Are you looking for the best holiday cocktails to make your Christmas party memorable or enjoy the holiday season?
This list features the 21 best holiday cocktails for your next gathering or night in front of the fire. I personally sampled several cocktails to compile this list. The following selection of my favorites features everything from warm, spicy drinks to fizzy, fruity beverages.
You’ll be surprised how many innovative and delectable holiday cocktails you can try. And don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself an accomplished mixologist. A few of these cocktails only need two ingredients to whip together.
Don’t serve another bottle of boring wine or hand out the standard gimlet when you can wow your friends and family with these outstanding drinks!
Margaritas may seem like a summer drink, but if you never want the tequila party to end, you can switch up your favorite drink slightly to make it appropriate for the holiday season.
White Christmas margaritas have almost the same recipe as a traditional margarita, but with the addition of coconut flavors and cranberry.
Like the Jingle Juice, not every white Christmas margarita recipe is identical. But most of them include coconut milk with either tequila or rum, plus a splash of lime, triple sec, and cranberry juice for an explosion of festive flavors.
This drink is easy to make in large batches and will entice all your friends and family with its foamy white appearance.
The cranberry mimosa is likely the easiest holiday cocktail on this list.
All you need is some tasty cranberry juice and your favorite sparkling wine to have the ideal brunch cocktail during the holiday season. But you can always step this up a notch by adding a splash of triple sec or other liqueur.
Top it with a fresh orange slice or whole cranberries to make it more appealing and festive.
People also love to drop in a fresh lime wedge or add a splash of lime juice to make it more tart and refreshing. You could also garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
Keep things simple and delicious this holiday season with a cranberry mimosa!
While the cranberry mimosa is super easy and only requires two ingredients, a champagne cocktail is also a breeze to make for someone who wants a stellar holiday cocktail but doesn’t want to make an overly complex drink.
For a champagne cocktail, all you need is a sugar cube, champagne, bitters, and citrus fruit.
Most people add an orange peel to this drink, but you can also use lemon if you want something with more of a bite.
The sugar cube is the traditional sweetener in this cocktail, but I enjoy adding some maple syrup to make a more cozy beverage!
The Grinch cocktail is last on the list, but certainly not the least. This melon-flavored cocktail is a bright, shocking shade of green, just like the Grinch.
You can make this drink with white rum, vodka, or tequila, but vodka is the most popular choice.
The most important ingredient is the melon liqueur, typically Midori. The melon-flavored liqueur is a vivid green color that will catch everyone’s eye.
It has a sweet, fruity flavor you may not expect from a holiday cocktail. But drop a candy cane in the drink, and it will look like the ideal drink for Mr. Grinch himself.
What is Your Favorite Holiday Drink?
Hopefully, one or more of these festive cocktails appeals to you.
Whether you enjoy fruit-forward drinks, piping hot boozy beverages, or complex drinks with a distinct flavor profile, there’s a holiday cocktail for everyone, in my opinion.
Don’t settle for another bland beer or the same old red wine when you can sip on one of these phenomenal and unique holiday cocktails. And don’t be afraid to experiment with your favorite liquors or juices to personalize these cocktails.
Erin is an editor and food writer who loves traveling and trying new foods and fun cocktails. Erin has been writing and editing professionally for 5 years since graduating from Temple University, and has been on the Restaurant Clicks team for 3 years. She has a long background working in the restaurant industry, and is an avid home chef and baker. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.