18 Christmas Drinks That Bring the Holiday Cheer

'Tis the season for festive holiday tipples

Coquito Rum Cocktail

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A festive drink can always put you in the holiday mood, and these top recipes for Christmas cocktails and no-alcohol holiday drinks bring plenty of Christmas cheer. From a cute and boozy gingerbread man-tini to a Christmas margarita, to classic eggnogs with and without rum, there are plenty of tasty, merry, and cozy beverages to help celebrate the season.

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    Gingerbread Man-tini

    Gingerbread Man-tini

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    Your favorite holiday cookie meets a vodka martini in this adorably named gingerbread man-tini cocktail. It begins with a classic vodka martini base, then adds in gingerbread liqueur and simple syrup for a sweet and spicy liquid libation that is perfect at holiday time.

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    Merry Christmas Cocktail

    Merry Christmas Cocktail

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    Have yourself a merry little Christmas cocktail. This punch-like, ruby red quaff is sure to make all your holiday parties festive. It is a refreshing, fruity drink made with sweet-tart cranberry juice, aromatic Plymouth Gin, sparkling club soda, and a splash of lemon juice.

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    Scandinavian Christmas Glögg

    Scandinavian Christmas Glögg

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    If you enjoy mulled wine, give this traditional Scandinavian version a try. The highly spiced Christmas punch is a nice way to warm up from the cold and packs plenty of flavor from cozy dried spices, brown sugar, and quite a bit of alcohol from red wine, vodka, and brandy or spiced rum. Stir up a big batch with this recipe that makes enough for everyone to enjoy refills at a small Christmas gathering.

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    Easy Rum Eggnog

    Easy Rum Eggnog

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    Rich, velvety, luxurious eggnog has been a popular Christmas drink for centuries. This easy, frothy version is made in a cocktail shaker and spiked with rum for the perfect grown-up holiday drink to enjoy while you're sitting around the tree or by the fire. It shakes up thick and creamy, with the perfect mild, eggy flavor and a hint of nutmeg.

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    Sparkling Nonalcoholic Cranberry Punch

    Sparkling Nonalcoholic Cranberry Punch

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    Tasty and inexpensive, this bright red, nonalcoholic punch is a refreshing drink that both kids and adults can enjoy. The simple combination of pink lemonade, cranberry juice, and sparkling water can be topped with floating orange slices or decorated with fresh cranberries, and easily scales up to serve a larger gathering. Add the soda water just before serving to keep it nice and fizzy.

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    Christmas Margarita

    Christmas Margarita

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    Add some tropical flair to your Christmas gatherings with a refreshing Christmas margarita. Coconut milk and seasonal white cranberry juice are added to a classic margarita base of tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur. The sweet and spicy cinnamon-sugar rim just says holiday.

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    Christmas Mule Cocktail

    Christmas Mule Cocktail

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    Bring the Moscow mule into the holiday season with the festive Christmas mule cocktail. You need only three ingredients for this cozy and inviting take on the popular vodka cocktail. It's filled with the warming flavors of pear vodka, ginger beer, and cinnamon, making it a pleasant sipper for any chilly winter night.

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    Holiday Hopper Cocktail

    Holiday Hopper Cocktail

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    With a holly-like garnish of mint leaves and raspberry, the holiday hopper cocktail has oodles of festive appeal. It is similar to the popular grasshopper cocktail but with melon liqueur added for an extra-fruity flavor. With a fabulous creamy texture and wintry chocolate-mint base, it is an excellent after-dinner drink.

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    Crantini Cocktail

    Crantini Cocktail

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    Ho, ho, hold onto your cocktail shaker. Whether you call it a crantini or a cranberry martini, this simple, shaken cocktail is a pure delight. With just two ingredients, it's essentially an easier-to-make cousin of the fancy cosmopolitan and a lovely complement to your Christmas feast. Drop a few fresh or dried cranberries into the glass for a bright garnish, if you like.

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    Pine-Infused Christmas Mimosa

    Pine-Infused Christmas Mimosa

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    Add Christmas cheer to any holiday brunch with the spectacular Christmas mimosa. This light and sparkly Champagne cocktail includes sweet pomegranate liqueur and tart cranberry juice for a refreshing beverage to serve with holiday egg bakes and French toast casseroles. What makes it truly special is the pine garnish, which gently infuses the drink with the aromatic scent of a real Christmas tree.

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    Nonalcoholic Holiday Eggnog

    Nonalcoholic Holiday Eggnog

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    Kids love eggnog too, and this alcohol-free recipe is a great way to let them enjoy the traditional, creamy Christmas drink. It's great to have on hand for designated drivers, nondrinkers, or anyone who prefers a no-alcohol holiday beverage. Plan to chill it a few hours ahead, or make it up to three days prior and keep it in your fridge until serving time.

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    Cîroc Holiday Spice Cocktail

    Cîroc Holiday Spice Cocktail

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    Imagine a tropical piña colada cocktail combined with everyone's favorite holiday eggnog and you've got the idea of the Cîroc holiday spice cocktail. It's a winter-worthy rendition of the famous coconut and pineapple drink—coconut cream, coconut vodka, and pineapple juice—with the addition of milk, egg, and warming winter spices. It all gets shaken up together and topped off with a garnish of coconut flakes and cinnamon.

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    Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

    Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

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    Mulled wine is a beloved holiday tipple that dates back to Roman times, and making it in the slow cooker allows you to brew a big batch of this warming alcoholic beverage. With sugar, spices, and citrus, the cozy drink is perfect for winter gatherings. It works best with a dry red wine, and the recipe can be scaled up easily.

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    Peppermint Patty Cocktail

    Peppermint Patty Cocktail

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    Gift your sweet tooth with the creamy peppermint patty cocktail. It tastes just like the popular chocolate-and-peppermint movie candy, made with chocolate vodka, peppermint schnapps, and cream liqueur, and goes down smoothly. Enjoy a glass in front of the fireplace this winter, with the real candy as a garnish.

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    Poinsettia Punch Cocktail

    Poinsettia Punch Cocktail

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    When it's snowing outside, you'll be toasty warm inside with a glass of poinsettia punch. This made-for-Christmas gin cocktail packs quite a wallop. It is filled with uniquely sweet and spicy flavors and finished off with three different bitters, plus a flamed lemon peel, for a truly special party drink.

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    Coquito Rum Cocktail

    Coquito Rum Cocktail

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    Coquito is a creamy Christmas tradition from Puerto Rico that will remind you of eggnog, but without the eggs. The thick and rich holiday concoction complete with white rum, coconut, and cinnamon is a wonderful way to celebrate the happiest season of the year. Whip it up easily in a blender and chill well before serving.

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    Dutch Hot Chocolate

    Dutch Hot Chocolate

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    In the Netherlands, hot chocolate means starting from scratch with good-quality dark chocolate and whole milk and then topping it with real whipped cream. Brew up this hot winter beverage for kids to enjoy after a day of sledding, or add some rum or brandy and a dusting of cocoa or cinnamon for a delicious, grown-up drink.

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    White Christmas Dream Cocktail

    White Christmas Dream Cocktail

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    When you're dreaming of a white Christmas, grab a cocktail shaker to whip up a batch of this delightfully creamy cocktail. The easy combination of vodka, amaretto, and heavy cream is fantastically boozy and lush tasting. Serve it for a nightcap after a day of holiday festivities.