The Ultimate Cocktail & Spirit List You’ll Need For Your Holiday Parties This Season
We love raising a glass during the holidays–who doesn’t? But it can be difficult to sift through the tons of Christmas cocktail recipes out there to find the best holiday cocktail recipes that fit your holiday party needs. So this year, we’ve done the work for you, and collected our very favorite festive holiday cocktail recipes–the ones that guests will be begging you to show them how to make.
With all of these options, you’re sure to find some easy holiday cocktails to enjoy this season.
Fun Holiday Recipes:
Little Nip from every Sip Cocktail
3 fresh raspberries
1 oz peach liqueur
2 tbsp peach purée
1 ¾ oz orange juice
- Prepare as above but pour into a chilled martini glass
“Little Nip from every Sip Cocktail” from The Milestone Hotel & Residences in London, inspired by the upcoming release of Mary Poppins Returns this December. The hotel is offering a special package, afternoon tea, and the below cocktail in celebration.
2 oz Reyka Vodka
1 oz Cranberry 100% juice
.75 oz Vanilla spiced syrup (recipe below)
Combine all the ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake, strain & garnish.
To make vanilla spiced syrup: Bring 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, 5 allspice, 1 cinnamon stick 2.5in. Bring to a boil in a pot. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Let cool completely. Fine strain and add .5 oz vanilla extract.
Chai Tea Martini
2 oz Reyka Vodka
2 oz Chai Tea
1 oz coconut milk
.5 oz Vanilla Demerara simple
Combine all the ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake, strain & garnish.
Cognac Frapin VSOP / 1.5 oz
Pedro Ximenez sherry / .5 oz
Lemon juice / .5 oz
35ml egg whites
Gomme syrup / a splash
Demerara sugar to garnish
Put all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
This cocktail is prepared using a ‘dry-wet-dry’ shake. Shake to emulsify eggs, add ice then shake again, hard to break up the ice which creates a larger surface area and helps chill the drink. Strain to remove ice and shake again using a rolling motion. Serve in a large coupe glass, sprinkle with Demerara Sugar.
Grey Goose La Vanille Espresso Martini
1 ½ parts Grey Goose La Vanille
1 part single origin espresso
¾ parts premium coffee liquer
Optional Fleur de Sel.
Add all ingredients together in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain and serve in a chilled martini glass. Optional garnish of vanilla bean resting on the rim.
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Cocktail Punch
Serves 4 to 6
- 1 (750 ml) bottle Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Red Blend
- ½ cup apple juice
- ¼ cup cranberry juice
- ¼ cup apple brandy
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- 5 dashes Angostura bitters
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- Add Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Red Blend, apple juice, cranberry juice, apple brandy, cinnamon sticks, bitters, and almond extract to a pitcher or punch bowl and stir to combine.
- Allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
- Pour over ice and serve immediately.
Forbidden Fruit created by Tullamore D.E.W. Ambassador Tim Herlihy
1.5 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask
1 part Aperol
1 dash Orange Bitters
Method: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an apple slice.
Spiked White Hot Chocolate with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Caramel Sauce
Cabernet Caramel Ingredients:
- 1 bottle Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp. water
White-Hot Chocolate Ingredients:
- 5 cups whole milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 ½ cups good quality white chocolate chips
- 6–8 Tbsp. dark rum
- 1 cup whipped cream, unsweetened
- Reduce the red wine: In a medium pot, reduce the Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon over medium heat until there is ¾ cup total liquid, 15–20 minutes. Keep warm.
- Make the Cabernet caramel: In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and water and cook over medium heat for 6–8 minutes or until an amber-colored caramel forms. Remove the pan from the heat and carefully stir in the reduced wine. Return to the stove and simmer 3–5 additional minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. Keep warm.
- Make the hot chocolate: In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat about 2 cups of the milk and the vanilla over low heat. Place the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl that fits on top of the pot to create a makeshift double boiler. Gently melt the chocolate in the bowl above the milk, stirring with a rubber spatula. When melted, remove from the heat and heat the remaining milk in the pot until it simmers. Gently whisk the warm, melted chocolate into the milk. Add the rum to taste, if using…
- Serve the drink: Spoon some Cabernet caramel into the bottom of four large mugs or 6 smaller cups. Pour in the hot white chocolate mix. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with additional Cabernet caramel. Have kids at the party? Simply omit the rum and the caramel and dust with a little cinnamon instead!
Santa Teresa 1796 El Mestizo
1.25 oz Santa Teresa 1796
0.5 oz Banks 5 Island Rum
0.25 oz Velvet Falernum 1 Bar spoon cinnamon syrup
1 Dash Peychaud’s Bitters
Spray yellow Chartreuse Mist on top
Build all ingredients in mixing glass and stir for 30–40 seconds. Pour over a coupe glass and finish with a Yellow Chartreuse mist. Garnish with a long lemon peel.
Moët Champagne O’Clock
3.5 oz Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut
1 oz Hennessy Cognac
Dash of bitters
Garnish with an orange twist and a spritz of clove atomizer
Negroni Sbagliato — from Chandon California
3 oz. Chandon California Brut (with limited-edition Chandon California x BaubleBar Holiday Bottle)
1 oz. Italian aperitif bitter
1 oz. Italian Sweet Vermouth
Garnish: Orange slice
Glassware: Coupe glass
Method: Shake all ingredients in a shaker tin except for Chandon. Strain into glassware and top with Chandon. Garnish with orange slice.
2 parts Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve
½ part Drambuie
¼ part coffee liqueur
¼ part demerara syrup
1 barspoon China China
Egg white or chickpea water
Coffee beans, to garnish
Method: Combine all ingredients except for the coffee beans in a shaker and shake to incorporate the egg white. Add ice and shake again. Pour into a coupe. Garnish with coffee beans.
6 parts (1 ½ oz) Fistful of Bourbon
3 parts (¾ oz) Banana liqueur
1 part (¼ oz) simple syrup
3 parts (¾ oz) Cold brew coffee
2 parts (½ oz) Oat milk
Method: Combine ingredients and shake well. Strain over ice in a small rocks glass. Spritz and discard a lemon twist. Garnish with fresh banana slices.
1 part Hendrick’s Gin
2 parts cranberry juice
1 part soda water or lemon soda water
Method: Pour all ingredients into rocks glass. Garnish with lime.
2 parts Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
¾ part pear juice
½ part simple syrup
¼ part lemon juice
Blue pea flower tea & cinnamon stick, to garnish
Method: Combine all ingredients but garnish in a shaker over ice. Shake briefly and pour over crushed ice in a stemless wine glass. Top with a splash of Pea flower tea and add the cinnamon stick.
Woodford Reserve Bourbon Milk Punch
Perfect for replacing your Christmas dessert with a little something boozy! This cocktail packs a punch while being deliciously creamy and pairs nicely with chocolate based desserts & panatone cake!
- 2 cups Cream
- 2 Cups whole Milk
- 1 cup of Woodford Reserve Bourbon
- ¾ Sifted Powdered Sugar
- ½ a vanilla bean for flavoring
- Fresh grated nutmeg
In a metal bowl over an ice bath, whisk sugar, cream, milk and bourbon until nice and frothy. Add vanilla bean and strain, through fine mesh strainer into pitcher. Place pitcher in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour stirring occasionally on occasion. Pour into a glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
Blood Orange Margarita
This amazingly refreshing and seasonal margarita is perfect for pairing with chicken or pork tamales for anyone partaking in the Mexican tradition of tamale making on Christmas day!
- 1.5 Oz Tequila Avion Silver
- .75 Fresh Blood Orange Juice
- .75 oz. agave nectar
- .5 Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
Build Ingredients in a mixing glass and stir until chilled. Serve up or on the rocks with an orange twist or Woodford Reserve Bourbon soaked cherry
This refreshing cocktail is perfect for any special honey baked hams or turkey’s on Christmas Eve Dinner. The cranberry flavor gives an extra added tartness to any savory Christmas meal!
Cranberry Fizz Recipe:
- 1 part chilled floater of Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka
- 4 parts chilled prosecco/champagne
- dried cranberry garnish
*The Cranberry Fizz can be mixed up in a punch bowl for a group, or as a single serving.
- 2 parts FACUNDO EXIMO Rum
- ½ part Demerara sugar
- 1 bar spoon Crème de Yvette
- 1 dash Green Strawberry Bitters
- 1 dash Chocolate Bitters
- Garnish: Orange peel
Method: Combine all ingredients and stir with plenty of ice until very cold. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with a zig zag orange peel.
- 2 part BACARDÍ Superior Rum
- 3/4 part of evaporated milk
- 3/4 part of condensed milk
- 1 part coconut creme (preferably Coco Lopez)
- 1 tea spoon of vanilla extract
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- Garnish: coconut flakes & cinnamon sticks
Method: Shake all ingredients vigorously with plenty of ice and strain into a glass mug. Garnish with cinnamon and coconut flakes.
Casa Noble In Holiday Spirit
- 1.5 oz Casa Noble Reposado Tequila
- 0.5 oz ancho chili liqueur
- 0.25 oz simple syrup
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- 2 drops molé bitters
- Orange peel
Combine all ingredients, except orange peel, into mixing glass and stir. Strain into glass over ice. Squeeze orange peel; rub around rim and drop into glass.
Spirits That You Should Have On Your Bar:
Grey Goose Holiday Tin
For a gift that’s personal yet effortless, look no further than the Grey Goose Holiday Tin. Modeled after flour tins found in bakeries across France that store blé panifiable supérieur from Picardy — the finest winter wheat used to make France’s lauded breads as well as Grey Goose vodka — the Holiday Tin features letter magnets that allow gift givers to craft messages to their recipients. The Holiday Tin will be retailing at airport duty-free shops and at the Grey Goose Holiday Market in terminal 4 at JFK, making it a cinch to pick up when en route home for the holidays.
Santa Teresa 1796
For the sophisticated, dark spirits lover on your list, a bottle of barrel-aged Santa Teresa 1796 rum will be sure to surprise and delight. The masterfully crafted Venezuelan spirit is the world’s first super-premium rum. It’s sure to please the palate of both highly refined drinkers and rum novices alike because of the unique Solera Method that is used to age the spirit. The smooth, spiced taste will perfectly accompany all your holiday meals and parties. Link to purchase here.
As the holiday season is upon us, look no further than this deluxe gift that keeps on giving — the FACUNDO Rum Collection. This four-bottle Collection features an ultra-premium assortment of sipping rums, which is sure to excite the palates of the beloved spirits connoisseurs and budding bartenders on your gifting list.
Leading the super-luxury rum category, the FACUNDO™ Rum Collection is the first of its kind to feature the most exquisite and extraordinary sipping rums from Bacardi. This Collection, sourced from the Bacardi family’s private rum reserves, is a limited release of four rare blends of the finest aged sipping rums perfectly designed to complement celebratory moment of reward during the holiday season.
Veuve Clicquot Colorama Collection
The Veuve Clicquot Colorama Collection is a unique case offering for Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label and Non-Vintage Rosé, inspired by Veuve Clicquot’s iconic yellow and pink hues that have long been synonymous with the brand. Shaped as traditional paint tubes, Veuve Clicquot Colorama Collection pays homage to the aesthetic of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and keeps your 750mL bottle of Yellow Label or Non-Vintage Rosé chilled for up to two hours, making it the perfect gift for your favorite party host or Champagne enthusiast. SRP $60.00+
Black Box Wines Limited-Edition Holiday Sleeve
Black Box Wines are showcasing holiday spirit with limited-edition packaging to celebrate the winter season, available beginning this October. Each 3L box of Black Box Wines is equivalent to 4 regular bottles of wine and stays fresh for up to six weeks after opening, perfect for sharing among friends and family this holiday season. SRP $24.99
Belvedere Vodka x Laolu Senbanjo 2018 Limited Edition Bottle
The world’s original luxury vodka, Belvedere Vodka, has partnered with award-winning visual artist, musician, and activist Laolu Senbanjo to create a visually striking bottle which brings to life Senbanjo’s interpretation of the complexity, nuance and character of the Belvedere liquid. The Belvedere X Laolu Limited Edition Bottle which features a flowing design with sharp edges that represent the water and rye working together to produce dimension and taste is now available and will support the global fund to help eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Don Papa 10 Year Old Rum
Launching this October, Don Papa presents its unique Don Papa 10 Year Old Rum. Deep, rich and powerful on the nose, with a delightful tingle on the mouth, Don Papa 10 has a dark amber color and offers flavors of dried fruits, cacao, and just a hint of oak. Don Papa Rum is handcrafted on the ethereal Philippine island of Negros, also known as “Sugarlandia,” where the lush, fertile land allows the sugarcane used in production to flourish.
Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée & Gift Box
This holiday season enjoy Bollinger Special Cuvée in its limited-edition Holiday Box. A true icon among non-vintage Champagnes, Bollinger Special Cuvée has a rich, Pinot Noir-forward profile and is the result of delicate blending between harvest grapes and many reserve wines, including some aged in magnums for more than 15 years in Bollinger’s cellars.
Hennessy Master Blenders Selection №3
Hennessy continues to innovate the Cognac category with Master Blender’s Selection No 3, the latest in a unique series of limited edition releases. An expression of savoir faire and passion, nothing captures the spirit of craftsmanship more than the Master Blender’s Selection. Master Blender’s Selection №3 marks the very first creation from Renaud Fillioux de Gironde, Hennessy’s 8th generation Master Blender.
Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Range
f your loved one’s bar cart is down a few items, halt your gift search at the three-bottle Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale range. The recently launched collection, comprised of a Rubino Vermouth, an Ambrato Vermouth, and a Bitter, features a unique flavor profile that’s sure to be an asset to any burgeoning cocktail connoisseur.
Flavors derived from a rare combination of botanicals like Angostura, Saffron, and Columba, deliver well rounded tastes that perfectly accessorize your go-to winter drink recipes. Links to purchase here: Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino Vermouth, Martini Riserva Ambrato Vermouth & Martini Riserva Speciale Bitter.
Whisky lovers will be thrilled to receive a crate designed especially for him. With a personalized glass decanter and two heavy bottom rock glasses with his initials, your man will have everything he needs to enjoy a nice glass of Whisky on the rocks. … He’ll also get to snack on spiced peppercorn peanuts, salted pistachios, and cranberry pecans!
Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters
If you’re still searching for the perfect wine to gift or enjoy this season, do not fret! Just take a page from Taylor Lautner’s book and step up your sipping game.
The Twilight star took to his Instagram to give his followers a sneak peek into his favorite wines from Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters. At first glance, you’ll notice that these aren’t your average bottles of wine. With a spirits-like silhouette, the three boundary-breaking varietals are barrel aged in ex-spirits barrels, making them the perfect unexpected addition to any holiday soiree (or a ten year anniversary Twilight party, if that’s your thing).
From the Bourbon barrel-aged Red Wine Blend to the Whiskey barrel-aged Cabernet Sauvignon, there’s a Cooper & Thief option for everyone, even beloved Jacob Black.
Moët Impérial Brut Festive Bottle & Gift Box
A chic dressing of the House’s iconic Impérial Brut champagne, this bottle makes the act of giving easy this holiday season. Embodying Moët & Chandon’s unique style, the gold decorated bottle adds a touch of glistening glamour to all end-of-year festivities.
- Limited edition bottle and gift box (complete with a naked bottle) sold separately
Moët Impérial Rosé Festive Bottle & Gift Box
A spontaneous, radiant pink bubbly that seduces the senses, this champagne rosé is a festive go-to hostess gift for seasonal festivities will make any party-goer a crowd favorite.
Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend Holiday Gift Pack
Wine is always a go-to holiday gift. But this year, why not step things up and really intrigue your loved one with an unexpected touch? Don’t just gift a plain old bottle of wine like years past, insight a little mischief with the limited-edition Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend Holiday Gift Pack. The gift-ready set includes a bottle of the 2016 Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend, two festive Cooper & Thief based cocktail recipes, and two whiskey glasses to really elevate the drinking experience ($29.99).
Cooper & Thief 2015 High West Rye Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
Aged for six months in ex-High West Distillery Rye Whiskey barrels, this well-integrated wine blends a traditional Napa Cabernet with the influence of Rye whiskey for a unique drinking experience filled with rich and complex dark fruit notes and a smooth finish reminiscent of Rye whiskey.
Max Poglia’s customized Cooper & Thief corkscrews are available in limited supply for the holidays on the Poglia website, the 2015 High West Rye Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon is available at fine wine stores nationwide, and can be purchase online at the Cooper & Thief website.
Meiomi Sparkling Wine
While known for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rosé wines, Meiomi recently launched its very first sparkling wine just in time for the holiday season. Boasting flavors of crunchy pears, zesty citrus, and honey and fresh minerality, the wine is ideal for that bubbly devotee on your list, perfect hostess gift, or for a celebratory toast with friends and family.
This year, Krug has also released a limited edition case — Soloist to Orchestra in 2004 — which takes Krug Lovers on a unique journey through Krug Champagne’s three creations from the harvest of 2004: Krug Clos du Mesnil 2004, Krug 2004, and Krug Grande Cuvée 160th Edition.
Spoken Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep ruby in color, this wine is bold and complex with classic aromas of cherry, black currant, dark chocolate, and roasted oak. Lush, concentrated flavors of blackberry and cherry lead to a toasty vanilla finish with fine, velvety tannins.
Spoken Barrel Meritage Red Blend
Black garnet in color, this rich and complex wine features fresh fruit aromas of blueberry and red plum with notes of leather, black licorice, and deep roasted oak. A dense, rich mouthfeel is accented by flavors of bright red fruit, toasty oak, smoke, chocolate, and citrus rind.
Virgin Wines, in collaboration with Direct Wines, just launched the ultimate club for wine and music fans — bringing together exclusive rock ’n’ roll inspired wines with carefully curated soundtracks for each bottle.
The introductory 12-bottle offer features a bottle of Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon, KISS Malbec and a special red blend inspired by The Police, alongside your choice of other reds, whites or a mix of both. Additionally, each bottle comes with a customized playlist to listen to as you enjoy your wine, available on Spotify or at virginwines.com/music.
Lock Stock & Barrel 18 Year, one of the finest, most complex straight ryes available today, was awarded the 2018 Double Gold Medal from the world-renowned San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It is clean and bold, yet smooth and flavorful.
It is one of the oldest straight rye whiskeys to ever be introduced — eighteen years is the oldest age statement to be given to a straight rye whiskey. The striking matte black glass bottle, embossed label and wood cork.
Avion Reserva 44 is hand bottled in and carefully filled into a fire-polished, luxurious crystal bottle. It’s the perfect gift for any tequila lover and requires no pesky wrapping! Avion Reserva 44 is crafted in the highlands town of Jesus Maria, Mexico and enclosed in a uniquely crafted luxury gift box. Avion Reserva 44 has the distinctive character of Avion Agave with hints of warm vanilla, ripe luscious fruits and a touch of spice — the hallmark of Avion fine tequila.
The Owl & The Dust Devil
Great wine is said to transport you — with one sip, finding yourself in the field and terroir of a region. But what if just looking at a bottle could take you there? Now that it is officially the holiday season, I’d love to recommend Finca Decero’s The Owl & The Dust Devil (SRP: $33, available nationwide) as a perfect gift for wine lovers and tech geeks alike.
This distinct red blend from one of Argentina’s top producers not only offers an aromatic and delicious blend of cabernet, malbec and petit verdot to pair with holiday meals, but also an interactive element with an AR-enabled app that brings the Mendoza vineyards to life, capturing the property’s watchful owls as they survey the estate, standing guard as dust devils or “remolinos” make their way through the vines.