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.
- cocktail shaker – at least two
- ounce-size liquid measuring cups
- a pretty punch bowl – can be used for a Christmas punch or as a big ice bucket
- generic wine glasses
- cocktail stirrer
- citrus juicer
- pitcher for holding water and juices
- swizzle sticks for guests
- pretty straws
- cocktail napkins
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.
- brown sugar for garnish
- maple syrup
- simple syrup – equal parts sugar and water heated until the sugar dissolves
- cinnamon sticks for garnish
- pomegranate juice
- cranberry juice
- orange juice
- rosemary sprigs
- fresh cranberries
- heavy cream
- orange slices for garnish
- sprig of fresh rosemary for garnish
- fresh lime juice
- fresh lemons for garnish
- granulated sugar for garnish
- sparkling wine
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
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