17 Festive Christmas Cocktail Recipes

'Tis the Season for a Fabulous Drink

Pine infused Christmas mimosa recipe

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Christmas cocktails come in a great variety of styles. From fruity martinis to comforting drinks with seasonal accents, there is a fantastic cocktail filled with the festive spirit that you're sure to enjoy.

Traditional warm drinks are a great place to start and eggnog is on many Christmas wish lists. But beyond the Christmas classics, there are many fun, modern recipes that are perfect for any holiday party.

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    Merry Chistmas Cocktail

    Merry Christmas cocktail

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    Spread the Christmas cheer with a round of these simple and refreshing highballs. The appropriately named, "Merry Christmas cocktail" features Plymouth Gin and cranberry juice with a little sparkle. It's so easy that it's perfect for surprise holiday guests. You can skip the gin and have a great mocktail to serve non-drinking guests, too.

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    Santa's Whiskey Flip

    Santa's Whiskey Flip Cocktail

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    Cinnamon is a favorite flavor of the winter season and it's fantastic when infused into a great bourbon. Making cinnamon whiskey at home is very simple and it's the ideal base for a new take on an old favorite. The Santa's flip pairs the whiskey with amaretto, egg, and cream to create a luscious holiday cocktail.

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    Spiced Silver Bell

    Spiced Silver Bell Cocktail

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    Tequila may not be the first liquor of choice for holiday cocktails but it's fitting in a recipe like the spiced silver bell. Here, a luscious silver tequila is paired with a unique cranberry spiced syrup that you'll find a use for in other drinks. The ginger beer adds a snappy sparkle to finish off the simple mix with style.

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    Christmas Margarita

    White Christmas Margarita

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    Holding nothing back, this Christmas margarita is sure to delight any tequila lover's fancy with its layers of flavor. It begins with the typical margarita base of tequila, lime, and orange liqueur. When you add coconut milk and white cranberry juice and go all out with seasonal garnishes (try homemade sugared cranberries), it really becomes a thing of wonder.

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    Grinch cocktail recipe

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    Go green with this cocktail named for Dr. Seuss' classic holiday character. The Grinch is a simple Midori sour and, because each of the ingredients should already be in your bar, it is perfect for last-minute entertaining. The red garnish symbolizes the good heart that lies inside every Grinch and the melon-flavored drink is sure to put a smile on everyone's face.

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    Easy Rum Eggnog

    Easy Rum Eggnog

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    Sometimes, you just want a classic. This rum eggnog has just five ingredients: rum, port wine, simple syrup (easy to make with sugar and water), an egg, and nutmeg. Odds are you have the egg, sugar, and nutmeg in your cupboard right now; the rum and port wine, while a little more expensive, are good investments that will last a while. This standby recipe is loads better than anything you could buy at the store, and you'll instantly taste the difference.

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    Christmas Mule

    Christmas mule cocktail

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    Are you ready to bring that Moscow mule into the holiday season? If so, you have to get a taste of the Christmas mule. It's an easy hot cocktail for cold winter nights that uses a pear vodka base against steaming ginger beer. Add a cinnamon stick and allow it to infuse into the drink as you sip. It's comfort in a glass.

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    White Christmas Dream

    White Christmas Dream cocktail

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    The white Christmas dream is sure to take care of all of those sweet cravings that tend to come up this time of year. This dreamy dessert drink is super smooth, accenting vodka and cream with the flavor of amaretto and a hint of nutmeg. Serve it after holiday dinners or treat yourself after a busy day, it's delicious either way.

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    Christmas Mimosa

    Pine infused Christmas mimosa recipe

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    Mimosas are great for brunch, though Christmas calls for something a little more seasonal. Enter the Christmas mimosa, a sparkling delight that's full of festive flavors. The recipe has a sweet, fruity base of pomegranate and cranberry that's beautiful with sparkling wine. The fun part comes with the garnish of fresh cranberries and a sprig of real pine or rosemary.

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    Poinsettia Punch

    Poinsettia Punch

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    Even the best cocktails could use a little update every now and then. This poinsettia punch is a fabulous variation on an old favorite. The recipe keeps the cinnamon syrup, gin, and allspice dram of the traditional recipe. It's the use of Hendrick's Gin, the addition of Chambord, and the combination of three different cocktail bitters that make it spectacular.

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    Holiday Spice

    Ciroc Vodka's Holiday Spice
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    The holiday spice cocktail offers a cold-weather way to enjoy the creamy coconut and pineapple taste​ that makes the piña colada great. It amplifies the duo with coconut vodka, milk, and egg, then tops everything off with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. You'll enjoy how it puts a tropical spin on eggnog and that each sip is simultaneously uplifting and comforting.

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    La Vie En Rouge

    La Vie En Rouge Cocktail with Grand Marnier
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    This beautiful crimson cocktail not only brings out the color of the season but also a few of its signature flavors. La vie en rouge is a delectable mix of Grand Marnier and cranberry and is unbelievably easy to mix up. A stunning drink for any holiday meal, your guests will also love the rosemary's inviting, aromatic touch.

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    Eggnog Martini

    Eggnog Martini

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    Combine a classic holiday drink, eggnog, with vodka and amaretto for a deliciously boozy eggnog martini. Served in a fun glass with a dusting of nutmeg, it's a sophisticated drink for a holiday party. The drink can also be made using rum or whiskey.

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    Mrs. Claus' Wildside Punch

    Mrs. Claus' Wildside Punch
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    Even Mrs. Claus has to let loose sometimes. After all, she's stuck in the North Pole surrounded by busy little elves, while her overachieving husband gallivants around the world one night every year. That thought sparkled this fun and fruity tequila punch which uses just four ingredients poured in equal proportions. The ease and taste make it perfect for office parties and holiday gatherings.

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    Christmas Jones

    Christmas Jones cocktail

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    Sweet, fruity blended cocktails should not be reserved for summer. The Christmas Jones is a fantastic recipe that brings the tropics into the holidays. This sweet highball blends strawberries, pineapple, and vodka, then tops it off with lemon-lime soda and adds a mint garnish for a refreshingly festive cocktail.

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    Angel's Delight

    Angel's Delight Gin Cocktail

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    Creamy, pink and absolutely delightful, the angel's delight is a fabulously indulgent drink. This semi-classic cocktail is ideal for dessert but it takes that genre into a different realm because of the underlying botanical flavor of gin. It is sweet but has a unique flavor dimension and that is why it remains a favorite.

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    Holiday Hopper

    Holiday Hopper Cocktail

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    Adding the taste of sweet melon to the creamy mint chocolate may not be the most likely of mixes, but it works. The holiday hopper recipe shows you how to pull off this unusual combination. It's an intriguing sweet martini that's a small indulgence amid all of the holiday ​hoopla.