• Jonathan Desai

Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Updated: Dec 5, 2021

Whether you’re hosting a party for family and friends during the holidays, or watching Christmas movies on the couch with your dog, holiday cocktails are a fun way to spice up the season. Think of making your holiday cocktails like building gingerbread houses- have fun with it!

You don’t have to be a mixologist for the first few easy recipes that we found. I (Jonathan) enjoy bartending as a hobby so I put a spin on a couple and created one towards the bottom.

We’ve all heard of Sunday brunch mimosas, but “Apple Cider Mimosas” are much more exciting, and festive!. The ingredients are simple: chilled champagne, apple cider, and caramel with crushed graham crackers for the rim of the glass. First, pour caramel onto a plate, and crush up your graham crackers on a separate plate. Next, dip the rim of your glass onto the caramel, dip the rim in the graham crackers next. Tip: to avoid caramel dripping down the glass, stick your caramel plate in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes prior to dipping the glass. Once you’ve garnished the rim, add champagne and apple cider with measurements to your liking.

If you like a pretty pink drink, “Sparkling Cranberry Punch” will be your go-to, and it can be made with just four ingredients: sparkling water, cranberry juice, pink lemonade, and vodka. Measure these ingredients to your liking and pour each into a glass of ice. Tip: it is best to make this right before serving instead of in advance, so the sparkling water doesn’t lose its sparkle and fizz. You can add cranberries for a festive garnish, too.

If you like a creamy drink, might I suggest a Cherry Amaretto. It's pretty simple.. Combine 1.5oz cherry brandy,

1oz amaretto, 1.5oz half and half into a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir and Strain. Or you can simplify the process by just building on ice in the serving glass. Add a cherry garnish (if you can get the cherries soaked in bourbon, even better), and you're good to go!

If mimosas and pink drinks aren’t your style then a “Peppermint Martini” is sure to satisfy your craving for a fun holiday cocktail. The recipe for a “Peppermintini”

has just a few steps. Let's start with a festive garnish- make some quick sugar water and crush some candy canes. Dip the rim of the glass in sugar water, then into

crushed candy canes.

Now for the alcohol. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2oz vodka, 1.5oz white chocolate liqueur, 1.5oz peppermint schnapps, and 1 oz half-and-half. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared martini glass.

If you like White Russians, you'll appreciate this spin off for a peppermint one.

First prepare a nice holiday garnish with some crushed candy canes and white chocolate syrup. Frosting will also suffice. Prepare your glass by dipping the rim into the white chocolate syrup and then into the crushed peppermints..

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1oz Vodka, 1.5 oz Peppermint Kaluha

(If you can’t find peppermint Kaluha, that's fine. Fill with peppermint creamer.. Stir to combine. Add ice to the glass; then pour in your cocktail. Again, you can simplify by just building on rocks.

Now for a couple of bourbon holiday drinks.

This first one is pretty simple and can be called a Maple Cranberry Bourbon (mainly because I couldn't come up with a better name). As per usual, get your cocktail shaker with ice and combine 2oz bourbon (Four Roses is a good pick for this), 1 oz cranberry juice, Half ounce Maple Cranberry Syrup. Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Spice it up with some cranberries and rosemary sprigs for garnish.

Alright. Best for last. I (Jonathan) love Old Fashioned's so I was ecstatic when I came across this cranberry one. It's a great holiday spin on a classic.

In a serving glass, muddle the 2-3 tsp sugar, 1oz cranberry juice, and orange peel together. Add ice, stir in 3oz bourbon and bitters.

Garnish with orange peel, fresh cranberries, and rosemary.


Make these holiday cocktails to really wow your friends, family (or your pets) and fulfill a craving for Christmas mixing. You are sure to enjoy yourself as long as you don’t forget the most important ingredient in all of these recipes is fun and good spirits (see what Macey did there?).

Written by Macey Kennedy & Jonathan Desai

Edited by Jonathan Desai

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