Holiday Cocktails for Christmas

December 20, 2013    |    By +
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Holiday season is in full swing and by now I’m sure you’ve either been to at least one ugly holiday sweater party, attended a corporate “end of year” event or are at least planning your big Christmas Eve dinner with your nearest and dearest. This season is jam-packed with get-togethers, full of cheerful and merry souls, all most likely under the influence of at least one (and probably more) cocktail. Whether you’re just getting through your holiday invites, or are planning a jolly Christmas party of your own, I’ve rounded up my favorite festive concoctions that need to be on the menu. What’s your go-to holiday drink? Tell us in the comments below!


peppermint schnapps and boozy hot chocolate

Let us start with a warm cup of holiday spirit. The Peppermint Schnapps and Boozy Hot Chocolate from Verses From My Kitchen is basically Christmas in a cup. It has all the taste of the holidays with its peppermint and chocolate flavors, and all the joy of a cocktail with the “boozy” counterpart. I will be enjoying several of these, and perhaps one on Christmas morning? The kids will never know! Visit the Verses Blog for the full recipe and ingredients.


6 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
10 oz. dark chocolate (no more than 72% cocoa), shaved
4 cups whole milk
2 cloves
1 tsp. cardamom seeds
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean, split
2 heaping tbsp. cocoa powder
2 heaping tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
whipped cream, to top
2 tbsp. shaved chocolate, to top
2 tbsp. candy cane, chopped
cocoa powder to dust

Honey Sage Ginger Fizz

The Honey Sage Gin Fizz from How Sweet It Is. Looking at this cocktail just makes me go “Mmm.” If the gin and sage doesn’t pull you in, the glass rim drizzled with smoked bacon will. Yep. You read that correctly. Bacon on the rim of your holiday cocktail glass. I’ll cheers to that! Visit How Sweet It Is for the full recipe.

peppermint white chocolate latte

The Peppermint White Chocolate Latte is another boozy hot drink to keep you warm in the winter. Imagine holding on to this one as the little ones are opening Christmas presents… perfection. For the instructions, visit We Are Not Martha, but here are the ingredients:


2.5 cup strong coffee or espresso
1 cup 1% milk
1/4 cup heavy cream, plus 1 cup for topping
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
4 oz. dark rum
Mini candy canes for garnish

Poached Pear Martini

The Poached Pear Martini is a beautiful drink to look at and would definitely go well with your holiday decor. It is one of famed cooking blogger Jerry James Stone’s recipe he will be featuring in his new cocktail cookbook Holidazed, so stay tuned for this recipe. I’m sure it will taste just as good as it looks! Visit Cooking Stoned for details on this cocktail’s recipe release.

Cranberry mojitos

Cranberries are definitely the star of this holiday season and when you mix the star with a classic, you get the ultimate holiday drink! This Cranberry Mojito cocktail is the perfect holiday concoction to drink and serve to your guests come Christmas Eve. For the full recipe visit We Are Not Martha.


8 oz. fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
20 mint leaves
2 tbs. lime juice
4 oz. rum
4-6 oz. soda water

Christmas Infusion Real

What says “Christmas” more than, well, Christmas! Try serving up this libation called Christmas Infusion from Ruffino. I’m sure your guests will really be in spirits with this one!


8 oz. fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
20 mint leaves
2 tbs. lime juice
4 oz. rum
4-6 oz. soda water


Combine Ruffino Prosecco and cranberry juice. Pour mixture into sugar-rimmed glass, filling 3/4 full. Finish with a squeeze of lemon. Garnish with mint.

We know we’re getting down to the Christmas wire here, so if you have yet to choose a gift for someone on your list, see our great last minute gift ideas for men and  last minute gifts for women. Looking for something particularly special? Well, dear straggler, I have just the list. Check out our experience gift ideas in every city. That should get them excited, and they’ll never know how late you actually bought it. Cheers to the holidays!








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