The holiday season is all about celebrating with friends and family. Nothing loosens up a small group or crowd more than delicious easy Christmas cocktails. Some of the cocktails below incorporate wintry, festive flavors like cinnamon.
Others are served warm, perfect against the chilly air outside. Many look as good as they taste, with cheery colors from pomegranate, cranberries, mint, and more.
Below, read about 16 easy Christmas cocktails to liven up the next gathering around your tree.
This super simple cocktail is nothing more than regular vodka, cranberry juice, grenadine, and lemon-lime soda. It’s Christmasy because of the fun recipe to sugar the rim with a fluffy white powder that looks like snow.
If you prefer less sweetness, leave out the grenadine. You can also use the sugar rim recipe for other drinks.
You’ll scarcely be able to resist singing the familiar tune when you sip a Partridge in a Peartree. Made with pear vodka, this clean cocktail combines simple syrup, lemon juice, and a splash of champagne.
You’ll add a rosemary sprig for garnish, which looks like a simple Christmas tree. It also adds a spicy fragrance and flavor that complements the pear perfectly.
Ladies love their whiskey, too! Mrs. Claus’ personal favorite is this cranberry cocktail. Mix your whiskey and cranberry juice with rosemary simple syrup and add a festive garnish to complete the look.
If you’re throwing a more elegant holiday soiree, you need a martini to go with your high-end ambiance. True to an essential martini mix, you’ll combine gin or vodka with Cointreau, unsweetened pure cranberry juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
You can swap the simple syrup for maple, which might taste more wintery. Try both and let us know what you prefer.
Minty candy canes just taste like Christmas! This cocktail hearkens to that flavor by combining vodka, creme de menthe, and peppermint schnapps. The sweetness from the liqueurs cuts the harshness of the alcohol.
Finish it with a crushed candy cane rim for the perfect look.
This gin cocktail couldn’t be more straightforward, and it’s a great combination to cut the bitter flavor of gin. Just pour gin, ginger ale, and a little cranberry juice over ice and enjoy! You can serve it in any type of glass, and it’s easy to make fast, so it’s suitable for parties.
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.