This list of Christmas cocktails is sure to create holiday cheer! From cranberry margaritas to family-friendly gumdrop punch, there’s something for everyone!
What is a Traditional Christmas Drink?
When you think of Christmas drinks, eggnog almost immediately comes to mind! It’s a holiday classic for a reason (and my family has a special eggnog recipe that’s been passed down for generations). However, there are so many fun options to play with!
Peppermint and cranberry are both perfect for making holiday beverages, both boozy and not. You’ll see quite a few on this Christmas cocktail list that feature these festive flavors.
You’ll also see some very unique holiday cocktails too, if you’re looking for something less traditional. There’s no right or wrong way to celebrate!
For each recipe on this list, I’ve included a photo so you can see what it looks like, as well as a short description. To view the full recipe in a new window, simply press the recipe title with your cursor. Cheers!
The Best Christmas Cocktails To Try This Season
These grown-up holiday drinks will liven up the holiday party! These are my most popular Christmas cocktail recipes that I’ve shared on the blog. You’ll be ready for anything the holiday season has to bring!
A classic margarita jazzed up with festive cranberry juice, this Christmas margarita recipe is one of our all-time favorites! The cranberry, lime juice, and tequila make the perfect mix. When I want to make a big batch, I shake them up in a mason jar as my cocktail shaker.
A cute spin on a White Christmas Margarita (without the coconut milk), this drink is decorated to look like Rudolph, with a cranberry nose and rosemary antlers.
It doesn’t get any more festive than these clever holiday cocktails served right inside clear ornaments! They look stunning on a party table.
These tasty holiday spiced mimosas are perfect for sipping on Christmas morning as you unwrap all the presents. Would also be fabulous to serve at a holiday brunch!
This is an absolutely gorgeous drink! With a variety of colorful fruit and apple slices cut into stars, it almost looks too pretty to drink…almost!
This wintery cocktail can be made two ways: frozen and on the rocks. And despite its icy blue color, this drink is tropical flavored. The pineapple juice and rum combo makes it taste like a vacation in a glass! You could also strain to make martinis.
What do you get when you combine champagne and raspberry liquor? A classic French Kiss cocktail! This bubbly drink is delightful for a holiday party or New Year’s Eve celebration.
Made with only 2 ingredients, it doesn’t get any easier than this! A perfect drink to whip up when you’re short on time. Just pour, stir, and serve!
If you love Starbucks’ peppermint mocha, then this is the drink for you! I created this boozy peppermint mocha inspired by my favorite holiday coffee drink. The candy cane rim is so pretty!
We took a classic Moscow Mule recipe that’s made with ginger beer and turned it Christmas-y with peppermint flavors and candy canes. So fun! (We also made a fall version with apple cider!)
Palomas are a tequila based drink made with grapefruit juice for a delightful combination of tart and sweet. We added a few holiday inspired touches to this one to make it especially gorgeous in a glass.
Similar to a cranberry margarita, but with pomegranate! A fun twist on a classic cocktail.
A winter inspired drink that can be served any time of the season. The bright blue color makes it different than many other holiday drinks and it’s sure to stand out from the crowd.
A two ingredient layered shot recipe that is red and white, just like Santa’s favorite colors and flavored in a mix of cherry and vanilla. This is a lighter drink, with a lower alcohol content, so it’s perfect if you don’t want the party to get too wild.
A grown-up version of the classic hot cocoa recipe, complete with marshmallows! We made ours with peppermint vodka, but you could use whiskey or bourbon if you prefer.
Christmas Jello Shot Recipes
Who says jello shots are for college kids only?? These holiday jello shots are so pretty and guaranteed crowd-pleasers for your guests! Plus, you can make them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
These tart cranberry jello shots are easy to make with only 3 ingredients. But the real showstopper is the addition of gorgeous sugared cranberries on top. They look like they’re frozen in ice, for a festive wintery touch. Perfect for a Christmas party!
Little cups of hot chocolate…with a kick! Plus they look so pretty with whipped cream and miniature candy canes on top for garnish. You could also make these without alcohol for tiny dessert bites!
These cute little Christmas party treats are both boozy and tasty! We used flavored vodka so it blends perfectly with the cherry gelatin mix…but be careful! You could also use green jello to make a second batch.
These Gingerbread Cookie Jello Shots have all the holidays spices like the cookies or a gingerbread latte.And aren’t they just the cutest with a little gingerbread man on top? Another easy garnish idea is a cinnamon stick!
With colorful red and white layers, just like a candy cane, these cute little shooters just scream Christmas spirit! And they taste amazing too, with a creamy combination of sweet cherry and smooth mint…like a cherry candy cane! (Which was always my favorite!)
Even a grinch would love this fun green jello shot! Topped with whipped cream and a red candy heart.
Non-Alcoholic Christmas Drinks
I always like to have options available for the kids and non-drinkers too. Everyone deserves a special Christmas drink!
Simply drop one in a mug of hot milk to reveal all the ingredients needed to make the perfect hot chocolate. This is the ultimate cocoa making experience. My kids love them!
Made with minty hot cocoa mix, white chocolate, peppermints, and marshmallows, they make a smooth holiday treat that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy together!
A family-friendly sherbet punch that’s topped with whipped cream and gumdrops. It’s a candy flavored treat! (Can be made boozy too!)
Sip like a princess with this Cinderella Cooler Mocktail! This cool blue drink is kid-friendly and easy to make with just 3 ingredients! This refreshing mocktail is wintery blue in color and tropical fruit flavored.
Like a Reese’s cup in a glass! This slow cooker peanut butter hot chocolate is a decadent treat that’s perfect for warming up after a cold and chilly day! Get cozy by the fire with this amazing cocoa recipe.
Creamy and chocolate-y, with a hint of mint, this Andes Mint Hot Chocolate is the perfect winter refreshment. It stays warm in the slow cooker all day so you can enjoy a hot mug of cocoa anytime!
A bright green hot chocolate bomb with a red heart, inspired by the classic Christmas movie. You’ve never had a cup of hot cocoa quite like this!
A rich hot cocoa recipe that is so amazing you’d never believe it’s low in carbs! Whipped up for a frothy texture that is unmatchable!
This extra decadent hot chocolate recipe is made with white chocolate and the creme filling from Oreo cookies. Yes, it is every bit as delicious as it sounds!
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