The Best Cocktails To Get You Through The Holidays

Cocktails are like medicine for the headache you’re about to get throughout the holiday season. Be sure to try these alcoholic beverages as you wait under the mistletoe!

Candy Cane Cocktail


Candy canes are the best holiday treat, and are even better when served with alcohol. This drink is perfect for a holiday party or any event during nighttime hours. It’s also not too strong, which is perfect for events where you don’t want to end up singing “All I Want For Christmas” on a table in front of your family.

The Recipe


This drinks calls for equal parts vanilla rum, white chocolate liqueur, and peppermint schnapps. Add all of the shots of liquids into a cocktail shaker which is filled with ice. Be sure to shake the container well and strain into a martini glass. Top the festive drink off with a candy cane and slurp it up!

Holiday Eggnog


Eggnog is a winter favorite and this version is a spicier version of the old-time treat. This Ecuadorian version blends all of your classic ingredients together, but adds a kick to spice up your holiday party! Try this drink while decorating the tree to make it even more fun!

Peaches? In Eggnog? Yum!


You’ll need peaches, condensed milk, 8 fresh eggs, and rum to keep your spirits up while hanging out with family and friends this season. Slowly blend peaches, milk, and egg in a blender on low while stirring in as much rum as you want. When it comes to the perfect ‘nog, more rum is better!

Santa’s Sleigh Cocktail


This cocktail uses eggnog, but is WAY different than any ‘nog you had as a little kid. A Santa’s Sleigh Cocktail is an eggnog-based creamy martini which will help you get through watching The Charlie Brown Christmas Special for the seventy fifth time.

This Recipe Is An Easy One


You can use store-bought eggnog as the base for this holiday cocktail! Combine brandy, amaretto, nutmeg, vanilla ice cream, and 4 cinnamon sticks. To make it stronger, double up the shots of the alcohol but keep the amount of non alcoholic ingredients the same. This drink takes like an adult milk shake, one that you’ll be thankful for!

Pomegranate Martinis


This drink is as beautiful as it is strong. You’ll want to carry this drink around as your accessory during a boring New Year’s Eve party. This martini has a sweet taste, which makes it a perfect pairing for both appetizers and sweet holiday cookies.

Shaken, Not Stirred


This martini is so fancy, even 007 would want it stirred for him. You’ll need sugar, shots of vodka, pomegranate juice, lime, Cointreau, and lime slices for this drink. In a large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients and stir in two cups of ice. The key to this concoction is chilling the martini glasses before serving, which will make the drink taste extra yummy!

Mulled Wine With Cranberries


Mulled wine is an upgraded version of grape juice and will warm your spirits on a cold festive day. This drink will warm up your heart when you’re feeling particularly Grinch-like when you’re solo at a couples party! This incredibly tart beverage is just sour enough to taste delicious.

You Can Be Lazy


This recipe is perfect for all lazy wine lovers! Mix together cups of sugar, cranberry juice cocktail, and as much wine as you desire. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberry juice cocktail, and other non alcoholic ingredients and simmer on low for 15 minutes. After it comes to a bubble, add your desired amount of wine and wait until the beverage simmers again.

Hot Buttered Rum


Rum will make running into your ex and his new girlfriend at a friend’s holiday party all that easier! This holiday classic is sweet due to its brown sugar and spice content. This warm beverage is also perfect for curling up and watching a holiday love story by yourself!

So Warm


Using an electric mixer, mix together brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix together this blended mixture and rum on a stove top and wait until the drink is boiling. Garnish off your mug with a cinnamon stick to give some spice to this hot beverage.

Champagne Cocktail


Champagne isn’t just for New Year’s Eve. It can also help you relax when distant relatives keep asking you, “so are you seeing anyone or are you still alone?” This champagne cocktail is a step up from the generic bubbly which you might get at the grocery store.

There’s A Lot Of Sugar In This One


For this recipe, you’ll need 4 sugar cubes, 1 bottle of Angostura bitters, 1 bottle of very cold champagne, and some lemon twists. Put a bitter-infused sugar cube into a champagne flute and fill the flute with cold champagne. The bitters will melt into the champagne giving the drink a bit of a sour, yet sweet taste.

Apple Brandy Cordials


This drink is an apple-based cocktail which is perfect for the Thanksgiving dinner when all of your relatives will gladly remind you that your college major will never help you make money. This drink is also perfect for the novice bartender in all of us.

All You Have To Do Is Pour


This drink doesn’t require any shaking, mixing, or boiling. Simply pour together shots of brandy, apple juice, Cointreau, lemon juice, and apple slices. The apple flavor will over power the strong taste of brandy, meaning you won’t even taste the alcohol after all!

Christmas Cookie


Christmas cookies are a staple during the holidays and you can’t help but eat about ten thousand of them. This drink tastes like Christmas cookies, but will give you a little buzz and contains half the calories. You’ll need this drink when your aunt makes your younger cousin dance for all of your relatives.

Kahlúa Kahlúa Kahlúa


This after-dinner drink is a blend of Kahlúa, Bailey’s, and a shot of peppermint schnapps. Fill a cocktail strainer with one ounce of each of the ingredients and and shake with ice. After the contents are completely chilled, pour into the glassware of your choice.

Ginger Snap


This drink blends together alcohol and actual ginger snap cookies! Ginger snap is the perfect cocktail for someone who has just turned 21, or who just doesn’t like the taste of alcohol. This sweet drink is incredibly sweet and almost masks the entire taste of the bitter alcohol.

It’s An Adult Cookie


In a shaker add ginger juice, rum, and cinnamon schnapps and begin to shake. As you shake, add in egg whites to the mixture and be careful to not add yolk because it can cause illness. Shake the entire mixture for about 20 seconds or until the entire mixture is frothy.

Rum And Grapefruit Spritzers


This fizzy drink is perfect for a New Year’s Eve party if you want a little bit more of a buzz than just basic bubbly. The ginger beer with give the drink a stronger ginger flavor, making it a robust drink, while still being light enough to sip on.

Salt The Rims


Before you start making the drink itself, be sure to salt the rims of the glasses which you intend to serve the drinks in. This will give the drink a sweet and salty flavor which you’ll love! In a large pitcher, combine grapefruit juice, ginger ale, and a cup of rum. Simply mix the beverage together to mix all of the flavors and pour into your salted glasses.

Maple Butter Kiss

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Maple sugar is one of the greatest fall flavors and will instantly remind you of childhood holiday parties. Sip up on this drink whenever you are feeling lonely during the holidays and nostalgia will definitely kick in! The sweet finish of this drink is perfect for dessert or with dessert.

You’ll Need Real Maple Syrup


For this recipe, you’re going to need one shot of vodka, a shot of butterscotch schnapps, 1/4 oz. of real maple syrup, and a shot of half and half. Pour all of your liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker and pour into glasses with a fresh-ground nutmeg rim.



This cocktail has the greatest name on our list! This festive and spicy drink is perfect for hanging out with friends or relatives who are your own age. The drink itself packs a punch, both in flavor and in alcoholic strength. You’ll be jamming out to “Feliz Navidad” in no time.

The Best Tequila Drink Ever


In a saucepan, simmer together cocoa powder, cinnamon, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. After the spices start to become aromatic, slowly stir in some almond milk and bring to a low bubble again. After the mixture has cooled, pour in your desired amount of tequila and get to partying.

Lemony Gin Punch


This fruity lemony punch is perfect for an afternoon with your loud relatives. The honey-balanced drink is a great balance of sweetness and acidity. This cocktail is great to sip on while watching television or a holiday movie, and won’t get you too wasted too fast.

Not Too Many Ingredients


In a small saucepan, mix together sugar and 1 cup of water to simmer, and let it cool. In a large pitcher, mix together sugar syrup and club soda, lemon juice, and enough gin to make you happy. Just give the mixture a good stir and pour it into your favorite glass.

Cider Jack Cocktails


If you’re looking for a sturdy drink, rather than something girly, then this drink is for you. This play on a hard apple cider is a strong drink which will help you get through any type of family function where everyone else in attendance seems to have a better job than you.

This One’s A Strong One


This drink is amazing because you can make each drink individually. For one serving, shake 2 ounces of applejack liqueur, 1 ounce lemon juice, and a splash of grenadine or simple sugar syrup with ice. To make the drink even more KAPOW, add some hard apple cider into the mixture and pour it into a glass with a cinnamon stick.

Citrus Temptation


This drink is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth or who is just trying to drink all of their holiday calories! Put down the pumpkin pie and try out this Limoncello flavored drink which will leave you satisfied after a big holiday dinner. The Citrus Temptation will be sure to give you a sugar rush.

You’ll Need Raw Sugar


Before you get mixing, rub the rim of a martini glass in raw sugar multiple times. Pour Limoncello and a shot of vodka into a shaker with iced filled to the brim. Shake the mixer for over a minute to completely melt the ice and make a nice stiff drink. Strain your drink into a glass and enjoy!

The Grinch


If you’re beyond down with the holidays and the obnoxious good cheer, then you should try out The Grinch. This drink is a beautiful shade of green and is a sour treat that isn’t too sweet. The Grinch is a little too sour for nighttime, so if you want to fight the holiday spirit in the afternoon try this out!

It’s Green


In a shaker, mix together 2 ounces of Midori, 1/2 ounce of lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of simple syrup. Shake the drink for over 30 seconds to so the liquid is chilled and pour into a martini glass. Garnish your drink with a maraschino cherry for a little added sweetness.

Santa Shot


If you want to get real drunk and real fast, then slurp this shot down. The Santa Shot is a colorfully layered shot which tastes like a candy cane. This drink is good for a before dinner shot or an aperitif with friends while being thankful during the season.

It Might Take Some Practice


Layering drinks is quite a challenge if you aren’t used to it. The Santa Shot is made up of one part grenadine, 1 part green creme de menthe, and one part peppermint schnapps. If you notice your layering becomes more of a mix don’t stress too much. Simply garnish your shot glass with crushed candy canes to make it more formal.

Chai Toddy


This Indian inspired version of a hot toddy will keep you all warm and toasty on a cold winter night. You can listen to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” with a nice chai toddy and your new bae while you look at snow out of the window. The spices in this drink will clear all of your sinuses as well.

The Tea Will Give You Energy


For this recipe, you’ll need chai concentrate, whole milk, anise, a shot of brandy, a shot of butterscotch schnapps, and a graham cracker rim. On the stove top, bring chai tea and milk to a simmer, while separately mixing brandy and butterscotch in a different container. Mix together everything after your chai and milk have become cool, and pour into your graham cracker-rimmed glasses.

Orange-Mango Fizzes


This sparkling wine drink is fizzy and sparkling just like the holidays themselves. Be sure to sip this drink during a party while flirting with the bartender. You can keep this drink is also on the inexpensive side by using sparkling wine like Prosecco or Cava.

How To Make It


For this recipe, you’re going to need 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 orange wedge, 2 1/2 cups of sparkling wine, 3/4 cup of mango nectar, 1 teaspoon of orange bitters, and some orange zest for garnish. In a large pitcher, mix together your wine, your bitters, and your mango nectar. All you have left to do is pour your liquid into a glass.