The winter holidays involve a lot of celebrating and hosting, often leading to a search for the best Christmas cocktail recipes. If you are developing your drinks 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. Read on to learn more about the best Christmas tequila cocktails to try this season.
Start your holiday season with a simple and flavorful cocktail, like the Spiced Cranberry Paloma. A Paloma is already an elevated version of a margarita, and 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.
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.
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.
Tequila makes an excellent addition to Christmas cocktails as long as you have the right mixers and garnishes. Focus on seasonal fruits and spices to create well-balanced drinks that put your guests in a festive mood.
Do you have a favorite Christmas tequila cocktail? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll be sure to check it out!
I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.
In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.