Here are the best Christmas cocktails to make your holiday festive! These Christmas drinks offer something for everyone, from martinis to spiced cider.
There’s nothing better for getting into the holiday mood than Christmas cocktails! A signature drink is more than just a tasty treat: it’s all about setting the scene for your holiday festivities. After years of being home bartenders, we’ve found that cocktails are about flavor, artistry, and mood.
Here are all our best Christmas cocktails and Christmas drinks! There’s something for everyone in this list: alcoholic drinks (and some non!) that will please the whole family. There’s the brilliant Christmas martini made with cranberry juice, and spiced cider that will make your house smell like a holiday candle factory. Ready to get started?
Looking for a 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.
Meet our other favorite Christmas cocktail: 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!
Need a festive Christmas drink? Try this Gingerbread Martini! This creamy cocktail is absolutely irresistible: just sweet enough and packed with cozy cinnamon, allspice and ginger. It tastes like a gingerbread cookie, but even better: with a little intrigue on the finish. It’s only 3 ingredients and the perfect festive cocktail for holiday entertaining.
Need a great punch recipe for the holidays? Try this Christmas Punch! The flavor is fruity and delicious, with a little sparkle from ginger ale. You can make it with rum for a punch with alcohol, or omit it for non alcoholic. Either way, it tastes incredible! The best part? Garnish it up with sliced citrus, rosemary branches and cranberries. It couldn’t be more festive or beautiful.
Here’s a delightful signature Christmas cocktail: try the Peppermint Martini! This drink is creamy and minty fresh, a delicious combination of peppermint schnapps and chocolate liqueur. In fact, you may want to drink this any time of year! Of course, it’s perfect for the holidays. Cozy up with one by the fire, or drink it as a fun Christmas cocktail with appetizers.
Ready for the most vibrant, bubbly Christmas cocktail? Enter the Poinsettia, a cranberry champagne drink! Its brilliant color and cozy vibe makes it the perfect for wintery weather. It makes any occasion more fun, from Thanksgiving to holiday parties to Christmas Eve. Of course, you can serve it any time of the year too! It uses only a few simple ingredients.
Here’s a drink that’s ideal for sipping by the fire on a chilly evening: hot buttered rum! Even just saying the name makes you warm inside. This historic drink has been around for centuries and is often enjoyed during the Christmas season. 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.
Here’s an impressive cocktail that’s pretty darn perfect, in our opinion: this Pomegranate Gin Fizz! Take the classic over the top with this pomegranate spin: it elevates the sweet tart flavor and gives the drink a brilliant jewel-toned color! It will impress absolutely everyone (we promise!): for the holidays or in any season.
When the first chill starts to fill the air, it’s time for cozy drink season! What better way to start the fun than a great Mulled Wine? Make up a big pot, and it fills your kitchen with an intoxicating aroma of toasted allspice and cinnamon. This recipe is just sweet enough, balancing the bold fruity wine with mulling spices, citrus, and oak and vanilla notes on the finish.
Want a cozy winter drink that warms you from the inside out? There’s nothing better at taking the chill off than a homemade Spiked Hot Chocolaterecipe! This mug of liquid cocoa is rich and creamy, with an intense depth in chocolate flavor. A hint of aged rum or bourbon, and it gives it a warming complexity with notes of vanilla and oak.
What’s more festive on Christmas morning than waking up to a Christmas Mimosa? This tasty drink is bubbly and perfect for the season. Rich pomegranate juice contrasts with the citrus sweetness of orange, topped off with a profusion of bubbles. This one is a great tradition for Christmas breakfast or brunch…with gingerbread waffles or snowman pancakes.
There are creative spins on the classic Spanish drink so that you can drink it all year long. Try this vibrant Apple Cider Sangria! It pairs the cozy flavors of fall with dry red wine to make a Spanish-style autumnal spin on this drink. You’ll be amazed by how this Christmas cocktail is cozy and refreshing all at once.
Here's a cozy Christmas cocktail that makes your kitchen smell like a holiday wonderland: spiked and spiced apple cider! It’s perfect for the transition to cooler weather. It's very easy to make, and the rum complements the cinnamon, cloves, and star anise perfectly. Not only will it lift your spirits, it makes your kitchen smell like a candle shop.
Here's a Christmas cocktail that looks like snow in a glass: milk punch! A cousin of eggnog, this tasty drink is one of the oldest cocktails there is, featuring brandy, bourbon, milk and sugar. It’s a popular brunch drink in New Orleans, and the concept sounds baffling until you try it. Then you realize the genius of it: the creamy, cool milk against the spice of the brandy and the nuance of vanilla extract. From first sip, we were sold.
Looking for a signature Christmas cocktail featuring cranberry and orange? Try this Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail! It’s balanced, sweet tart, and complex, fruity with intriguing notes from sweet vermouth. It's a fantastic celebratory cocktail for Christmas.
Here’s a warm and cozy mug you won’t be able to stop sipping: the Peppermint Patty! This hot chocolate is spiked with not one but two liqueurs, adding both mint and chocolate flavors to the rich body of this drink. It’s stellar with homemade hot chocolate, but you can also make it with purchased hot cocoa mix. The amount of cozy flavor here is unreal.
Cider pairs perfectly with sweet and spicy bourbon in this sophisticated Christmas cocktail! 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! It's so good, you'll want to drink it all winter.
When it comes to festive cocktails…well, this one might take the cake. Try this Pomegranate Prosecco Sparkler! The combination of sweet tart pomegranate, orange perfume and airy bubbles is one of the most satisfying in all our 200+ cocktail recipes. It's perfect for holiday brunch or an evening Christmas cocktail.
Get ready for the best new fruity spin on the classic: the Cranberry Moscow Mule! This drink has loads of sweet tart flavor, balancing crisp cranberry with tangy lime and spicy ginger. Sip it out of an ice cold copper mug, and it’s ideal for Christmas entertaining.
Looking for a festive drink? Try the French 77! This champagne cocktail is a spin on the classic French 75 that adds St Germain elderflower liqueur. And dare we say it: it makes this classic cocktail even better. It’s bubbly and effervescent, with the floral undertones, a botanical pop from the gin and the zing of fresh lemon juice. If you need a signature cocktail to impress, this is the one.
Looking for a stunning wintery cocktail that’s sweet and creamy? Try this Peppermint White Russian! In fact, this spin on the classic might be even more fun than the original. It’s got a bright, minty finish that melds into the Kahlua and cream perfectly. It’s fast and easy to swirl together in a lowball glass, and it’s a total crowd pleaser.
More Christmas drink ideas
Looking for non-alcoholic drinks or other Christmas cocktails? Here are a few more ideas:
Place the vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 15 seconds until cold.
Strain the drink into a cocktail or martini glass. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary and serve.
*If all you can find is sweetened cranberry juice, use half the simple syrup quantity (or add it to taste).
**How to make 8 drinks for a crowd: In a pitcher, mix together 1 cup vodka, 1 cup 100% cranberry juice, ½ cup Cointreau, ½ cup fresh lemon juice, and 5 tablespoons simple syrup. Add 3 handfuls of ice and stir until cold. Pour into glasses and serve.