18 Festive Christmas Drinks and Cocktails

christmas-drinksChristmas holidays are the perfect time to spend with friends and family. Of course, what better way to celebrate with delicious food and great-tasting drinks? It can be quite daunting to plan the holiday menu, especially if you have a big family, or if you’re holding a holiday party for friends. As much as possible, we want something new, delicious and unforgettable dishes each year.

For the busy people who don’t have the time to find the perfect holiday drink recipes on the internet, we have gathered the best, the most delicious, and the easiest to prepare drinks for this festive season. And boy are they all delicious! We believe that flavors come alive and are more enhanced when paired with equally delicious drinks. Don’t you agree?

Here are some of the holiday drink recipes that we found that are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. There are recipes here that even young kids will enjoy. We’ve got so many favorites on this list, and we cannot wait to try all of them!

 Christmas Party Drinks

Hot Wassail Recipe

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Nothing tastes like the holidays more than a warm and delicious drink. This amazing hot wassail would be a perfect companion while the whole family sits by the fire exchanging stories. And it’s so easy to make, too! Just a combination of apple cider, orange and lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, and spices and you can already enjoy a cuppa!

Jamie’s Mulled Wine

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Wine lover much? Enjoy the holidays with a simple yet delicious mulled wine. All you need are clementines, some really good Italian wine, lemon, lime, and your favorite spices. Impress your guests with this surefire crowd favorite.

Christmas Alcoholic Drinks

Raspberry Rose Gin Rickeys

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Hosting a holiday party this year? Why not serve a different but fun and delicious cocktail to your friends and family? This raspberry rose gin rickey sounds complicated to make, but it’s quite easy to prepare. Just mix fresh raspberries with some Hendrick’s gin, add some lime juice, rose water, soda water, and crushed ice. Enjoy!

Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail

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Another holiday cocktail recipe that’s sure to be a crowd favorite is the Winter Sea Breeze holiday cocktail. It’s a tasty and refreshing drink that uses vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup, soda water and pomegranate seeds. It’s a real crowd pleaser that sure to be present in family holidays to come.

Christmas Party Drinks

Cranberry Fizz Cocktail

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If you love hosting gatherings and dinner parties during the holidays, make sure you include the Cranberry Fizz cocktail on the menu. It’s a delicious non-alcoholic drink that combines cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, orange juice, ginger ale, and sugar. Mix, chill, and serve. Now doesn’t that sound absolutely delicious?

Christmas Campfire Martini

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A rich and tasty cocktail that is high on yummy levels is the Christmas Campfire Martini. Sounds good, right? Recreate this drink by mixing some Fluffed Marshmallow vodka, TresLeches liqueur, White Chocolate Godiva liqueur, and half and half. Garnish with some toasted marshmallows!

Traditional Christmas Drinks

Cranberry Mojitos

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Cranberry mojitos, anyone? Oh yes, please! Serve this delicious cocktail this holiday season and be a rock star among your friends and family. It’s a fun and simple way to spice up the drinks menu this year. Just cranberries, lime juice, soda water, rum, sugar, and mint leaves and you’re all set.

Pomegranate Sparkling Mocktail

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Looking for ideas what holiday drinks to serve that both adults and kids will enjoy? Make some Pomegranate Sparkling Mocktails! Stock up on pomegranate juice, Stevia, Lime LaCroix Sparkling Water, and loads of candy canes! You will definitely be making a lot of this cocktail come the holidays.

Easy Christmas Drinks

Jingle Jangle Punch

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Another delicious holiday drink you can whip up for your next party is the Jingle Jangle Punch. It promises a whole lot of fun and flavors your guests will enjoy. To make this punch, you will be needing some berry vodka, Grand Marnier, fresh berries, syrup, and sparkling wine. It’s best served chilled. Cheers!

Lime Rickey

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Want a holiday cocktail that’s ready in minutes? Try making some Lime Rickey. Just crush some lime wedges and mix with sugar. Add some juice and club soda, plus lots of ice. Stir, and it’s ready to serve!

Festive Christmas Drinks

Sorrel Drink

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Did you know that the Jamaican drink Sorrel can be served as a holiday drink as well? If you like your drink with a little spice, this one is perfect for you! Grab some orange, dried sorrel (or hibiscus), ginger, and cinnamon and you can have this Jamaican treat for Christmas. Cheers!

Santa Shot

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What looks great in a glass and tastes even better? The Santa Shot! This holiday drink is Christmas in a glass, and you can wow your guests with this gorgeous drink that’s sure to be a hit with everyone. His drink is made with green crème de menthe, peppermint schnapps, and grenadine syrup. Just thinking about it makes me want to have a taste already!

Christmas Cocktail Drinks

Christmas Tequila Cocktail

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Christmas Tequila cocktail, anyone? It’s tequila with a holiday twist. Strawberries and silver tequila sound delicious enough. Add some spiced agave syrup and basil leaves, and you’re really in for a treat. We can’t wait to try this one out!

Canadian Cream Cocktail

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The holidays just looked brighter because of Canadian Cream Cocktail. The name alone sounds like heaven. How can you say no to milk, cream, espresso, and Canadian whiskey?Everything about this drink sounds so yummy. Indulge yourself this holiday season with this delightful drink. We promise, you won’t be sorry.

Christmas Drinks wih Vodka

Frosted Coconut Blitz

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Ever had coconut in your cocktail drink? The Frosted Coconut Blitz promises to give you all the coconut goodness of Ciroc Coconut Vodka mixed with cream, triple sec, lime juice and agave nectar in one refreshing drink. If you haven’t tried this one yet, you’re missing out on a lot. You can’t go wrong with this one, that’s for sure.

Grown-Up Grape Soda

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What about some Grown-Up Grape Soda? This simple holiday drink tastes great and will be a sure hit at holiday parties. After all, white cranberry juice, VeuveClicquot, and grapes are always a good idea. Include this on your holiday drinks menu this year. Cheers!

Christmas Liquor Drinks

Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer

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A great holiday party always has a delicious and festive holiday cocktail served. Why not make it Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer? You can choose to make it alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Just mix orange juice, lemon juice, maraschino cherry juice, lemon-lime soft drink, and vodka. Voila! Yummy spritzer you’ve got.

Dreaming of Zen

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In the mood for something fruity, minty and creamy? The Dreaming of Zen cocktail has all that. This unique combination of flavors will surely delight fans of green tea, mango, melon, mint, pepper and nutmeg, to name a few. This holiday drink is perfect with desserts, too!

Christmas Drinks Recipes

Eggnog Delight

Serves  6

Preparation time 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup   milk
  • 2 pcs    eggs
  • ¾ cup   cream
  • 100 ml  each: brandy, sherry and rum
  • Ice cubes
  • ½ cup   caster sugar
  • 2 pcs    cinnamon quills
  • Nutmeg, ground

Preparation

  •  Combine water, cinnamon and sugar in a saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves.
  •  Simmer for one minute and set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, put ice cubes in the cocktail glasses.
  • Blend the mixture with the eggs, milk, cream and alcohol and pour it into the glasses.
  • Dust with the nutmeg to serve

Christmas Fruit Punch

Makes  4 liters

Preparation time 1 hour and 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg     canned fruit salad
  • 2 pcs    lemons, thinly sliced
  • 2 pcs    oranges, thinly sliced
  • 850 ml  apricot nectar, chilled
  • 1.5 l     sparkling apple juice, chilled
  • ¾ cup   white rum
  • Ice cubes

Preparation

  • Combine all ingredients except the apple juice and ice cubes in a large jug and cover to refrigerate for one hour.
  • Put in ice cubes and apple juice and stir before serving.

Non-Alcoholic Pineapple Punch

Makes  3 liters

Preparation time 10 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 kg     pineapple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 L       pineapple juice, chilled
  • 500 g   lychees, with syrup
  • 750 ml  ginger beer
  • ¼ cup   mint leaves
  • Ice cubes

Procedure:

  • Combine lychees, pineapple and mint and process through food processor until smooth.
  • Pour into a jug then add pineapple juice, ginger beer and ice cubes to serve.

Tips:

You can also add ½ cup of vodka or gin along with the pineapple juice for an alcoholic twist.

Reading all these recipes and seeing all these mouth-watering photos have left us feeling thirsty. Everything looks delicious, don’t you think? No one will feel left out because we’ve got holiday drinks that children will enjoy, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic ones. You can even substitute some ingredients and put spices and fruits that you like. We know not everybody likes vodka or nutmeg.

Try to make the drinks your own and experiment with your own ingredients. You might hit the jackpot with your very own drink recipe. Let us know which ones you’re making this year and share with us your favorites. That’s a pretty long list, so you’d better get drinking. Cheers, and let’s all drink and be merry this holiday season!

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