Tis’ the season for the best Christmas cocktails! From the best eggnog to the most beautiful cranberry thyme gin and tonic. We’re sharing the absolute best cocktail recipes to make your holiday brighter!
If you’re hosting a beautiful Christmas dinner or brunch, a cookie swap, building an epic gingerbread house or just watching a classic Christmas movie, these cocktails are prefect to make and sip! They are filled with holiday flavors and spices. Furthermore, they also pair nicely with Christmas appetizers and are easy to make!
Scroll down to see all of our favorite Christmas cocktails. There is something for everyone!
Cinnamon Pomegranate Margarita
The most festive margarita for the holidays! Our cinnamon pomegranate margarita is a twist on the classic margarita, using cinnamon syrup and pomegranate juice! If you’re a margarita lover, this is your Christmas cocktail!
Partridge in a Pear Tree
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me….. a partridge in a pear tree! As a homage to 12 Days of Christmas, try this special partridge in a pear tree cocktail that is perfect for the holidays.
The Best Homemade Eggnog Recipe
Eggnog is a MUST for Christmas and there is a huge difference between store-bought and homemade. This eggnog recipe is creamy and so so good. It’s a classic Christmas cocktail that you have to try!
Gingerbread Moscow Mule Recipe
Hands down our FAVORITE Moscow mule ever! It’s got a spicy kick to it using real gingerbread spices. It’s full of flavor and so easy to make. If you love Moscow mules this is your Christmas cocktail!
Easy Cranberry Punch Recipe
Need a quick and delicious vodka party punch? Try this easy cranberry vodka punch recipe! Uses only 5 ingredients and it’s one of our favorite Christmas cocktails!
Rudolph Collins Recipe
Giving the traditional collins cocktail recipe a fun holiday twist with a Rudolph version! This is made with a festive simple syrup and some cranberry juice!
Mulled Wine Recipe
An easy, traditional recipe for mulled wine. It’s a perfect, warm cocktail for cozy winter days and holiday parties.
Cranberry and Thyme Gin and Tonic
How beautiful is this cranberry thyme gin and tonic?! It’s one of the easiest cocktails to make and uses our homemade cranberry simple syrup. So if you’re looking for an easy Christmas cocktail recipe, try this one!
Red Moon Over Manhattan
The red moon over Manhattan is a Sugar and Charm original cocktail! It’s one of our most popular cocktails ever and is perfect for the holidays. It’s made with red wine and bourbon!
Holiday Citrus Punch
An easy citrus holiday punch made with grapefruit, oranges, Prosecco, gin and some hard seltzer! It’s perfect for a Christmas party and takes 10 minutes to make!
Red Sangria Recipe
This red sangria is so fruity and delicious! It’s such a quick and easy cocktail, that can be made in a batch. A perfect make ahead drink for a party, and there won’t be a drop left by the end!
Frozen Bananas Fosters
A twist on classic bananas foster recipe! This frozen bananas foster is blended with rum, caramel sauce, ice cream, and bananas! It’s so simple to make and taste incredible. Perfect for the holidays!
Red Pepper Jelly Cocktail
If you love red pepper jelly, this is your cocktail! It’s made with 3 simple ingredients and truly taste like red pepper jelly!
Spiced Apple Sparkler Punch
Nothing sparkles more than this Spiced Apple Sparkler Holiday Punch! Spiked with apple vodka, sparkling white Champagne, and apple cider. This recipe is perfect for Christmas!
Sicilian Kiss Cocktail
This Sicilian kiss cocktail is a dessert cocktail, made with 4 simple ingredients. It’s a cream-based drink, not too sweet and a good alternative to eggnog in the winter.
Christmas Cocktail Garnishes
Making your drink festive is just as important! Here are some ideas for garnished to add to your Christmas cocktails.
- Mini Candy Canes
- Fresh Cranberries
- Cinnamon Stick
- Rosemary and Thyme Sprigs
- Christmas Tree Drink Stirs
- Colorful Sugar Rim
- Star Anis
- Orange Rind
- Tiny Gingerbread Houses
More ideas for making the best Christmas cocktails
- Festive ice rings are a beautiful way to keep a party punch cold.
- Have fun with the ice cubes! Use large square or round cubes. You can also do fun shapes like these gnomes!
- Serve the cocktails in festive glassware. Think outside the traditional glass and go with something fancier lined in gold or a beautiful crystal cup with etched snowflakes. There are so many options and you can really jazz it up for Christmas.
Frequently Asked Questions
What alcohol should I buy for Christmas?
This truly depends on what cocktail you want to make. However, dark spirits and peppermint spirits are great. Things like Irish cream, bourbon, dark rum, or even peppermint vodka are perfect for Christmas.
Let us know if you make one of these festive Christmas cocktails by leaving a comment below. We’d love to know your thoughts!