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Our top holiday cocktail recipes to try before the year ends

December 20, 2023

The countdown has begun which means there’s only so much more time to experiment with festive holiday cocktails. Whether you’re hosting a Christmas party this weekend or could use a little company while you wrap the last of the gifts, there’s no shortage of festive libations to indulge in this time of year. We’ve seen so many creative cocktails floating around our feeds, not to mention shared many a recipe of our own in holidays past, that we figured it was about time to round up the best of the best. Sip, sip, hooray!

Mrs. Claus Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail

Holiday Cocktail Recipes with Cranberry

First up are our favorite cranberry cocktail recipes, starting with the Mrs. Claus Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail which features a simple mix of cranberry, cinnamon, and rosemary to Christmas-ify your favorite whiskey.

Cranberry Paloma cocktail recipe

You could also try a Cranberry Paloma for a festive take on the classic tequila drink. This recipe features a little sweetness, a little spice, and a bit of bubbly for the ultimate celebratory sip.

Blood Orange Ginger Cranberry Mojitos

Mojitos in December? Yes, please! These Blood Orange Ginger Cranberry Mojitos make it perfectly acceptable to break out your favorite summer drink all the way up till New Years.

Festive holiday cocktail recipes cranberry fizz
Rachel Gomez Photography

Recreate this festive Rosemary Cranberry Fizz with 2 ounces vodka, .75 ounce grenadine, seltzer water, cranberries, star anise, and ice, garnished with a fresh rosemary sprig.

Queen Mary bourbon holiday cocktail by Barçon
Arielle Vey

Holiday Cocktail Recipes with Bourbon

Nothing warms you up during the holidays like bourbon, right? Try this Queen Mary bourbon holiday cocktail by Barçon featuring a tasty rosemary simple syrup and burnt lemon peel.

Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned

Fancy an Old Fashioned with a holiday twist? Try this Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

Pear Bourbon Cocktail Pear Bourbon Cocktail, along with more cocktail party inspo for all you hostesses.

Winter Smash Holiday Cocktail
Plum & Oak Photography

To make this Winter Smash Holiday Cocktail by Please & Thank You Liquor Bar, add 1oz bourbon, 1oz apple brandy, .75oz lemon, .75oz strawberry syrup and 3-4 mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into glass with crushed ice. Garnish with strawberry and mint. Bonus points for custom drink stirrers and presentation this pretty.

Festive Gin Smash

Gin Cocktail Recipes

No surprise that gin is a popular ingredient in holiday cocktail recipes, with its juniper flavor and botanical accents. This Festive Gin Smash may be a lot of steps, but you can’t beat the pairing of gin with lychee, strawberries, maple syrup, and mint.

cherry blossom gin holiday cocktail recipe
Plum & Oak Photography

Gin lovers don’t have to forgo a delicate floral taste when winter rolls round. Try this Cherry Blossom Gin cocktail recipe featuring flower water and blackberry.

Winter Gimlet recipe

A traditional gimlet features gin and lime juice, but this Winter Gimlet recipe takes it to a whole new level with a little cucumber and festive garnish.

Spiced Apple Sparkling Holiday Punch

Sparkling Cocktails & Holiday Punch Recipes

Batch cocktails are easy, fun ways to please guests at a casual holiday party. Try Sugar & Charm’s Spiced Apple Sparkling Holiday Punch which features vodka and sparkling wine.

peppermint mimosas holiday cocktail recipe

Hosting a holiday brunch this year? Enter, peppermint mimosas! This pretty pink batch cocktail is easy to beautify with a crushed peppermint rim and candy cane garnish.

Pomegranate Sparkler | Holiday cocktail Pomegranate Sparkler (and some Christmas party ideas, too!)

Cakies, we have TONS more holiday cocktail recipes in the ol’ archives. Trust us, they never go out of style. Scroll on through and find your fave!