Christmas Cocktail and Drink Recipes to Get You in the Holiday Spirit
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that means presents, sweets, parties, and most importantly, holiday booze. If you’re already feeling eggnog’d out just thinking about the holidays, try one of these cocktails we’ve gathered—from hot buttery rum drinks to sparkling pomegranate spritzers. They’re just festive enough to get you into the swing of the season without being garnished with an actual candy cane.
212 Ingredients: 1 1/3 oz. Tequila Don Julio 70 Crystal Añejo 2/3 oz. Italian Aperitif 1 1/3 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice Grapefruit Peel, for garnish Directions: Combine Tequila Don Julio 70 Crystal Añejo, Italian Aperitif, and fresh grapefruit juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a grapefruit peel. Created by mixologist Ben Scorah
Apple Pie Moscow Mule Ingredients: 4 oz. Apple Cider 4 oz. Apple Pie Vodka or Caramel Vodka 1 bottle Ginger Beer or Hard Apple Cider Beer Directions: Fill 2 copper mugs with ice. In a cocktail shaker combine all but the beer. Shake it up. Fill the mugs half way. Finish with the beer until full. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and apple slices. Created by celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, the founder and president of Elegant Affairs
Apple Pie Sangria Ingredients: 4 oz. sauvignon blanc 1 oz. brandy 1 oz. spiced simple syrup (2 cups apple juice, 2 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon) Splash of orange juice Granny smith apple and cinnamon stick, for garnish Directions: First, prepare the simple syrup. Combine all the listed simple syrup ingredients and bring to a simmer. Strain and cool. Next, pour the simple syrup, brandy, and wine in an iced wine glass. Top with a splash of orange juice and garnishes. (You can also top with bubbly.) Courtesy Tapa Toro, in Orlando, Florida
Black Pearl Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz. Johnnie Walker Black Label 1/2 oz. Apricot Brandy 1/4 oz. Pomegranate Sour Syrup Ginger Ale Floater Directions: Serve in a highball glass over ice and garnish with a cherry. Created by and served at The Kobe Club Miami & New York
Bohemian Cocktail Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth 2 oz. Orange Juice 1 oz. Cranberry Juice 1/4 oz. Grenadine Directions: Fill glass halfway with ice. Pour in Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth, orange juice, and cranberry juice. Pour grenadine down the inside of the glass and let settle to the bottom. Garnish with an orange slice.
Cobbler Punch Ingredients: 1 ½ parts Frangelico ¾ parts SKYY Vodka ¾ parts Amontillado Sherry 1 part Cold Earl Gray Tea ½ parts Lemon Juice 1 part Cold Filtered Water 1 bag of Raspberries Directions: Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl. Stir vigorously. Add raspberries. Garnish glasses with mint. Created by Otis Florence, notable NYC bartender
Cranberry Aperol Spritzer Ingredients: 2 oz. Aperol 2 oz. Cranberry Juice 4 oz. Sparkling Ice Essence Of Tangerine Orange Peels, for garnish Directions: Fill glass with ice. Combine aperol and cranberry juice and pour into glass, then top with Sparkling Ice Essence Of Tangerine, stirring gently. Garnish with an orange peel. Courtesy of Sparkling Ice
Crimson Crush Ingredients: 1.5 oz. (BELVEDERE)RED Vodka ½ oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur 3 spoons Pomegranate Seeds 4 chunks Pink Grapefruit Directions: Muddle pomegranate seeds and grapefruit with the elderflower liqueur. Add Belvedere and top with crushed ice. Churn.
Grey Goose Gingerbread Martini Ingredients: 1.5 parts Grey Goose La Poire vodka 0.5 parts Disaronno liqueur 1.5 parts Sparkling Apple Cider 1 pinch of Pumpkin Pie Spice Directions: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini cocktail glass. Courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka
Holiday Berry Sangria Ingredients: 1 Bottle Be Mixed Cucumber Mint 4 oz. Sauvignon Blanc 6 Grapes 7 Blackberries Splash of Soda Water Directions: Muddle blackberries and grapes. Combine all ingredients into a glass over ice. Stir. Courtesy of Be Mixed Cocktail Mixers
Holiday Cosmo Ingredients: 2 parts Absolut Elyx 1 part Triple Sec 1.5 parts Mulled Spiced Cranberry Juice* 0.5 part Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice Directions: Combine ingredients together in a cocktail shaker over ice.Shake hard until ice cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a string of red currants dusted with powdered sugar. *mulled spiced cranberry juice- There are many recipes for creating a ‘mulled’ juice or wine. Based on using a 1-liter carton of cranberry juice we suggest a combination of 1 sliced lemon and 1 sliced orange plus the zest from 2 additional fruits combined with fresh grated ginger, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon—all to your taste. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer for around 45 minutes. Be careful not to boil. Strain and chill well before use. Store in the refrigerator and the juice will last for around 1 week. For best results prepare mulled spiced cranberry juice at least 24 hrs. in advance. Courtesy of Absolut Elyx
Holiday Cup Ingredients: 2 parts Absolut Elyx 0.5 part Blackberry Liqueur 1 part Lemon Juice 6 Crushed Blackberries 6 Crushed Raspberries Champagne, to top off with Directions: Combine first 5 ingredients together in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake hard until ice cold. Strain into a copper cup over crushed ice and top with champagne. Garnish with a blackberry and orange twist. Courtesy of Absolut Elyx
NAVAN Orchid Martini Ingredients: 1/2 oz. NAVAN Natural Vanilla Liqueur 1 oz. Belvedere Vodka 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice Moët & Chandon White Star Directions: Shake with ice. Strain into a martini glass and top with champagne.
PAMA Pine Ingredients: 4 oz. Van Gogh Pineapple Vodka 4 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur Splash of Lime Juice Directions: Combine, shake, and serve.
Perrier-Jouët Fraise Sauvage Ingredients: 2 oz. Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut 1 1Ž4 oz. Absolut Vodka 3Ž4 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice 1Ž4 oz. Simple Syrup 1 Whole Strawberry Directions: In a bottom of a mixing glass muddle the strawberry into a purée. Add all ingredients except Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut. Add ice, cover, and shake vigorously for 7-8 seconds. Pour Perrier Jouët Grand Brut into a chilled cocktail-martini glass and pour the cocktail over it. Garnish with half a strawberry.
Pomelicious Martini Ingredients: 1 oz. IZZE Sparkling Pomegranate 1 oz. Cranberry Juice ½ oz. Port 1 oz. Vodka Directions: Rim martini glass in with sugar. Add all ingredients to shaker, except IZZE Sparkling Pomegranate. Shake and strain into martini glass. Top with IZZE Sparkling Pomegranate. Garnish with cranberries and orange twist. Courtesy of IZZE Sparkling Juice
Slowpoke Rodriguez Ingredients: 2 Strawberries 10-12 Mint Leaves 1.5 oz. Talero Silver Tequila 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice .75 oz. Monin Hibiscus Syrup 1.5 oz. Club Soda (add after shake) Ice, crushed Garnish: Skewed Strawberry Fan, 2 Lime Wheels, Mint Sprig Directions: Add strawberries, 6 mint leaves, and hibiscus syrup into mixing tin. Lighting muddle to press the juice out of the berries and release fragrance from the mint. Add ice and shake vigorously. Now add 1.5 oz. club soda into mixing tin, and strain over crushed ice with 6 mint leaves on the bottom of the glass. Courtesy of Borracha
Spicy Pear Mojito Ingredients: 1/4 Whole Fresh Pear, cored and chopped 6 Fresh Mint Leaves 3 Lime Wedges 1/2 oz. Monin Pineapple Chipotle Syrup 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup 1 1/2 oz. Grey Goose La Poire Vodka 1 oz. Perrier Directions: Muddle pear, lime, and mint in shaker. Add ice, pineapple chipotle syrup, simple syrup, and Grey Goose La Poire. Shake vigorously. Strain loosely into a glass with ice. Top with Perrier. Garnish with a squeeze of lime, mint sprig, and a pear corkscrew. Created by Commer Beverage
Tequila Hot Toddy Ingredients: 1/3 part Jim Beam® Honey 1/4 part Lemon Juice 1/4 part Honey 1/4 part Orange Juice 2 parts Hot Water Cloves 1 Cinnamon Stick 1 Orange Peel Directions: Boil water. Combine all other ingredients into a mug. Top with boiling water and stir. Garnish with cloves, cinnamon stick, and an orange peel. Courtesy of Sauza 901 Tequila
The Velvet Edie Ingredients: 3 parts Martini & Rossi Bianco Vermouth 1 part Lemon Juice 1/2 part Simple Syrup 2 Raspberries 2 Mint Leaves Directions: Gently muddle 1 raspberry and 1 mint leaf with simple syrup in the base of a martini shaker. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake well and strain over ice. Garnish with lemon slice, raspberry, and mint leaf.
Versailles Cocktail Ingredients: 1 oz. Cointreau 2 oz. Remy Martin XO 1 oz. Fresh-Squeezed Lemon Juice Directions: Rim the glass with 24 carat gold flakes. Courtesy of Whiskey Blue LA