The Best Christmas Cocktails

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Tis’ the season for the best Christmas cocktails! From the yummiest eggnog to the most beautiful cranberry thyme gin and tonic. If you’re looking for a Christmas drink, we’re sharing the easy Christmas 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 holiday cocktails are perfect 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!

If you love festive holiday cocktails, check out our fall cocktails too! They’re perfect for Thanksgiving.

Also check out the best vodka cocktails, mixed drinks, tequila cocktails and mocktails!

cranberry Moscow mule Christmas cocktail

Christmas Cocktail Recipes

Scroll down to see all of our favorite Christmas cocktails. There is something for everyone!

Cinnamon pomegranate margarita with ice and cinnamon

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 drink.

recipes for a christmas punch

Easy Christmas Punch Recipe

An easy punch recipe that is perfect for a crowd! This Christmas punch takes less than 5 minutes to make. It’s made with pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and gin. Perfect for any holiday celebration!

Christmas martini with cranberries and vodka

Christmas Martini Recipe

If you’re looking for a classic Christmas cocktail recipe, this martini is perfect! The flavors of tangerine, cranberry, and cinnamon go perfectly together. It’s simple to make too.

best cranberry Moscow mule

Cranberry Moscow Mule Recipe

This is by far the best cranberry Moscow mule cocktail. It’s made with a homemade ginger cranberry simple syrup and topped with sugared cranberries and orange zest. You will love this cocktail!

A partridge in a pear tree 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 Christmas cocktail made with gin.

Jello shots for the holidays with cranberry

Cranberry Jello Shots

Cranberry Jello Shots are a fun twist on a Christmas cocktail! They’re made with vodka and cranberry juice and served in small glass shot glasses with a tiny gold spoon. They’re great for a Christmas party!

classic peppermint martini recipe

Peppermint Martini Recipe

A classic martini recipe with a peppermint twist! This is the perfect cocktail for martini lovers.

Eggnog in a glass with cinnamon

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!

Christmas cocktail with vodka, a Moscow make recipe with gingerbread house

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 a Christmas cocktail with vodka and full of flavor. If you love Moscow mules this is your Christmas cocktail!

Christmas cocktails cranberry punch recipe

Easy Cranberry Punch Recipe

Need a quick and delicious Christmas cocktail with vodka? Try this easy cranberry vodka punch recipe! Uses only 5 ingredients and it’s our favorite Christmas drink for a crowd.

Rudolph collins recipe in tall reindeer glasses

Rudolph Collins Recipe

Give 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! It’s a Christmas cocktail made with gin.

Mulled wine with an orange slice and cinnamon stick

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 in a round glass

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!

Also, check out our 5 best gin and tonic recipes!

red wine Christmas cocktail

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!

Christmas party punch recipe with Champagne, oranges and cranberry

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! 

Christmas sangria recipe

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!

Red pepper jelly cocktail with blood orange

Red Pepper Jelly Cocktail

If you love red pepper jelly, this is your cocktail! It’s made with 3 simple ingredients and truly tastes like red pepper jelly!

Sparkling Christmas punch for a Christmas cocktail

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!

Creamy Sicilian kiss cocktail in a small glass with a large ice cube makes the perfect holiday cocktail

Sicilian Kiss Cocktail

This Sicilian Kiss Cocktail is a festive 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 mimosa made with cranberry juice and Champagne

Christmas Mimosas

If you’re looking for a super easy Christmas drink try these cranberry mimosas. You only need two ingredients to make these and they’re the perfect holiday cocktail for Christmas brunch! Recipe below.

Christmas Cocktail Garnishes

Make your Christmas drink festive. Here are some ideas for garnishes to add to your holiday 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.

What is the most popular drink at Christmas?

Spiked eggnog is one of the most popular Christmas cocktails.

What should you drink to decorate a Christmas tree?

When decorating a Christmas tree our family sips hot chocolate and eggnog.

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Easy Christmas Cocktails – Cranberry Mimosa

Christmas cocktail recipes and ideas to make your holiday cocktails festive! From Moscow Mules to easy gin and tonics. These are the best Christmas cocktail ideas and these easy Christmas mimosas are perfct for brunch!
4.50 from 4 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 109kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces sparkling white wine
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice

Instructions

  • Pour the spakrling wine into a Champagne flute.
  • Top with cranberry juice and that's it!

Notes

Use any chilled Champagne or Sparkling white wine to make these easy Christmas mimosas. They’re the perfect holiday cocktail for Christmas brunch! 
If you need more help making these, check out our mimosa guide

Nutrition

Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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