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There's no better way to celebrate Christmas than with a few of your favorite adult beverages. We've put together a list of our top holiday cocktail recipes for you to enjoy.

  • 1. Chocolate Mint Julep


    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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Colonial Christmas Punch

    Amy Zavatto

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

    Recipe: Colonial Christmas Punch

  • 4. Hazelnut Toddy

    Emmanuel Cayere

    A nutty twist on a classic hot toddy.

    Recipe: Hazelnut Toddy

  • 5. Raspberry Chocolate Kiss Martini

    National Bartenders School

    A sweet and sinful chocolate cocktail.

    Recipe: Raspberry Chocolate Kiss Martini

  • 6. Churchill's Holiday

    Pachanga Patterson

    This drink has the warmth of the bourbon, tartness of the apple cider, winter spices, minus the overwhelming sugary sweetness.

    Recipe: Churchill's Holiday

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Frangelico Morning Coffee

    Emmanuel Cayere

    Change up your morning coffee routine this holiday season.

    Recipe: Frangelico Morning Coffee

  • 9. Silent Night Chocolate Martini


    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

  • 10. Mr. Frosty

    Michael Cerretani

    An award-winning bartender, Michael Cerretani from the Bitter Bar in Boulder, Colo., created a deceptively simple drink he calls a “fireside sipper." The smoke and roasted agave of the mexcal combine with creamy sherry, and the unique bitter botanicals of local distillers Leopold Brothers' take on traditional Fernet (an Italian bitter spirit) merge into a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. 

    Recipe: Mr. Frosty

  • 11. Vino and Vigor Cocktail


    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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Italian Cocoa


    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

  • 14. Mexican Hot Chocolate


    Adding a little spice to the mix is never a bad thing when it comes to hot chocolate. Smoky mezcal actually provides a sophisticated savory note that plays up the complexity of a great chocolate and provides an intriguing backdrop for the spice.

    Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate

  • 15. Gingerbread House


    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

  • 16. Candy Cane


    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

  • 17. Glögg


    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

  • 18. Sparkling Cranberry Punch


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

    Recipe: Sparkling Cranberry Punch

  • 19. Portuguese Egg Nog


    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

  • 20. Brandy Toddy


    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