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15+ Cheery Christmas Cocktails

‘Tis the season to be merry and festive! These cheery Christmas cocktails are the best way to celebrate the holidays. From Christmas margaritas and sangria to spiked eggnog and hot buttered rum, there’s something for everyone in this delicious drink listing!

Festive Holiday Drinks

Trust me, you need to make a festive holiday cocktail this year. Beer and wine are easy options but let’s face it – they’re boring.

If you really want to impress your friends and family, make a pitcher of Christmas margaritas for the holiday party this year and spice things up.

Or, how about a hot and cold drink option? Some simple mulled wine or a peppermint piña colada anyone?

Don’t forget the appetizers! Find something for your guests to nibble on in this easy appetizer roundup.

Setting the Mood with a Christmas Drink

There is no better way to set the mood for a holiday party than a signature cocktail! When your guests arrive and pour themselves a festive winter drink, they’re guaranteed to be in a cheery mood.

We love these drinks because most can be made either as a mocktail or a cocktail. Just set the booze on the side and everyone can enjoy their preferred version of the signature holiday drink you choose.

Easy Holiday Punch from The Wooden Skillet
Red iced holiday punch in a glass with cranberry and thyme garnish
Easy Holiday Punch – a simple and delicious holiday punch that can be made into a mocktail or a cocktail with rum or vodka.
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Winter Wonderland Margarita from Burrata and Bubbles
Christmas margaritas on a wooden circle with festive decorations
Made with sweet, savory rosemary simple syrup and bright white coconut milk, this Winter Wonderland Margarita is a festive sipper.
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Peppermint Piña Coladas from The Blond Cook
2 peppermint pina coladas with crushed peppermint candy cane rims and candy canes sticking out
Traditional Piña Coladas get a festive twist in these delicious Peppermint Piña Coladas spiked with rum and peppermint schnapps!
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Dairy Free Eggnog from Every Last Bite
Eggnog in glasses with cinnamon sprinkles on top
This Dairy Free Eggnog is deliciously creamy, just like traditional eggnog. Add some rum for a Dairy Free spin on the classic holiday drink.
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Simple Mulled Wine Recipe (Stove Top or Slow Cooker)
This simple mulled wine recipe will make you feel all warm and fuzzy. It’s the perfect warmed spiced beverage for any holiday gathering or event! Mulled wine gets its rich, fragrant flavor from the addition of spices and some citrus and can be made with a quick simmer on the stove or in your slow cooker. If you are looking for a delicious holiday drink this simple mulled wine recipe is a must try! 
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White Christmas Mojito from Half Baked Harvest
3 shite christmas mojitos with pomegranate seeds and mint garnish
Because all Christmases should be white. This drink is creamy, fizzy and full of yummy coconut and lime flavors. You’ll LOVE how festive and EASY it is.
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The Grinch Cocktail from The Toasty Kitchen
2 bright green grinch cocktails with cherries on top
The Grinch Cocktail is an easy holiday drink recipe. Topped with a red cherry, this fruity holiday cocktail is flavorful and eye-catching.
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White Christmas Sangria from The Chunky Chef
Sparkling white christmas sangria with coconut flakes on the rim and cranberries on top
Sweet and festive, this white sangria recipe is full of Christmas cheer! Easy to make for a crowd, and you can make it non-alcoholic for the kids!
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Holiday Margarita from The Defined Dish
2 pink christmas margaritas in a glass with rosemary sprig
Here is a fun, holiday twist on an original classic — A Holiday Margarita! TIS THE SEASON to give everything a little holiday spirit!
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Hot Buttered Rum from A Full Living
Hot buttered rum in a clear mug with whip cream and cinnamon sticks on top
This Keto Hot Buttered Rum Recipe taste like the holidays in a glass! Warm and comforting, not only in temperature, but flavor too!
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Cranberry Orange Whiskey Cocktail from Crowded Kitchen
2 cranberry orange whiskey cocktails on a wood table
This Cranberry Orange Whiskey Cocktail is the perfect boozy complement to any menu! Add it to your holiday entertaining menu this season.
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Spicy Pomegranate Moscow Mule from Half Baked Harvest
3 Pomegranate moscow mules in copper cups with christmas decorations around them
Upgrading the classic Moscow Mule to this Spicy Pomegranate Moscow Mule. Vodka mixed with fresh lime juice, a squeeze of grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, spicy jalapeños, and topped off with ginger beer. It’s both festive and warming, perfect for holiday parties and cold winter nights.
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Sparkling Apple Pie on the Rocks from The Cookie Rookie
Apple pie drink on the rocks with champagne bottles next to it
Cinnamon Apple Cider mixed with Caramel Apple Simple Syrup and topped with bubbly champagne. This apple cider cocktail is the best holiday drink ever!
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Candy Cane Martini from Sweet Humble Home
White peppermint candy cane martinis with peppermint rims and christmas tree background
A Candy Cane Martini is one of the seasons easiest cocktails! Make a single cocktail or large batch – this candy cane rim martini is a treat!
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Mrs. Claus Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail from The College Housewife
3 glasses of cranberry cocktails with cranberry and rosemary garnish
This Mrs. Claus cocktail is filled with things that totally make me envision what Mrs. Claus would drink. It’s a sweet, tarty, spicy and very colorful! This easy Christmas cocktail is a blend of cranberry juice, whiskey, cinnamon sticks and more!
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15+ Cheery Christmas Cocktails: Red Gin Cocktail

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Servings: 1
A beautifully red holiday drink, this Christmas gin cocktail is a tart and festive beverage to sip on at any holiday gathering. Made with simply with cranberry and other citrus juices and very lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Plus, we've rounded up some other festive Christmas cocktails for you to enjoy!
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  • 1.5 ounces (3 tablespoons) gin
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) 100% cranberry juice (unsweetened)
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) orange juice
  • 1/4 ounce (1.5 teaspoons) maple syrup (or simple syrup)
  • Splash of soda water (optional for a little fizz)

For garnish (optional):

  • Lime wedge
  • Cranberries
  • Rosemary sprig
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  • Fill a 12 ounce cup with ice. Add in the remaining ingredients and give the drink a stir with a spoon.
  • Garnish as desired and serve.


To make a pitcher of about 8 servings: Mix together in a pitcher: 1.5 cups gin, 3 cups unsweetened cranberry juice, 1 cup lime juice, 1/2 cup orange juice, and 1/4 cup maple syrup. Add 4-5 cups of ice and stir until cold (or just add ice to the individual glasses for serving). Pour into individual glasses and serve. Add with a splash of soda water to the glass if desired for a fizzy drink.
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