30 Boozy Christmas Cocktails to Make this Holiday Season

Updated: May 03, 2024

Treat your loved ones this season to one of these boozy Christmas cocktails. You just might start a new tradition!

When it comes to holiday entertaining, you can’t go wrong with a signature Christmas cocktail. From festive punch to warm mulled wine to Champagne spritz, these libations are the best way to begin or end a Christmas feast. If you’d like to offer a sans-spirit alternative too, check out these flavor-packed mocktail recipes.

Before your guests arrive, make sure you have a fully stocked bar cart and the correct cocktail tools!

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Frozen Brandy Old-Fashioneds

Even if the weather outside is frightful, this frozen version of a traditional Wisconsin brandy old-fashioned made will get the festivities rolling. The make-ahead mixture is a perfect Christmas cocktail for gatherings of family and friends. Simply freeze, scoop and top with lemon-lime soda and a cherry.
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Chocolate Espresso Martini

After-dinner drinks and dessert come together delightfully in this chocolate espresso martini that’s sure to perk up java lovers. A drizzle of chocolate syrup on the inside of the glass adds an easy flair.
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Mulled Wine

This classic Christmas cocktail made with red wine and soothing and satisfying spices will keep your holiday guests cozy. After combining everything together, make sure to refrigerate the mixture overnight to ensure the flavors meld before serving.
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Tom and Jerry

The Tom and Jerry cocktail is much older than the cartoon; in fact, it dates back to the early 1800s, attributed to a British writer. Think of it as a warm version of eggnog, the more popular Christmas cocktail, and just as delicious.
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Cider Wassail

This traditional wassail recipe is made with apple cider, orange juice, pineapple juice and lemon juice. The sweet blend is spiced with cinnamon and clove for a perfectly balanced beverage your guests will love.
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Chocolate Candy Cane Martinis

Peppermint in martini form is the perfect treat for a fun Christmastime gathering of friends. It’s really all about the presentation with this vodka cocktail, from the whipped topping to crushed candy canes that rim the glass for festive flair.
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Hot Buttered Rum

Make a batch of this sweet ice cream-based mix and store it in the freezer. When guests arrive, simply scoop into a glass, add water and rum for a delicious Christmas cocktail.
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Brandy Eggnog

Store-bought versions can’t compete with homemade brandy eggnog. The secret ingredient for this Christmas cocktail is apricot brandy, which lends a nice fruity aromatic bump. You can even use this as a base for a copycat McDonald’s eggnog shake!
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Cranberry-Lime Sangria

Tart, citrusy and light, this party-worthy sangria is a shoo-in for Christmas Eve gatherings or brunch the next day. It can easily be made ahead of time to keep handy for drop-in visitors, too.
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Butterscotch Martinis

Who needs dessert when you can sip this butterscotch-flavored martini after dinner? Pour the blend over a few mini chocolate chips and top with candy for a delightful nightcap.
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Irish Coffee

Whip up a batch of Irish coffees for your guests at the end of a meal. Add a float of creme de menthe whipped cream to this Christmas cocktail for a fun and delicious touch.
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Pumpkin Spice White Russian

Turn an ordinary White Russian into your new favorite Christmas cocktail simply by adding a bit of pumpkin and cinnamon to the mix. The rich flavors go perfectly with vodka and Kahlua.

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Not only does pomegranate juice give a tart twist to the traditional margarita, the ruby color is fitting for a Christmas cocktail. Double up the recipe to make a batch for a festive gathering.
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Chilean Monkey Tail Punch

The best part of this punch isn’t just the name. Made with coffee, milk, cinnamon and cloves, it’s like an iced coffee Christmas cocktail that actually warms you up. Well, thanks to the addition of brandy, pisco or grappa, of course.
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Chocolate Martini Recipe

Don’t let the looks of this decadent Christmas cocktail fool you. Like many holiday vodka drinks, it’s both pretty and potent. Make sure to rim the glass in grated chocolate for a real holiday treat.
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Sweet Kahlua Coffee

Coffee, Kahlua and creme de cacao simmering in a slow cooker is an ideal way to welcome guests for a holiday open house. Make sure to set out whipped cream and grated chocolate as DIY toppers.
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Butterscotch Mulled Cider

It takes five minutes to pull this sweet mulled cider together in a crock pot, but you can serve it all day long on Christmas Eve or day. Make sure to have some apple slices on hand for garnish.
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Pomegranate Cosmo

The classic cosmo doesn’t always have to be made with cranberry juice. For a signature Christmas drink, up the beautiful red color with pomegranate juice, and make it sparkle with a red sugar rim.
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Chocolate-Caramel Rum Coffee

Topped with coffee-flavored whipped cream, this warm and decadent Christmas cocktail is a delightful complement to chocolate desserts. Or just sip it on its own in front of the fireplace.
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Apple Brandy

With a little advanced planning, make this fruit brandy with fresh apples, cinnamon and cloves to sip during the holidays. Put it in decorative bottles with handwritten tags for lovely homemade gifts.
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Hot Buttered Cider Mix

Another great gift from your kitchen: Put the butter base for this cider mix in pretty jars with the recipe for how to serve it attached. Omit the brandy for a kid-friendly version.
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Cranberry Orange Mimosas

Tart cranberries balance the sweetness of orange juice in this classic mimosa recipe. The beautiful color and sparkling wine make it even more zippy.
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Sparkling Apple Pie on the Rocks

Apple cider mixed with a cinnamon caramel apple simple syrup and topped with bubbly is a perfect Christmas cocktail. Gold sprinkles on the rim and cinnamon-stick swizzles make it even more festive.
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Pineapple Cider Wassail

Pineapple juice prevents this hot drink from becoming overly sweet. Skip the rum—without sacrificing flavor—for a beverage that’s appropriate for guests of all ages.
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Apple Amaretto Sours

Amp up an amaretto sour with apple cider and lemon for a delicious twist on an old standard. Add a cinnamon stick for an extra dose of warmth for the holiday season.
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Cranberry Sparkler

Make the base of this sparkling rum-based drink in advance, and top it off with ginger ale when guests arrive. Serve with a fresh cranberry garnish for a pretty seasonal twist.
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Slow-Cooker Mulled Wine

Red wine, warm spices, citrus and bourbon simmering in a slow cooker gives the entire house a wonderful aroma. Want to serve it as a Christmas cocktail? Make it up to three days ahead, cool completely, and then on the day of your gathering, warm it over gentle heat on the stovetop
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Cranberry Bourbon

After adding dried cranberries, cinnamon and orange zest to bourbon, store the mixture in an airtight container for two to four weeks. Strain and serve the cranberry-infused spirit on the rocks or use in a cocktail (it makes great Manhattans and Old-Fashioneds).
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Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet

This version of an old-fashioned, which uses brandy instead of whiskey, plus cherry juice, sugar, bitters and water, is popular in Wisconsin. Topped with lemon-lime soda, it’s an easy-drinking cocktail for all holiday festivities.
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Easy Irish Cream

While Irish whiskey is a go-to for this creamy concoction, you can swap in hazelnut liqueur, peppermint schnapps or amaretto for different variations. Have the mix ready for guests and simply add coffee later.