When you’re planning something special for the holidays, pull up this list of 21 Christmas cocktails to help you find your next favorite, festive drink!
Sometimes the hustle and bustle of special holidays like Christmas can leave us feeling overwhelmed.
Yes, I feel you!
Imagine—after preparing the gifts and decorating the entire house, you still have to cook those baked ham, prime rib, or sirloin steak for dinner.
At the party proper, it’s also your job as a host to ensure that everyone has a seasonal cocktail in hand and tasty Christmas appetizers to devour.
I bet you probably have a headache right now, but don’t worry! I’m here to help you decide what Christmas drinks to serve for the special gathering.
Sorry, kids—these Christmas holiday cocktails are exclusive for those 21 and up!
This gingerbread martini is something you shouldn’t miss!
The highlight of this Christmas drink is the gingerbread syrup made from water, sugar, molasses, and a few spices such as ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves.
It also features vodka, Irish cream, and a half and half in a martini glass with ice.
It’s then garnished with whipped cream, cinnamon, or gingerbread cookie.
Your traditional piña coladas get a fun twist in this cocktail filled with rum and peppermint schnapps.
The recipe is straightforward to whip up.
Start by dipping the rims of glasses into honey or corn syrup, then dip into crushed candy cakes.
Blend cream of coconut, ice, pineapple juice, rum peppermint schnapps, and grenadine.
Pour into the prepared rimmed glasses—that’s it!
This mimosa recipe is bursting with a light and refreshing flavor with a boozy punch!
What’s more, the recipe only calls for basic ingredients: sparkling wine, apple cider, and cinnamon whiskey.
If you want to make it more presentable, garnish with apple slices, cinnamon sticks, and fresh rosemary.
My version of the lemon vodka cocktail is bound to impress a huge crowd!
The star of this recipe is vodka.
Other ingredients include Cointreau, sugar, soda water, crushed ice, and lemon juice from a bottle (yes! I took the lazy route).
To create, all you need to do is mix all the ingredients except for soda water in a cocktail shaker.
Shake, shake, shake! Pour, pour, pour! Then serve, serve, serve!
Pro tip: Invest in good quality vodka like Grey Goose for best results.
Put everyone in a good holiday mood by serving these festive Christmas margaritas!
The red hue of this drink should match with your red and green-themed Christmas party.
Garnish the glass with salt or sugar, then add lime and fresh cranberries for a more lively effect.
Gather the gang and make the party a day to remember by serving this pink French 75 cocktail filled with Elderflower liqueur, gin, and chilled pink sparkling rosé.
Don’t forget to garnish it with a lemon slice!
With its gorgeous pink hue, this gin-based cocktail would be great for a fun and fabulous girl’s night in, too!
If you have guests who love cranberry, then serve up this cranberry Manhattan cocktail.
What I love about this recipe is that it can take you only 5 minutes to prep yet incredibly delicious!
Combine whiskey, vermouth, cranberry syrup, or juice in a cocktail shaker.
Fill it with ice, shake, and strain into a martini glass.
For garnish, go for an orange twist and fresh cranberry.
A classic vodka drink with three ingredients—what else could you ask for? This white Russian cocktail recipe is sweet, lively, and makes any evening more fun!
The secret to the sweetness of this drink lies in the addition of maple syrup and a brown sugar rim.
You won’t believe that these flavors match well with vodka.
Festive and simply delicious, the combination of pomegranate juice and sparkly ginger beer make this vodka-based cocktail perfectly fruity and slightly spicy!
Mix the vodka, pomegranate juice, and ginger beer in a large pitcher.
The next thing to do is serve the drink to your guests.
Seriously, that’s it!
Another 3-ingredient cocktail recipe you need to try is this Christmas cranberry champagne.
It’s full of simplicity!
It mixes champagne, cranberry juice, and frozen cranberries. You can sprinkle edible star glitter on top of the cranberries to make the drink sparkling.
Want a refreshing cocktail that’s as irresistible as it’s easy to mix up? Try this ruby red and rosemary honey cocktail!
First, you need to juice the grapefruits and make the simple honey syrup.
Later on, mix grapefruit juice, vodka, lemon juice, and honey syrup in a cocktail shaker.
12. Mistletoe Kiss
Another Christmas cocktail, the mistletoe kiss, is super refreshing, and it takes only 12 minutes to whip up!
It has the right balance of sweet and tart of rosemary syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice with a nice flavor of club soda.
Make the syrup ahead of time.
Just be sure to store it well in an airtight container or a mason jar.
Nothing beats this white Christmas cocktail when it comes to simplicity.
Would you believe that this drink only calls for two ingredients?
You heard it right! This white Christmas cocktail features RumChata and peppermint schnapps.
You can add a candy cane into the mix, but this is really up to your preference!
Your Christmas party deserves to be merry and festive.
To achieve that, you need to serve these merry mistletoe cocktails at the special gathering.
It features a mint flavor that you and your guests would unarguably love.
Plus, making the cocktail involves mixing and blending!
This grapefruit Paloma cocktail is sweet-tart and refreshing.
The best part?
You don’t even have to use your cocktail shaker.
Mix all the ingredients in a pitcher. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Pour the drink into glasses and add ice cubes. Done!
Add some sparkle to your party with this apple cider Moscow mule.
Whatever the occasion—the cocktail delivers!
Be it a Christmas dinner party or simply a fall-themed get-together—you name it.
The combination of hard apple cider and citron vodka is total perfection.
Trust me; you won’t even notice that you’re drinking alcohol.
This apple cinnamon gin fizz is so underrated.
It only has a seven ingredient cocktail, but there’s so much going on in one sip.
Infuse the homemade apple cinnamon syrup with water, granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, and apple.
Top it with soda water, and you now have a crowd-pleasing cocktail!
This cocktail is laden with candy cane-infused vodka, crème de cacao, milk, and chocolate syrup with a candy cane rim.
Try it, and the perfect combination of peppermint and chocolate will convince you to create the drink on any occasion!
If you like the Moscow mule, this drink is for you!
Figs and ginger syrup are the two key ingredients to make this deliciously refreshing cocktail.
Meanwhile, the inclusion of thyme at the end of the preparation brings a pleasant aroma to the gin.
For best results, use freshly squeezed lime juice and fresh figs as much as possible.
This Jack Frost winter cocktail has a surprise element—every sip is sweet and full of tropical flavors!
The recipe calls for seven ingredients, and sure, the drink is basic yet, so it’s darn delicious.
Dip the rim of a cocktail glass in corn syrup, then dip in the coconut flakes.
Blend ice, pineapple juice, blue curacao, rum, and cream of coconut. Pour and serve!
If you’re looking for a Christmas cocktail that’s bound for endless entertaining, then consider making this vodka strawberry lemonade cocktail!
One sip, and you’ll taste the vodka, strawberries, and the citrus note of freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon slices.
Everything in this cocktail is awe-inspiring!
The bottom line
Christmas is finally around the corner, and, indeed, you’re excited! Me too!
While everyone is waiting for the celebration, you should plan out everything so you won’t feel stressed out during the big day.
Start with delectable hors d’oeuvres, Christmas mixed drinks, then sweet treats, and lastly, the highlight of your table—the main course.
- Gingerbread Martini
- Peppermint Piña Coladas
- Cinnamon Apple Cider Mimosa
- Lemon Vodka Cocktail
- Christmas Margarita
- Pink French 75 Cocktail
- Cranberry Manhattan
- White Russian
- Pomegranate Ginger Smash
- Christmas Cranberry Champagne
- Ruby Red and Rosemary Honey Cocktail
- Mistletoe Kiss
- White Christmas Cocktail
- Merry Mistletoe Cocktail
- Grapefruit Paloma Cocktail
- Apple Cider Moscow Mule
- Apple Cinnamon Gin Fizz
- Candy Cane Infused Vodka Chocolate Martini
- Fig and Ginger Gin Cocktail
- Jack Frost Winter Cocktail
- Vodka Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail
- Choose five Christmas cocktails from our list here.
- Gather the ingredients and start making them.
- Serve the drinks, and don't forget the appetizers.
- Enjoy the party!