The winter holidays involve a lot of celebrating and hosting, often leading to a search for tasty Christmas cocktail recipes. If you are developing your drink menu for an upcoming holiday event, don’t overlook Christmas tequila cocktails. Tequila is a popular liquor that works great in a wide range of festive beverages. During the Christmas season, tequila-based cocktails extend far past a traditional margarita.
Start your holiday season with a simple and flavorful cocktail, like the Spiced Cranberry Paloma. The cranberry and spice ingredients make this cocktail worthy of a Christmas party. You can garnish this cocktail with rosemary, sugared cranberries, and a dried grapefruit slice for an attractive presentation.
A White Christmas Margarita is a light, slightly sweet cocktail made with tequila fans in mind. Unlike the bright red color usually associated with cranberry Christmas cocktails, a White Christmas Margarita is made with white cranberry juice, resulting in a cocktail that evokes a snowy day.
Folks who don’t enjoy cranberry cocktails may appreciate an Apple Cider Margarita and its combination of two crowd favorites: tequila and apple cider. This Christmas tequila cocktail requires more ingredients than a typical margarita, such as maple syrup, but you can easily make a batch before your guests arrive.
Check out the Mistletoe Margarita for another twist on a white cranberry margarita. This version includes simple syrup for some additional sweetness. The Mistletoe Margarita is also a little higher in alcohol—in addition to a regular orange liqueur, you also put Grand Marnier into the cocktail.
If you or one of your friends has a sweet tooth, try making a Candy Cane Margarita. This Christmas cocktail uses peppermint extract to recreate the signature candy cane flavor. You can also add a few crushed candy cane pieces to the top of the drink. Although this cocktail is a tasty treat, you’ll need some extra time to prepare it if you want to include the crushed candy and sugar rim.
A Pomegranate Paloma is a great cocktail option if you want a drink with a more subtle seasonal quality. This straightforward cocktail switches out grapefruit juice (which normally goes in a Paloma) for pomegranate juice. Garnish the rosemary with a sprig of rosemary if you want extra panache.
Tequila Cranberry Cocktails provide a holiday vibe while still giving the tequila plenty of room to take center stage. A tequila cranberry cocktail is a mix of tequila Blanco and cranberry juice. Add a lime wedge and some salt on the rim, and you’ll have yourself a relaxing Christmas beverage.
Using cranberry in a Christmas cocktail is no surprise, but this Cranberry Tequila Spritzer takes a new approach by using cranberry liqueur, cranberry juice, and cranberry seltzer for the ultimate winter berry cocktail. The different cranberry elements interact beautifully with the tequila, while subtle sharpness from the mint sprigs cuts through the sweetness.
If you’re in the mood for a real, multi-ingredient tequila cocktail, consider making White Christmas Tequila Sours. This drink has a pleasant lemon flavor, and the agave syrup complements the tequila. Plus, the foamy egg white creates a cute snowy effect, while the cranberries serve as a holiday garnish.