15 Festive Christmas Cocktail Recipes

'Tis the Season for a Fabulous Drink

Festive Christmas cocktails
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Christmas cocktails come in a great variety of styles. From fruity martinis to comforting drinks flavored with seasonal accents, there is a fantastic cocktail for every holiday party that is filled with festive spirit.

Traditional warm drinks are a great place to start and we cannot forget about the appeal of eggnog (a drink that should be on everyone's Christmas list). Beyond the Christmas classics we all know and love, let's explore some fun, modern recipes that are perfect for any party.

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    Holiday Gin Cocktail

    Merry Christmas Cocktail
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    Spread the Christmas cheer with a round of these simple and refreshing highballs. Say Merry Christmas with this holiday gin cocktail that features one of our favorite holiday flavors and comes together quickly, making it perfect for those surprise holiday guests.

    The recipe features Plymouth gin with cranberry juice and it's topped with a long pour of club soda. It also makes a great mocktail when the gin is left out, giving you another option to serve to non-drinking guests.

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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 the drink at home is very simple and it's the ideal base for a new take on an old favorite.

    Inspired by the classic cocktail known as the whiskey flip, Santa's version adds amaretto to that cinnamon whiskey and shakes it up with an egg and cream. It's luscious, full of flavor, and enjoyable for everyone.

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    Christmas Mule

    Christmas Mule, A Hot Cocktail of Pear Vodka and Ginger Beer
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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 incredibly easy and the perfect hot cocktail for cold winter nights.

    The mix uses a pear vodka (which you can buy or infuse yourself) and warm 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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    Christmas Mimosa

    Christmas Mimosa Cocktail
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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 pairs pomegranate and cranberry to form a sweet, fruity base that is perfect for your favorite sparkling wine. The fun part comes with the garnish of fresh cranberries and a sprig of real pine. It's simple but unique and sure to please everyone at ​your Sunday brunch.

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    JMW's Poinsettia Punch

    JMW's Poinsettia Punch Cocktail - Jason Westplate
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    Even the best cocktails could use a little update every now and then. This recipe is a fabulous variation on the favorite poinsettia punch.

    The recipe keeps the cinnamon syrup, gin, and allspice dram of the traditional recipe. It is the use of Hendrick's Gin, the addition of Chambord, and the combination of three different cocktail bitters that make it spectacular. Though written for a single serving, this is a great cocktail recipe to transform into a party punch.

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    Holiday Spice

    Ciroc Vodka's Holiday Spice
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    The Ciroc holiday spice brings that creamy coconut and pineapple taste​ we love in a piña colada, amplifies it with coconut vodka, milk, and egg, then tops everything off with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

    It is a fun drink–sort of a mix between the tropics and eggnog–and completely different from what we normally associate with the season. It is both uplifting and comforting in a single sip.

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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 not only the color of the season but also a few of its signature flavors. La vie en rouge is a delectable mix of Grand Marnier, cranberry, and rosemary.

    It is unbelievably easy to mix up and the rosemary adds an inviting aromatic touch that guests will love. This one makes a stunning drink pairing for almost any holiday meal.

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    Spiced Silver Bell

    Spiced Silver Bell Cocktail
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    Tequila may not be the first liquor you think of when it comes to holiday cocktails. It is actually quite fitting when you have a drink 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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    Grinch Cocktail
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    Go green with this cocktail named for Dr. Seuss' classic holiday character. It 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 is a symbol of the good heart that lies inside every Grinch. After one or two of these melon-flavored drinks, even the meanest Grinch will have a smile on their face.

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    Mrs. Claus' Wildside Punch

    Mrs. Claus' Wildside Punch
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    Don't you think that Mrs. Claus has to have a wild side? 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. A woman has to let loose sometimes, right?

    Imagination comes to life in this fun punch that is perfect for office parties and holiday gatherings. It is a sweet punch backed by tequila and fruity liqueur. Everything is mixed in equal proportions, so it's simply pour and stir.

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    White Christmas Dream

    White Christmas Dream Cocktail
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    The white Christmas dream is a simply dreamy dessert drink for the holidays. It is very easy to mix up and can take care of all of those sweet cravings that tend to come up this time of year.

    This is a super smooth, creamy vodka drink with the flavor of amaretto accented by a hint of nutmeg. It is comforting and inviting, a festive indulgence indeed.

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    Christmas Jones

    Metro March's Christmas Jones Cocktail
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    Fruits and the blender should not be reserved for summer cocktails. No, we can enjoy their sweet taste year round and the Christmas Jones is a fantastic (and easy) vodka cocktail that brings the tropics into the holidays.

    This sweet highball drink begins with a blend of strawberries, pineapple, and vodka. It is topped with lemon-lime soda and a mint garnish for a refreshing holiday cocktail. You'll find it to be a great all-around holiday drink for two.

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    Angel's Delight

    Angels Delight Cocktail

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    Creamy, pink and absolutely delightful. The angel's delight is a fabulous cocktail for those little indulgences we allow ourselves during the holidays.

    This semi-classic cocktail is ideal for dessert but it takes that genre into a different realm because of the underlying 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 delightful taste of creamy mint chocolate may not be the most likely of mixes, but it works. The holiday hopper is a perfect example of how to pull off this unusual combination.

    The simplicity of the sweet martini makes it a great option for any holiday party. The pale green cocktail is absolutely delicious, intriguing, and unusual, and an indulgence you deserve amid all of the holiday ​hoopla.

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    Reindeer Caesar

    Bloody Caesar Cocktail

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    Take a bloody Caesar, add some nutmeg and you turn this everyday drink into a holiday-worthy cocktail. This small change makes a world of difference and it is fun to watch people try to guess the secret ingredient.

    The "bloody" base makes for ​a great Christmas morning brunch cocktail packed full of vitamins to get you through the day. The vodka is just a bonus.