Holiday Cocktail Recipes To Get You In The Mood

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The holiday season is about to come into full force and that means holiday parties are just around the corner. What also goes hand-in-hand with holiday parties? Holiday cocktails. What’s better than festive food? Festive drinks of course! Here are some easy, fun, and festive holiday cocktail recipes to try out for your next soiree.


Coffee with a kick. Perfect for a nightcap or a Friday morning wake me up. If you love coffee and whiskey, you’ll love this recipe.

Things you’ll need:

  • 1½ cups freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons whiskey

[Recipe here.]

Hot Pumpkin Buttered Rum 11

This one’s for all the Starbucks lovers. It is the adult version of a pumpkin spice latte. It takes a bit more effort but it is worth it. Impress your guests with this delectable pumpkin buttered rum.

Things you’ll need:

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup dark spiced rum
  • 3 cups boiling water

[Recipe here.]


winter cranberry martini

Cranberries make this drink extra pretty. The cranberries with rosemary pair well together to give a nice Christmas-y theme.

Things you’ll need:

  • 2 ounces of gin
  • 1 ounce of cranberry-infused simple syrup* (recipe below)
  • 1 ounce of vermouth
  • fresh cranberries (garnish)
  • rosemary (garnish)

*Ingredients to make syrup:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar

[Recipe here.]

candy cane chill


Traditionally a candy, now comes in an alcoholic beverage. Nothing screams Christmas more than candy canes. When you add it to booze? Instant festive drink.

Things you’ll need:

  • 3 ounces Candy Cane Vodka
  • 2 ounces Crème de Cacao, clear (no color)
  • Dash Angostura Bitters
  • 2 6-inch Candy Canes

[Recipe here.]

hot spiced apple cider

Apple cider is just one of those things that you drink when the weather gets colder. You can prepare some regular apple cider for the kids and then spike yours with some alcohol. Win/win. Just make sure you don’t accidentally swap yours with theirs.

Things you’ll need:

  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 3/4 bottle of gewurztraminer (or other white wine which is not too dry, or you can use even semi sweet one like Muscat)
  • 4-5 sticks of cinnamon
  • 4-5cloves
  • 1/4teaspoon nut meg
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise
  • 3-4tablespoons honey (depends on how sweet the wine you’re using)
  • Cup or so of fresh cranberrries

[Recipe here.]

Gingerbread Toddy

A nice drink that literally tastes like Christmas in a cup. This warm drink will warm your belly and make you feel all warm and fuzzy.

Things you’ll need:

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce gingerbread syrup* (recipe below)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup hot water
  • A squeeze of lemon

*ingredients to make syrup:

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

[Recipe here.]

maple bourbon


We thought it would only be fair to include a tea infused alcoholic beverage since not all of us may enjoy coffee. Perfect for snuggling up beside your partner in front of the fireplace.

Things you’ll need:

  • 6 ounces steaming hot water
  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 3 ounces Knob Creek Maple Bourbon
  • 1 ounce half-and-half
  • Cinnamon stick (garnish)

[Recipe here.]

Illustrations by moospresso.

Tell us:

Which holiday cocktail are you excited to try?


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