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With Christmas on the way, many of us are planning out the ultimate holiday party. Whether you plan to serve a meal, play games, or just spend quality time together, it is always fun to have a signature cocktail to serve your guests.

Here are 15 different holiday cocktail ideas that you can serve to impress your friends and family:

Candy Cane Shots

  • ¾ Ounce peppermint vodka
  • ¾ Ounce white chocolate liqueur
  • Shake with ice, rim shot glass with crushed candy canes, pour into shot glass, enjoy.


You can make your own, or simply use your favorite store-bought eggnog. Add one to two ounces of rum, brandy, or bourbon per serving depending on desired strength. Serve warm or cold depending on preference.

Grinch Punch

  • 2 packets Unsweetened Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 12oz Can Pineapple Juice
  • 1 12oz Frozen Lemonade Concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 liter of Sprite
  • Mix Kool-Aid packets and sugar with 2 quarts water, add pineapple juice and lemonade concentrate. Pour over ice and top with sprite. Optional: rim the glass with red sprinkles/sanding sugar. You can also add vodka to taste if you want it to be alcoholic.

Cranberry Whisky Sour

  • 1 ½ oz whiskey
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • 3 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Shake with ice and serve over fresh ice in a whisky glass. Optional: Garnish with lemon peel and fresh cranberries.

Peppermint White Russian

  • 1 ounce Peppermint Schnapps
  • 1 ounce Kahlúa
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 3 ounces milk or half and half
  • Shake everything but milk/half and half with ice, pour into glass and top with milk/half and half. Optional: rim glass with peppermints and sugar.

Sugar Cookie Martini

  • 1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish cream
  • 2 ounces whole milk
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • Shake ingredients with ice, serve in chilled martini glass. Optional: Rim glass with vanilla frosting and sprinkles.

White Christmas Margarita (Serves 6)

  • 10 ounces silver tequila
  • 8 ounces grand marnier
  • 8 ounces lime juice
  • 8 ounces coconut water
  • 8 ounces canned coconut milk
  • 6 ounces coconut cream
  • 6 ounces coconut rum
  • 6 ounces simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • Mix all ingredients together well. Serve over ice. Optional: garnish with fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.

Jingle Juice

  • 5 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup vodka
  • ⅓ cup orange liqueur
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup maraschino cherry juice
  • Stir ingredients together and serve over ice. Optional: garnish with fruit-flavored candy cane, maraschino cherries and/or lemon slices

Mistletoe Jello Shots

  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 8 ounces boiling water
  • 3 ounces lime Jello
  • Mix Jello powder with boiling water. Allow to cool before adding vodka. Pour into shot glasses and let set in fridge. Optional: top with whipped cream and sprinkles before serving.

Cranberry Mimosa (serves 8)

  • 1 ½ cups cranberry juice
  • ½ cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 bottle of chilled champagne
  • Combine ingredients in a pitcher and let chill in fridge before serving. Optional: garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary.

Irish Coffee

  • 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 4 ounces strong, hot coffee
  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce heavy cream, lightly whipped
  • Combine sugar, whiskey, and coffee in a heat-proof mug. Top with whipped cream. Serve hot.

Wassail (serves 10)

  • 2 apples
  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
  • Simmer all ingredients in a pot for 30-45 minutes. Remove apples, cinnamon sticks, and cloves when done cooking. Serve hot in a heat-proof mug.

Pecan Pie Martini (serves 6)

  • 6 ounces rumchata
  • 6 ounces creme de cacao
  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 3 ounces half-and-half
  • Shake over ice and serve in chilled martini glass. Optional: rim glass with caramel sauce and chopped pecans.

Santa Clausmopolitan

  • One lime wedge, along with the juice and reserved zest of one half
  • 1.5 oz citrus vodka or regular vodka
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • Shake ingredients with ice and serve in chilled martini glass. Optional: rim glass with crushed candy cane or sugar.

Jack Frosties

  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup Prosecco
  • 1/2 cup Blue Curaçao
  • 1/2 cup lemonade
  • 6 cups ice
  • Blend ingredients together and serve. Optional: rim glass with white sugar.

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