10 Christmas Cocktails & Drinks to Spice Up The Holiday Fun

Christmas is one of the most important as well as popular holidays celebrated in more than 160 countries throughout the world, by adults and children alike. Christmas has universal appeal across all religions and is celebrated not only by those following the religion of Christianity. The manners with which Christmas is celebrated are different in many countries, even though the Christmas spirit is universal in nature.

Christmas is a day for fun, love, and happiness filled with good cheer and joyful decorations. Christmas traditions include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. This day all family members spend time baking cookies, making fudge and preparing a big Christmas dinner.

Christmas celebration won’t be complete without cocktails and drinks paired with the most delicious Christmas dishes. Christmas drinks are sure to help you celebrate the holidays in good spirits and spread the Christmas cheer.

The following Christmas cocktails and drinks will certainly make your holiday more festive.

Fig Sidecar Cocktail

First swipe a cut lemon around the rim of a cocktail glass and then dip it in sugar to coat. 

Add some ice to the combined cognac (60 ml), lemon juice (21 ml), and orange-flavored liqueur (21 ml) in a cocktail shaker and shake until cold. 

Garnish with a lemon peel when serving.

Warm Tea-and-Cider Punch

This delicious punch will warm your chilly fingers and red noses after a cold day out.

  • Boil 6 cups of fresh apple cider in a large saucepan.
  • Wait for 30 to 45 minutes until cider is reduced to 3 cups.
  • After removing from heat add 8 tea bags and 1 sliced lemon; steep for 4 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in 120 g whisky. Best enjoyed warm.

Cranberry Gin Fizz

For making the cranberry syrup, first simmer cranberries (1/2 c.) with granulated sugar (3/4 c). Then water (3/4 c.)in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 10 to 12 minutes until sugar dissolves and cranberries break down. Stir in 4 sprigs of fresh thyme and let it cool to room temperature. Strain to remove solids. 

For making the cocktail combine gin (60 ml), cranberry syrup (21 ml), fresh lemon juice (21 ml), liqueur (15 ml), and ice in a cocktail shaker. After shaking, strain into 2 glasses and top with ice and club soda. Use fresh cranberries and 1 sprig of fresh thyme to garnish the drinks.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian

After rubbing the rims of 4 glasses with honey, dip them in cookie crumbs to coat. 

Combine coffee liqueur (3/4 c.), vodka (2/3 c.), and pumpkin pie spice (1 1/2 tsp.) in a shaker. Strain into prepared glasses and top with ice. Divide 3/4 cup heavy cream evenly among glasses. Best enjoyed when served immediately.

Driven Snow Cocktail

First dip the rim of a glass in water, then in finely crushed candy canes. 

After that combine white chocolate liqueur (45 ml), rum (30 ml), ginger liqueur (15 ml), and ice in a cocktail shaker. After well shaking you can serve with the prepared glasses.

Orange-Thyme Old-Fashioned

For making the simple syrup combine 4 strips of orange zest, 3 sprigs of thyme, and 1 cup each sugar and water in a small saucepan. You should simmer until sugar is dissolved and then remove from heat and let it cool. For making the Old-Fashioned combine whisky (60 ml), the syrup (1 tbsp), and bitters (1/8 tsp) in a cocktail shaker. After shaking for 10 to 20 seconds you can strain into a glass with a large ice cube. You can garnish with a strip of orange zest and a thyme sprig if desired.

White Christmas Margarita

Blend coconut milk (1can), tequila (350 ml), liqueur (240 ml), lime juice (1/4 c.) and ice until smooth.

Swipe a cut lemon around the rim of cocktail glasses and then dip them into sanding sugar. You can garnish with lime and cranberries when serving.

Espresso Martini

Combine espresso (30 ml), coffee liqueur (30 ml). simple syrup (15 ml), vodka (45 ml) in a shaker and shake until the hot espresso chills and creates foam (15 seconds).
After straining into a coupe glass, cover half the top of the glass with a paper towel and dust the other half with espresso or cocoa powder. You can even garnish the plain side of the glass with coffee beans.

Cranberry Mimosas

First swipe a cut lemon around the rim of champagne flutes and then dip them in sugar to coat. Pour 1/4 cup cranberry juice into each glass and top with champagne.

Poke a hole through cranberries with a toothpick. Garnish mimosas with rosemary skewers and cranberries.

Snowflake Martini

Wet the rim of your martini glass with a lemon wedge. Then dip it in sanding sugar to get coated.

In a cocktail shaker, combine white chocolate liqueur(90 ml) with vanilla vodka (60 ml) and heavy cream (2 tbsp.).

After adding some ice, shake well.

Pour the mixture into prepared glass and serve.

Every year on Christmas day families get together, some visit their friends and indulge in memorable parties to celebrate the festive season. Christmas is a time when we are surrounded with the love of family members and the comradery of friends. Over time, it has become much more than just the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth; now it is seen to embody the spirit of giving and affection that one carries along with them for the rest of the year.


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