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Got a bottle of bourbon? Here are the top bourbon Christmas cocktails for entertaining, from the hot toddy to spiked hot chocolate.

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Love bourbon for the holidays? There so many fun ideas for Christmas cocktails, but it’s hard to find ideas centered around a specific liquor. Luckily, there are lots of great things to do with a bottle of bourbon if you’re partial to this spirit. Here are all the best bourbon Christmas cocktails for the season! From spiked hot chocolate to hot toddys to signature drinks with seasonal flavors, there’s something for everyone in this list. (In fact, let us know your favorite!)

And now…the top bourbon Christmas cocktails for the season!

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Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

Bourbon Christmas Cocktails: Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail & More!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


This cranberry bourbon cocktail is sweet tart and complex, offset by orange and sweet vermouth. It’s the ideal signature bourbon Christmas cocktail for entertaining!


  • 1 ½ ounces* bourbon whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet red vermouth
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ounce 100% unsweetened cranberry juice**
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)
  • For the garnish: fresh or frozen cranberries, rosemary sprigs


  1. Place the bourbon, sweet vermouth, orange juice, unsweetened cranberry juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice and shake until cold.
  2. Strain the drink into an ice-filled lowball glass. If desired, garnish with fresh or frozen cranberries and rosemary sprigs.
  3. Pitcher variation (8 servings): Add 1 ½ cups bourbon, 1 cup sweet vermouth, 2 cups orange juice, 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice, and ½ cup simple syrup to a pitcher. Add 2 handfuls ice and stir until cold. 


*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

**If all you can find is sweetened cranberry juice, cranberry juice blend, or cranberry juice cocktail, omit the simple syrup or add it to taste.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!