Want to make your next Christmas party a blast? Looking to add some new libations to your holiday celebrations? We’ve got 10 great cocktails and mocktails that will increase your festive spirits!
1. Snowflake Martinis
When the weather is frightful, try this ever-so-delightful cocktail that combines vanilla and white chocolate! Recipe from Lena Abrahama of Delish.comWhat You’ll Need
- Martini Glass
- Ice (½ Cup)
- Sanding Sugar (Decorating Sugar) (1/3 Cup)
- Heavy Cream (2 Tbsp.)
- White Chocolate Liqueur (3 oz.)
- Vanilla Vodka (2 oz.)Let’s Get Mixing!
Step 1 – Wet the rim of the glass with a touch of vodka.
Step 2 – Dip the rim into the sugar. Get it good and coated.
Step 3 – Add the liqueur, vodka, and heavy cream into a cocktail shaker. Add the ice and then thoroughly shake.
Step 4 – Strain the shaker into your pre-sugared glass.
Step 5 – Enjoy!
2. Poinsettia – A Champagne-Cranberry Celebration!
Cranberry, champagne, and triple-sec make for an awesome Christmas treat! Recipe from Sandra Lee of Foodnetwork.comWhat You’ll Need
- Punch Bowl & Ladle
- 2-3 Lemons
- Cranberry Juice (4 Cups)
- Ginger Ale (1 Liter)
- Sparkling Cider (24 oz.)
- NON-MOCKTAIL: Add Vodka (12 oz.)Let’s Get Mixing!
Step 1 – Slice your orange into about ¼ inch slices.
Step 2 – Juice your lemons and strain out any pulp/seeds. You want ¼ cup of lemon juice.
Step 3 – Add your ice to the punch bowl and pour in all the liquid ingredients. Stir the mixture.
Step 4 – Add the orange slices and any other garnishes you like.
Step 5 – Enjoy!
4. Hot, Spiced Sangria
Sangria is an amazing summer drink, and – with a few tweaks – it’s perfect for the holidays too! Recipe from Madison Flager on Delish.comWhat You’ll Need
- Large Saucepan
- Cinnamon (1 Tsp. for Drink Rim, ½ Tsp. for Egg Nog)
- Sugar ( ¼ Cup for Drink Rim, 1/3 Cup for Egg Nog)
- Nutmeg (¼ Tsp.)
- Vanilla (1 Tsp.)
- 5 Egg Yolks
- Milk (2 Cups)
- Heavy Cream ( ¾ Cup)
- RumChata (1 Cup)
- Cinnamon SticksLet’s Get Mixing!
Step 1 – Mix 1 tsp. of cinnamon and ¼ cup of sugar. Wet the edges of your glasses and dip them into the mixture. Make sure you thoroughly coat the rim.
Step 2 – In a bowl, whisk together the 1/3 cup of sugar and the five egg yolks. After that, pour in the milk, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir everything together.
Step 3 – Pour the mixture into a saucepan and set it on the stove at medium-low heat. Let it cook for ten minutes, stirring occasionally. You want it to reduce a bit so that it can coat the back of a spoon.
Step 4 – Take the saucepan off the heat and stir in the RumChata and heavy cream. Once it’s all mixed together, pour it into a pitcher.
Step 5 – Cover the pitcher and put it into the refrigerator until the drink has chilled.
Step 6 – Once it’s ready, pour the drink into your sugar-cinnamon rimmed cups, sprinkle some nutmeg on top, and add a cinnamon stick.
Step 7 – Enjoy!
6. Chai Toddy
If you like Chai Tea on those winter nights, you’ll love this drink! Recipe from Laurie Bock of TasteofHome.comWhat You’ll Need
- Raspberries (3 Cups, Fresh)
- Sugar (1 Cup)
- Basil Leaves (1 Packed Cup, Coarsely Chopped)
- Lime Juice (¼ Cup)
- 2 Black Tea Bags (String and Tag Removed)
- Carbonated Water (1 Liter)
- NON-MOCKTAIL: Sub Carbonated Water for Sparkling Rosé Wine (1 Bottle)Let’s Get Mixing!
Step 1 – Add the fresh raspberries, coarsely chopped basil leaves, lime juice, and sugar into a large saucepan. Mash everything together and cook the mixture for 7 minutes on medium heat. The goal is to get the berries to release their juice.
Step 2 – Move the pan off the heat and stir in the two tea bags. Cover the pan and let it sit for about twenty minutes.
Step 3 – Strain the mixture into a two quart pitcher. Cover and pop in the refrigerator until it’s chilled.
Step 4 – Before you serve, slowly pour in the carbonated water. Pour the drink over ice and garnish with raspberries.
Step 5 – Enjoy!
8. Spicy, Boozy Hot Chocolate
A bit of heat, a bit of sweet – this spicy, boozy hot chocolate packs a real flavor wallop! Recipe from Lauren Brien-Wooster of TasteofHome.comWhat You’ll Need
- Instant Hot Cocoa Mix (8 Packs)
- Espresso (1 ½ Cups)
- 2% Milk (4 Cups)
- Peppermint Schnapps (¾ Cup)
- Whipped Cream (Garnish)Let’s Get Mixing!
Step 1 – Pour the milk into a large saucepan and put it over medium heat.
Step 2 – Once bubbles start appearing around the edge of the pan, whisk in the cocoa mix.
Step 3 – Stir in the espresso and keep the mixture on medium heat until it’s heated through.
Step 4 – Move the saucepan off the heat and stir in the peppermint schnapps.
Step 5 – Pour into awaiting mugs, add whipped cream, and enjoy!
10. Christmas Grasshoppers!
Mint chocolate is always a favorite treat and doubly so around the holidays. This drink will take this age-old treat to the next level! Recipe from Lena Abraham of Delish.comWhat You’ll Need
- Coupe Glass
- Ice (½ Cup)
- Vodka (1 oz., Chilled)
- Crème De Menthe (½ oz., Chilled)
- White Chocolate Liqueur (2 oz., Chilled)
- Cool Whip (Garnish)
- Chocolate Shavings (Garnish)Let’s Get Mixing!
Step 1 – Combine the vodka, crème de menthe, and white chocolate liqueur in a cocktail shaker. Add the ice and then thoroughly shake.
Step 2 – Double strain the drink into an awaiting coupe glass
Step 3 – Top your lovely drink with a small dollop of cool whip and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings.
Step 4 – Enjoy!Thanks to Delish.com, SeriousEats.com for the inspiration!