15+ Festive Christmas Cocktail Recipes

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As the Christmas season approaches, it’s time to dive into the world of Christmas Cocktail Recipes!

These festive alcoholic drinks are not just about the flavors; they’re about creating memories, sharing laughter, and enjoying the holiday spirit.

Whether you’re looking for that perfect drink to sip by the fire or need a signature cocktail for your next holiday party, we’ve got you covered.

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Christmas Cocktail Recipes

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to spread some holiday cheer than with a festive cocktail in hand? Our collection of Christmas cocktail recipes offers a delightful array of options, catering to every taste and preference.

We’ve put all of our festive Christmas cocktails in one place for you to peruse. Whether you’re looking for a Christmas Margarita, cranberry cocktails with rum, fun cocktails with candy canes, or a hot toddy for those cold winter nights, we have them here!

And don’t forget to grab a few Appetizer Recipes like our Christmas Butter Board, Smoked Salmon Bites, or Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon to enjoy with your holiday cocktail.

How about a batch of Gingerbread Cookies or Christmas Granola Trail Mix for something sweet. Or, to wow your guests, set up a Chocolate Charcuterie Board!

A mosaic of different Christmas cocktails - a blue drink with crushed candy cane rim, moscow mule in a copper mug, a red drink with sprinkles rim and candy cane garnish, creamy peppermint cocktail, and mulled wine in glasses. Text overlay says"15+ Amazing Christmas Cocktail Recipes"

Festive Christmas Cocktails

Our Christmas drinks don’t stop at just spirited concoctions! Our delicious cocktail recipes also include mocktail versions, as well as how to make a big batch that’s perfect for holiday parties.

Our lineup includes everything from fruity concoctions with fresh cranberries and creamy cocktails with whole milk to warming hot drinks like hot buttered rum and invigorating peppermint-infused libations. 

Whether you need something traditional or something a little more creative, our recipes can help get you in the holiday spirit! So grab your cocktail shaker, and let’s make this holiday season the merriest one yet!

(Some cocktails may feature more than once, as I’ve split the list of holiday cocktails into categories.)

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15 Christmas Cocktails To Get You In The Spirit

Christmas Rum Cocktails

Rum is produced in nearly every sugar-producing region of the world and comes in a variety of grades, from light to dark, as well as spiced and flavored rums. We love using rum in cocktails—it’s one of our favorite liquors to use!

If you love drinks with rum, you are sure to love these Christmas rum cocktails:

Rum Reindeer Spritzer
Rudolph the Reindeer Spritzer
Frosty the Snowman Cocktail
Frosty the Snowman
Naughty Elf
Hot Buttered Rum

Christmas Vodka Cocktails

Vodka’s versatility makes it a staple for Christmas cocktails. Envision a chilled glass filled with a vodka cocktail garnished with orange slices or pomegranate seeds, ready to refresh any holiday party.

Peppermint Martini
Recipe for Cranberry Moscow Mule Cocktail
Cranberry Moscow Mule
Cranberry Vodka Spritzer Cocktail
Cranberry Vodka Spritzer
Reindeer Cocktail
15 Of The Best Christmas Party Cocktails

Christmas Cocktails with Gin

If gin is your favorite tipple, try our Christmas Gin Cocktail, which is made with homemade cherry juice, gin, and club soda. It’s another great Christmas pitcher cocktail.

Peppermint Christmas Cocktails

Peppermint is a classic Christmas flavoring, and these cocktails get the refreshing hit of peppermint in them.

  • Frosty the Snowmanmade with peppermint schnapps, vanilla rum, blue Curaçao, and Sprite.
  • Refreshing Peppermint Martini Cocktailmade with vanilla vodka, white Crème de Cacao, and peppermint schnapps and served in a glass with a crushed candy cane rim.
  • Creamy Peppermint Mocha Cocktail – peppermint schnapps, vodka, and white chocolate liqueur combined with milk and coffee creamer to create a deliciously creamy and cool drink.

Christmas Tequila Cocktails

Tequila isn’t just for summer! Infuse your festive drink lineup with some bold tequila cocktails. Even during the holidays, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere—so grab the tequila and make Christmas margaritas!

Creamy Christmas Cocktails

Creamy cocktails, like those made with Irish cream liqueur or heavy cream, are akin to a decadent Christmas dessert. These creamy concoctions are perfect for sipping on a cold evening, bringing warmth and joy.

Hot Cocktails

Nothing hits better on a cold winter night than a sip of a warming drink. Pair it with a Christmas pastry like Mince Pie Pinwheels, and it’s chef’s kiss!

Mulled Wine Recipe
Mulled Wine
Hot Winter Adult Beverage - Mulled White Wine
Mulled White Wine
Mulled Apple Cider Recipe
Mulled Cider
Hot Buttered Pineapple

Non-Alcoholic Festive Drinks

As much as Christmas is the time to be merry, there will be those who can’t or don’t drink. But they do not need to be left out of the festive cheer.

[Nearly] all of our cocktails have got non-alcoholic variations, and here are some Delicious, Easy-To-Make Christmas Party Mocktails to try.

And some additional drinks to add to your party menu.

This Christmas, whether you’re reaching for a cocktail shaker or a punch bowl, remember that the best part of holiday cocktails is the joy they bring.

Each sip is a reminder of the festive season’s magic, the laughter shared, and the memories made. So, here’s to delightful Christmas cocktail recipes – your go-to for spreading holiday cheer!

The Create the Holidays series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog features free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Christmas and the Winter Holidays. Check out Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) from 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016201520142013, and 2012.


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