The holiday season is a time of celebration, gratitude, and feasting. For many, this means indulging in some yummy Christmas cocktails.
A quality Christmas cocktail features classic flavors of the season. A good holiday cocktail should also feel extra decadent and mark the importance of the occasion.
When choosing the best Christmas cocktails, you should consider your time and money budget, as well as the tastes of your guests and the nature of the event.
Whether you need a cozy traditional cocktail or a cheerful drink for a tropical locale, you can get inspiration from these 21 amazing Christmas cocktails.
Spiked eggnog is a true classic when it comes to Christmas cocktails.
This crowd favorite is always a hit at holiday parties. Whether you make your eggnog from scratch or mix a premade eggnog with your favorite liquor, this drink adds the perfect touch to a cozy winter night.
Check out the best rum to use in your eggnog.
White Christmas Mojito
Mojitos are usually associated with the summer, but the White Christmas Mojito gives a fun, festive twist on the classic tropical cocktail.
A White Christmas Mojito takes the typical white rum recipe and incorporates coconut rum, as well as coconut milk and pomegranate arils.
This easy-to-make cocktail recipe results in a sweet and creamy Christmas treat.
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum is an old-school Christmas cocktail that isn’t for the faint of heart.
The beverage is exactly what it sounds like: warm, spiced rum with butter.
Although the high amount of rum gives the drink quite a kick, the buttery taste is irresistible.
If you're looking for something warm to drink, check out other popular hot cocktails.
Gingerbread White Russian
A Gingerbread White Russian is a sweet and indulgent cocktail that will get you and your friends into the holiday spirit.
While a standard White Russian contains vodka, cream, and Kahlua, the gingerbread version elevates the cocktail with ginger and cinnamon flavoring.
This cocktail is great for someone who likes sweet cocktails but wants to avoid rum and other sugary alcohol.
Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail
If you prefer lighter flavors in your cocktails, you can take inspiration from winter citrus dishes and make a Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail.
This cute and tasty beverage includes vodka, citrus juice, and elderflower.
For an extra classy touch, you can use pomegranate seeds as a garnish.
Sugar Cookie Martini
A Sugar Cookie Martini is the perfect cocktail for impressing guests at a holiday party.
This chilled cocktail features vanilla vodka, Irish cream, and a few other sugary ingredients.
You can quickly make it in bulk ahead of time and then wow your guests with a gorgeous sprinkle-laden presentation.
Christmas Old Fashioned
Anyone who appreciates whiskey will like an old-fashioned. You can spice up this traditional cocktail by making a Christmas Old Fashioned.
The main twist in this beverage is switching out the simple syrup for cardamom and maple syrup instead.
A Christmas Old Fashioned is ideal when you want to nurse a drink while sitting by the fire.
Jingle Bell Smash
A Jingle Bell Smash is a holiday version of a whiskey smash and arguably tastes better than the original.
For a Jingle Bell Smash, all you need is bourbon, cranberry juice, and rosemary simple syrup.
The cranberry juice adds just enough citric sweetness while the rosemary adds a delicious herbal undertone. Check out other cranberry cocktails for a tart red Christmas drink.
For a quick and affordable Christmas cocktail that you can make a big batch of before the party starts, you can’t go wrong with Christmas Sangria.
A Christmas Sangria is somewhat like the cold version of mulled wine, incorporating ingredients like cinnamon and cranberries to give the drink a holiday vibe—it’s tasty and refreshing, perfect for a casual celebration.
Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail
The Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail is an adorable, themed cocktail with a surprisingly sophisticated flavor profile.
This vodka-based beverage used sugar and honey for sweetness and a few jalepeños for a hint of spice.
A Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail is an excellent option if you want a truly unique holiday drink.
Holiday Pear Sangria
Holiday Pear Sangria is similar to Christmas Sangria, but it leans more heavily on crisp fruit flavors, such as pears and apples.
The best elements of this sangria are the pear-flavored brandy and candied ginger, which set the drink apart from a mainstream sangria recipe.
Check out other pear cocktails if you like this flavor!
Blood Orange Ginger Cranberry Mojitos
Rum is a reliable liquor for yummy Christmas cocktails, and Blood Orange Ginger Cranberry Mojitos are no exception.
This sugary mojito is loaded with sweet ingredients, such as blood orange soda and brown sugar.
Serve this drink to your pal who loves sweet cocktails but doesn’t like the heaviness of traditional Christmas beverages.
Christmas Cranberry Margarita
Margaritas are satisfying and simple cocktails to make, and a Christmas Cranberry Margarita will bring life to any holiday gathering.
For this cocktail, mix tequila with cranberries and rosemary simple syrup.
You can make your margaritas extra festive by garnishing each drink with a few sugared cranberries.
Winter-spiced pear cocktail
Spiced pears are an underrated holiday treat, but you can rectify that by making winter-spiced pear cocktails at your next get-together.
Gin lovers will greatly appreciate this lightly spiced wintery gin cocktail.
The spiced pear syrup works perfectly with gin and the foam from the egg white adds the right amount of texture.
The Grinch Cocktail
This Grinch Cocktail recipe is a great choice if you’re looking for a campy, themed drink made with popular flavors.
For alcohol, this drink uses rum and Midori liqueur. The only other ingredients are lemon-lime soda and a maraschino cherry for a garnish.
The result will be a pleasantly sweet, bright green cocktail.
The Mistletoe Kiss Cocktail
A Mistletoe Kiss Cocktail is just as cute as you would imagine.
This drink is essentially a vodka soda with lemon juice and rosemary simple syrup, as well as rosemary sprigs and cranberries for garnishing.
You can either make this cocktail for a small group or prepare it in bulk for a large party.
Very Merry Ornamentini
The Very Merry Ornamentini, otherwise known as a Christmas Ornament Cocktail, is somewhat involved to make and drink, but it’s worth it if you want your guests to have a memorable and creative dining experience.
This orange and cranberry vodka martini has to be carefully poured into a round ornament, and then the receiver of the drink pours the ornament into a martini glass.
It’s a bit of a project, but the presentation is gorgeous.
A Pomegranate Paloma is an accessible Christmas cocktail that is guaranteed to make all your friends happy.
This cocktail has tequila, club soda, pomegranate juice, and simple syrup.
It’s moderately sweet with just enough of a bite from the tequila, and the pomegranate flavor adds a wholesome holiday feel.
Rudolph's Tipsy Spritzer
Despite the name, Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer may be a good choice for a festive beverage that doesn’t go too heavy on alcohol.
This vodka-based cocktail is mixed with ginger ale and several holiday citrus juices to create a light and fruity drink, ideal for a family-friendly Christmas party.
Spicy Pomegranate Moscow Mule
The Spicy Pomegranate Moscow Mule will delight folks who enjoy spicy Christmas cocktails.
This vodka and ginger beer cocktail incorporates pomegranate and grapefruit juice, as well as a couple of jalepeños, to form a seasonal spicy treat.
Be sure to check with your guests to confirm how many jalepeño slices they want in their drinks—a few jalepeño seeds can go a long way!
Mulled wine is the ultimate Christmas drink that everyone should have at least once during the season.
Mulled wine is a warm, spiced beverage that includes all of your favorite holiday favors, as well as a bit of hard liquor for an extra kick.
If you set aside the time, you can easily prepare stovetop mulled wine and serve it at your next dinner party.
As you can see, you don’t need a ton of ingredients or bartending skills to make a fun and tasty Christmas cocktail. As long as you have the basic supplies and a hefty dose of holiday spirit, you and your guests will enjoy a jolly celebration with these seasonal drinks.
Did we forget one of your favorite Christmas cocktails? Let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to check it out.
Check out our favorite Christmas beers if you prefer a beer over liquor!
21 Classic Christmas Cocktails for the Holiday Season
Get your holiday season off to a great start with some of these festive, tasty Christmas cocktails for inspiration! Perfect for entertaining family and friends.
- White Christmas Mojito
- Classic Eggnog
- Gingerbread White Russian
- Hot Buttered Rum
- Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail
- Sugar Cookie Martini
- Christmas Old Fashioned
- Jingle Bell Smash
- Christmas Sangria
- Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail
- Holiday Pear Sangria
- Blood Orange Ginger Cranberry Mojitos
- Christmas Cranberry Margarita
- Winter-spiced pear cocktail
- The Grinch Cocktail
- The Mistletoe Kiss Cocktail
- Very Merry Ornamentini (Christmas Ornament Cocktail)
- Pomegranate Paloma
- Rudolph's Tipsy Spritzer
- Spicy Pomegranate Moscow Mule
- Mulled Wine
1. Choose your favorite recipe.
2. Gather the necessary ingredients.
3. Prep and cook your recipe.