The Best Christmas Cocktail Recipes

Who wants to deck the halls without a christmas cocktail in hand? Christmas drink recipes are of plenty this time of year, and we’ve searched far and wide to find the best Christmas cocktails. From hot ciders to punches, here are a few of our favorite Christmas drinks. Trust us, it will be anything but a silent night with these fun Christmas cocktail recipes.

Prancer’s Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

A sweet mix of bubbly and tart, the sparkling pomegranate punch is named after one of our favorite reindeer. Complete with sweet dessert wine and a dark-red pomegranate juice, this Christmas cocktail is great to make in bulk and an easy home-run for any holiday party. Tie red ribbons around the glass for that extra festive touch! 

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  • 2 oranges thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 3/4 cup late-harvest white wine chilled
  • Two 750-milliliter bottles sparkling wine, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice

The Cousin Eddie

It wouldn’t be the holidays without Christmas Vacation’s Cousin Eddie, that’s why we call this the “Cousin Eddie” cocktail. It’s one of our favorite Christmas drinks, not to mention a killer take on egg nog. If you really want to embrace your inner Eddie, we recommend sipping this from a moose glass in a bathrobe, or skipping the cocktail altogether and havin’ a beer.

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  • 1 whole egg
  • 1.5oz heavy cream
  • 2 heaping bar spoons white sugar
  • 1.5oz armagnac
  • 3/4oz El Dorado 5yr
  • 1/2oz Jelinek Fernet
  • 3 zests of nutmeg

Dry shake this drink with regular ice, double strain into a lowball glass (if you don’t have the moose cup) with a large single piece of ice. Sprinkle nutmeg and cinnamon on the top, or even a dash (as in Dasher) of pepper!

The Christmas Cookie 

If you’re really into sweets, the Christmas Cookie cocktail is simple to make, and a naughty take on Santa’s favorite dessert. Served up in a martini glass, on top of a plate of sugar cookies, and you can even line the glass with cookie crumbs or sprinkles. This recipe is sure to make anyone a little merry.

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  • 1 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 ounce Bailey’s

The Rudolph

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but do you recall the most famous cocktail of all? The Rudolph is a hot cider featuring orange, cinnamon, and cranberry flavors.

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  • 1/2 ounce orange curacao
  • 3/4 ounce cinnamon schnapps
  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 6 ounces cranberry juice

To make this Christmas cocktail, heat the cranberry juice. While heating, pour other ingredients into your favorite holiday mug and then slowly add the hot juice. Top it with whipped cream, a cinnamon stick, and bright red sprinkles to give it that bright Rudolph glow.

The Old Fashioned Santa Claus 

It’d be impossible to survive the cold weather of Christmas without a little bourbon. If you’re not into sweets, this recipe is the solution. We call it the Old Fashioned Santa Claus, and it doesn’t steer far from a traditional Old Fashioned.  For a fun holiday touch, you can serve this in your favorite holiday mug, and garnish with a little Christmas tree pine to give it the epic Santa Claus touch. Don’t forget the black cherries! 

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  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • club soda
  • 2 ounces rye whisky

There you have it, five holiday recipes to have yourself a merry little Christmas cocktail. Because not only is it the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also a time of heavy drinking. You won’t go wrong with our five favorite Christmas cocktails.

Have you made one of these recipes or have another favorite Christmas drink? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Lauren is a New York-based writer from Nashville. She's lived in Paris and Italy, loves eating her way around new destinations, and considers herself a French fry connoisseur. She can often be found in Central Park training for her next marathon, hunting for the best homemade pasta in Manhattan, or petting dogs on the sidewalk. She loves dancing, camping, snowboarding and photography and considers coffee a major food group. Lauren resides in the East Village of Manhattan where she is working on a book about her big dog, Gizelle.