20+ Showstopping Cocktails For Your Holiday Soiree
The holidays are a time to celebrate, and what better way to make them merry than with a festive cocktail in hand? Whether you're busy whipping up edible gifts, exhausted from all that shopping, or hosting your own amazing holiday party, here are several wonderful, wintry cocktails to help you get into the spirit. Cheers to the season!
— Additional reporting by Aemilia Madden
Muddle spiced rum with pumpkin, brown sugar, and mint for an unexpected twist on the perennially popular cocktail.
Gather your nearest and dearest for a round of Apples to Apples, and make the game even more interesting with the addition of an elegant apple cider and brandy provision served up in a sugar-rimmed martini glass.
It doesn't quite feel like the holidays until you've enjoyed a rich and creamy glass of eggnog.
Honeyed French 75
Love the French 75 cocktail but looking for something with even more punch? Try this version that has twice as much gin and still goes down almost too easily.
Sparkling Bourbon Cocktail
Bourbon and sparkling wine in one drink? It might sound odd, but trust us when we say you'll love the unexpected combo. Surprise guests with the cocktail recipe that's crisp and earthy all at once.
You don't need to be feeling under the weather to enjoy a hot toddy. (Though it's just the thing to fix you up if you are.)
To balance out that gluttonous holiday diet, there's something called Euphoria. And there's only one way to describe the elixir made with gin, citrus, and sage: glorious.
Ramos Gin Fizz
A light and frothy Ramos gin fizz is just the drink to kick off a holiday brunch in a festive spirit.
It doesn't get much simpler (or more festive) than this three-ingredient gingersnap cocktail.
Keep the festivities fun — but not out of hand — by serving a wine-based cocktail, like this sage sangria.
Cranberry Mint Martini
Need a pick-me-up after a long day of food prep? This seasonal and festive cranberry martini should do the trick!
Ginger and maple syrup give the sidecar — a classic, war-era libation — a seasonal spin.
Take limoncello and mix it with tart cranberry juice and a splash of seltzer for some extraspecial cheer.
This unusual cocktail is great, because unlike other cocktails, it's a sparkler that doesn't call for Champagne. Instead, it makes use of cognac and sparkling apple cider — and what could be more seasonal than that?
Adult Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
If the weather outside is frightful, warm up with this spiked gingerbread spice hot chocolate.
Margaritas in the Winter? ¿Por qué no? Especially when it's a festive cranberry recipe designed to be shaken in large batches to get the party started.
Pumpkin Irish Coffee
If you find yourself still craving Thanksgiving flavors come December, a pumpkin Irish coffee ought to do the trick.
The bubbly poinsettia is a Christmas-appropriate cocktail if there ever was one. Keep party guests guessing at the secret ingredient in this special drink. Spoiler alert: it's maraschino liqueur.
Fig Dark and Stormy
The sweet fig paired with the spice of ginger beer in this dark and stormy is refreshing and satisfying for all rum lovers.