Easy & Festive Christmas Cocktail Recipes

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Christmas is a time of good cheer, treasured friends and celebrations. Everyone feels more festive at holiday time, and a special cocktail adds to the merry-making.

If you will be entertaining this Christmas season, having a trademark drink or two ready to offer company will simplify your bar keeping and impress your guests.

Cold weather makes hot coffee drinks a welcome treat, and eggnog is a holiday staple. Apple cider tastes even better when it's all grown up, with a dash of cinnamon to give it Christmas warmth.

Choose a cocktail or two to call your own, and be prepared when guests come calling this holiday season.

Eggnog Drinks

Nothing says Christmas like eggnog. This traditional holiday beverage tastes great on its own, or mixed with a variety of spirits. Here are a few eggnog recipes for your Christmas cocktail party.

Christmas White Russian

Smooth and creamy.


  • 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1-1/2 ounces Kahlua
  • 4 ounces eggnog
  1. Fill a tall glass with ice, then add vodka, Kahlua and eggnog.
  2. Stir and enjoy.
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Eggnog Martini

A sophisticated take on eggnog.


  • 1 ounce eggnog
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 2 ounces rum
  • Nutmeg, ground
  • Cinnamon, ground
  1. Combine eggnog, amaretto and rum; shake well.
  2. Serve in a martini glass, and dust with nutmeg and cinnamon.

Golden Eggnog

The Goldschlager makes this drink look decadent.


  • 3 ounces eggnog
  • 1 ounce Goldschlager cinnamon schnapps
  • Nutmeg, ground
  1. Mix the eggnog and Goldschlager together in a cocktail glass.
  2. Dust with nutmeg.

Butterscotch Eggnog

Tastes like a Christmas candy.


  • 8 ounces eggnog
  • 2 ounces butterscotch schnapps
  • Nutmeg, ground
  1. Mix eggnog and schnapps together in a cocktail glass.
  2. Sprinkle with ground nutmeg.

Red Nog

A touch of black cherry gives eggnog a glow.


  • 8 ounces eggnog
  • 3 ounces Red Stag Kentucky Bourbon
  • Nutmeg, ground
  1. Shake eggnog and bourbon with ice until frothy.
  2. Pour into a wine glass, sprinkle nutmeg on top.

Apple Cider Drinks

Apple cider has a sweet and tart crispness that is particularly suited for winter weather. Add in spices such as cinnamon, cloves or nutmeg to add to the Christmas cheer. Whether warm or cold, there are a variety of apple cider cocktails worthy of serving Christmas Eve.

Hot Apple Toddy

Spicy, warm and delicious.


  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 ounces hot apple cider
  • Orange wedge
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  1. Coat the bottom of a tall cocktail glass with honey.
  2. Add whiskey.
  3. Fill with hot apple cider, and stir.
  4. Garnish with orange wedge, cinnamon stick and 2-3 whole cloves.

The blend of apricot, cider and Southern Comfort will warm more than your buns.


  • 8 ounces hot apple cider
  • 1 ounce apricot brandy
  • 1 ounce Southern Comfort
  • Cinnamon stick
  1. Pour alcohol into a coffee mug.
  2. Top with hot apple cider.
  3. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Gold Cinnamon Stick

Easy to make, and the Goldschlager adds a special touch.


  • 1 ounce Goldschlager cinnamon schnapps
  • 8 ounces apple cider
  • Cinnamon stick
  1. Pour Goldschlager into a tall cocktail glass, add apple cider and stir.
  2. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Apple Cider Twist

Delicious, grownup cider.


  • 8 ounces apple cider
  • 2 ounces spiced rum
  • 1 ounce cinnamon schnapps
  1. Stir the cider, rum and schnapps together.
  2. Serve over ice in a cocktail glass.

Hot Brandied Cider

Perfect for warming up on a cold night.


  • 8 ounces hot apple cider
  • 1 ounce apple brandy
  • Cloves, ground
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Whipped cream
  1. Pour apple brandy into a mug, top with hot cider.
  2. Finish with whipped cream.
  3. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and a dusting of cloves.

Caramel Apple

Caramel and apples are perfect companions in this holiday treat.


  • 8 ounces apple cider
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 teaspoon caramel sauce
  • Caramel apple, cut into slices
  1. Pour tequila over ice in a cocktail glass.
  2. Add cider and stir well.
  3. Drizzle in caramel sauce.
  4. Garnish with slices of caramel apple.

Coffee Drinks

On a cold winter's night, a hot coffee drink hits the spot and warms you up for Christmas festivities. Your friends will welcome these delicious hot cocktails.

Irish Coffee

The classic coffee cocktail.


  • 8 ounces coffee
  • 1-1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Whipped cream
  1. Combine coffee, whiskey and sugar in a mug; stir thoroughly.
  2. Top with whipped cream.

Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee

Enjoy this one by the fire.


  • 10 ounces hot coffee
  • 1 ounce chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce hazelnut liqueur
  • Cocoa powder
  1. Mix coffee and liqueurs in a warm mug.
  2. Dust with cocoa powder.

Colonial Coffee

Your guests will love this delicious coffee drink.


  • 8 ounces hot coffee
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 ounce brandy
  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon, ground
  1. Mix coffee, Kahlua and brandy together in a mug.
  2. Top with whipped cream.
  3. Dust with cinnamon.

Vermont Coffee

Maple syrup and rum give coffee the taste of the outdoors.


  • 6 ounces hot coffee
  • 1 ounce cream
  • 1 ounce maple syrup
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  1. Mix all ingredients in a mug, serve hot.

Nose Warmer

A blend of liqueurs will warm your nose, and the rest of you, too.


  • 8 ounces hot coffee
  • 1/4-ounce Tia Maria
  • 1/4-ounce Frangelica
  • 1/4-ounce Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1/4-ounce Grand Marnier
  1. Mix ingredients together in a mug, serve hot.

Christmas is filled with special get-togethers. Make yours extra-special with a signature holiday cocktail that adds to the joy of the season.

Last Updated: December 19, 2011
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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