Christmas Cocktail collage, left image gingerbread martini garnished with a gingerbread cookie with a grey background, right image pink alcoholic drink garnishedd with cranberry and rosemary sprigs.

30 Festive Christmas Cocktails


Get ready to spice up your holiday gatherings with some festive Christmas cocktails.

From classic mulled wine to a sugar cookie martini that tastes like Christmas in a glass, there’s a little something for everyone.

Plus, at the end of the post, there are some helpful tips for serving and making these Christmas cocktail recipes.

So cheers to spending good times with amazing people and enjoying a glass of the best holiday cocktails of the season.

Festive Christmas Cocktails

1. Festive Cranberry and Vodka Cocktail

Red Christmas cocktail in a wine glass with a sugared rim and a sugared cranberry and rosemary sprig garnish on a white background.

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2. Gingerbread Martini

Gingerbread martini with whipped cream on top and gingerbread cookies in martini glass. Gingerbread cookies in the background.

Get Recipe: Zen and Honey

3. Christmas Sangria

Christmas sangria in Mason jars garnished with fruit. Cutting board and fruit in the background.

Get Recipe: Confetti and Bliss

4. Peppermint White Russian

Peppermint white Russian cocktails in glass rimmed with sugar and a straw in the glass. Candy canes and holiday decorations in the background.

Get Recipe: The Forked Spoon

5. Spiced Pineapple Hot Buttered Rum Toddy

Get Recipe: xoxoBella

6. Cranberry Gin Christmas Cocktail Recipe

Cranberry gin cocktail with cranberry and rosemary garnishes. Copper colored shaker in the background, all on a white background.

Get Recipe: Baking Ginger

7. Peppermint Chocolate Martini

Peppermint hot chocolate martini with peppermint bark on rim of glass and peppermint bark and candy canes in the background.

Get Recipe: Burrata and Bubbles

8. Winter Wonderland Margarita

White creamy margarita in a glass garnished with rosemary and seasonal decorations on a black background.

Get Recipe: Burrata and Bubbles

9. Spiced Orange Gin Spritz

Spiced Orange Gin Spritz with orange and cinnamon stick garnishes on a light background.

Get Recipe: Ooh La La It’s Vegan

10. Santa’s Hat Coconut Rum Cocktail

Christmas rum cocktail in a glass rimmed with coconut with pointsettias and a cocktail shaker in the background.

Get Recipe: xoxoBella

11. Winter Pear White Sangria

Pear white sangria in a glass with a bottle in the background.

Get Recipe: Boulder Locavore

12. Warm Sugar Plum Winter Cocktail

Sugar plum cocktail with fruit and cinnamon garnish on a dark background.

Get Recipe: G-Free Foodie

13. Christmas Mimosas

Christmas mimosa garnished with cranberries and rosemary with a festive background.

Get Recipe: Happy Hour Hacks

14. Easy Eggnog Cocktail

Eggnog cocktail in the a gold rimmed glass with a cinnamon stick garnish on a light background.

Get Recipe: The Littlest Crumb

15. Cranberry Hot Toddy with Gin

Cranberry hot toddy garnished with spices and orange with orange slices in the background.

Get Recipe: Emily Laurae

16. Pistachio Coquito

Get Recipe: Aubrey’s Kitchen

17. Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Get Recipe: Chew Out Loud

18. Sugar Cookie Martini

Get Recipe: Olivia’s Kitchen

19. Rum and Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Get Recipe: The Flavor Bender

20. Winter White Cosmo

Get Recipe: Aleka’s Get-Together

21. Cranberry Margarita

Cranberry margarita in a glass garnished with cranberries with seasonal decorations in the background.

Get Recipe: Confetti and Bliss

22. Eggnog White Russian Cocktail

Get Recipe: Happy Hour Hacks

23. Coconut Christmas Cocktail

Get Recipe: In Mama Maggie’s Kitchen

24. Mulled Wine with Caramel Vodka

Get Recipe: Killing Thyme

25. Cranberry Ginger Sunset Fizz

Get Recipe: My Pretty Brown Eats

26. Holiday Pomegranate Mojito

Get Recipe: G-Free Foodie

27. Peppermint Espresso Martini

Get Recipe: A Grateful Meal

28. Warm Spiced Apple Cider (Only 3 Ingredients)

Get Recipe: Herbeevore

29. Warm Slow Cooker Christmas Punch

Get Recipe: The Magical Slow Cooker

30. Winter Old Fashioned

Get Recipe: Beyond Mere Sustenance

10 Helpful Christmas Cocktail Ideas and Tips

1. Make Batches of the Cocktails Ahead of Time

Mix larger quantities of the cocktails in advance, allowing you to spend more time with guests and less time behind the bar.

2. Glassware Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

Good cocktail glasses don’t have to be expensive.

Check out Home Goods, World Market, and Ross for affordable glassware. For even cheaper options, try your local thrift store and dollar store. 

3. Elevate Your Ice Game

Make sure you have enough ice on hand. Opt for festive ice molds to add more festive fun to your cocktails.

You can even make flavored ice cubes. Freeze pomegranate seeds, cranberries, or orange slices into the cubes for a burst of flavor as the ice melts.

4. Create a Festive Holiday Drink Station

Set up a designated drink station with all the cocktail ingredients and garnishes. 

This allows guests to get creative with their concoctions and makes it so you, as the host, don’t have to make all the drinks.

Plus, your guests will have so much fun making their drinks. 

5. Temperature Matters

Pay attention to the serving temperature of your cocktails. 

Chill glasses in advance, and ensure that cold drinks stay cold and warm drinks stay warm. 

6. Share Cocktail Recipes

Compile a list of your holiday cocktail recipes and share them with your guests.

This adds a thoughtful touch and allows guests to recreate their favorite festive cocktails at home.

7. Offer Non-Alcoholic Alternatives

Cater to all your guests by providing delicious non-alcoholic options. Many cocktails on this list could easily be turned into a mocktail.

8. Offer a Bubbly Bar at Your Christmas Cocktail Party

Make a statement with a bubbly bar featuring a selection of sparkling wines and champagne.

Provide various fruits, liqueurs, and garnishes for guests to create their own festive champagne cocktails.

This is a great addition to the cocktails you’ll already be serving at your holiday party, or opt for a bubbly bar if you want something easier.

9. Coordinate Colors

Consider coordinating the colors of the cocktails with your holiday decor.

This subtle touch can tie your theme together and make a visually stunning presentation.

10. Opt for Seasonal Syrups To Transform Classic Cocktails

Infuse simple syrups with flavors like ginger, cranberry, or peppermint to add a festive twist to your favorite classic cocktails.

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