There are few key ‘musts’ when it comes to throwing a stand-out Christmas party. There’s got to be delicious (and indulgent) food, a playful playlist, but most importantly, a selection of well-thought-out holiday cocktails. For an unstuffy party that doesn’t take itself too seriously, we think a little play-on-words is the ultimate festive touch to a hopefully well-stocked beverage station. What could get party-goers more in the spirit than a fresh “Santa-gria” or “Mint Joyeux Noel”? To back up these party-pleasing signature drink names, we’ve got tried and true recipes you can whip up (in big batches) in a snap. Get mixing!
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Punch up Christmas brunch with a classic Bellini recipe.
Ho Ho Ho-t Toddy
This warming Southern standby is a must in winter. Recipe here.
Red Nosed Rum Punch
Try our retro rum punch for this one, filled with cherries as cute as Rudolf’s nose.
This orange juice and vodka cocktail has party starter written all over it. Recipe here.
Rudoph’s Tipsy Spritzer
This easy spritzer keeps it classic (and sweet!) with orange juice, lemon-lime soft drink, cherry juice, and vodka. If you want a non-alcoholic beverage, just leave out the vodka and add more orange juice or soft drink.
You could use any recipe of your choice here, but why not try our holiday milk punch—a gorgeous snowy concoction.
Mint Joyeux Noel
We can’t create a cocktail list without including a traditional mint julep—any time of year!
Bloody Merry and Bright
Would it be Christmas brunch without blood marys? Our favorite recipe here.
Mrs. Claus’s Cosmo
We think Mrs. Claus deserves a break—and a drink, like this festive recipe with orange liqueur, a cranberry reduction, and fresh lemon juice.
Naughty or Spice
Apple-Ale Wassail is perfect for such a mischievous name. This mix is loaded with flavorful winter spices like allspice, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.