Here are all the best holiday drinks for the Christmas season! Try holiday cocktails like the Poinsettia, or festive spiced mulled cider.
Entertaining for the holidays? A great signature drink immediately takes a party from meh to festive. Whether they’re Christmas cocktails or non-alcoholic Christmas drinks, consider adding one of these holiday drinks to your gatherings this season!
There’s the Poinsettia, a vibrant cranberry champagne cocktail that takes happy hour finger food to the next level. Or mulled cider, which when simmering on the stove makes your entire house smell like a Christmas wonderland. All your guests will ask for the recipe (promise!). Whatever the case, these holiday cocktails and mocktails will not disappoint! Ready to get to those recipes?
First up: the Poinsettia! It's the most vibrant, stunning Christmas cocktail! This cranberry champagne cocktail has a brilliant color and cozy vibe that make it the perfect holiday drink. It makes any holiday party more fun. Of course, you can serve it any time of the year too! It uses only a few simple ingredients: cranberry juice, cointreau, and champagne.
This mulled apple cider hits the top of our holiday drinks, and is one of the best non alcoholic Christmas drinks out there. Simmering it on the stove makes your house smell like a Christmas wonderland, with the cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and star anise. It looks beautiful garnished with orange and cranberries.
Meet everyone's favorite holiday drink: the Christmas Margarita! This bright red drink is absolutely stunning to look at, and the sweet tart flavor is crisp and refreshing. It’s got all the character of the classic margarita, but a beautiful new look and nuance to the flavor.
Another memorable signature Christmas cocktail? This Christmas martini is where it’s at: sweet tart, drinkable and beautifully festive! This martini is the perfect fit for entertaining. It’s easy to mix up and the color is beautifully brilliant from the cranberry juice. You can also make it as a pitcher for easy prep.
This apple cider sangria is a perfect Christmas cocktail, pairing sparkling apple cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon. In a word: wow. It's just sweet enough, more like a traditional Spanish sangria. Pour it into the glass in layers to make the the beautiful two-tones. And don't forget the garnish: a rosemary sprig, orange slice, and cinnamon stick!
Here’s a holiday drink that’s ideal for sipping with family and friends: Hot Buttered Rum! Even just saying the name makes you warm inside. This historic drink has been around for centuries. This version is subtly sweet, cozy-spiced with cinnamon and allspice, and spirit-forward with boozy dark rum. Oh: and there’s just enough butter to make it lightly creamy. It’s enough to warm your toes…and your soul.
Mulled wine is another fantastic holiday drink: the flavor is nuanced and cozy. It's easy to make: all you'll do is simmer dry red wine with orange zest, cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice and honey. This Christmas cocktail will will warm you from the inside and out!
Want an easy drink that’s festive and sophisticated? There’s nothing better than a Kir Royale! This famous French cocktail stars black currant liqueur and sparkling wine: and the berries and bubbles suit each other perfectly. The best cocktail recipes are simple perfection, and there’s nothing better than this 2 ingredient combination. Here’s the backstory behind this famous drink, and a few tricks to making the very best Kir Royale.
This Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail is the perfect holiday signature drink! Cider pairs perfectly with sweet and spicy bourbon in this sophisticated drink. It’s got a hint of lemon and a surprise ingredient that rounds out the flavors into a meld that’s intriguing, complex and highly drinkable!
How festive is this classic champagne cocktail? It's a way to spice up your bubbly that tastes refreshing and celebratory. Adding a sugar cube to champagne makes a fountain of bubbles that positively sparkles! Make it as a holiday drink for Christmas parties: and it's perfect for New Year's Eve too!
Back to non alcoholic holiday drinks that everyone can enjoy: what about a cup of warm hot chocolate? It's easy to make at home from scratch: you don't need those processed packets! Simply combine milk, cocoa powder and maple syrup. For this version, we've added gingerbread spices to make it sing.
This St Germain champagne cocktail is sophisticated and refreshing: floral, botanical, tangy, and bubbly all at once! With its festive flair, it's a lovely holiday drink and perfect for grazing on holiday finger foods. Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig: and a few fresh cranberries, if you're looking for that holiday vibe!
This non alcoholic Christmas drink could not be more beautiful! This holiday drink is basically a mocktail, made with iced tea, pomegranate juice, fresh orange and lime juice, and sparkling cider. Oh and it's garnished with rosemary. It's the beverage to enjoy with Christmas dinner. Because it's a mocktail, it works for everyone around the table!
What better holiday drink than spiked cider? This recipe is simmered with cinnamon, cloves, and star anise, then stirred together with a healthy swig of rum. The rum adds a warm roundness to this Christmas cocktail that's like a warm and cozy hug. See also: Bourbon Hot Toddy
Last up in our holiday drinks: the Pomegranate Martini! It's is a drink that works for anytime: but with its vivid festive color, it's a great Christmas cocktail! It's tangy and balanced with pomegranate, vodka and Cointreau. To make it even more holiday: add some whole pomegranate seeds as a garnish!
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The best holiday drink? A Poinsettia! It’s a cranberry champagne cocktail that’s vibrant and refreshing.
2 tablespoons cointreau, or other orange liqueur
4 tablespoons 100% cranberry juice
1/2 glass champagne (6 tablespoons)*
For the garnish: 1 rosemary sprig, whole cranberries
Place the cointreau and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 15 seconds until cold. Strain the liquid into a champagne flute. (You can skip this step if the cranberry juice is well chilled.)
Top off the glass with champagne (no need to measure). Garnish and serve. (Note: You can also make a large batch of cointreau and cranberry juice ahead if desired, then measure out 6 tablespoons per glass.)
*You’ll get about 8 to 10 drinks per 1 bottle of champagne. Make it non-alcoholic by using non-alcoholic sparkling wine.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.