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Even if you don’t drink much or at all the rest of the year, chances are you’ll be enjoying some adult beverages around the holidays. Make your holiday parties extra special with these Fabulous Holiday Cocktails your guests will love.
PRO TIP: Even if you don’t make a big bowl of punch for your party, guests can still help themselves. To make holiday hosting simpler, set out cocktail ingredients, show your guests how to make each drink, and allow them to make their own for the rest of the evening for some casual, low key fun.
For more helpful holiday party tips, check out the following:
Best Ever Holiday Cocktails
SLOW COOKER THANKSGIVING SANGRIA
This drink is called Thanksgiving Sangria, but it’s really perfect for any occasion from fall through the holiday season with delicious, tangy cranberries and other seasonal flavors like orange, cinnamon, apple brandy, and some simple syrup for sweetness all warmed and served in a slow cooker for the ultimate cozy, cold weather beverage.
From Inspired by Charm
The holidays are a super busy time for most of us, so why complicate things with difficult recipes? Here’s the easiest eggnog recipe you’ll ever see. If you trust your egg source (I raise my own chickens, so I definitely do), you can use raw eggs in this drink, but the recipe also includes instructions to cook your eggs, if desired.
From The Chunky Chef
ORANGE + POMEGRANATE PROSECCO HOLIDAY COCKTAIL
This drink will bring some freshness to your holiday. Tart pomegranate, citrusy blood orange liqueur, and refreshing, effervescent prosecco make this drink perfect for those who don’t like overly sweet alcohol. A sugar rim balances the tartness of this drink without adding too much sweetness, and pomegranate arils make this beverage pretty and festive. You can serve this drink as an individual cocktail or in a punch bowl to let guests help themselves.
PRO TIP: If you like your drinks a little sweeter, get EXTRA DRY Prosecco, which is actually the sweetest!
From No Spoon Necessary
WHITE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT BARK MARTINI WITH HOMEMADE WHITE CHOCOLATE LIQUOR
The holidays wouldn’t be complete without plenty of peppermint, one of the most popular tastes of the season. Get your peppermint fix with this cocktail version of peppermint bark candy made with white chocolate liqueur (homemade or store bought), vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps, a splash of milk or cream, and a tasty white chocolate crushed peppermint candy rim for a sweet, decadent treat.
HOT BUTTERED RUM
Nothing is better than warming up by the fire with classic Hot Buttered Rum. This recipe teaches you how to make a batter that will let you mix up each drink in no time! Then, you just combine some batter, dark rum, and plenty of whipped cream for the best seasonal hot drink you’ve ever had!
WHITE CHRISTMAS MOJITO
Here’s a seriously unique take on the classic mint mojito. The classic mojito flavors of fresh mint and lime juice are paired with white and coconut rums, coconut milk, sparkling water, and a gorgeous garnish of pomegranate arils for a perfectly seasonal red, green, and white drink. If you’re a coconut lover, this beverage is for you.
From Half Baked Harvest
KAHLUA HOT CHOCOLATE
Who doesn’t love hot chocolate on cold nights? This version is made even better – homemade hot chocolate is spiked with Kahlua and topped with loads of marshmallows and generous drizzles of chocolate and salted caramel.
From Damn Delicious
Here’s a fun take on the classic Moscow Mule cocktail. Cranberry, ginger beer, and spiced rum are mixed together and topped with a sugared cranberry garnish in this drink, perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas get-togethers and cozy nights by the fire.
From The Speckled Palate
MAPLE BOURBON COCKTAIL
Maple syrup adds a sweet, seasonal twist to a simple bourbon and orange juice cocktail garnished with fresh orange slices and maraschino cherries.
From Jelly Toast
BOOZY MAPLE PEANUT BUTTER CUP MILKSHAKE
Why not combine drinks and dessert with this amazing Maple Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake spiked with bourbon and topped with loads of whipped cream. This drink would also be perfect for an adults-only burger night!
From Girl Versus Dough
POMEGRANATE GINGER FIZZ WITH HOMEMADE GRENADINE SYRUP
My first bar drink was a Shirley Temple. When I was little, my mom and I would visit my brother who was bartending at a bar near where we lived in Northern Virginia, and he would make me the classic little girl drink.
Here’s a big kid version with tequila, orange liqueur, ginger ale, fresh lime juice, and a fantastic homemade grenadine syrup made with pomegranate juice. This drink is great for parties where kids will be in attendance, since they can also enjoy this beverage – minus the booze, of course.
CANDY CANE COCKTAIL
If you love candy canes, check out this Christmas cocktail, containing homemade Candy Cane Vodka, Crème de Cacao, and a splash of bitters, along with an interesting mini history lesson on candy canes.
From Boulder Locavore
This drink is great any time of the year, but it’s perfect for guests who like a sweet, refreshing, fruity holiday cocktail.
From Damn Delicious
CRANBERRY THYME GIN + TONIC
I think gin is a wonderful drink choice for Christmas, since it tastes like pine trees! Seriously, if you like the classic gin and tonic, you need to try this holiday upgrade with fresh cranberries, thyme, and vanilla extract and sweetened with a little sugar and a splash of orange juice.
From A Cozy Kitchen
POMEGRANATE ROSEMARY SPRITZER
Here’s an elegant take on crowd pleasing fruity drinks featuring the festive, sweet flavors of prosecco, peach schnapps, mango, pomegranate, and rosemary!
From A House in the Hills
HOT BUTTERED HAZELNUT WHISKEY
Thank goodness calories and fat don’t count during the holidays! This drink may not be great for your waistline, but this creamy drink will surely make your taste buds happy with warming whiskey, Frangelico, and cinnamon flavors!
SATSUMA + POMEGRANATE CAMPARI
This drink is amazingly beautiful and tastes incredible – the fresh tastes of Campari, Satsuma (mandarin) orange, and pomegranate combine for a perfectly balanced sweet, tart drink.
From Bakers Royale
THE HARVEST SPARKLE
This cocktail is perfect for a party with recipes for individual drinks and large pitchers for a crowd. Whiskey, prosecco, rosemary, and homemade cider honey syrup create a satisfying (and strong) cocktail that tastes like fall in a glass.
From Fed + Fit
Classic margaritas are my all time favorite cocktail. Here’s a seasonal version that adds tart cranberry juice to jazz up any holiday party or Happy Hour.
From Gimme Some Oven
RASPBERRY CREAM MIMOSA
Mimosas aren’t just for Sunday brunch anymore. This festive red and pink version of the classic morning beverage is so delicious and impressively gorgeous with a sweetened raspberry puree, cream, and champagne, it’s impossible to have just one! With these pretty colors, this would also make a great Valentine’s Day drink!
From The Stiers Aesthetic
SPARKLING POMEGRANATE COCKTAIL
This drink couldn’t get any simpler! It’s just sparkling wine and pomegranate juice made fancy by serving in a champagne flute with pomegranate seeds and rosemary for garnish. If you’re looking for an effortless yet amazing drink this holiday season, you just found it!
From Inspired by Charm
CANDY CANE SHOOTERS
These little shooters taste amazing – like dessert in a tiny glass – and the best part is you can omit the alcohol to make all your guests happy! International Delight Peppermint Chocolate Truffle creamer provides the base for this super sweet drink with half and half, white chocolate liqueur, and fun and festive crushed candy cane rim.
From A Night Owl
APPLE PIE ON THE ROCKS
Apple pie in a glass? Yes, please! This drink is another super easy recipe that tastes just like dessert – but is way more fun – with apple juice, vanilla vodka, Fireball whiskey, cinnamon, and a brown sugar rim.
From Vegan Yack Attack
BLACKBERRY OMBRE SPARKLER
Ombre is an enormously popular color effect right now – in hair color, clothing, and even food and drinks! To make this lovely cocktail, simply combine homemade blackberry simple syrup with champagne and garnish with a fragrant sprig of rosemary. So simple, yet so good!
From The Cookie Rookie
SALTED CARAMEL WHITE RUSSIANS
White Russians were one of the very first alcoholic drinks I liked after turning 21 – I liked sweet drinks and still do for the most part. Here’s an updated version with Salted Caramel Irish Cream, Amaretto, half and half, and lots of Salted Caramel Sauce drizzled throughout. Yum!
From Kate La Vie
SLOW COOKER SPICED WINE
Here’s another recipe that let’s your slow cooker do all the work. Keep guests warm and happy with this seasonally spiced wine made with red wine, apple cider, citrus, and warm, comforting spices.
From Well Plated
CRANBERRY OLD FASHIONED
An old cocktail recipe is made new again with the addition of cranberry in this drink made with homemade cranberry simple syrup, bourbon, and bitters and garnished with orange rind, rosemary, and fresh cranberries.
From Inspired by Charm
RASPBERRY BOURBON SMASH
If you enjoy bourbon, check out this drink you can enjoy all season long. Many whiskey drinks, like the Old Fashioned above, may be too strong for some guests, but this recipe isn’t one of them. This drink is fruity with raspberry preserves, yet it’s also not too sweet and surprisingly creamy and smooth. Your guests are sure to love this unique and sophisticated winter cocktail!
From The Minimalist Baker
PEPPERMINT WHITE CHRISTMAS
You can never have too much peppermint at the holidays! It’s definitely one of the most popular and common flavors of the season. The best part about this drink is it only takes 3 ingredients – champagne, crème de cocoa, and, of course, candy canes for a wonderfully refreshing treat!
SPARKLING CLEMENTINE THYME COCKTAIL
During the winter months, yummy, sweet fruits are hard to find, but, luckily clementines are in season! Put them to good use in this fresh, sweet cocktail featuring Izze Sparkling Clementine Juice, vodka, pomegranate seeds, and fresh clementine slices.
From Heather Christo
These fun, boozy drinks will definitely get you in a festive mood this holiday season. With 30 Fabulous Holiday Cocktails, I’m sure you found some new favorites to try this year.
Of course, as always, please drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. If you overindulge, just make your party a sleepover – the more the merrier, right?
I would love to hear from you!
What do you think of this list of 30 Fun + Festive Holiday Cocktails? I don’t drink much throughout the year, but I usually indulge a bit (with drinks and plenty of food) during the holidays. How do you celebrate the holidays with your friends and family? Please share your story in the comments below!