Best Christmas Cocktails

20 best Christmas cocktails, recipes that will get the festive season started, from a classic Hot Toddy to Christmas Cosmopolitans and everything in between.

Best Christmas Cocktails

Let’s say cheers to the end of a fantastic year with this list of crowd-pleasing Christmas cocktails. After all, “tis the season to be jolly” and nothing gets you in the Christmas spirit quite like a festive cocktail. Whether you’re hosting for a crowd or simply enjoying a couple of cocktails with close friends, we have you covered. After a busy month of Christmas gift shopping and holiday baking, it’s time to take a minute, kick back, and enjoy what the rest of the 2024 has to offer, which of course is spending time with family and friends.

This list of best Christmas cocktails has everything from Christmas punch recipes that are easy to prep ahead, to classic Christmas cocktails. We even have a couple of boozy hot chocolates to serve as a nightcap. Let’s start the list of festive cocktails with a super simple two-ingredient Cranberry Mimosa.

20 Best Christmas Cocktails

1. Cranberry Mimosa

Let’s kickstart our list of best Christmas cocktails with the super easy two-ingredient cranberry mimosa. The taste of the tart cranberries pairs perfectly with the sparkling champagne and sugar coating the rim of the glass.

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2. Hot Toddy

Jamie Oliver’s Hot Toddy recipe is a comforting winter cocktail at its best. The lemon and cloves make this the perfect warm winter drink for sharing with the family at Christmas.

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3. The Grinch Cocktail

This Christmas Grinch cocktail is very eye-catching and tastes light and refreshing. It’s made with fruity flavors like melon, cherry, lemon, and lime, yum. I think Dr. Suss himself would want a sip of this Grinch-themed cocktail.

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4. Classic Eggnog

You can’t go wrong with a list of the best Christmas drinks cocktails when it includes classic eggnog. Traditionally, eggnog is served cold, but it can also be served warm. Preparing this famous winter drink can be a little tricky, but well worth the effort. When you’re ready to serve this celebratory drink, sprinkle with whipped cream and cinnamon.

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5. Hot Buttered Rum

Hot buttered rum tastes as good as it sounds. It’s too irresistible not to make a few to serve up for the winter. This warm buttered rum is full of warm and comforting flavors like cinnamon and apple pie. This is the perfect hot cocktail to enjoy this Christmas season.

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6. Santa Claus-mopolitan

Cosmopolitan is one of my favorite cocktails to serve each year. It was actually the first cocktail I ever tried too. Cosmopolitans are fun to make as you get to use a cocktail shaker. Add in your ingredients and shake, pour into martini glasses, and garnish with cranberries. It’s that simple.

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7. Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is a traditional hot drink served during the Christmas holidays. This homemade wine recipe is easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Mulled wine is the perfect drink to serve in the cold winter air while listening to a Christmas carol service. It gives you such a warm cozy feeling and tastes so nice.

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8. Tom and Jerry Drink

We’ve all seen the famous Tom and Jerry cartoons, but have you tried Tom and Jerry’s cozy and silky punch? If not, what are you waiting for? This is another hot cocktail that needs some love, it’s made with a two-part process, the first makes the delicious whip. Then take it a step further and combine the two to create the most delicious Christmas cocktail that tastes like warm cookies with booze.

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9. Jack Frost Cocktail

This gorgeous blue Jack Frost cocktail screams winter vibes. It’s the perfect Christmas cocktail to serve at any festive party over the holiday season. Everything about this winter-themed cocktail is perfect, from the icy blue color, created by the blue curacao liqueur to the flaked coconut rimming each of the glasses.

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10. Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash

Plum and thyme Prosecco smash is a beautiful cocktail that can be served any time of year but would be perfect if you plan on hosting a Christmas brunch. This cocktail is sophisticated, light, fruity, and bubbly, what’s not to like?

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11. Hot Spiced Cider

Hot cider is Christmas in a cup. It’s made with vintage cider, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and ginger syrup, this creates a gorgeous steamy cup of spiced cider that’s sure to impress your family and friends.

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12. The Mrs. Claus Cocktail

Let’s not forget about Mrs. Claus this Christmas, and have a cocktail in her honor. This fantastic Christmas cocktail recipe is made with a blend of eggnog, white chocolate liqueur, and peppermint Schnapps. The Mrs. Claus cocktail is velvety smooth to drink and topped with whipped cream and crushed candy cane just takes the classic eggnog to a whole new level of wow.

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13. The Ultimate Holiday Sangria

This Spanish cocktail is perfect for any Christmas party. Sangria is a type of punch that is filled with flavors such as citrus, pomegranate, pear, cinnamon, and of course wine and sometimes even liquor. This is a warming festive cocktail perfect for the winter season.

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14. Crock-pot Spiced Cherry Cider Recipe

This spiced cherry cider recipe looks gorgeous. Crockpot cider is easy to prepare and only uses 3 ingredients.  As crock pots are large this Christmas drink recipe serves 16, so it’s perfect for a party. Bursting with bright festive colors and sweet winter flavor makes it a Christmas must.

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15. Slow Cooker Wassail Punch

Slow cookers are a must-have when it comes to making hot cocktails and mocktails. Using a slow cooker allows the time needed for those famous festive flavors to combine, leaving you with the most mouth-watering Christmas beverages during the holidays. Wassail punch is simple to make and uses apple cider, orange juice, mulling spices, and spicy ginger that create the best warming winter punch.

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16. Hot Fireball Apple Cider Cocktail

Hot Fireball Apple Cider Cocktail recipe is perfect for those cold winter nights. Made with four ingredients, cider, Fireball whiskey, vanilla vodka, and a dash of sugar for a touch of sweetness. This hot Christmas drink is easy to make, delicious, and perfect for the festive holidays. Go and make yourself a mug of this warm soothing cocktail to sip on a cold day. I think your taste buds will thank you.

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17. Pimm's Winter Cup

Pimm’s cocktails are not just for summer. Warming winter Pimm’s is a classic Christmas drink. This recipe takes a classic cocktail to a whole new level of scrumptiousness. Made with apple juice infused with caramel, orange, and cinnamon, it tastes just as delish as it sounds. Slowly simmer the ingredients until the winter flavors have combined. Add in a splash of Pimms and it’s ready to enjoy.

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18. Tequila and Chai Hot Toddy

Tequila and Chai Hot Toddy Christmas recipe is simple to make and tastes so yummy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t made it sooner. Warm tequila is the best way to keep the winter chills away and bring some Christmas cheer.

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19. Bourbon Spiked Hot Chocolate

It’s not exactly a Christmas cocktail, but this homemade Bourbon spiked hot chocolate is creamy, rich, and so scrumptious. Plus, this hot chocolate recipe serves 4 so it’s a great recipe to share with friends, to doubly keep you warm and keep those winter chills away.

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20. Kahlua Hot Chocolate

Why not finish the Christmas Eve with a Kahlua hot chocolate nightcap, it’s simple to make only using a few ingredients. The dash Kahlúa coffee liqueur takes this hot chocolate recipe to a new flavor level. If you wanted to take the flavor even further, garnish with mini marshmallows and sweet caramel sauce.

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Best Christmas Cocktails

Best Christmas Cocktails

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20 best Christmas cocktail recipes that will get the festive season started, from a classic Hot Toddy to Christmas Cosmopolitans and everything in between.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine American, British
Servings 1
Calories 100 kcal


  • Select your favorite Christmas cocktail recipes!
    Cranberry Mimosa, Hot Toddy, The Grinch Cocktail, Classic Eggnog, Hot Buttered Rum, Santa Claus-mopolitan, Mulled Wine, Tom and Jerry Drink, Jack Frost Cocktail, Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash, Hot Spiced Cider, The Mrs. Claus Cocktail, The Ultimate Holiday Sangria, Crock-pot Spiced Cherry Cider Recipe, Slow Cooker Wassail Punch, Hot Fireball Apple Cider Cocktail, Pimm's Winter Cup, Tequila and Chai Hot Toddy, Bourbon Spiked Hot Chocolate, Kahlua Hot Chocolate
    Best Christmas Cocktails
  • Organize all the required ingredients for your chosen Christmas cocktail drinks.
  • Prep your festive cocktail recipe and enjoy.
    Best Christmas Cocktails


Calories: 100kcal
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