20+ Must-Try Christmas Cocktail Recipes

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Browse this list of 20+ must-try Christmas cocktail recipes. You’ll find everything, including martinis, punch, sangria, and so much more. There’s even a cocktail that’s served out of an ornament. There’s clearly something for everyone and then some! Cheers!

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Must-try Christmas cocktail recipes

Christmas drinks make all the difference during the holidays! And there are so many different ways to make them. You can do sweet libations, red and green drinks, peppermint ones….the list goes on! Plus, there is always a way to turn the tastiest cocktails into yummy mocktails too.

If you’re anything like me, you still have gifts to buy, presents to wrap, and cookies to bake. That’s why I put together this round-up of Christmas cocktails for you. I hope this saves you time so that you can focus on spending time with people you love – not Googling Christmas drink recipes.

Thankfully, somehow everything seems to always magically come together in the end, leaving time to sit back and enjoy the festivities with a cocktail in hand.

Naughty but Nice Christmas Cocktail

FAQs about Christmas cocktails

Below are some questions people often ask about making the best Christmas cocktails. If you don’t see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.

What makes a great Christmas cocktail recipe?

A great Christmas cocktail should have Christmas colors and some holiday flavors. Sure, you can serve the classic stand-by drinks, but why not give it a fun twist?

Whether you opt to add a sprig of rosemary, a handful of cranberries, or use a Christmas-themed stir stick, there should be something festive about the drink that makes it a good choice for the season.

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By far, eggnog is the most popular drink at Christmas. Other than that, hot buttered rum and anything with peppermint is also super popular this time of year. With the bright and sweet peppermint flavors, this Peppermint White Russian will soon become the most popular drink at your Christmas party.

What is a traditional Christmas drink?

Either eggnog or wassail are traditional Christmas drinks. Wassail is an old recipe that has aromas and flavors that lift into the air. It feels like Christmas time as you drink it.

Want a more modern option? This cranberry bourbon cocktail is rich and strong and has the traditional cranberry flavors that you’ll love this time of year.

Which Christmas cocktails can you make ahead of time?

Sangrias and punches are really easy to mix together and store in a pitcher. Keep it in a pitcher for up to a week. If you want to make cocktails ahead of time, keep some garnishes on hand so you can decorate the glass drinks and make them appear fresh when you serve them.

This slow cooker sangria is also easy to put together ahead of time, then let the crock pot do the simmering for you as you go about your day.

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Christmas cocktail recipes

Now, let’s dive into the cocktails! These are all guaranteed to leave you feeling extra Christmas cheer this season.

1. Holly Jolly Christmas Punch

When it comes to holiday cocktail recipes, a Christmas punch is always a go-to for me. This Holly Jolly Christmas Punch is incredibly easy to make and wonderfully delicious. If you’re serving a crowd this holiday season, this is a must-make!

This is a very sweet and yet tastefully tart punch, all spiked with Tequila! It’s perfect for parties and looks stunning in the middle of the drink table.

close up of cranberry lime holiday punch in a bowl

2. White Christmas Martini

Anytime I share this White Christmas Martini on Facebook, all of you seem to love it. It’s made with vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur, and creme de cocoa. A coarse sugar garnish makes it sparkle.

When you look at it, you instantly want to sing, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.” The sugary rim looks like a kiss from Jack Frost!

white Christmas martini drink in a tall stemmed glass

3. Naughty But Nice Christmas Cocktail

I wanted to create a holiday cocktail recipe that would work with a few different types of alcohol. I know that everyone has different preferences, so it’s nice to have a drink recipe that suits as many people as possible.

This Naughty But Nice Christmas Cocktail is a delicious and festive mix of flavors almost anyone will love.

The best thing about this cocktail has to be the little Christmas tree stirring sticks! Sure the flavor is amazing too, but those little decorations are perfect.

pink colored drink with cranberries and orange garnish

4. Mulled Wine

This is my go-to recipe for mulled wine. Not only is it delicious, but it makes the house smell magical as it simmers on the stove or in a slow cooker.

When you are looking for a non-alcoholic drink, make this one! Use apple cider instead of wine and serve mulled cider to your friends and family that don’t drink. Whether you use apple cider or wine, this drink smells as good as it tastes.

Christmas cocktail recipes for making mulled wine on the stovetop

5. Cranberry Old Fashioned

I have been digging an Old Fashioned lately. That is why I decided to give the classic recipe a seasonal twist with cranberries and a super festive garnish.

If you have an ice cube tray that makes larger ice cubes, use them. That’s how you make a traditional Old Fashioned – it keeps the alcohol from being watered down by the ice as it melts.

cranberry Old Fashioned drink in a short glass with festive garnish

6. Salted Caramel White Russians

Add a little flair to another traditional recipe with these Salted Caramel White Russians. If you’re a fan of salted caramel, you’ll love this libation.

The swirls of caramel as they fall down through the cream are just stunning!

salted caramel white Russians  made with Christmas cocktail recipes

7. Slow Cooker Holiday Sangria

If you’re looking for a warm cocktail, try this slow cooker holiday sangria. Just set it and forget it with this one.

It’s also perfect for warming up after spending time in the snow or returning from a chilly afternoon of shopping.

bright red sangria in a glass mug

8. Chai Spiced White Russians

Traditionally, White Russians are made of vodka, coffee-flavored liqueur, and half-and-half. To make this version of the cocktail, you incorporate the fabulous flavors of chai. This is a classic cocktail recipe with a seasonal flavor twist you’re going to love!

spicy chai twist on White Russian Christmas cocktail recipes

9. Non-Alcoholic Holiday Sangria

Need a cocktail without the booze? How about a mocktail? This holiday sangria has zero alcohol but is just as tasty as the real thing. Use the cinnamon sticks to stir the sangria – they work double duty as stirring sticks and flavor-enhancers.

non-alcoholic holiday sangria mocktail with Christmas tree stirrer

10. Poinsettia Pomegranate Martini

This Poinsettia Pomegranate Martini is an easy, delicious, and refreshing drink perfectly styled for the season. It’s made with gin (but you can use vodka), pomegranate juice, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup. You’re going to love it!

very tall stemmed martini glass with red Christmas cocktail and lime garnish

11. Jingle Juice Holiday Punch

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Hands down, this Jingle Juice Holiday Punch is THE most popular holiday cocktail recipe on Inspired by Charm. It’s easy to see why. It’s beautiful, festive, and only requires three ingredients! Sparkling Rose and whipped vodka have to be my favorite alcoholic pairings!

pink hued Jingle Punch in a glass - one of the most popular Christmas cocktail recipes

12. White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

A delicious combination of flavors, this white chocolate peppermint martini tastes as festive as it looks. It’s smooth and creamy with a peppermint twist! It will wake up your tastebuds as the bright minty flavors hit your tongue and the alcohol follows soon after.

white colored martini with crushed peppermint rim

13. Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

For the past two years, this cranberry bourbon cocktail has been my personal go-to cocktail for the holidays. It’s simple to make and sensationally seasonal.

I usually pair cranberry with vodka, but mixing it with bourbon gives it a bolder (and yet smoother) taste.

14. Very Merry Ornamentini

Not only is this a delicious cocktail, but this Very Merry Ornamentini wins the award for best presentation. It’s served in a glass ornament and garnished with sugared cranberries. This is another one of my favorite Christmas cocktail recipes.

a clear ornament filled with cocktail, pouring into a tall glass

15. Cherry Almond Cocktail

This creamy cherry almond cocktail combines two of my favorite holiday flavors: cherry and almonds! They also pair wonderfully with my chocolate-covered spiked cherries (see below!)

cherry and almond holiday drink

16. Chocolate Covered Spiked Cherries

I know they aren’t technically a cocktail, but I had to include this chocolate cherry recipe. They are soaked in booze and then dipped in chocolate for the perfect spiked treat.

cherries soaked in booze and dipped in chocolate

17. Peppermint Espresso Martini

If you need a little pick-me-up after hitting the stores or doing holiday chores, the shot of espresso in this peppermint martini should do the trick. It’s the perfect way to wind down without losing your energy.

peppermint espresso martini with peppermint rim

18. Peppermint White Russian

This Peppermint White Russian is a delicious, seasonal take on the classic cocktail recipe. Garnished with a candy cane, it’s likely to become a holiday party staple.

candy cane dipped in a peppermint white Russian Christmas cocktail recipes

19. Maple Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

This maple cranberry bourbon cocktail recipe is the kind of delicious tart-meets-sweet libation you’ll want at every get-together from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Use fresh rosemary as the garnish – it has the best aroma.

short glass with sweet red colored cocktail

20. Cranberry Manhattan

Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and cranberry sauce come together to make this delicious and festive Cranberry Manhattan.

Cranberry Manhattan

21. Spiced Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

If you’re looking for an easy, delicious, and festive libation, this Spiced Cranberry Champagne Cocktail is a bubbly way to say cheers to the season. With a tart, sweet, and spiced flavor it checks all the boxes for the perfect seasonal cocktail.

Festive Cranberry Champagne Cocktail in tall glasses.

22. Frozen Grasshopper

Vanilla ice cream, crème de menthe, cream de cacao, and ice come together to create a decadent and delicious frozen cocktail recipe. These Frozen Grasshopper Drinks are basically a dessert in a glass. My Dad’s wife made these for Christmas night and we couldn’t get enough. (She’s also the one that gave me the recipe for the BEST pepperoni bread.)

grasshopper drink with ice cream

23. Gingerbread White Russian

Kahlua, vanilla vodka, cream, and a rich gingerbread syrup come together to create this festive Gingerbread White Russian. Garnished with a mini gingerbread man, this sweet and creamy cocktail will quickly become a new favorite. 

gingerbread White Russian in rocks glass.

24. Cranberry Rye Holiday Cocktail

I used rye whiskey to craft a Cranberry Rye Holiday Cocktail. Flavored with cranberry, lemon, and maple syrup, this is a delicious and beautiful cocktail to celebrate the season. 

Cranberry Rye Holiday Cocktail in rocks glasses.

25. Cherry Amaretto Cocktail

Looking for a deliciously sweet and sophisticated cocktail to enjoy this holiday season? Look no further than this cherry amaretto cocktail! With its flavor combination of luscious cherries, smooth amaretto, and cream, this drink is sure to be a hit with everyone at your party.

Cherry Amaretto Cocktail with ice and cherry garnish.

Cheers to these Christmas cocktail recipes!

I hope you enjoyed my collection of Christmas cocktail recipes and found one or two (new) favorites to serve up this holiday season. Drink responsibly and share these recipes with people you love. Cheers!

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  1. Am making your Christmas martini for all my holiday parties this year. First serving was tonight, and we all loved it! (I adjusted the strength for each guest by adding more half and half.) Thanks for this year’s special drink!

  2. Michael, you are so creative; I love looking at all your cocktail recipes! But that’s as far as I get. They are all so beautiful and sound amazing, but then comes cocktail time and I don’t have all the ingredients, so I simply open a bottle of wine. I’m determined to try one of your ideas during this holiday season. Happen to have the Bailey’s salted caramel at my coffee station, so all I need to buy is the salted caramel vodka…or if that doesn’t happen, I’ll at least try it with the vanilla vodka I already have. Here’s to you, Michael! Merry Christmas!!