The holiday season is a special time of year. It’s a time when we gather with family and friends to celebrate the joys of the season.
And what better way to celebrate than with a delicious drink in hand? The Kitchen has some of the best holiday cocktail recipes that will make your holiday season even more special.
These recipes are perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying a cozy night in with your loved ones. And the best part?
They are easy to make, so you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen preparing drinks. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a festive drink that will have everyone feeling merry and bright.
Whether you prefer a classic cocktail or something a little more unique, The Kitchen has something for everyone.
From spiced cider to champagne cocktails, these recipes are sure to impress. So, grab your shaker and get ready to mix up some holiday cheer.
1. Winter Sea Breeze
The Winter Sea Breeze is a perfect cocktail to get you in the holiday spirit. This tangy and crisp drink is made with vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup, and soda water. The pomegranate seeds and mint leaves garnish give it a festive Christmas feel.
The lowball glass is the perfect size for this cocktail. What sets this cocktail apart is the use of artisanal tonic syrup which adds a unique flavor to the drink. If you’re looking for a refreshing and effervescent cocktail to serve at your holiday party, the Winter Sea Breeze is a great choice.
2. Chambord Bellini
The Chambord Bellini is a perfect choice for those looking for a light and elegant cocktail to sip on during the holidays. Made with Prosecco and Chambord Liqueur, this bubbly cocktail is both refreshing and sweet.
The black raspberry flavor of Chambord adds a unique twist to the classic Bellini, making it a perfect choice for those who love fruity cocktails. This cocktail is perfect for New Year’s Eve toasting or any other special occasion. If you’re looking for a fancy drink to impress your guests, the Chambord Bellini is definitely worth trying.
3. Pomegranate Ginger Paloma
The Pomegranate Ginger Paloma is a perfect holiday drink that is fizzy, minty, gingery, and full of sweet pomegranate. This tequila-based cocktail is a great addition to any holiday party. The ginger beer adds a killer ginger flavor, which makes it perfect for the holiday season.
The simple syrup makes enough for at least four drinks, but it can easily be doubled or tripled for a large batch of drinks. Overall, this cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves a good holiday drink.
4. Jingle Bell Cranberry Paloma
The Jingle Bell Cranberry Paloma is a festive cocktail that’s perfect for the holiday season. Made with silver tequila, leftover cranberry sauce, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and ginger beer, this cocktail is sweet, spicy, and everything nice. The sugared cranberries add a nice touch of sparkle and make the drink extra pretty.
What’s great about this cocktail is that it’s quick and easy to make, but always turns out looking impressive. It’s perfect for a cold winter night by the fire or for serving at a holiday party. If you’re looking for a delicious and festive cocktail to serve this holiday season, the Jingle Bell Cranberry Paloma is definitely worth trying.
5. Rosemary’s Pear
“Rosemary’s Pear” is a unique holiday cocktail that breaks away from the traditional flavors of the season. This gin-based cocktail features pear nectar, rosemary, and ginger beer, creating a crisp and spicy flavor with just the right amount of tartness.
The Black Dot Gin used in the cocktail is a small-batch craft spirit made in Madison, Wisconsin, and adds a smooth and clean taste with hints of juniper. The addition of Fever Tree’s ginger beer adds a warm depth to the cocktail and keeps the sweetness in check. Overall, “Rosemary’s Pear” is a perfect choice for those looking for a holiday cocktail that’s a little different but still delicious.
6. Tis the SeasonTini
“Tis the SeasonTini” is a perfect addition to your holiday cocktail collection. This Christmas martini is a blend of pomegranate, citrus, and a touch of whipped cream. The cocktail mixer used in this recipe, Fat and Juicy Country Club Mix, adds a unique twist to the traditional pomegranate cocktails.
The name of the cocktail, “Tis the SeasonTini,” is inspired by the popular Christmas song, adding a festive touch to your holiday celebrations. If you are looking for a standout Christmas cocktail that will impress your guests, then “Tis the SeasonTini” is definitely worth a try.
7. Cranberry Thyme Gin and Tonic
The Cranberry Thyme Gin and Tonic is a perfect cocktail for Thanksgiving. This cocktail is a unique twist on the classic gin and tonic, with the addition of cranberry and thyme. The combination of sweet and tart cranberries with the earthy flavor of thyme creates a refreshing and delicious drink.
It’s a great way to use up leftover cranberries and thyme from your Thanksgiving meal. The recipe is easy to make and can be prepared in advance, making it a convenient option for entertaining guests. If you’re looking for a festive and flavorful cocktail to serve at your holiday gathering, the Cranberry Thyme Gin and Tonic is definitely worth trying.
8. Eggnog Cocktail
The Eggnog Cocktail is a perfect holiday drink that is easy to make and delicious to taste. This cocktail uses store-bought eggnog, brandy, and dark rum as its main ingredients. The best part about this recipe is that it is effortless to make, and it doesn’t take much time.
The cocktail has a creamy texture with a hint of spice, which makes it a perfect drink for the holiday season. The recipe also suggests adding a spicy garnish to the rim of the glass, which adds a festive touch to the cocktail. If you are looking for a simple yet delicious holiday cocktail, the Eggnog Cocktail is the perfect choice.
9. Simple Mulled Wine
If you’re looking for a cozy and comforting holiday cocktail, look no further than the Simple Mulled Wine recipe from The Kitchen. This cocktail is filled with seasonal spices and a bold red wine, making it the perfect drink to warm you up on a cold winter night.
The addition of apple cider adds a subtle sweetness to the drink, making it a crowd-pleaser for any holiday gathering. The best part? You can easily make it on the stovetop or in a slow cooker, and it stores and reheats beautifully. Trust us, you’ll want to have a mug full of this delicious mulled wine in your hands all winter long.
10. Santa’s Spritz Christmas Cocktail
One of the must-try cocktails for this holiday season is the Santa’s Spritz Christmas Cocktail. This fizzy and fun cocktail is made with rhubarb and ginger gin, cranberry juice, and Prosecco. It’s a perfect blend of sweet and tangy flavors that will surely delight your taste buds. The cocktail is easy to make and can be served at any holiday party or weekend gathering.
The best part is that it doesn’t require expensive liqueurs or complicated steps. Just mix the ingredients, pour into glasses, and enjoy! If you’re looking for a refreshing and festive cocktail to serve this holiday season, Santa’s Spritz Christmas Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
11. Holiday Pear Sangria
The Holiday Pear Sangria is a refreshing and festive drink that is perfect for any holiday party. This cocktail is made by mixing white wine with pear brandy and adding fresh pears, cranberries, winter citrus, and spices.
The addition of ginger beer gives it a spicy kick that is sure to please. What’s great about this cocktail is that it can be made ahead of time, making it perfect for the busy hostess. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves a sweet and refreshing drink with a little bit of a kick.
12. Chai Spiced White Russians
The Chai Spiced White Russians cocktail is a perfect addition to your holiday drink menu. This classic cocktail recipe is given a seasonal twist with the infusion of chai tea bags into the Hanger 1 Straight Vodka. The balanced profile of the vodka complements the warm and spicy flavors of chai spice, making it a perfect base for this cocktail.
The addition of coffee-flavored liqueur and half-and-half gives it a creamy and smooth texture, making it a perfect drink for cold weather. The garnish of cinnamon sticks and star anise adds a festive touch to the cocktail. If you are looking for a flavorful and unique cocktail to serve at your holiday party, the Chai Spiced White Russians cocktail is a must-try.
13. Winter Moscato Punch
If you’re looking for an easy and delicious holiday cocktail, look no further than the Winter Moscato Punch. This sangria-style cocktail is made with just a few simple ingredients, including moscato wine, and is perfect for serving at holiday dinners and parties.
The flavors are a perfect blend of sweet and tart, making it a crowd-pleaser for any occasion. Plus, it’s easy to make ahead of time, so you can spend more time enjoying the party and less time mixing drinks. Whether you’re a wine aficionado or just looking for a festive and delicious cocktail, the Winter Moscato Punch is sure to impress.
14. Berry Champagne Cocktail
The Berry Champagne Cocktail is a perfect drink to celebrate the holiday season. This cocktail is a combination of blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries, which are lightly sweetened and mixed with sparkling wine or champagne. The dark pink color of the cocktail is visually stunning, and the garnish of berries and mint adds a pop of contrasting color.
The three-berry syrup used in the cocktail is easy to make and can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. This cocktail is perfect for a New Year’s Eve celebration or any holiday party. If you’re looking for a visually stunning and delicious cocktail to impress your guests, the Berry Champagne Cocktail is a must-try.
15. Very Merry Ornamentini
The Very Merry Ornamentini is a must-try cocktail for the holiday season. Served in a clear glass ornament, this festive martini is a variation of the classic cosmopolitan with a twist of cherry and orange juice. The resulting flavor combination is both delicious and visually stunning.
Garnished with sugared cranberries and fresh rosemary, this cocktail is the epitome of Christmas cheer. While it may take a little longer to prepare, it can be made in advance and is perfect for a party of up to 10 people. If you’re looking for a unique and fun holiday cocktail, the Very Merry Ornamentini is definitely worth trying.
16. Eggnog Holiday Cocktail
The Eggnog Holiday Cocktail is a creamy and frothy twist on the classic holiday drink. Made with chilled eggnog, baileys or Irish cream, and vanilla vodka, it’s sprinkled with ground cinnamon for a festive touch. The eggnog flavor is not overpowering, but adds a hint of creamy vanilla flavor that blends perfectly with the other ingredients.
It can be served over a giant ice cube or straight up in a chilled glass, and can be made with whiskey, bourbon, cognac, or spiced rum for a unique twist. It’s a must-try drink for anyone who loves eggnog or wants to add a festive touch to their holiday gathering.
17. Christmas Mimosas
Looking for a festive and refreshing cocktail to serve at your holiday party? Look no further than the Christmas Mimosa! This fun twist on a traditional mimosa combines champagne with cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and orange juice for a delicious and easy-to-make drink.
Garnish with frozen cranberries and lemon slices for an extra festive touch. Plus, if you’re looking for more holiday cocktail inspiration, be sure to check out the other must-try recipes in The Kitchen’s holiday cocktail roundup.
18. Cranberry Pomegranate Mojito
The Cranberry Pomegranate Mojito is a perfect holiday cocktail that is sure to impress your guests. This festive drink is a refreshing twist on the classic mojito, with a blend of cranberry and pomegranate flavors that add a sweet and tangy taste to the drink. The bright red and green colors make it a perfect addition to your holiday party.
The combination of rum, lime juice, and fresh mint leaves give it a refreshing taste that will leave you wanting more. If you’re looking for a unique and delicious cocktail to serve at your next holiday gathering, the Cranberry Pomegranate Mojito is definitely worth a try.
19. Festive Christmas Margarita
Looking for a festive holiday cocktail that’s sure to impress your guests? Look no further than the Festive Christmas Margarita! This delicious cocktail is the perfect addition to any holiday gathering, with its bright and cheery appearance and delicious blend of tart cranberry juice and classic margarita flavors.
Plus, with the option to adjust the recipe to your personal tastes and serving size, it’s easy to make this cocktail work for any occasion. So why not mix up a batch of Festive Christmas Margaritas and get your holiday party started off right?
20. Cranberry Vodka Spritzer
The Cranberry Vodka Spritzer is a perfect cocktail for the holiday season. It’s a refreshing and festive drink that’s perfect for entertaining guests. The cocktail is made with fresh cranberry puree, honey, vodka, and sparkling water. The tartness of the cranberries is balanced by the sweetness of the honey, making it a well-rounded drink.
The color of the cocktail is stunning, making it a great addition to any holiday party. What’s great about this cocktail is that it can be enjoyed with or without alcohol, so everyone can enjoy it. Overall, the Cranberry Vodka Spritzer is a must-try cocktail for the holiday season.
21. Between the Sheets Cocktail
Between the Sheets Cocktail is a fun and saucy drink that originated from Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. It’s a strong and sour cocktail made with fresh lemon juice, high-quality rum, and Triple Sec.
This drink is perfect for anyone who loves bold and flavorful cocktails. It’s meant to be sipped slowly and is a great choice for impressing guests at a holiday gathering.
22. Grapefruit, Rosemary & Gin Cocktail
The Grapefruit, Rosemary & Gin Cocktail is a refreshing and light cocktail that is perfect for spring or summer days. This cocktail is not too sweet or too bitter, striking a perfect balance between the flavors.
The addition of rosemary adds a woody and fragrant undertone to the cocktail, making it stand out from other grapefruit cocktails. The key to making this cocktail is using freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice with no additional additives. Overall, this cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and refreshing drink.
23. Jingle Juice Holiday Punch
If you’re looking for a festive and easy-to-make holiday punch recipe, Jingle Juice Holiday Punch is a must-try. With only three ingredients, this cocktail is simple yet delicious, and the presentation is beautiful. The bright pink color of the punch is sure to catch the eye of your guests, and the addition of cranberries and rosemary in the ice cubes adds a fun and festive touch.
This punch is perfect for any holiday gathering, and it’s a crowd-pleaser that everyone will love. If you’re looking for a sweet drink, opt for a sweet pink champagne or sparkling rosé, or if you prefer a less sweet option, choose a dry sparkling alcohol. Overall, Jingle Juice Holiday Punch is a great addition to any holiday cocktail menu.
24. Cranberry 75
The Cranberry 75 is a festive twist on the classic French 75 cocktail, perfect for holiday gatherings and brunches. This cocktail features gin, sparkling wine, and a bright cranberry and lemon flavor that is sure to impress your guests. The genius of this cocktail is that it’s a “pour everything in the glass” kind of drink, making it easy to prepare and serve.
The bubbles from the sparkling wine give the cocktail a light and dreamy feel, while the cranberry adds a festive touch of color and flavor. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to make and perfect for the holidays, the Cranberry 75 is a must-try.
25. The Grinch Cocktail
The Grinch Cocktail is a fun and festive drink perfect for the holiday season. It’s a fruity and flavorful mix of melon, lemon-lime, and cherry. The green color comes from the sweet and light Midori liqueur.
The addition of rum or other alternatives gives it the perfect kick, while the lemon-lime soda adds a light citrus flavor. The cherry on top represents the Grinch’s heart before it grew three sizes, making it a playful addition to any holiday party.
26. Eggnog Espresso Martini With Rum
The Eggnog Espresso Martini with Rum is a delightful and festive cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. Made with eggnog, rum, coffee liqueur, cold brew or espresso, vanilla, and cinnamon, this cocktail is a delicious twist on the classic espresso martini. The addition of eggnog gives it a creamy and rich texture that is perfect for sipping while snuggled up next to the Christmas tree.
It can also be made dairy-free by using vegan eggnog. This cocktail is easy to make and requires only a few simple ingredients. If you’re looking for a holiday cocktail that is sure to impress your guests, then the Eggnog Espresso Martini with Rum is definitely worth a try.
27. Cranberry Manhattan
The Cranberry Manhattan is a festive take on the classic Manhattan cocktail, perfect for the holiday season. Made with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, cranberry juice, and cranberry sauce, this cocktail is bursting with seasonal flavors and a beautiful deep red color.
The addition of orange bitters adds a subtle citrus note that complements the tartness of the cranberries. Garnished with fresh cranberries and an orange peel, this cocktail is not only delicious but also visually stunning. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or just looking to cozy up on the couch with a festive drink, the Cranberry Manhattan is sure to impress.
28. Sparkling Purple Gin Cocktail
The Sparkling Purple Gin Cocktail is a beautiful, elegant champagne cocktail made with Empress Gin and Elderflower Liqueur. The gin’s natural butterfly pea flower and botanicals give it a stunning purple color that transforms into a soft violet pink when mixed with tonic water or citrus.
Its delicate, citrus flavors make it a great pairing for traditional Thanksgiving dishes. If you’re looking for a unique and delicious holiday cocktail, the Sparkling Purple Gin Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
29. Pine Old Fashioned
The Pine Old Fashioned is a twist on a classic cocktail, perfect for the winter season. Made with pine simple syrup and Elk Rider Bourbon, it has a subtle pine flavor that pairs well with the sweet caramel notes of the bourbon.
Angostura Bitters add warm baking spices and herbal notes to the mix. It’s a great sipping cocktail for enjoying by the fireplace or as a holiday drink.
30. Maple Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail
The Maple Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail is a perfect addition to your holiday party. The tart and sweet flavors of cranberry and maple blend perfectly with the smoothness of bourbon. The cocktail is garnished with fresh rosemary and cranberries, making it a festive and visually appealing drink.
Even if you’re not a big fan of bourbon, this cocktail is definitely worth a try. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season and impress your guests with a unique and delicious drink. So, gather your ingredients and give this cocktail a try!
31. Ginger Apple Moscow Mule
The Ginger Apple Moscow Mule is a delightful autumn twist on the classic Moscow Mule. This cocktail combines vodka, fresh lime juice, apple cider, sweet apple butter, fresh ginger, and ginger beer to create a spicy and warming drink perfect for cozy autumn nights and upcoming holidays. The addition of apple butter and cider gives it a double ginger and apple kick.
The ginger beer is the key ingredient that makes this cocktail stand out. This cocktail is easy to make and can be enjoyed as a single drink or in a pitcher for a larger gathering. It’s a perfect fall cocktail to add to your holiday menu. If you’re looking for something with a gingery, apple kick, this is the drink for you.
32. Homemade Eggnog
If you’re looking for a cozy and delicious cocktail to serve during the holidays, look no further than Homemade Eggnog. This classic holiday drink is ultra-creamy, perfectly spiced, and spiked with brandy and rum for a little extra fun. Despite its use of eggs, the cocktail doesn’t taste like eggs at all.
Instead, the eggs are blended with milk, spices, and alcohol to create a custard-like drink that’s perfect for sipping by the fire or enjoying with friends and family. Whether you’re a fan of classic eggnog or want to try a fun variation like eggnog chia pudding, this recipe is sure to be a hit. So why not give it a try this holiday season and see for yourself?
The Manhattan cocktail is a classic drink that has been around since the 1870s. It is a perfect blend of rye whiskey or bourbon, vermouth, bitters, and a maraschino cherry. The drink is known for its smoothness and easy drinking.
It is a strong drink that is meant to be sipped slowly, making it perfect for cozying up by the fireplace during the holiday season. The Manhattan is a popular drink that has been featured in various TV shows and movies, including Mad Men. If you are a fan of whiskey and vermouth, then the Manhattan cocktail is a must-try.