The holiday season is upon us, and it's time to celebrate!
Whether you're hosting a festive gathering with family and friends or simply looking to unwind after a long day of shopping, there's nothing quite like a signature holiday cocktail to put you in the spirit of the season.
But with so many options out there, how do you choose the perfect recipe? Fear not, as we've got you covered.
We've scoured the internet, consulted with expert mixologists, and tested countless recipes to bring you a list of the best signature holiday cocktails that are sure to impress your guests.
From classic eggnog and mulled wine to creative concoctions featuring seasonal ingredients like cranberries and peppermint, there's a cocktail for every taste and occasion.
So grab your shaker and let's get mixing!
Not only do these signature holiday cocktails taste great, but they also add a festive touch to any gathering.
Whether you're serving them in elegant martini glasses or mason jars adorned with holiday-themed straws and garnishes, these cocktails are sure to be a hit with your guests.
So whether you're looking to impress your guests with your mixology skills or simply want to enjoy a delicious drink during the most wonderful time of the year, these signature holiday cocktails are the perfect addition to any holiday celebration.
1. Pear and Ginger Martini
The Pear and Ginger Martini is a perfect addition to your holiday menu. This cocktail is a combination of sweet and spicy flavors, with a hint of floral undertones from elderflower liqueur. The best part is that it can be made in a pitcher and kept in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve, making it a stress-free option for entertaining.
This cocktail is sure to impress your guests and add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your holiday get-together. So, if you're looking for a delicious seasonal cocktail that will take the edge off the holidays, the Pear and Ginger Martini is definitely worth a try.
2. Winter Sea Breeze
The Winter Sea Breeze is a must-try holiday cocktail that is perfect for any festive occasion. This tangy and crisp drink is a combination of vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup, and soda water, garnished with pomegranate seeds and mint leaves, giving it a festive Christmas feel.
The lowball glass is a perfect size for this cocktail, and it's easy to make, making it an excellent choice for both planned-out parties and last-minute Christmas soirees. The Winter Sea Breeze is a refreshing and effervescent drink that will leave your guests wanting more. So, if you're looking for a signature holiday cocktail that's sure to impress your guests, the Winter Sea Breeze is the perfect choice.
3. French Cobbler
The French Cobbler is a refreshing and bright cocktail that is perfect for those who want to enjoy a tropical holiday while still feeling the holiday vibes. This cocktail is a twist on the classic Cobbler cocktail, made with St Remy Signature Brandy that adds warming spices and autumn flavors.
The key to making this cocktail stand out is the technique and the use of crushed ice. The quality of the ingredients is also essential, and St Remy Signature Brandy delivers on that front. If you're looking for a unique and delicious holiday cocktail that will transport you to the French Riviera, the French Cobbler is a must-try.
4. Winter Wonderland Cocktail
The Winter Wonderland Cocktail is a perfect holiday drink for those who love white chocolate and minty flavors. Made with Absolut Vanilla and Godiva White Chocolate Liquor, this cocktail is simple yet decadent. A touch of white creme de menthe adds a minty flavor, and a splash of milk makes it creamy and delicious.
This cocktail is perfect to pre-game a holiday party with friends or to accompany dessert. It's also a great signature cocktail for a holiday party. The Winter Wonderland Cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves a delicious, festive drink.
5. Dixie Black Pepper Vodka Cocktail
Looking for a festive cocktail that's not too heavy but still packs a punch? Look no further than the Dixie Black Pepper Vodka Cocktail. Made with Dixie Vodka, which is distilled six times from non-GMO American corn and packaged using 100% American materials, this cocktail is both smooth and gluten-free.
The addition of unsweetened cranberry juice gives it a festive touch, while the black pepper vodka adds a subtle kick. A cinnamon stick and orange slice round out the holiday flavors. Perfect for pleasing guests with different tastes, this cocktail is sure to be a hit at any holiday party.
6. Blood Orange Champagne Mule
The Blood Orange Champagne Mule is a festive and colorful cocktail perfect for ringing in the New Year. This twist on the classic Moscow Mule includes the addition of champagne and the substitution of blood oranges for a unique and flavorful twist.
The blood orange juice adds both color and flavor to the cocktail, making it a showstopper at any holiday party. If blood oranges are not available, pomegranate juice or regular orange juice can be used as a substitute. This cocktail is perfect for those who want to add a little sparkle to their New Year's Eve celebrations.
7. Cranberry Pear Martinis
Looking for a festive and easy-to-make signature cocktail for your holiday party? Look no further than the Cranberry Pear Martini. This sophisticated drink is perfect for impressing your guests without spending hours behind the bar.
The beautiful color and sugared rim add a touch of holiday sparkle, while the combination of cranberry and pear flavors make for a delicious and refreshing sip. And with only a few simple ingredients, including high-quality vodka, this cocktail is a breeze to make. So why not add a touch of James Bond-style sophistication to your holiday party with the Cranberry Pear Martini?
8. Sparkling Pear Martini
The Sparkling Pear Martini is a must-try cocktail for anyone looking to add some festive cheer to their holiday season. This cocktail is a perfect blend of pear-flavored vodka, fresh lemon juice, and pear nectar, topped with a splash of champagne.
The best part about this cocktail is that it is much healthier than the original recipe, with fewer added sweeteners and ingredients. The Sparkling Pear Martini is a great way to impress your guests at your holiday party or to enjoy a romantic evening with your partner. So, why not give it a try and add some sparkle to your holiday season?
9. The Santa Clause Smash
"The Santa Clause Smash" is a festive holiday cocktail that is perfect for any winter gathering. This warming and cozy cocktail is made with homemade ginger honey syrup, sweet pomegranate, bourbon, winter citrus, a touch of vanilla, and fizzy ginger beer. The gingery syrup has all the necessary ingredients to fight off winter colds and adds a special depth of warming wintery flavor.
The addition of ginger beer adds a layer of sweetness that takes this cocktail to the next level. This cocktail is perfect for entertaining guests and can be easily made into a punch version. If you're looking for a delicious and festive cocktail to impress your guests this holiday season, "The Santa Clause Smash" is a must-try.
10. Mai Tai
The Mai Tai is a classic cocktail that has been given a festive twist for the holiday season. This fruity dark rum cocktail is made with pineapple juice, orange juice, dark rum, and amaretto, giving it a smooth and balanced flavor that is sure to please any crowd.
The addition of fresh cranberries on a toothpick makes for a beautiful and festive garnish. This cocktail is perfect for holiday get-togethers, and is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. If you're looking for a signature holiday cocktail that is quick and easy to make, the Merry Mai Tai is definitely worth a try.
11. The White Rosemary Rose Coconut Cocktail
"The White Rosemary Rose Coconut Cocktail" is a unique and elegant cocktail that is perfect for any winter cocktail party. The cocktail is made with coconut milk, white rum, honey, and rosewater, which gives it a delicate and dreamy taste. Unlike other coconut cocktails, this one is not too sweet and has a chic, snowy appeal.
The addition of rosemary adds a subtle earthy flavor that complements the other ingredients perfectly. This cocktail is a go-to signature for anyone who wants to add a little Snow White charm to their evening. If you're looking for a sophisticated and flavorful cocktail to impress your guests, "The White Rosemary Rose Coconut Cocktail" is definitely worth trying.
12. Fresh Cranberry Vodka Spritzers With Rosemary
Looking for a festive and unique holiday cocktail? Look no further than the Fresh Cranberry Vodka Spritzers with Rosemary. This cocktail combines the tart flavor of fresh cranberries with the fragrant taste of rosemary, creating a truly unique and delicious drink.
The homemade rosemary simple syrup adds an extra layer of flavor to the cocktail, making it perfect for any holiday gathering. Whether you're hosting a party or looking for a special drink to bring to a friend's house, the Fresh Cranberry Vodka Spritzers with Rosemary are sure to impress.
13. Twinkle Champagne Cocktail
The Twinkle Champagne Cocktail is a Downton Abbey-inspired cocktail that is perfect for New Year's Eve or Valentine's Day celebrations. With only three simple ingredients, this cocktail is easy to make and has a delicately fruity flavor that is sure to impress your guests.
The cocktail features champagne, vodka, and elderflower cordial, which gives it a soft, sparkling taste that is perfect for any occasion. If you are looking for a sophisticated cocktail that is easy to make and sure to impress, the Twinkle Champagne Cocktail is the perfect choice.
14. Pomegranate Gin and Tonic
Looking for a festive twist on a classic cocktail to serve at your holiday gathering? Look no further than the Pomegranate Gin and Tonic. This easy-to-make cocktail combines the refreshing taste of gin and tonic with the sweet and tart flavor of pomegranate juice. The addition of pomegranate arils and a sprig of rosemary make it a beautiful and festive drink to serve to your guests.
And with the variety of gins available, you can customize the flavor to your liking. Whether you're a fan of Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, or Hendrick's gin, this cocktail is sure to be a hit. So why not add a little holiday cheer to your next gathering with a Pomegranate Gin and Tonic?
15. Pomegranate Rosé Paloma
Looking for a festive and refreshing holiday cocktail that's easy to make and perfect for serving a crowd? Look no further than the Pomegranate Rosé Paloma! This sparkling rose cocktail is bursting with seasonal fruit flavors and features just three simple ingredients.
Inspired by the classic tequila cocktail, the Paloma, this version swaps out the tequila for a citrus-forward French sparkling rosé wine and adds a splash of tart pomegranate juice. Served in a beautiful wine glass and garnished with fresh grapefruit and mint, this cocktail is sure to impress your guests and get them in the holiday spirit. So why not add the Pomegranate Rosé Paloma to your list of must-try holiday cocktails this season?
16. Spiced Apple Sparkler Punch
If you're looking for a festive and refreshing holiday punch, look no further than the Spiced Apple Sparkler Punch. This cocktail recipe is spiked with apple vodka, sparkling white Champagne, and two varieties of apple cider, making it a perfect addition to any holiday party. The spiced apple juice is infused with cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg, giving it a warm and cozy flavor.
The addition of sparkling wine adds a touch of elegance and effervescence to the punch. This cocktail is easy to make and can be customized with different garnishes and spirits to suit your taste. If you're looking for a signature holiday cocktail that's sure to impress your guests, give the Spiced Apple Sparkler Punch a try.
17. Cranberry Calvados Cocktail
Looking for a warm and cozy holiday cocktail that will impress your guests? Look no further than the Cranberry Calvados Cocktail. Made with warm apple brandy and cranberry juice, this cocktail is the perfect winter drink. The addition of whole cranberries, lemon slices, apple slices, and cinnamon sticks gives it a festive touch.
But what sets this cocktail apart is the key step of letting the mixture chill for 24 hours, which mellows the alcohol and makes it dangerously delicious. Serve it warm in an airpot or slow cooker and let your guests help themselves. If you're looking for a unique and impressive holiday cocktail, the Cranberry Calvados Cocktail is a must-try.
18. Sparkling Purple Gin Cocktail
The Sparkling Purple Gin Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking to elevate their holiday party. Made with Empress Gin and Elderflower Liqueur, this champagne cocktail is elegant and sparkly, with delicate citrus flavors that make it a great pairing for traditional Thanksgiving dishes.
What makes this cocktail unique is the Empress Gin, which has a beautiful, all-natural indigo color that transforms into a delicate soft violet pink when mixed with tonic water or citrus. This handcrafted cocktail is easy to make and perfect for sharing with guests as you catch up and cook. If you're looking for a festive and delicious holiday cocktail, the Sparkling Purple Gin Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
19. Cranberry Whiskey Sour
The Cranberry Whiskey Sour is a perfect signature holiday cocktail that will add some festive cheer to your party. This cocktail is a spin on the classic whiskey sour recipe, with a holiday twist. The tart cranberry flavor mixed with the earthiness of bourbon creates a unique flavor that will remind you of the holiday season.
The addition of orange liqueur and simple syrup balances out the tartness of the cranberry, making it a perfect drink for those who prefer a sweeter taste. The best part is that you don't need any fancy equipment to make this cocktail, just a few simple ingredients and a stir. Whether you're hosting a small gathering or a large party, the Cranberry Whiskey Sour is a perfect addition to your holiday menu.
20. Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
The Cranberry Champagne Cocktail is a perfect addition to any holiday party. This festive cocktail combines the sweet and tart flavors of cranberry with the bubbly goodness of champagne or sparkling wine. A dash of foresty gin adds a touch of sophistication to this already elegant drink.
What's great about this cocktail is that it can be made non-alcoholic by simply omitting the alcohol. This makes it a great option for guests who prefer a mocktail. Overall, the Cranberry Champagne Cocktail is a delightful and refreshing drink that is sure to impress your guests.
21. Cranberry Old Fashioned
The Cranberry Old Fashioned is a delicious and festive cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. Made with a cranberry simple syrup, quality bourbon, and a splash of bitters, this cocktail offers a unique twist on the classic Old Fashioned.
The addition of cranberries adds a tart and fruity flavor that perfectly complements the rich and smoky notes of the bourbon. This cocktail is sure to impress your guests and add a touch of elegance to your holiday celebrations. So, shake up a Cranberry Old Fashioned and enjoy the flavors of the season in every sip.
22. Christmas Cookie Martini
The Christmas Cookie Martini is a perfect low carb cocktail to enjoy during the holiday festivities. It's a creamy and delicious martini made with coconut vodka, cake vodka, gin, Sugar Free Belgian Cookie Syrup, heavy cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg. This cocktail is perfect for those who are on a keto diet as it has only one carb.
The best part about this cocktail is that it's super easy to make and tastes amazing. The combination of flavors is perfect for the holiday season and will leave you wanting more. If you're looking for a low carb cocktail to enjoy during the holiday season, then the Christmas Cookie Martini is definitely worth trying.
23. Pomegranate Aperol Spritz
If you are looking for a sophisticated yet easy-to-make cocktail to celebrate the festive season, the Pomegranate Aperol Spritz is a must-try. This twist on the iconic Italian cocktail combines the tangy flavor of pomegranate with the bitter taste of Aperol and the bubbly prosecco to create a perfectly balanced drink.
The sweetness of the pomegranate counterbalances the bitterness of Aperol, making it an excellent choice for those who do not like bitter drinks. The cocktail is perfect for a pre-Christmas aperitif or a Christmas day brunch. It is also a great way to create an Italian aperitif atmosphere when served with salty and creamy appetizers. If you are looking for a unique and flavorful holiday cocktail, the Pomegranate Aperol Spritz is definitely worth a try.
24. Tom and Jerry Christmas Cocktail
The Tom and Jerry Christmas Cocktail is a warm and cozy drink that's perfect for the holiday season. Made with homemade batter, rum, and brandy, this old-fashioned recipe is full of flavor and nostalgia. It's like a cross between eggnog and a Hot Toddy, and it's sure to warm you up on a cold winter night.
The secret to a good Tom and Jerry is a warm mug and stiff batter, and the final touch of grated nutmeg adds a delicious and festive flavor. While the recipe may vary from family to family, this cocktail is a Midwest tradition that's worth trying. So, if you're looking for a unique and delicious holiday drink, give the Tom and Jerry Christmas Cocktail a try.
25. Pomegranate Mint Cocktail
The Pomegranate Mint Cocktail is a refreshing and easy-to-make mocktail perfect for the holiday season. Made with store-bought pomegranate juice, tonic water, and fresh mint leaves, this mocktail is a great alternative to hot beverages during winter.
While the cocktail may be too bitter for some, it's a delicious and healthy option for those looking for a non-alcoholic drink. Overall, the Pomegranate Mint Cocktail is a great addition to any holiday party or gathering.
26. Cinnamon White Russian
The Cinnamon White Russian is a cold, creamy cocktail with a twist of cinnamon flavor. The homemade cinnamon syrup adds a lovely hint of cinnamon to the classic mixture of coffee liqueur, vodka, and cream.
The glass is decorated with a cinnamon sugar rim and an extra sprinkle of ground cinnamon over the cocktail, making it a fun and festive drink. It's a perfect nightcap for the holiday season and can be paired with all of the classic Thanksgiving and Christmas desserts. If you're a cinnamon lover, this is definitely the cocktail for you.
27. French Pear Martini
The French Pear Martini is a sweet and strong cocktail that combines pear and elderflower flavors with a splash of champagne. It's perfect for toasting in the new year or for any other special occasion.
The pear flavor is prominent, but not overpowering, and the elderflower adds a nice touch of sweetness. If you love fruity and sweet drinks, the French Pear Martini is a must-try cocktail.
28. White Chocolate Peppermint Martini
The White Chocolate Peppermint Martini is a deliciously sweet and creamy cocktail with a peppermint twist that's perfect for the holiday season. It's made with white chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps, and half-and-half, and is garnished with a crushed candy cane rim.
The combination of white chocolate and peppermint is a match made in heaven, and this cocktail is sure to be a hit at any holiday party. Whether you're serving it after dinner for dessert or on a cozy night in, this festive drink is a must-try for anyone who loves the flavors of the season.
29. Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail
The Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail is a perfect festive drink for the holiday season. This cocktail is a combination of ginger, cranberry, and fizz, making it a refreshing and flavorful drink. It's a perfect drink for holiday entertaining, and it's easy to make.
The cocktail is garnished with cranberries, a sprig of fresh mint, and a festive straw, making it a beautiful addition to any holiday party. If you're looking for a signature holiday cocktail that's both easy to make and delicious, the Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail is a must-try.