serve with caution; this Elf Cocktail has a bite! Thanks to Free Fun Christmas for the photo and recipe for Elf Cocktail.
From Christmas to New Years Eve, this delicious cocktail is ideal for moments of peak celebration. Raspberries give this cocktail a tart flavor that compliments the mixing framboise, Champagne, and lime juice. Thanks to Handspire! for the photo and recipe for Framboise Spritzer.
Italian Eggnog Martini
A festive twist on the martini, this Italian Eggnog Martini combines Disaronno, vodka, and eggnog. Mix in brown sugar and caramel syrup, then garnish with cinnamon stick or candy cane (or both!) for good measure. Thanks to Betty Crocker for the photo and recipe for Italian Eggnog Martini.
Do you have a “go-to” holiday cocktail that didn’t make the list? Tell us about it. Comment to share your recipe for your favorite festive libation. Cheers!