37 Spirited Holiday Cocktails
A signature cocktail is a must at any holiday get-together. You can't go wrong with these tasty holiday cocktails.
Boost your spirits with a Sparkling Charleston Cosmopolitan. This peach, orange, and white cranberry "Southern" cosmopolitan is topped off with sparkling white wine.
The refreshing combination of muddled fresh basil and sweet pear-flavored vodka and nectar can't be beat. Pear-Basil Sipper is the "pearfect" pick for holiday entertaining or even a summertime libation.
- Recipe: Pear-Basil Sipper
This warm whiskey cocktail will keep you cozy on cold nights. Topped with a maple-cream mixture and fresh nutmeg, it may taste more like a dessert than a cocktail.
- Recipe: Hot Buttered Rye
Make the kids feel like a part of the festivities with this mint and berry "mocktail." With fresh raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, Merry Berry Christmas, Sugar! party beverage is great in the summertime as well, but its vibrant red color makes it ideal for Christmas.
- Recipe: Merry Berry Christmas, Sugar!
Muscadine wine stars in this spirited concoction of grenadine, bourbon, and a variety of fruit juices and sodas.
- Recipe: Mississippi Bourbon Punch
This is exceptional when made with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Recipe: Vanilla-Rosemary Lemonade
Cozy up by the fire with a warm apple-ale flavored with allspice, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.
- Recipe: Apple-Ale Wassail
Trim the tree and get in the holiday spirit with a cup of homemade eggnog.
- Recipe: Capital Eggnog
- Recipe: Pecan "Milk" Punch
Re-invent a favorite flavor of the holiday season into a tasty cocktail. Carry the flavor even further by dipping martini glasses in ginger liqueur and crushed gingersnaps.
- Recipe: Gingerbread Martini
Orange juice and cranberries lend a bit of festive flair to the classic gin and tonic.
- Recipe: Orange-Cranberry Gin and Tonic
This refreshing drink is composed of black cherry liqueur, brandy, crushed ice, and then topped off with sparkling white wine. Of course, no cocktail is complete without a maraschino cherry on top!
- Recipe: Cherry Frost
- Recipe: Peach-Bourbon Sours
Cranberries are an easy and festive way to dress up Champagne. Your guests will love watching the cranberries dance in the glass.
- Recipe: Champagne and Cranberries
Use candy canes as fun garnishes for this orange juice and vodka cocktail. Its red-orange color comes from the addition of maraschino cherry juice.
- Recipe: Jingle Juice
A mojito traditionally uses rum; here we use tequila instead, hence the fun title. Dip rims of glasses in lime juice and a mixture of equal parts kosher salt and sugar for a twist on salt-rimmed glasses.
- Recipe Link: Frozen Cranberry Margaritos
Bring the flavor of the tropics to your next winter gathering. This quick wassail will warm you to the toes and make your kitchen smell incredible at the same time. Strain the drink before serving to remove any remaining fruit or spice bits.
- Recipe: Pineapple Wassail
Instead of stirring all the ingredients together, serve optional shots of vodka on the side, and let your guests add it or not.
- Recipe: Bloody Mary Punch
This is definitely a sipping cocktail that's at its best when made with high-quality ingredients.
- Recipe: Wayne's French 75
Your family will flip for this addictive Ultimate Alexander―part coffee, part cocktail, and part dessert.
- Recipe: Ultimate Alexander
Two classic tequila cocktails come together in a drink that's tangy and sweet, and almost as beautiful as a real sunrise. For this stunning presentation, pour the grenadine into the bottom of your glasses and then carefully pour the tequila mixture on top.
- Recipe: Margarita Sunrise
Aunt Kat's Creamy Eggnog can be prepared and chilled up to two days ahead
- Recipe: Aunt Kat's Creamy Eggnog
Introduce the tart fall flavor of cranberries to your favorite minty cocktail.
- Recipe: Cranberry Mojito
Apple cider combines with eggnog for a delicious holiday twist.
- Recipe: Hot Cider Nog
The classic mimosa is equal parts orange juice and Champagne. In this cocktail recipe, pineapple juice and grenadine add a twist of flavor and color.
- Recipe: Blushing Mimosas
It's hard to beat the spicy bite of a good bloody mary on holiday mornings. Seasoned with fresh basil, cilantro, and chives, this drink received the highest rating from Southern Living's test kitchen.
- Recipe: Kane’s Peppery Bloody Mary
This ritzy cocktail has a zesty zing from orange liqueur, a cranberry reduction, and fresh lemon juice.
- Recipe: Holiday Cosmopolitan
As the name implies, these unique drinks are mixed with green pepper jelly. Make this Southern-style margarita your signature cocktail at your next get-together.
Recipe: Pepper Jelly Margaritas
You'll see smiles all around when these signature cocktails are offered at your festive fete.
- Recipe: Sparkling Rum Punch
Celebrate with this simple and sophisticated cocktail. Fill a Champagne flute or tall glass with equal parts chilled Champagne and black currant nectar. Don't forget to garnish this spritzer with fresh blackberries.
- Recipe: Black Currant Champagne
Julia found this recipe in a cookbook by the Junior League of Montgomery, Alabama, where the punch is a town staple.
- Recipe: Montgomery Punch
When you need a festive holiday cocktail, look no further than this easy spritzer made 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.
Recipe: Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer
Step-by-Step Video: The Drink that Keeps Rudolph's Nose So Red
For a kid-friendly version, substitute sparkling apple juice for the Prosecco.
Recipe: Apple Butter Sparklers