28 Christmas Cocktails for a Jolly Good Time

Raise your glass with these festive ideas.

It isn't a party without one of these tried-and-true cocktail recipes, featuring classic holiday flavors like cranberry, candy canes and even apple pie!

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Christmas Cocktails
Johnny Miller
Cranberry Chutney Cocktail

Cranberries are for more than just Thanksgiving! uses this chutney on sandwiches, hunks of cheddar and even (yes) in a "sneeky." This cocktail is delicious, easy and so pretty — pour it into your most festive stemware for an instant party.

Get the recipe for Cranberry Chutney Cocktail »

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Christmas Cocktails
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest
The North Pole Cocktail

Kahlúa, chocolate, heavy cream and ginger make this cocktail a merry mocha treat that will satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth (or a coffee buzz craving).

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Courtesy of Heather Christo
Sparkling Clementine Thyme Cocktail

Move over, mimosas. This sparkling clementine concoction is your new Christmas brunch staple.

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Christmas Cocktails
Courtesy of U Try It
Rudolph's Cranberry Fizz

The best thing about this cocktail is the cute reindeer topping assembled from rosemary antlers, cloves for eyes, a marshmallow head and a perfect cranberry red nose.

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Courtesy of Minimalist Baker
Winter Bourbon Smash

This easy cocktail recipe uses jam. You have a million other things to do this Christmas, and muddling fruit isn't one of them.

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Christmas Cocktails
Kate Mathis
Christmas Cranberry Juleps

This crisp cocktail, infused with orange peel and cranberry, is a classic with a merry twist.

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<p>Kahlua tastes amazing in Mexican coffee, so this blogger got to thinking about what it'd taste like in a warm cup of hot cocoa. Spoiler alert: It's delicious. </p><p><a href="http://www.eaternalzest.com/blog/merry-christmas/" target="_blank"><em>Get the recipe at Damn Delicious »</em></a> </p>
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Kahlua Hot Chocolate

Kahlua tastes amazing in Mexican coffee, so this blogger got to thinking about what it'd taste like in a warm cup of hot cocoa. Spoiler alert: It's delicious.

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Courtesy of Boulder Locavore
Candy Cane Cocktail

Step 1: Infuse vodka with candy canes. Need we say more?

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Christmas Cocktails
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest
White Christmas Mojito

This coconutty concoction will make you want to deck the halls all night long.

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Courtesy of Home Sweet Jones
Holiday Mule

Deck out a classic Moscow Mule for the holidays by adding a splash of cranberry juice. Finish with sugared cranberries, of course.

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<p>This festive twist on a classic drink is great for someone who loves sweet things —  line the rim of the glass with sugar, ginger and cinammon. </p><p><a href="http://www.kleinworthco.com/2014/12/gingerbread-white-russian.html/2" target="_blank"><em>Get the recipe at Kleinworth & Co. »</em></a></p>
Courtesy of Kleinworth & Co.
Gingerbread White Russian

This festive twist on a classic drink is great for someone who loves sweet things. Line the rim of the glass with sugar, ginger and cinnamon.

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Courtesy of Bakeaholic Mama
Winter Red Sangria

Swap out summery sangria flavors for more festive ingredients, including cran-apple cider, pomegranate seeds and clementines. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary for a touch of wintry flair.

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<p>Cranberries are not just meant to be served as a dinner's side dish           —  one cup is what this recipe calls for. </p><p><a href="http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a3486/cranberry-cheer-recipe-clv1110/" target="_blank"><em>Get the recipe at Country Living »</em></a> </p>
Courtesy of Kana Okada
Cranberry Cheer

Cranberries aren't just meant to be served as a dinner's side dish. This recipe calls for one full cup.

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<p>This blogger suggests using a sweetened cranberry juice (as opposed to natural), because it'll taste better with this Italian white wine. </p><p><a href="http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/cranberry-orange-prosecco-cocktail/" target="_blank"><em>Get the recipe at Garnish with Lemon »</em></a> </p>
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Cranberry Orange Prosecco

This blogger suggests using a sweetened cranberry juice (as opposed to natural), because it'll taste better with this Italian white wine.

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<p>A drink commonly enjoyed in the Caribbean during the holiday season, this cocktail contains spiced up florals. </p><p><a href="http://africanbites.com/sorrel-juice/" target="_blank"><em>Get the recipe at Immaculate Bites »</em></a></p>
Courtesy of Immaculate Bites
Sorrel

A drink commonly enjoyed in the Caribbean during the holiday season, this cocktail features spiced up florals.

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<p>Instead of loading in a ton of tropical fruit, go for seasonal instead           —  this sangria includes soaked cranberries, apples, and rosemary sprigs. </p><p><a href="http://www.cakenknife.com/christmas-sangria/" target="_blank"><em>Get the recipe at Cake 'N Knife »</em></a> </p>
Courtesy of Cake 'N Knife
Christmas Sangria

Instead of loading in a ton of tropical fruit, go for seasonal instead — this sangria includes soaked cranberries, apples, and rosemary sprigs.

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<p>Boiling water can be substituted for hot apple cider in this steamy, tasty beverage. </p><p><a href="http://www.fmms.net/2014/12/ask-fmms-5-favourite-holiday-cocktails-2014/" target="_blank"><em>Get the recipe at Five Men Making Sh!t »</em></a></p>
Courtesy of Five Men Making Sh!t
Hot Buttered Rum

Boiling water can be substituted for hot apple cider in this steamy, tasty beverage.

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<p>Juniper berries and star anise are just a couple delicious culprits behind this flavorful wine. </p><p><a href="http://www.eaternalzest.com/blog/merry-christmas/" target="_blank"><u><em>Get the tutorial at Eaternal Zest »</em></u></a> </p>
Courtesy of Eaternal Zest
Mulled Wine

Juniper berries and star anise are just a couple delicious culprits behind this flavorful wine.

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19 Christmas Cocktails for a Jolly Good Time
Courtesy of Chelsea Lupkin
Candy Cane Vodka

In 4 to 5 hours you'll have this spiked peppermint potion that, served with hot chocolate, whipped cream and crushed candy canes, will surely amp up the festivities.

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Christmas Cocktails
Courtesy of This Lil Piglet
Mistletoe Cocktail

This drink, garnished with fresh sprigs of mint, white sugar and cranberries, looks like a Christmas carol just waiting to happen.

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Christmas Cocktails for a Jolly Good Time
Courtesy of Mix That Drink
Santa Shot

With mint and berry flavors, this layered treat has three parts: grenadine syrup, green creme de menthe and good ol' peppermint schnapps.


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Courtesy of Erin Phraner
Christmas Cosmo

Turn the classic Cosmo into a holiday treat with a little pomegranate.

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<p>Top your eggnog concoction with homemade or store-bought gingerbread. </p><p><a href="http://cateinthekitchen.co.uk/2015/11/03/grandads-gingerbread-eggnog/" target="_blank"><em>Get the recipe at Cate in the Kitchen »</em></a> </p>
Courtesy of Cate in the Kitchen
Gingerbread Eggnog

Top your eggnog concoction with homemade or store-bought gingerbread.

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<p>Don't let its name fool you —  no magic was used in the making of this drink (just eggnog with Bailey's). </p><p><a href="http://www.averiecooks.com/2014/12/santas-magic-potion-eggnog-baileys.html" target="_blank"><em>Get the recipe at Averie Cooks »</em></a> </p>
Courtesy of Averie Cooks
Santa's Magic Potion

No magic was used in the making of this drink (just eggnog with Bailey's).

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Christmas Cocktails
Courtesy of Inspired by Charm
Very Merry Ornamentini

Serve this holiday martini — finished off with a splash of fresh orange juice — in a glass ornament for a clever way to bring all the cheer (because presentation really is key).


What you'll need: heavy duty glass bulbs ($7, )

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<p>The vibrant green hue is only half the reason this drink was named for the sassy Christmas character. The other half? Its tangy taste. </p><p><u><a href="http://everydaydishes.com/holiday/grinch-punch/" target="_blank">Get the recipe at Everyday Dishes & DIY »</a></u><a href="http://everydaydishes.com/holiday/grinch-punch/" target="_blank"></a></p>
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Grinch Punch

The vibrant green hue is only half the reason this drink was named for the sassy Christmas character. The other half? Its tangy taste.

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<p>Red-and-white striped straws offer guests a hint as to what this rich and creamy drink will taste like.</p><p><a href="http://www.dangerously-delicious.com/peppermint-eggnog-punch/" target="_blank"><em>Get the recipe at Dangerously Delicious »</em></a> </p>
Courtesy of Dangerously Delicious
Gingerbread White Russian

Red-and-white striped straws offer guests a hint as to what this rich and creamy drink will taste like.

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Courtesy of Vegan Yack Attack
Apple Pie Cocktail

Apple pie on the rocks, coming right up. We take ours with a brown sugar rim.

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This Cottage Is 2,000 Square Feet of Holiday Cheer

This will inspire you to get those decorations up stat.

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