Step inside and have a festive cocktail, if you’d like. In fact, you’re more than welcome to try any or all of these 13 Christmas Cocktail recipes this holiday season!
Choose just one, or try them all! Any of these Christmas cocktail recipes are sure to warm up your holidays this year – be sure to pin and save this festive roundup for your holiday season.
Originally published November 10, 2020 and updated with fresh links and ideas November 5, 2021.
These must-try Christmas cocktails will get you through the holiday season effortlessly! They’re the perfect sip for gift wrapping, or while you’re baking Christmas Cookies. They’re also a great pairing to serve with your favorite traditional Christmas appetizers.
Bonus! They’ll help you sail right through a get-together with even the most challenging relatives. You know the ones!
If you’re also a fan of a cocktail that feels seasonal and oh-so-special, don’t skip these amazing Thanksgiving Cocktails! I’ve been a bit of a cocktail aficionado for years… and while I love a simple glass of wine, there’s just something about sipping a perfectly executed mixed drink that I will always love.
Christmas Cocktail Serving Suggestions
It’s easy to create something that feels totally special for your friends and family this holiday season! There’s something for everyone here.
In fact, you can find my complete (free!) Tequila Guide to give you all the detail you’ll need for cocktail expertise during any time of year.
If you’re looking for festive glassware, here are a few of my favorite options for serving cocktails!
- Glass Coffee Mugs – these are great for warm cocktails and especially for watching Hot Chocolate Bombs explode!
- Goblet – this is actually more of a stout beer goblet, but I love how it serves a thicker, creamy cocktail too!
- Fleur De Lys Tumblers
- Pressed Glass 9.5 ounceTumblers
- Classic Hurricane Glass Set – perfect for frozen cocktails!
Put your Christmas music on, warm up the oven for cookies, and make yourself a cocktail, friends!
Quick Tip: If you want to double or triple any of these recipes, simply use the 1x2x3x tab on the printable recipe card in each post. It will calculate the ingredients for you – no math required!
This rich and creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe is delightful all winter long – and who doesn’t love a steaming cup of spiked hot chocolate? The frosty cool flavor of peppermint schnapps drinks are a favorite addition to my winter cocktail line-up.
An Oatmeal Cookie cocktail is a delicious drink that tastes just like its namesake.
The Oatmeal cookie shot, a favorite of mine because of the delicious and distinct flavor, can be made to serve one or many with my easily adaptable recipe.
A Merry Mint cocktail made with Peppermint Schnapps will warm your soul this holiday season! This fun and festive Christmas Cocktail is the perfect blend of cream, mint and vodka!
This Spanish Sangria is the ultimate cocktail indulgence and perfect for the holidays. Sangria punch serves beautifully for parties, and it’s easy to create a non alcoholic sangria too!
Mai Tai (with a Christmas twist!)
How to make a Mai Tai – a traditional cocktail recipe with a twist for the holidays. This fruity dark rum cocktail is a twist on the original and made with pineapple juice. Quick and easy, this festive cocktail is made with just four ingredients.
A Cinnamon Toast is the ultimate fall cocktail that will warm you up on even the chilliest of evenings. It’s the perfect blend of Cinnamon Schnapps (a Cinnamon Liquor) and apple cider, garnished with an apple slice and cinnamon sticks!
This is one of my favorite holiday cocktails! It’s deliciously fruity and feels festive topped with cranberries and a cinnamon stick to stir!
Pear cider is the fragrant, sweet fall companion to the ever-classic apple cider. This (non-alcoholic) homemade pear cider recipe is aromatic, cozy and brimming with delicious fall flavor!
Spike it with bourbon, rum, or even vodka for a delicious Christmas cocktail the whole crew will love!
When the temperatures drop, I love to treat everyone to a Snowball cocktail after a delicious dinner. The slight bitterness of the almond amaretto flavor combined with sweet ice cream is the perfect pairing in this snowball recipe.
Learn how to make this amaretto liqueur dessert cocktail with just a few simple ingredients.
Cozy, fragrant and delicious… this Mulled Wine Recipe is the perfect winter drink to keep the chill at bay. No German ski slopes required for this classic gluhwein recipe, just invite your friends!
This Peppermint White Russian recipe is wonderful peppermint drink to enjoy around the holidays. The coffee liqueur, vodka, and half and half compliment the zingy peppermint schnapps to make a festive and delicious peppermint cocktail.
An easy Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine recipe for the holidays is enjoyable for people of all ages. This alcohol free mulled wine recipe is created with sweet grape juice, fruit and spices that simmer into a hot Christmas drink that warms you from the inside out.
The Winter Smash cocktail is a spin on the classic whiskey smash recipe you make in the summertime. Using bourbon and a bit of club soda, this bourbon smash libation is full of fresh fruit and the zing of cinnamon we enjoy when it’s cold outside.
Frequently Asked Questions
Well that depends on who you ask, of course! Most Americans would likely list Eggnog as the most iconic Christmas drink. However, hot chocolate is the most popular warm drink during the winter here – spiked with liquor or not!
No matter how you’re entertaining this holiday season, I hope you find some inspiration and joy for your celebrations this year! Cheers to a warm and cozy Christmas!
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