Holiday

18 festive cocktails for a Christmas party

Get into the holiday spirit with a healthy dose of your favorite spirits. 

Whether you like tequila, whiskey, vodka or gin, these festive adult beverages will kick your holiday bash into high gear. 

From festively fruity to sophisticated sippers, these 18 cocktails have something special for everyone at the party. 

  • 1. Mistletoe Margarita

     Mistletoe Margarita

    Sauza

    Think margaritas are just for summer? Think again! This refreshing Sauza sipper uses tart and tangy cranberry juice for a bright red color that's perfect for holiday sipping.

    Recipe: Mistletoe Margarita

  • 2. Glögg

    Glögg

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    Glögg is a type of mulled wine favored in Nordic countries like Sweden and Iceland. It is usually made with red wine, sugar, spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and bitter orange. Punch it up with this recipe that adds some stronger spirits. It will help get your guest in the holiday cheer.

    Recipe: Glögg

  • 3. Cascade Hollow Punch

    Cascade Hollow Punch

    Jasper's Corner Tap

    This refreshing concoction from Jasper's Corner Tap in San Francisco gets a kick from ginger syrup.

    Recipe: Cascade Hollow Punch

  • 4. Portuguese Egg Nog

    Portuguese Egg Nog

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    It's no surprise that Santa is a sucker for egg nog. But the man guzzles gallons of it every holiday season and probably would welcome a twist on the formula. The complex mix of ruby port and rum in the rich creamy mixture brings a warmth and spice that traditional eggnog just can't match. 

    Recipe: Portuguese Egg Nog

  • 5. Mexican Egg Nog

    Mexican Egg Nog

    Sauza

    Toast the holidays with this creamy, dreamy amped up egg nog.

    Recipe: Mexican Egg Nog

  • 6. The Winter Wooskie

    The Winter Wooskie

    Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center

    Aaron DeFeo, a mixologist at Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center in Tucson, Ariz. offers up a unique and spicy cup of warmth that combines powerfully herbal genever with Indian spices, traditional Italian bitter spirits and deliciously tart and sweet apple and honey in a cosmopolitan mug of cheer. 

    Recipe: The Winter Wooskie

  • 7. Brandy Toddy

    Brandy Toddy

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    The sweet richness of a brandy toddy brings forth a host of spices and flavors, incorporating oolong tea, lavender, vanilla and citrus in a mixture sure to cure whatever whatever may ail you.

    Recipe: Brandy Toddy

  • 8. Chocolate Mint Julep

    Chocolate Mint Julep

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    The best thing about bourbon (if we can narrow it down to just one thing) is that it's versatile. Bourbon's sweetness makes it the perfect companion to any sugary concoction, and this recipe for a chocolate mint julep is no exception. 

    Recipe: Chocolate Mint Julep

  • 9. Vino and Vigor Cocktail

    Vino and Vigor Cocktail

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    Cinnamon spice and everything nice, like agave syrup and apple brandy, complements the wine perfectly and gets the blood flowing.

    Recipe: Vino and Vigor Cocktail

  • 10. Colonial Christmas Punch

    Colonial Christmas Punch

    Amy Zavatto

    Bright citrus notes in this holiday punch bring festive cheer to any party.

    Recipe: Colonial Christmas Punch

  • 11. Silent Night Chocolate Martini

    Silent Night Chocolate Martini

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    Toward the end of the night, even Santa needs a little Irish courage to finish his appointed rounds. Bailey's Irish Cream is the quintessential Christmas booze, delivering a massive chocolate payload that no icon of Christmas could possibly turn down.

    Recipe: Silent Night Chocolate Martini

  • 12. Gingerbread House

    Gingerbread House

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    The gingerbread house is a combination of luxurious chocolate, ginger, and two warm and spicy sweet iqueurs that can turn even the most Grinch-like dad into the next George Bailey in no time.

    Recipe: Gingerbread House

  • 13. Sneaky Pete Hot Apple Cider

    Sneaky Pete Hot Apple Cider

    Sneaky Pete's Apple Cider

    Try this fiber-filled toasty delight designed to keep you warm and healthy during winter chills.

    Recipe: Sneaky Pete Hot Apple Cider

  • 14. Italian Cocoa

    Italian Cocoa

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    This combination of chocolate, vanilla citrus liqueur and anise-flavored Sambuca is perfect for sipping slowly by the fire after a few hours skiing, shoveling snow, or just watching the kids do any of those things.

    Recipe: Italian Cocoa

  • 15. Candy Cane

    Candy Cane

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    Candy canes are the jolly elf's bread and butter, so recreating those flavors in a boozy beverage ought to get anyone off the naughty list.

    Recipe: Candy Cane

  • 16. Sparkling Cranberry Punch

    Sparkling Cranberry Punch

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    Try this recipe for the perfect holiday punch to serve your guests.

    Recipe: Sparkling Cranberry Punch

  • 17. Prohibition Hot Toddy

     Prohibition Hot Toddy

    Paul Wagtouicz

    This cold weather hot toddy was created by bartender Kenneth McCoy from NYC’s Ward III. The combination of delicate flavors from lemon, ginger and cinnamon with Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition is the perfect warm drink to cozy up with after a deliciously filling meal. 

    Recipe: Prohibition Hot Toddy

  • 18. The Moose is Loose

    The Moose is Loose

    Randolph Broome

    This fun wintertime cocktail cocktail is comforting, sweet, spicy, fruity and delightfully complex.

    Recipe: The Moose is Loose