You probably already know your traditional Christmas cocktails, but what about more creative drink recipes? These are some of the best Christmas cocktails to serve this holiday season.
‘Tis the season for a collection of festive Christmas cocktails designed to make your holiday more fun and delicious. These drinks range from rich and creamy to light and refreshing, so there’s something here for everyone.
Most of these Christmas cocktails are served cold, but a few are warm. The warm drinks are perfect for chilly evenings by a fireplace.
All of these drinks are great for whatever you’ve got planned. Whether it’s a big party or just you, you can find a recipe that’s just what you were looking for.
Christmas Party Planning Tips
If you’re planning a holiday party this year, you might need some food to go with whichever Christmas cocktails you decide to serve. We suggest any of these gingerbread recipes. You can make gingerbread men, cookies, waffles and more.
If you’re looking for Christmas gifts for cocktail lovers this holiday season, check out our Cocktail Gifts Guide for ideas! From beautiful flasks to full bar sets, with lots of quirky ideas.
Christmas Cocktails Recipes
If you love mint, this may become one of your favorite Christmas cocktails. It uses white creme de cacao and peppermint schnapps to get a boozy mint chocolate flavor. There's also a hint of berry from that lovely grenadine "sunrise" in the bottom of the glass. This is one of the best Christmas cocktails to present to guests at a party... or just to enjoy on your own.
The Very Cherry Christmas cocktail recipe blends cherry vodka with chocolate liqueur and Irish cream to create a creamy drink that's rich and satisfying. It tastes like a chocolate covered cherry, and it looks like a million bucks. You can upgrade it by using Luxardo cherries or Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cherries instead of the standard heavy syrup packed ones from the grocery store.
The Candy Cane Martini blends the flavor of peppermint with a hint of raspberry to make it taste like a delicious candy cane. This classic winter cocktail really is delicious, with that light Chambord instead of a heavy grenadine syrup. This cocktail is easy to serve one by one or in premixed pitchers.
It's so easy to make this Candy Cane Vodka infusion which has a bright, sweet, minty flavor. It's made from candy canes, and you have to crush them. Turns out that's a very good way to relieve some holiday stress! You can serve it on its own in these adorable shot glasses with a candy cane garnish. It looks so pretty and it tastes like sweetened mint. It's lighter than a mint liqueur, and works very well in any cocktail recipe that calls for peppermint schnapps or creme de menthe.
One of our most beautiful Christmas cocktails layers peppermint schnapps, grenadine and green creme de menthe for a beautiful little shot of Christmas spirit. It's low alcohol with an easygoing mint and berry flavor. That makes it a great choice for holiday parties. You can make a tray of shots in advance and keep them on a tray in the refrigerator.Layering cocktails is easier than you think - check out the cocktail layering video tutorial!
These little Christmas cocktails taste a little bit like festive toasted marshmallows. It's equal parts of each ingredient, so you can make this into a standard drink by just pouring more of each in equal amounts.
If it's cold, and especially if you get a snowy white Christmas, it just won't be complete without some hot chocolate. This boozy version features Kahlua spiked hot chocolate that you can dress up with whipped cream and chocolate shavings to your heart's content.
The Red Rudolph is a cocktail you serve warm. It features cinnamon schnapps with the flavors of orange and cranberry. This holiday cocktail also features some vodka to give it a little kick. It gets topped with whipped cream (optionally, of course). It's a wonderful blend of fall flavors that's perfect for chilly evenings and snow days.
The Reindeer Tracks Martini blends chocolate vodka with Frangelico, creme de cacao and more. The rim is made from crushed Oreos, and the whole drink is just fantastic tasting. It's all chocolate and hazelnut, with wonderful texture from the crushed cookie rim. And it turns out cookie crushing is a great way to relieve holiday stress.
Not many Christmas cocktails come in this shade of pink! The Candy Cane blends peppermint schnapps with berry vodka and creme de cacao to make a delicious drink that tastes like mint with hints of berry and chocolate. It's definitely on the sweet side and a little bit creamy, too, thanks to the addition of some half-n-half.
The Christmas Cookie blends the commonly paired Kahlua and Baileys with an unexpected shot of peppermint schnapps. The flavor is mocha, caramel and mint, and it will surprise you. It's rich and sweet and so comforting to drink by a nice fire. It also makes a great dessert drink.
We've got a lot of other Kahlua drinks, too.
The Eggnog Martini is a great alternative to the traditional Eggnog. It includes a little bit of real eggnog, but lightens it up with the addition of more alcohol and amaretto. The result is a less heavy, more refreshing cocktail that still has that eggnog taste and feel. This one makes a great dessert drink.
Salted Caramel Vodka is also delicious, with a flavor that seems just right for the holidays. You can make it quickly and easily, and serve it alone or in cocktails. It has a wonderful texture because it's made from actual caramel candies.
Had enough of the holidays already? Have a Grinch cocktail and feel better. Lemon juice cuts the sweetness of Midori to give you a nice, refreshing sweet and tart treat of a drink. This drink is light on the alcohol, which makes it a great little pick-me-up whenever you most need one.
Mulled wine is a Christmas cocktail recipe that goes way back. It takes a little bit of time at the stove, but you get a wonderfully spiced wine that needs nothing more than a cinnamon stick or maybe some whipped cream as garnish. This is a great cocktail recipe for if you actually get a cold white Christmas.
Hot Buttered Rum is another old standby. It tastes a lot like butterscotch. There are several variations on this recipe. This is the simple, classic version, featuring rum, butter, lemon and cinnamon. Don't be alarmed by the idea of melting a pat of butter into your drink - it's rich, delicious, and totally worth the calories.
It’s not exactly “Christmas cocktails” and certainly not traditional, but you can make Skittles Vodka, Jolly Rancher Vodka or Vodka Gummy Bears in red and green for Christmas colors. Both Skittles Vodka and Jolly Rancher Vodka can be used as mixers in classic Christmas holiday cocktails.
And if you or and of your guests aren’t drinking, check out our collection of mocktails and non-alcoholic cocktails. They’re just as beautiful and tasty as regular cocktails, but without the alcohol.