59 Holiday Cocktails to Sip from Christmas through New Year’s Eve
No matter what the holiday season looks like for your family, one thing’s for sure: You’ll need libations. These 59 holiday cocktails are seasonal, simple and worthy of celebration, whether you’re adding them to your Christmas or New Year’s Eve menu. Below, you'll find everything from sparkling drinks to crowd-pleasing punch bowls to hot spiked cocktails to keep the party going. Unsure of what to serve with one of these drink recipes? Try one of our 62 easy Christmas dinner ideas on for size.
5. Tequila-Spiked Horchata
Almond milk and a dash of coffee liqueur give this traditional Latin drink a grown-up spin.
7. Mulled Wine Sangria
Cinnamon sticks, cloves and brandy add spice and warmth to fresh orange.
11. Slow-Cooker Cranberry Hot Toddy
Brandy and spiced rum take over for traditional bourbon whiskey.
13. Classic Eggnog
The hardest thing about making your own eggnog is waiting for it to chill before helping yourself to a glass.
14. Easy Cranberry Moscow Mule
Tart-sweet cranberry juice can hold its own against fresh lime juice and spicy ginger beer.
15. Adult Hot Chocolate
The secret to this sipper is Frangelico, a silky hazelnut liqueur.
16. Cinnamon Bourbon Old Fashioned
Top any drink with torched citrus fruit and let the oohs and ahhs roll in. Don't forget the rosemary-infused cinnamon simple syrup.
18. Baileys Eggnog Latte
Even the whipped cream is infused with Irish cream.
19. Cranberry Apple Sangria
It’s your spice rack’s time to shine. We're talking cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and star anise.
20. Bourbon-Ginger Cider Cocktails
Think of it as a whiskey mule that just spent the day at an apple orchard.
23. Spiked Eggnog Italian Soda
A famous summer sipper gets a Christmas makeover. Instead of being made with straight-up eggnog, the recipe calls for Italian eggnog syrup.
27. Spiced Apple Margaritas
Our favorite part is the sweet-and-salty cinnamon rim, hands down.
28. Maple Whiskey Sour
We had no idea a cocktail this chic was hiding in our pantry.
29. Cranberry Bourbon Sour
Want to go the extra mile? Candied rosemary sprigs are an elegant garnish that’s shockingly simple to make.
30. Ciderhouse Pear Cocktail
The recipe calls for your favorite bourbon, but we’re betting spiced rum or vanilla vodka would taste amazing, too.
31. Blood Orange Ginger White Sangria
Bet you’ve never thought of putting kumquats in your cocktail before, huh?
32. Vanilla Chai Tea White Russian
It all starts with concentrated chai syrup that’s bursting with warm winter spices.
33. Cranberry-Spiced Whiskey Sour
You’ve heard of latte art, but have you ever seen an angostura heart drawn in frothy egg white?
35. Apple Cider Mojito
Fresh mint and chopped red apples create a natural Christmas-inspired color scheme.
36. Jingle Bell Cranberry Paloma
A few spoons of leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce go a long way. Top each glass with sugared cranberries.
39. Spiced Cranberry-Pear Bourbon Cocktail
Your favorite rye meets tart cranberry syrup and spiced pear liqueur.
41. Caramel Apple Hot Toddy
Honeycrisp apple syrup puts this warm-and-cozy bev over the top.
42. Buddy the Elf Cocktail
Meet the most festive drinkable dessert you’ll ever lay eyes on. We’re talking candy canes, marshmallows, gingerbread cookies and all the chocolate.
44. Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate
Choose Kahlúa, bourbon or no spirit at all—your kids will love it plain.
46. Honeycrisp Bourbon Spiced Cider
The recipe calls for a *ton* of whole spices, plus fresh ginger.
48. Pomegranate and Orange Punch
Festive ice cubes with pomegranate seeds and mint leaves add an extra wow factor.
49. Sparkling Apple Sangria
Think of this holiday cocktail as sparkling apple juice…for adults.
52. Holiday Cheermeister Bourbon Punch
File this under How to Serve Eight in Ten Minutes. Dump all six ingredients in a punch bowl or large pitcher and let your guests serve themselves.
53. Hot Buttered Bourbon
No winter chill is a match for this soul-warming cocktail. It starts with a buttered brown sugar-maple batter that pairs just as beautifully with spiced rum as it does bourbon.
59. Kahlúa Hot Chocolate
Any cocktail topped with mini marshmallows, chocolate syrup and salted caramel is our kind of nightcap. Feel free to make it boozier by adding crème de cacao or Baileys.
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