30 Terrific Holiday Cocktails

Toast to good cheer during the holidays with colorful and festive cocktails that are certain to put you in good spirits.

  • Spiced Holiday Punch

    Spiced Holiday Punch

    Cocktail recipes are perfect picks for holiday entertaining. This chilled punch starts off with apple juice that's been simmered with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Each glass is topped off with colorful cranberry juice and either ginger ale or sparkling wine.
  • How to Make Rudolph's Tipsy Spritzer

    Rudolph's Tipsy Spritzer

    This sparkling vodka-based orange juice drink just might be the real reason Rudolph's nose is red.
  • Cranberry Old Fashioned Cocktail
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Amy Burke

    Cranberry Old Fashioned Cocktail

    Make a festive holiday cocktail by adding leftover whole-berry cranberry sauce to bourbon and soda.
  • Jingle Juice
    Beth Dreiling Hontzas

    Jingle Juice

    Use candy canes as fun garnishes for this orange juice-and-vodka cocktail. Its red-orange color comes from the addition of maraschino cherry juice.
  • Pomegranate-Key Lime Vodka Cocktails
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro; Leigh Ann Ross

    Pomegranate-Key Lime Vodka Cocktails

    Show your holiday colors with this festive drink featuring the red of pomegranate juice and the green of tropical key limes.
  • Cran-Bourbon Cocktail
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower  

    Cran-Bourbon Cocktail

    Leftover cranberry sauce from your holiday meal is the perfect excuse to whip up this bourbon-based cocktail.
  • Mulled Wine Sangria
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Mulled Wine Sangria

    Simmering red wine in mulling spices such as allspice, cloves, and cinnamon adds a distinctive holiday flavor. After simmering, chill and combine with club soda and fruit for a sparkling holiday drink.
  • Spicy Rum Punch
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke

    Spicy Rum Punch

    Ginger beer and dark rum add deep rich flavor to this spiced fruit juice punch. The recipe makes 20 servings, so it's great for holiday entertaining.
  • Sparkling Chimayó Cocktails
    Douglas Merriam; Jan Gautro

    Sparkling Chimayó Cocktails

    A signature drink at the Restaurante Rancho de Chimayó near Santa Fe, this chilled cocktail's golden color comes from apple cider and gold tequila.
  • Sparkling Cranberry Tea Cocktails
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cindy Barr; Leigh Ann Ross

    Sparkling Cranberry Tea Cocktails

    Pour a pitcher of this cranberry flavored, vodka-spiked tea for a holiday open house or cocktail party. You can combine the base of the drink ahead of time and add the ginger ale just before serving.
  • Pomegranate Cocktail
    Photography: Karry Hosford

    Pomegranate Cocktail

    Blood orange and pomegranate are two of the trendiest flavors of the season, so combine these two fruit juices in a fashionably refreshing cocktail.
  • Pink Grapefruit Sparklers
    Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Elizabeth Blake

    Pink Grapefruit Sparklers

    Serve Pink Grapefruit Sparklers at your holiday gathering. Garnish these refreshing, fizzy drinks with fresh mint leaves, if desired.
  • Frozen Cranberry Margaritos
    Charles Walton IV

    Frozen Cranberry Margaritos

    This festive twist on a mojito uses tequila instead of rum and is made with pureed whole-berry cranberry sauce and orange liqueur. It's sure to be a hit at any holiday cocktail party.
  • Red Wine Sangria
    Photo: Maura McEvoy

    Red Wine Sangria

    Combine lemonade, fresh fruit, and a bottle of red wine for a colorful holiday beverage. Sangria is great for entertaining because you can mix up a pitcher and be done.
  • Gingered Pear and Brandy Cocktail
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro, Leigh Ann Ross

    Gingered Pear and Brandy Cocktail

    Nothing is nicer than sitting in front of a cozy fireplace sipping on a golden brandy cocktail.
  • Simpleton Cocktail
    Beatriz Da Costa

    Simpleton Cocktail

    Keep it simple during the busy holidays with this easy cocktail. All you need are two juices, a lime, and some vodka.
  • Raspberry Beer Cocktail
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Margaret Dickey

    Raspberry Beer Cocktail

    Turn your beer red for the holidays by adding raspberry-lemonade mix and fresh raspberries to your favorite beer.
  • Satsuma Cocktail
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Satsuma Cocktail

    Satsumas are small Japanese oranges that are members of the mandarin orange family. They're in peak season during the fall and winter months, and the juice makes a great partner for gin.
  • Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail
    Photo: Jan Smith

    Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail

    Three ingredients and you're set to make this colorful and tasty cocktail. You can leave out the vodka and just use more of the sparkling water for a refreshing non-alcoholic holiday drink.
  • Holiday Milk Punch
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

    Holiday Milk Punch

    It's unusual to find a cold drink that gives you that sense of holiday coziness, but this one does. Grate the nutmeg fresh. It makes a difference.
  • Spanish Sangria

    Spanish Sangria

    Opt for serving pitchers of sangria at your next party rather than having an open bar. It's both festive and economical.
  • Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch
    James Carrier

    Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch

    Offer a glass or mug of warm spiced wine to guests at your holiday open house. It's a great way to welcome company, and the simmering spices add a wonderful aroma to your home.
  • Blood Orange Sangría
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Blood Orange Sangría

    Blood orange-flavored anything is trendy this season, so show your style with this fruited, spiced wine featuring these sweet oranges with the crimson-colored flesh.
  • Cranberry-Mint Infusion
    Lisa Romerein

    Cranberry-Mint Infusions

    Combine mint tea, cranberry syrup, limoncello, and vodka in these classy cocktails that are perfect for a sophisticated holiday party.
  • Smuggler's Coffee
    Photo: Fredrika Stjärne

    Smuggler's Coffee

    This double rum coffee is deliciously flavored with cinnamon and orange zest.
  • Mint-and-White-Chocolate Milk Punch
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Mint-and-White-Chocolate Milk Punch

    This frothy drink features all the flavors of the holiday season. For a wintry, festive rim to your milk punch, crush peppermint sticks, dip your cup in corn syrup, and dip again in the peppermint.
  • Pomegranate Prosecco
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Pomegranate Prosecco

    Utilize the winter season's bounty in a bubbly sipper featuring sparkling Italian wine.
  • Cranberry-Whiskey Sour Slush
    Photo: Levi Brown; Styling: Tiziana Agnello

    Cranberry-Whiskey Sour Slush

    Is it a drink or dessert? Who cares? It satisfies both cravings. Our garnet-colored slush has all the qualities of a delicious cocktail—a not-too-sweet combination of high-quality liquor and fruity tang.
  • Holiday Cosmopolitan
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Holiday Cosmopolitan

    Infuse a traditional Cosmo with holiday cheer by using a rosemary and cranberry sauce reduction in place of cranberry juice.
  • Fresh Orange, Rosemary, and Sage Sparkling Wine Cocktail
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Fresh Orange, Rosemary, and Sage Sparkling Wine Cocktail

    Fresh Orange, Rosemary, and Sage Sparkling Wine Cocktail is a favorite holiday drink to get your party buzzing.
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