12 Great Cocktail Recipes for the Holidays


Tis the season for mixing and mingling and it wouldn’t be a party without a great holiday cocktail. Today I’m sharing 12 great cocktail recipes for the holidays along with a couple of bonus mocktails. Make one or try them all while enjoying time with friends and family this season.

Holiday Cocktail Recipes

I’m excited to share this curated collection of cocktail recipes. There are drinks for every taste, all of which are festive, eye catching and delicious.

Poinsettia Cocktail 


  • Bottle of Prosecco or your favorite sparkling wine
  • Orange liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier are my favorites)
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Fresh rosemary


  • Add 1 ounce of Cointreau to a champagne glass and a splash of cranberry juice.
  • Pour over chilled Prosecco.
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprig.

Apple Cider Old Fashioned

Apple Cider Old Fashioned – Fans of the classic old fashioned will enjoy this sophisticated twist, perfect for the holidays.

Peppermint Bark Martini

Peppermint Bark Martini – If you’re a fan of that seasonal Peppermint Bark, then this cocktail is right up your alley. Creamy and sweet with a kick of peppermint.

Christmas Sangria

Christmas Sangria – Many consider Sangria to be a summer time drink but this holiday version will change your mind. Laden with red wine, berry liqueurs and an abundance of fruit and spices, this beverage is bound to become a new favorite.

Holiday Cranberry Pomegranate Mojito

Holiday Cranberry Pomegranate Mojito – Cranberries are the iconic fruit of the season so it’s natural that they should make an appearance in this holiday mojito recipe.

Holiday Peppermint White Russian

Holiday Peppermint White Russian – Steal a couple of your kids’ candy canes and whip up a batch of these creamy peppermint White Russians. They are super easy to make and will add a little pep to your step!

Gingerbread Latte Dessert Rum Cocktail

Gingerbread Latte Dessert Rum Cocktail – What could be more Christmasy than warm gingerbread? This Rum infused dessert cocktail recipe incorporates all the warm, spicy elements into a tummy tingling treat.

Mistletoe Mint Cocktail

Mistletoe Mint Cocktail – This festive cocktail is more like an adult dessert due to the addition of vanilla ice cream. The green color makes it undeniably Christmas!

White Christmas Margarita

White Christmas Margarita – Margarita lovers will love this festive twist on the classic favorite. The addition of tropical flavors and a smattering of red pomegranate seeds make it eye catching and festive.

Eggnog with Baileys

Eggnog with Baileys – The old classic Christmas beverage is kicked up a notch with the addition of just a couple of ingredients to create a sweet, creamy beverage.

Hot Cocktails

Take the chill off with these hot and festive cocktail recipes. Perfect for parties or a cozy evening by the fireplace.

Spiced Mulled Wine with Blackberries

Spiced Mulled Wine with Blackberries – This is a delicious and cozy recipe based on a traditional classic mulled wine. Great to batch make for parties and gatherings.

Homemade Hot Chocolate with Amaretto

Homemade Hot Chocolate with Amaretto – I recently shared my hot chocolate recipe which you could use for this recipe. Either way, this is a great (and delicious) way to warm up after a long day out in the cold.

Festive Mocktails

In addition to the 12 great cocktail recipes for the holidays above, here are two tasty alcohol-free cocktails for those choosing not to imbibe this holiday season. These are also great for kids who want to join in on the next toast.

Cranberry Mocktail

Cranberry Mocktail – Easy, fruity and festive, this cranberry mocktail is a delicious way to celebrate the season without alcohol.

Peppermint White Russian Mocktail

Peppermint White Russian Mocktail – Crafting a mocktail takes more than just leaving out the alcohol. Chellie thoughtfully makes substitutions to create a well balanced and delicious drink.


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