Naughty Elf Cocktail – A Christmas Rum Cocktail for the Holidays!

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This Naughty Elf Cocktail is perfect for all of your festive soirees! Santa may even appreciate a glass of it with a cookie!

It’s a naughty concoction of fruit juice, fruit liqueurs, and spiced rum, and is sure to be a hit with everyone who takes a sip!

Serve it at parties, as your signature Christmas cocktail, or just make a glassful to enjoy while trimming the tree.

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Naughty Elf Cocktail

This cocktail has a fruity yet totally festive taste to it!

It combines cranberry juice, red (or pink) grapefruit juice, fruity liqueurs (pomegranate and orange), and spiced rum. It’s topped with Sprite (or any other lemon-lime soda) and finished with a candy cane garnish!

You can also rim the glass with red, green, and white sprinkles for an extra Christmas touch!

Check out our list of amazing Christmas Cocktail Recipes to get you in the spirit!

Naughty Elf Cocktail

Decorating the Glass

Before mixing up your cocktail, you must decorate your glass(es) with holiday sprinkles. This is optional, but it makes the drink look extra special!

To add sprinkles to the rim of your glass, you need corn syrup first so the sprinkles have something to stick to.

Pour some sprinkles onto a small plate and corn syrup onto another plate.

Dip the glass rim into the syrup first and allow any excess to drip off, then dip the glass into the sprinkles, and that’s it!

Naughty Elf Christmas Cocktail

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Naughty Elf Cocktail Variations

Good Elf (Mocktail)

So that non-drinkers and kids can enjoy a glass of this festive beverage, just leave out the booze – simple.

You can replace the alcohol with flavored syrups more suited to the adult palate or with fruit juices.

Monin has a Caribbean Syrup described as “Nose of Caribbean rum aged in oak barrel; sweet rum taste with notes of fruits and vanilla … will convert rum-based alcoholic cocktails to their non-alcoholic versions without losing the rum aroma“. If you can’t find this syrup, try Cinnamon Syrup.

For adults: Shake together 2 oz cranberry juice and 1 oz each of red grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, orange juice, and Caribbean syrup with ice and pour into a glass. Top up with Sprite, and garnish with a candy cane.

If making the mocktail for kids, leave out the syrup.

Virgin Naughty Elf with Non-Alcoholic Spirits

For adults who would still like to enjoy the taste of alcohol in their mocktail, you could try non-alcoholic alternatives. In the UK, try Lyre’s, which is also available on Amazon in the UK and There are other brands, but this one was more widely available.

Frozen Elf

Let’s freeze this naughty elf! Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of crushed ice – then blend till smooth.

Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze! Leave out the alcohol for non-drinkers and kids.

Naughty Elf Spiced Rum Cocktail

Naughty Elf Party Punch

If you want to make this drink for a crowd, you can easily make a large batch of the cocktail!

If you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug, etc.) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct, and you can make as much as you need to.

Serve in drinks dispensers, pitchers, or go retro and serve it from a punch bowl!

To make a batch of Naughty Elf party punch, stir the following ingredients together:

  • 2 parts cranberry juice
  • 1 part red grapefruit juice
  • 1 part pomegranate liqueur
  • 1 part orange liqueur
  • 1 part spiced rum

Transfer to your serving container of choice and top with Sprite.

Add plenty of ice to your serving container to keep the cocktail chilled.

You could also prepare glasses with Christmas sprinkles or leave some corn syrup and sprinkles in separate shallow bowls for guests to rim their glasses. Remember to add a bowl of candy canes for garnish, too!

When setting up your bar serving area, you could include:

This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence.
Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.


Naughty Elf Cocktail

Michelle Ordever
The Naughty Elf Cocktail is perfect for all your festive soirees! It's a naughty concoction of fruit juice, fruit liqueurs, & spiced rum!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine Christmas
Servings 1
Calories 2454 kcal


  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz red grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz pomegranate liqueur
  • 1 oz orange liqueur
  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • Sprite
  • Ice cubes
  • Light corn syrup for glass rim, optional
  • Red white, and green sprinkles, for glass rim, optional
  • Candy canes for garnish, optional


  • To add sprinkles to the rim of the glass, pour a little corn syrup onto a small plate, and the sprinkles onto another.
  • Dip the glass into the syrup and lift straight up. Allow excess to drip off then dip into the sprinkles.
  • Set aside while you make the cocktail.
  • Place the fruit juices, liqueurs, and rum into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until combined.
  • Pour into a glass filled with ice and top up with Sprite.
  • Garnish with a candy cane.



To make a big batch of this cocktail, as long as you use the same size measure for 1 part, the ratios will be correct. Stir together the following ingredients and top up with Sprite.
    • 2 parts cranberry juice
    • 1 part red grapefruit juice
    • 1 part Pomegranate Liquor
    • 1 part Orange Liquor
    • 1 part Spiced rum


Serving: 1 | Calories: 2454kcal | Carbohydrates: 480g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 46g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 298mg | Sugar: 434g

Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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