Published December 13, 2013
20 holiday cocktails
25 holiday cocktails
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.
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
Cascade Hollow Punch
This refreshing concoction from Jasper's Corner Tap in San Francisco gets a kick from ginger syrup.
Recipe: Cascade Hollow Punch
Colonial Christmas Punch
Bright citrus notes in this holiday punch bring festive cheer to any party.
Recipe: Colonial Christmas Punch
A nutty twist on a classic hot toddy.
Recipe: Hazelnut Toddy
Raspberry Chocolate Kiss Martini
A sweet and sinful chocolate cocktail.
Recipe: Raspberry Chocolate Kiss Martini
This drink has the warmth of the bourbon, tartness of the apple cider, winter spices, minus the overwhelming sugary sweetness.
Recipe: Churchill's Holiday
The Winter Wooskie
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
Frangelico Morning Coffee
Change up your morning coffee routine this holiday season.
Recipe: Frangelico Morning Coffee
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
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
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
Sneaky Pete Hot Apple Cider
Try this fiber-filled toasty delight designed to keep you warm and healthy during winter chills.
Recipe: Sneaky Pete Hot Apple Cider
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
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
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
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
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.
Sparkling Cranberry Punch
Try this recipe for the perfect holiday punch to serve your guests.
Recipe: Sparkling Cranberry Punch
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
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