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10 Best Holiday Cocktails for Celebrating

Christmas is ten days from today. New Year’s Eve follows a week later. It’s the most celebratory time of the year. To help you prepare, I’ve found more than 10 best holiday cocktails for celebrating the season.

Christmas parties have begun but there is still time to host a celebration during the Christmas season.

There’s just something enchanting about this time of year – the warmth of festive gatherings and of course, the unmistakable clink of glasses filled with holiday cheer.

Whether you’re hosting an intimate Christmas get-together or a dazzling New Year’s Eve bash, the perfect holiday cocktail can elevate the entire experience.

I’ve curated a list of the 10 best holiday cocktails that are sure to make your celebrations unforgettable.

From classic concoctions, like homemade eggnog, to trendy sips that bring a modern twist to tradition, there is a holiday cocktail recipe in this post that you will love to serve family and friends. 

I hope that you’ll find a new cocktail you will love to serve. I bet that one of these beverages will become a holiday favorite. 

I’ve also sprinkled in some entertaining ideas and suggestions to make your celebrations truly spectacular. 

Essential Bar Equipment for Your Next Holiday Party

You may not have a bar cart in your home. Any space, like a console table, credenza, or even your kitchen counter or dining room table, will be a nice place to host holiday gatherings.

Set up your bar area before your party begins. Use a pretty tablecloth to protect your surface and add a festive flair for this special occasion. 

TIP: Choose a few delicious drinks for your guests: a welcome drink of the day, a juice-based signature cocktail, and a creamy cocktail as an after-dinner drink. 

Having the right tools and equipment will make preparing your festive cocktails during the holiday season easier for you and your guests. Here are some essential bar tools.

Check out this extensive bar supply list.

Use this Essential Bar Supplies checklist to help you set up your bar for making the best Christmas cocktails. 

Essential Cocktail Ingredients

Having a well-stocked bar with basic liqueurs goes without saying. Bourbon, vodka, gin, scotch, and tequila are the basis for most cocktails. 

The list below are items that especially lend themselves to festive Christmas cocktails. 

It is also a good idea to have bottled water or pitchers of iced water for guests. A variety of sodas is also a nice addition for non-alcoholic Christmas drinks.

TIP: Always have plenty of ice on hand. Supplement your own ice with store-bought. It’s one thing you never want to run out of.

This resource from yours truly will make your holiday entertaining a success: 21 Tips for Holiday Etiquette.

Christmas and New Year Cocktails to Celebrate the Holidays

Ready for my collection of the best cocktail recipes?

Get ready to clink, sip, and savor your way into the most wonderful time of the year. Cheers to festive memories and sharing 10 of the best Christmas cocktail recipes.

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Best Holiday Cocktails: 10+ Beverages to Celebrate the Holidays

collage of Christmas cocktails

Enjoy them all.

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Campfire Christmas Cocktail

Jacquelyn of Jacquelyn Clark describes this cocktail as “a totally tasty, beyond indulgent, ridiculously easy, campfire cocktail. It’s Christmas in a glass”. And isn’t it so pretty!

white wonderland margarita holiday cocktail

Winter Wonderland Margarita

Amanda of Burrata and Bubbles shares how to make this pretty take on a classic margarita with sweet and savory rosemary simple syrup and bright white coconut milk

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Puerto Rico Rum Eggnog

Is anything more iconic at Christmas time than eggnog? Bella of XOXO Bella shares this modern version with Puerto Rican rum.

spiced red cranberry holiday cocktail

Cranberry Paloma Cocktail

Cranberries are another Christmas season flavor. Kristin of Joy and Oliver creates this ruby red cocktail with cranberry juice, lime juice, grapefruit juice, tequila, and a touch of spiced simple syrup. This is the ultimate festive Christmas cocktail.

gingerbread holiday cocktail and gingerbread cookie

Gingerbread Martini

The flavor of gingerbread is a favorite at the holidays. Lauren of Delicious Little Bites shares a seasonal recipe for a delicious after-dinner drink that is simple to follow, quick to make, and requires only three ingredients.

pear holiday cocktail

Pear Noel Cocktail

I love a cocktail with pear juice or pear liqueur. Yvonne of Taste and Tipple used pear juice for this festive cocktail. Pears are in season in December so it’s a great alternative to the more expected choice of apple cider.

white chocolate martini holiday cocktail

White Chocolate Martini

Topped with dark chocolate shavings, this pretty white chocolate cocktail can be sipped all winter long. Amanda of I Am Baker loves to serve this cold, refreshing drink at a holiday party or any winter gathering.

gingerbread holiday cocktail

Gingerbread Run Cocktail

Faith of An Edible Mosaic blends the festive flavors of gingerbread and eggnog with vanilla ice cream and spiced rum for a holiday treat that’s equally decadent and delicious. 

mistletoe cranberry margarita holiday cocktail

Mistletoe Cranberry Margarita

Melissa of A Grateful Meal creates the perfect big-batch cocktail to serve at any of your holiday parties and festivities. They’re perfect to make ahead, so you’re not stuck playing bartender at your next holiday party.

red punch holiday cocktail

Jingle Juice Holiday Punch

A Christmas punch is always a welcomed beverage at a holiday party. Michael of Inspired by Charm made this simple, delicious, and beautiful cocktail. Even better? You only need three ingredients to craft this holiday punch

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