Here are all the best holiday drinks for entertaining during the Christmas season, from non alcoholic mulled cider to cranberry champagne cocktails!
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!).
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And now…the best holiday drinks!
Looking for more Christmas recipes?
We’ve got your holiday entertaining covered with our Christmas recipe resources! Outside of holiday drinks, here are all best collections of recipes for the season:
- Best Christmas Recipes All our best Christmas recipes, from dinner to dessert!
- Easy Christmas Desserts for a Crowd Our top easy holiday desserts.
- Vegetarian Christmas Dishes Vegetarian recipes for Christmas dinner, sure to please everyone around the table!
- Vegan Christmas Dinner Recipes Got plant based eaters? Here are all the recipes you need.
- 10 Best Healthy Christmas Cookies A collection of holiday cookies with a healthy spin!
- Best Winter Drinks a few more winter drink ideas.
- Wild card: This holiday punch looks tasty…
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.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Stirred
- Cuisine: Holiday
Keywords: Holiday drinks, Christmas drinks, Christmas cocktails, Non alcoholic christmas drinks, Poinsettia
Last updated: September 2020
About the Authors
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.