12+ Festive and Fun Christmas Cocktails

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Put the cheer into your Christmas party with our list of festive, delicious, and boozy holiday cocktails. Make them for yourself or for a crowd!

There is one time of year that lends itself particularly well to creative bartending—Christmas! The holiday season is the perfect time to dust off your jigger and get to work on making some signature Christmas cocktails.

To help you on your quest to nail down the best holiday drinks, we’ve pulled together a list of our top 12 favorite Christmas cocktails recipes. On our list, you’ll find classics like spiked eggnog, hot buttered rum, and mulled wine, but you’ll also find speciality cocktails that’ll be the talk of your next holiday party. Happy bartending!

Top view of two hands holding a festive christmas cocktail garnished with cranberries, an orange slice, and a rosemary sprig.

What’s the most popular drink at Christmas?

Mulled wine, or wassail, and spiked eggnog are two classic holiday cocktails to enjoy at Christmastime. We have multiple versions of eggnog below (even a dairy-free version) so you can find the one that’s right for you.

What do you drink on Christmas Eve?

In my house, Christmas Eve always calls for wassail by the fire, but you can create whatever Christmas cocktail tradition sounds wonderful for you. Wholefully’s COO Julie has a family tradition of opening up book gifts on Christmas Eve and drinking spiked hot chocolate while reading by the tree all night!

Let’s get on to the cocktails!

Eggnog Recipes

It doesn’t get much more classic than eggnog! Wondering what alcohol is good in eggnog? We recommend bourbon, rum, or amaretto!

Warm Christmas Cocktails

Chilled Holiday Cocktails

Looking for some non-alcoholic Christmas drinks?

We’ve got you covered there, too! Not everyone is an alcohol drinker, and it is always nice to offer them something beyond water or soda so they can drink something festive, too. Try our homemade chai, golden milk, or peppermint hot chocolate. The chai and golden milk mixes also make great holiday gifts, and come together in a flash!

Happy holidays!

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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