Come in and enjoy a festive cocktail if you wish. In fact, you’re more than welcome to try any or all of these 13 Christmas cocktail recipes this Christmas season!
Pick just one, or try them all! Any of these Christmas cocktail recipes are sure to warm up your holidays this year – remember this festive round-up for your holiday season.
Originally published November 10, 2020 and updated with new links and ideas on November 5, 2021.
These must-try Christmas cocktails will get you through the holiday season effortless! They are the perfect sip for wrapping gifts or baking Christmas cookies. They’re also a great combo to serve up your traditional Christmas appetizers.
Bonus! They will help you sail through a meeting even with most of them challenging Relatives. You know them!
If you’re also a fan of a cocktail that feels seasonal and oh so special, don’t skip these awesome Thanksgiving cocktails! I’ve been a little cocktail aficionado for years … and while I love a simple glass of wine, there is simply something about sipping a perfectly executed mixed drink that I’ll always love.
Serving suggestions for Christmas cocktails
It’s easy to create something really special for your friends and family this holiday season! There is something for everyone here.
In fact, you can find my full (free!) Tequila guide that has all the details you need for cocktail expertise any time of the year.
If your looking for some festive glassware, here are some of my favorite options for serving cocktails!
Put your Christmas tunes on, warm up the oven for cookies and make yourself a cocktail, friends!
Quick Tip: If you want to double or triple any of these recipes, just use the 1x2x3x tab on the printable recipe card in each post. It calculates the ingredients for you – no math required!
Spike Hot Chocolate with peppermint schnapps
This rich and creamy hot peppermint chocolate recipe is delicious all winter long – and who doesn’t love a steaming mug of spiked hot chocolate? The frosty-cool taste of peppermint schnapps drinks is a favorite addition to my winter cocktail range.
An oatmeal cookie cocktail is a delicious drink that tastes just like its namesake.
The oatmeal cookie shot, which is a favorite of mine for its delicious and distinctive taste, can be served with one or more with my easily customizable recipe.
Happy mint with peppermint schnapps
A Merry Mint cocktail with peppermint schnapps will warm your soul this Christmas season! This fun and festive Christmas cocktail is the perfect mix of cream, mint and vodka!
Sangria Christmas cocktail
This Spanish sangria is the ultimate cocktail indulgence and perfect for vacation. Sangria punch is great for parties, and it’s easy to make a non-alcoholic sangria too!
Mai Tai (with a Christmas twist!)
How to Make a Mai Tai – A Traditional Cocktail Recipe with a Twist for the Holidays. This fruity dark rum cocktail is a variant of the original and is prepared with pineapple juice. This festive cocktail is prepared quickly and easily from just four ingredients.
Cinnamon Toast Cocktail
A cinnamon toast is the ultimate fall cocktail that will warm you up even on the coolest of evenings. It’s the perfect mix of cinnamon schnapps (a cinnamon liqueur) and apple cider, garnished with an apple slice and cinnamon sticks!
Apple and pear Christmas cocktail
This is one of my favorite holiday cocktails! It’s deliciously fruity and festive to the touch, topped with cranberries and a cinnamon stick to stir!
Pear wine is the fragrant, sweet autumn companion of the universally popular apple wine. This (non-alcoholic) homemade pear and cider recipe is aromatic, cozy and bursting with delicious autumn flavors!
Spike it with bourbon, rum, or even vodka for a delicious Christmas cocktail that the whole crew will love!
Snowball Amaretto Christmas Cocktail
When the temperature drops, I love to treat everyone to a snowball cocktail after a delicious dinner. The slight bitterness of the almond and amaretto aroma combined with sweet ice cream is the perfect combination in this snowball recipe.
Learn how to make this Amaretto Liqueur Dessert Cocktail with just a few simple ingredients.
Cozy, fragrant and delicious … this mulled wine recipe is the perfect winter drink to keep the cold at bay. No German ski slopes are required for this classic mulled wine recipe, just invite your friends!
This Peppermint White Russian recipe is a wonderful peppermint drink to enjoy around the holidays. The coffee liqueur, vodka and half and half complement the tangy peppermint schnapps to make a festive and delicious peppermint cocktail.
Non-alcoholic mulled wine
A simple recipe for non-alcoholic mulled wine for the holidays will be enjoyable for people of all ages. This non-alcoholic mulled wine recipe is made with sweet grape juice, fruits, and spices simmering into a hot Christmas drink that warms you from the inside out.
Winter bourbon smash
The Winter Smash Cocktail is a variant of the classic whiskey smash recipe that you prepare in summer. With bourbon and a little club soda, this bourbon smash libation is full of fresh fruit and the sprinkle of cinnamon we enjoy when it’s cold outside.
frequently asked Questions
That of course depends on who you ask! Most Americans would probably list Eggnog as the most iconic Christmas drink. However, hot chocolate is the most popular warm drink here in winter – peppered with schnapps or not!
Cider! Try homemade cider or perry for a drink that will warm you through and through. You can top them up with a variety of alcohol options so you have something for every palette.
No matter how entertaining you this holiday season, I hope you find some inspiration and joy for your celebrations this year! To a warm and cozy Christmas!