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25 Best Christmas Cocktails for Your Holiday

You probably already know your traditional eggnog and Christmas punch, but what about more creative cocktail recipes? These are some of the best boozy Christmas beverages to serve this holiday season.

These festive holiday season recipes are designed to make your holiday more fun and delicious. They range from rich and creamy to light and refreshing, and from warm to chilled, so there’s something here for everyone.

Red Hot Santa Tini with whipped cream and a chili powder cocoa rim


  • You can go beyond eggnog and mulled wine with your drinks this Christmas. There are martinis, hot chocolate variations, Christmas martinis, and everything else you could want.
  • Most of these cocktails are served cold, but a few are warm. The warm ones make perfect chilly winter evening drinks by a fireplace.
  • Whether it’s a big get-together or just you, you can find a festive 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 cocktails you decide to serve.

Christmas cocktail on plate with cookies

Holiday Party Entertainment

Christmas drinks with gingerbread cookies on plate

Need some holiday gifts?

Check out our Cocktail Gifts Guide for the cocktail lovers on your list! From beautiful flasks to full bar sets, with lots of quirky ideas.

Bonus alternatives

In addition to all the Christmas cocktails we’re about the jump into, these recipes can be a lot of fun for the holidays. They make great gifts, too. You can make:

  • Skittles Vodka in red and green for Christmas colors.
  • Jolly Rancher Vodka in red and green too. And blue for Hanukkah, too.
  • Vodka Gummy Bears can also be made in just red and green for Christmas colors.
  • Note: Both Skittles Vodka and Jolly Rancher Vodka can be served neat or used as mixers in classic Christmas holiday cocktails.

Now on with the cocktails!

Holiday cocktail in front of fireplace and Christmas decor

These festive Christmas cocktails make great recipes for your holiday party. They feel merry and bright, with ingredients from creme de menthe to cranberries. There's even a light version of eggnog.

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