30 Festive Christmas Cocktails

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Tis’ the season for Christmas parties, family gatherings, and gift exchanges. It’s a time of cheer, peace, love, and Christmas cocktails

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During all of the fun, festive gatherings throughout the month of December, Christmas cocktails run rampant. The holiday season is full of wonderful libations to enjoy the yuletide season.

We’ve rounded up the best of the best Christmas cocktail recipes to serve throughout the season. Whether it’s a warm cocktail, a twist on a traditional recipe, or a fun punch to serve to large groups, we’ve got you covered.

Find your new favorite Christmas cocktail below and you’ll be feeling merry and bright all season long.

1. Christmas Punch

Christmas punch is a cheery beverage everyone can enjoy. It has simple ingredients and the option for non-alcoholic making it great for the kiddos. It’s a refreshing, jolly beverage for the yuletide season. 

2. Peppermint White Russian

The classic white Russian gets a fun seasonal twist in this delicious Christmas cocktail. The addition of peppermint adds a festive zing to the liquor. It takes 4 simple ingredients to create this special drink and will make you feel merry and bright.

3. Christmas Margarita

Whether you celebrate the holiday season on a beach or in the snowy mountains, this Christmas margarita will get you into the holiday spirit. It’s a jolly beverage that is a breeze to whip up with 5 simple ingredients. It’s a delightful Christmas cocktail. 

4. Cranberry Mimosa

The traditional mimosa gets a festive makeover in this cheery recipe. Cranberry replaces the OJ and a touch of triple sec is added. The elegant presentation makes it fabulous to serve for brunch or your dinner party.  It’s a joyous holiday drink perfect for any gathering. 

5. Hot Buttered Rum

This version is a kid-friendly, non-alcoholic take on the classic drink. Of course, you can always add in the real rum if you like. It’s such a fun, cozy, warm cocktail to enjoy during the holiday season. It’s so good that you’ll likely want to enjoy it all winter long, not just the month of December. Either way, this luscious, warm beverage is the kind that will warm your soul and brighten your spirit. Guaranteed your little elves will love it too! 


6. Holiday Sangria

Sangria is such an exciting, whimsical cocktail. This festive recipe is like a delicious gift-wrapped treat. Full of fruity flavors without being too sweet, it’s a decorated Christmas cocktail. 

7. Candy Cane Christmas Martini

You’ll certainly be feeling the holiday spirit with this delicious Christmas cocktail. It’s the perfect drink to sip in front of the fire all through the month of December. A few simple ingredients create this merry recipe. It’s a Santa-approved, jolly cocktail that will make you feel merry and bright.

8. Mulled Wine

If you haven’t had mulled wine, you’re in for a big treat. This historical beverage was created by the Romans. It’s a delicious warm cocktail that pleases the senses as much as the palate. This traditional Christmas cocktail is made with red wine, brandy, and spices. It’s a soul-warming, heavenly drink that feels divine as the warmth spreads through your body. 

9. Eggnog Cocktail

It doesn’t get any more classic than eggnog. This quintessential Christmas cocktail graces every party during the holiday season, and for good reason. It’s a delicious, tasty concoction. This recipe uses Baileys and vodka for added zing. This joyous beverage is Santa-approved and even the elves love it! 

10. Grinch Cocktail – Midori Sour

All it takes is a few sips of this tasty Christmas cocktail for the Grinch’s heart to grow 3 sizes. The traditional Midori sour gets an upgrade with added lemon and lime soda and juices. Whether you’re naughty or nice, you’ll love this spirited drink at your next holiday party. 

11. Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour

The tasty whiskey sour cocktail gets an exciting holiday twist in this easy recipe. With a few simple ingredients, it only takes a couple minutes to whip up this delightful Christmas cocktail. Perfect for the holiday season and your Christmas pirates, it’s a fun beverage everyone enjoys.

12. Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

Hold on to your stockings, this Christmas cocktail will blow your socks off. A delicious homemade maple cranberry simple syrup is mixed with bourbon and cranberry juice. It has simple ingredients with big flavors. Great for your next Christmas party or to enjoy as Santa’s little helper wrapping gifts. 

13. RumChata Coffee

Coffee cocktails are fun alternatives to traditional drinks. Festive during the holiday season, this is a fabulous Christmas cocktail. It has the simplest of ingredients with coffee and rumchata with the option of adding whipped cream. It’s a warm cocktail that is just as good over ice. Whether it’s Christmas morning, a holiday brunch or a Christmas party, this coffee cocktail hits the spot. 

14. Cranberry Moscow Mule

Moscow Mules are all the rage and this festive twist will be the hit of your next Christmas party. It’s simple to make with only 5 ingredients and is a delicious and refreshing Christmas cocktail. Whether you’re enjoying it while decorating the house or serving it to guests during the holiday season, it’s a Christmas cocktail that is always a hit. 

15. Vodka Cranberry

The simplest of cocktails and a quintessential favorite all year long, this recipe is wonderful during the holiday season. It’s a refreshing, tart, and tasty Christmas cocktail. 

16. White Christmas Margarita

You’ll be feeling the island breeze with this exquisite Christmas cocktail. Whether you’re lying on the beach surrounded by palm trees or admiring the snowfall from the comfort of your home, this festive margarita will have you in the holiday spirit. This jolly beverage looks like Christmas in a glass but tastes like a warm summer day. It’s the best of both worlds. 

Making sugar cookies for the holiday season is a tried-and-true tradition. A favorite pastime with the kids, now the adults can enjoy the same flavors of this classic Christmas cookie without the huge hit of sugar. This Christmas cocktail is a merry treat for the adults that’s easy to make with simple ingredients. A Christmas party favorite, it’s a delicious seasonal cocktail.

18. Peppermint Pina Colada

The traditional pina colada gets a festive spin in this easy recipe. It’s a joyful beverage for the holiday season and great to serve at your next Christmas party. The peppermint flavor blends well with the pineapple and coconut for a jolly Christmas cocktail. Try garnishing with candy canes for a fun, festive drink. It’s so good, you’ll be caroling “if you like Pina Coladas” through the night. 

19. Rudolph Tipsy Spritzer

This is a fun and festive punch that can also be made non-alcoholic. It has a flavorful blend of juices and vodka with cherries and rosemary for garnish. Whether you enjoy alcohol or prefer to skip it, everyone will be feeling the Christmas spirit with this tasty spritzer.  

20. Jack Frost Cocktail

You’ll have all the winter wonderland feels with this frosty Christmas cocktail. With flavors similar to a pina colada, the blue curacao gives it its fun winter look. It’s an easy recipe with simple ingredients so you can throw it together quickly. Great for the holiday season, it’s a gorgeous, delicious, and festive cocktail. 

21. Snowman Cocktail

This is a decadent, warm cocktail perfect for the cold months. With a rich chocolatey rim, hot chocolate, ice cream, and Baileys, it’s an incredible dessert cocktail. It’s definitely a Santa-approved Christmas cocktail that can easily be made non-alcoholic for your little elves.

22. Caramel Apple Hot Toddy

This festive, warm cocktail is the stuff dreams are made of. It’s a heavenly Christmas cocktail perfect for enjoying through the cold months. It has simple ingredients, like apple cider, and is bursting with delicious flavors. Top with a dash of cinnamon and cinnamon stick. It’s a comforting and cozy warm cocktail. 

23. Grinch Punch

This green libation is great for any Christmas party. It has simple ingredients that blend together for a delicious Christmas cocktail. The green color is a festive addition while the punch is an inviting beverage. There won’t be any Grinches after drinking this punch. 

24. Vanilla Pear Holiday Punch

Christmas parties are a wonderful part of the holiday season. This punch is a joyous Christmas cocktail that everyone will love. It’s not too sweet, full of delicious flavors, and always a hit. Everyone will be feeling the Christmas cheer with this festive punch. 

25. Gingerbread Martini

This recipe is a decadent, delicious, and delightful beverage. It’s great for a dessert cocktail as it has ice cream in it. Baileys, vodka, Kahlua, and gingerbread syrup all make this holiday treat a true yuletide favorite. 

26. Pomegranate Gin Fizz

This is a light and refreshing spin on the traditional gin fizz. The pomegranate adds a touch of tartness that complements the gin and sparkling water. It’s a lovely, whimsical Christmas cocktail great for the holiday season. 

27. Spiked Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a classic cold-weather beverage. This adults-only recipe kicks it up a notch by adding chocolate flavored vodka to it. It’s a delicious, rich, warm cocktail that warms the body and soul. Perfect for sitting by the fire, wrapping gifts, or just enjoying the holiday season. 

28. Christmas Cosmo

This Christmas cocktail is a classic recipe perfect for the holiday season. It’s a definite crowd pleaser that’s great to serve at your Christmas party. It’s so easy to make with 4 simple ingredients but it’s big on flavor. A tasty libation that will have you full of Christmas cheer.

29. Blood Orange Bourbon Smash

This delicious libation is an easy recipe to make. With a few simple ingredients, you’ve got a scrumptious Christmas cocktail ready to enjoy. It’s sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and topped with ginger beer for a perfectly balanced beverage. 

30. Christmas Mimosa

This twist on the traditional mimosa makes it a great option for the holiday season. It takes 3 simple ingredients to create this cheerful libation. The addition of pomegranate juice gives it a festive red color making it a wonderful Christmas cocktail to enjoy all season.

Did you have any of these Christmas drinks? Tell me your favorite in the comments.

Copper much with cranberries, blue drink, green drink, and a milky drink.
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Christmas Cocktails

By Heather
Festive Christmas cocktails to serve during the holiday season including this Santa cocktail.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 drink


  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz peach schnapps
  • 2 oz cranberry juice


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour in vodka, schnapps, and cranberry juice. Shake for several seconds. Pour in martini glass and serve.
  • Optional, garnish with cranberries.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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