The Christmas season is a joyous time of family gatherings, company holiday parties, and cozy nights by the fire. We look forward to those once-a-year Christmas dinner dishes and the week of leftovers that follows.
Every family has a repertoire of recipes for casseroles, cranberry sauces, and the perfect ham, but when it comes to festive beverages, most of us find ourselves in uncharted territory.
If you’re wondering about what to serve to drink for friends and family, check out my list of Christmas cocktails below.
A delightfully refreshing Christmas cocktail, the Mistletoe martini combines cranberry juice and elderflower liqueur with vodka and a dash of simple syrup. It covers all the refreshing bases, with the tart from the cranberry, sweet simple syrup, and floral bitterness from the elderflower.
Plus, the garnish of a single cranberry with a sprig of mint leaves literally puts mistletoe in your martini glass!
Christmas is only cold in the northern hemisphere. For countries below the equator, Christmas is a summer holiday. This Christmas cocktail honors the summertime Christmas cocktail parties and invokes a tropical oasis in the dead of winter for us northerners.
Christmas cocktail is a rum cocktail that combines pomegranate juice, rum, and lime soda. This recipe makes a pitcher’s worth keeping large parties happy.
Sugar Cookie White Russians
You can leave the baked goods for Santa, but the adults can still enjoy a comforting and warming dessert with this delicious Sugar Cookie White Russian recipe.
This decadent, frothy milk-based vodka drink with rich Kahlua gets upgraded with a dash of vanilla and garnishes like sprinkles, crushed sugar cookies, and whipped cream.
Gingerbread White Russian
Another cheerful and nostalgic take on the White Russian, Gingerbread White Russians add a homemade simple syrup to the mix. The simple syrup infuses water with molasses, vanilla, ginger, and cinnamon, imitating the spices baked into gingerbread cookies.
Simple syrup isn’t as daunting as it sounds, and each batch yields enough for up to 16 drinks.
Partridge in a Pear Tree
You can hum the classic caroling song as you mix its namesake cocktail. This refreshing and bright cocktail contains pear vodka, fresh lemon juice, and champagne. You get the dryness and bubbles from the champagne to tamper with the sweetness while accentuating the pear flavor.
The Partridge in a Pear Tree cocktail is elegant and light. I think it would be a great Christmas brunch cocktail, putting a winter twist on the classic bellini.
White Christmas Mojito
True to its name, the White Christmas Mojito is as white and creamy as snow. I think it’s a combination of a pina colada with a mojito, using white and coconut rum to mix with lime juice and coconut milk.
In true mojito fashion, you muddle mint, sugar, and lime together at the bottom of the pitcher before adding the alcohol and cream ingredients. This cocktail is an instant party!
Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail
Wintertime coincides with the citrus season, and there’s no better way to showcase fresh citrus than in this Holly Jolly Christmas citrus cocktail. This vodka and St. Germain cocktail has a beautiful blood-red color from the freshly squeezed blood orange.
The splash of ginger beer adds a bit of sweetness and bubbles. This is an easy cocktail to make in a pitcher.
The Mistletoe Kiss
As simple and sumptuous as stealing a kiss, The Mistletoe Kiss cocktail is a user-friendly vodka and lemon juice cocktail, with a sensual simple syrup that steals the show. The secret ingredient in the simple syrup is rosemary, which combines beautifully with tangy lemon juice.
I like this recipe because it gives you measurements for both small and large batches.
The Grinch Cocktail
Even the bitterest scrooge will brighten up with this bright green cocktail. This rum cocktail gets its lime green color from melon-infused Midori liqueur. Another citrusy boost from lemon-lime soda and a bright red maraschino cherry rounds out the flavor and color profile.
My heart and energy level grew three sizes with this festive cocktail.
Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer
An elaborate and sinfully sweet spin on the classic Cosmo, Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer adds orange juice, lemon-lime soda, and maraschino cherry juice to the standard vodka cranberry concoction.
This is an easy one-pitcher recipe that you simply dump all the ingredients in and mix. Furthermore, you can make one pitcher with vodka, and one without so that both kids and adults can delight in this delicious holiday party punch.
Holiday Cheermeister Bourbon Punch
For all you whiskey lovers, this wonderful bourbon punch embodies the Holiday Cheermeister’s essence! It combines bourbon, prosecco, pomegranate juice, and citrus for a complete flavor profile.
The light and zesty citrus, prosecco, and pomegranate combine with smokey bourbon to provide a refreshing beverage that leaves in the warmth.
Frosted Mistletoe Margarita
A wintery take on our favorite Mexican cocktail, the Frosted Mistletoe Margarita is a frozen margarita that combines the classic tequila, lime, Cointreau, and tequila recipe with cranberries.
Both frozen whole cranberries and no-sugar-added cranberry juice get blended to create a delightful slushy consistency, a deep burgundy color, and an upgraded flavor to the classic frozen margarita.
Plus, it’s easy to make by just throwing all the ingredients into a blender and pouring each glass without dirtying a pitcher.
Sangria is one of my favorite drinks because it's like a cocktail and a fruit salad in one glass! Plus, it’s a versatile cocktail that uses the freshest seasonal fruits.
In the case of the Christmas Sangria, you mix a dry red wine and Gran Marnier with winter juices and fruits like pomegranate, orange, cranberry, and apples.
Mrs. Claus Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail
Santa gets all the credit, but let’s honor Mrs. Claus for a change! This spicy, smokey, and tart cocktail would certainly fuel Santa’s busy Christmas eve schedule. Smokey whisky or bourbon combines with rosemary simple syrup, cinnamon, and a dash of cranberry juice.
The interesting combination of rosemary and cinnamon with cranberry juice adds a balance of spice and tang that works well with the whisky’s inherent heat.
Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz
If you’re a fan of botanical flavors, this Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz is for you! Gin has a strong floral flavor, made even stronger with rosemary infusions. Rosemary gin combines with a fizzy pomegranate lemonade recipe for a bright pink cocktail that’s equal parts floral and tangy.
Plus, you get to break out the shaker for this recipe!
Cranberry Bourbon Sour
This impressive holiday punch bowl recipe has detailed instructions on making ingredients and garnishes, plus the cocktail itself. For those type-A personalities, this Cranberry Bourbon Sour will get you all the compliments.
It combines bourbon and orange bitters with a rich, homemade orange-cranberry simple syrup. The candied rosemary garnish is the icing on the cake!
Holiday Cocktail Spiced Cranberry Paloma
Another recipe that takes advantage of the winter citrus crop, this Holiday Cocktail Spiced Cranberry Paloma combines lime, grapefruit, and cranberry juices with tequila. The secret ingredient that infuses this drink with Christmas cheer is a strongly spiced simple syrup.
The spicy cinnamon, anise, and cloves bring out the heat and spiciness of the tequila for a sophisticated flavor profile.
Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) Tiki Cocktail
Yes, even Hawaiians celebrate Christmas! This Tiki-style cocktail shows how Christmas spices blend with tropical spirits, combining spiced rum with various bitters, citrus juice, and spice-infused syrups.
The whole star anise garnish makes for a tasteful presentation to a complex and delicious flavor profile. While many rum cocktails are often very sweet, I think this Tiki cocktail perfectly balances sweet, spicy, bitter, and sour.
Winter-Spiced Pear Cocktail
This elegant cocktail will make a master mixologist out of any amateur bartender. This gin-based cocktail combines lemon juice and homemade spiced pear syrup. The crowd-pleasing ingredient is the egg white which creates a fun foamy layer that adds depth and silkiness to the finished product.
This is a cocktail you make one drink at a time with the theatrics of a metal shaker.
Bring Christmas cheer in liquid form to spice up a holiday party or Christmas brunch with any of the delicious Christmas cocktails I’ve listed above.
Let me know which cocktail you and your family enjoyed the most in the comments below!
19 Delicious Christmas Cocktails to Try This Holiday Season
- Mistletoe Martini
- Christmas Cocktail
- Sugar Cookie White Russians
- Gingerbread White Russian
- Partridge in a Pear Tree
- White Christmas Mojito
- Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail
- The Mistletoe Kiss
- The Grinch Cocktail
- Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer
- Holiday Cheermeister Bourbon Punch
- Frosted Mistletoe Margarita
- Christmas Sangria
- Mrs. Claus Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail
- Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz
- Cranberry Bourbon Sour
- Holiday Cocktail Spiced Cranberry Paloma
- Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) Tiki Cocktail
- Winter-Spiced Pear Cocktail
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