Part of the fun of Christmas comes from enjoying holiday-themed meals. To complement your favorite dishes, we compiled 20 Christmas drink recipes that are sure to make the season merry. Some drinks are suitable for the whole family, while others are mixed drinks for adults only. Try one or all, and explore adding a twist to make them your own.
1. Winter Sea Breeze
The Winter Sea Breeze is a vodka-based drink which combines grapefruit juice, tonic water, pomegranate seeds, cranberries, and mint leaves. The mint adds a nice, refreshing finish to the cocktail, and it’s a great addition to a brunch menu.
2. Christmas Peppermint Shake Cocktail
If you’re looking for a drink that’s creamier, then try the Christmas Peppermint Shake Cocktail from This Worthey Life. This drink contains both strawberry and vanilla ice cream along with peppermint vodka, mint syrup, peppermint bark, and crushed candy cane. For a family-friendly recipe, replace the vodka with liquid peppermint extract.
3. White Christmas Mojito
This mojito may not look very tropical, but looks can be deceiving. The White Christmas Mojito brings a bit of the relaxed and fun vibe wherever you are with its combination of lime juice, mint leaves, white and coconut rum, canned coconut milk, and pomegranate arils.
4. Red Stag Dirty Shirley
The Red Stag Dirty Shirley is the drink for someone who enjoys a good bourbon. The stag contains grenadine, black cherry bourbon, 7 Up, maraschino cherry syrup, and cherries—fruity bliss that you can enjoy all evening long.
5. Peppermint Hot Cocoa
This minty Christmas drink recipe is pretty simple. All you need are your favorite hot chocolate, some peppermint schnapps, and marshmallows. If you’re looking to make a minty hot cocoa for the entire family, replace the schnapps with mint extract.
6. Winter Sangria
This Winter Sangria recipe from Baked New England goes great in a large pitcher with a group of friends. To make this, you’ll need red wine and sparkling cranberry-apple cider along with some clementines, Granny Smith apples, pomegranate arils, and sliced pomegranates. Simply mix, pour, and serve garnished with rosemary.
7. Cranberry Mule
This Cranberry Mule is a delightful drink with cranberry juice, lime juice, and cranberries for a wonderful fruity flavor. The addition of ginger beer gives this recipe an extra dose of Christmas cheer.
8. Cinnamon Candy Apple
This red-and-green layer shot recipe is a lot of fun for the grown-ups’ Christmas party. All you need is sour apple schnapps, cinnamon whiskey or tequila, and some red food coloring. It’s spicy, sweet, and sour all at the time.
9. Spiced Wine
This Spiced Wine is a great drink that will keep you and your friends warm when it’s cold outside. This recipe needs a bottle of wine, apple cider, honey, oranges, cloves, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, brandy, and star anise. Even though you’ll need a slow cooker to make it, this recipe only takes 35 minutes to cook.
10. Mulled Wine Sangria
The Mulled Wine Sangria recipe is another take on the Spiced Wine recipe. This recipe takes about 15-20 minutes and will make anywhere between 6-8 servings. You’ll need a bottle of red wine, cranberry juice, cranberries, orange liqueur, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, orange peel, and green apples.
11. Satsuma and Pomegranate Campari
The Satsuma and Pomegranate Campari is one part sweet and one part sour, with just a hint of bitterness to it. For this drink, you’ll need satsuma, pomegranate juice, simple syrup, and Campari. Satsuma orange gives the drink a nice citrusy flavor. This recipe also shows you how to make your own simple syrup.
12. Caramel Hot Cocoa
There are few things better than a good hot chocolate on a cold winter night. This Caramel Hot Cocoa is a delicious twist on the regular hot cocoa and is great for the whole family. You’ll need milk, bittersweet chocolate, caramel sauce, and whipped cream or marshmallows.
13. Salted Caramel Martini
To make this Salted Caramel Martini, you’ll need chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, Bailey’s caramel liqueur, kosher salt, salted caramel vodka, dark creme de cocoa, half and half, salted caramel syrup, and dark chocolate shavings. This drink is sweet, salty, and delicious—great for your upcoming company holiday party.
14. Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer
Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer is a refreshing drink for those looking for something sweet and fruity. You can make this drink using a bottle of prosecco, peach schnapps, lemon juice, pom juice, mango-flavored soda water, rosemary, pomegranate, sugar, and water.
15. Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco
This Raspberry Limoncello has that light and fun vibe similar to the White Christmas Mojito. This sweet, refreshing drink needs prosecco, limoncello liqueur, frozen raspberries, and fresh mint. The mint gives this cocktail a nice finish.
16. Hot Buttered Rum
This Hot Buttered Rum recipe takes some time to make but is well worth the wait. You need butter brown sugar vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, apple cider, and rum for this recipe. Drinking a mug of Hot Buttered Rum is sure to keep you feeling warm this holiday.
17. Eggnog Cocktail
Even though Eggnog is practically synonymous with Christmas by itself, you can spice up this traditional drink by turning it into a tasty cocktail. The Eggnog Cocktail requires full-fat eggnog, spiced cookies, spiced rum, vanilla vodka, dark rum, eggnog syrup, cinnamon sugar, and ground nutmeg.
18. White Christmas Margaritas
If you are looking for a quick and easy margarita recipe that will go over great at a Christmas party, then this White Christmas Margarita recipe is for you. You’ll need to blend coconut milk, silver tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and ice. It is also recommended to add sliced lime, mint, and cranberries for garnish.
19. Pomegranate Moscow Mule
The Pomegranate Moscow Mule is a festive twist on a popular cocktail. To make this, you’ll need vodka, pomegranate juice, pomegranate seeds, lime juice, honey, ice, ginger beer, and some sprigs of rosemary.
20. Candy Cane-Kahlua Hot Chocolate
The Candy Cane-Kahlua Hot Chocolate is the perfect adult drink for one. In five simple steps, you can create a creamy, chocolatey, minty drink that you’ll love. The recipe calls for whole milk, heavy cream, candy canes, sipping chocolate, vanilla extract, Kahlua, and whipped cream.
Whether you’re looking for great mixed drinks for a get-together with friends or a delicious drink recipe you and the kids can enjoy on Christmas Eve, this list is bound to have a drink or two that you’ll love. Do you have a favorite holiday drink recipe? Share them in the comments below!