23 Festive Cocktails for Thanksgiving & Christmas

23 festive cocktails guaranteed to be the toast of your holiday season! From sparkling punches to spiced eggnog; find your next Thanksgiving or Christmas tipple among these fun and easy drink recipes.

an eggnog drink in a martini glass

Eggnog Cocktail

It wouldn’t be the holidays without eggnog! Try this modern spin on the creme de la creme of Christmastime cocktails that’s cold, creamy, and spiked with amaretto and brandy. A martini glass with a sugared rim gives a cool iced effect!

Cranberry Moscow Mule with Rosemary Infused Vodka, you'll love this holiday twist on a classic and so will you're guests! Light, refreshing, and filled with holiday cheer! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipes

Cranberry Moscow Mule

A Moscow mule infused with holiday cheer; namely, the bright flavors of cranberry and rosemary. A Christmas twist on a classic cocktail recipe, guests will love this refreshing and merry vodka drink.

harvest moon manhattan cocktail recipe

Harvest Moon Manhattan


This take on a classic Manhattan cocktail recipe swaps out sweet vermouth for red wine for a cozy drink that’s perfect for the holidays. Enjoy this festive martini by the fire on a chilly evening, or with family and friends at your next gathering!

Two mugs of mulled wine on a striped cloth.

Spiced Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is about as old fashioned as it gets when it comes to holiday cocktails! Simmered with warm spices and lightly sweetened with simple syrup, this simple cocktail is ready in 20 minutes.

two side by side glasses filled with easy cranberry mimosa recipe with garnish

Easy Festive Cranberry Mimosa Recipe

Cranberries are so synonymous with the holidays and there are so many ways to use them! Toast your Thanksgiving and Christmas guests with this classy and festive mimosa made with cranberry juice and sparking wine.

Whisky Apple Pie Float

Apple cider and whisky make this festive version of a root beer float perfectly suited for fall! A fun dessert cocktail that will have party guests feeling all sorts of warm and fuzzy.

Apple Cider Mojito


Just five ingredients is all is takes for this easy fall-inspired cocktail recipe. Everything you love about a classic mojito with an injection of delicious fresh apple cider; the perfect refreshing and boozy drink to try out this season.

drinking glasses filled with white frozen margaritas and garnished with lime slices, rosemary sprigs, and cranberries

Frozen Christmas Margaritas

The taste of the tropics and magic of Christmas come together in a super fun and creamy coconut margarita! Triple Sec blended with frozen coconut milk and tequila make this a perfect snowy winter cocktail for parties.

Pomegranate prosecco punch is a beautiful drink that is full of flavor! Tangy, sweet, and bubbly — everything you want in a cocktail!

Pomegranate Prosecco Punch

With New Years in sight, there’s no reason to put off the celebrations! Kickstart your next holiday party or boozy brunch with this sweet and bubbly mimosa cocktail that packs a tart pomegranate punch. The beautiful red color garnished with a sprig of rosemary makes this a perfect wintertime drink.

White Hot Chocolate is an easy homemade hot chocolate recipe with RumChata

Spiked White Hot Chocolate

A wintery white hot chocolate with a splash of RumChata to warm up your evenings this holiday season. Chase away the winter chill with this creamy, sweet and spiked hot drink that’s great for holiday celebrations!

Holiday Spiced Mulled Wine, an easy party cocktail that will please a crowd. This Mulled Wine is perfect for any Holiday Party and sure to warm you up from head to toe! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Holiday Spiced Mulled Wine

Filled with the unbeatable aromas of fall as well as brandy and citrus, this homemade mulled wine recipe is one for the books! Warm your guests’ hands and hearts with a mug of this delicious and easy party cocktail.

up close shot of two coupe glasses filled with prosecco and garnished with fresh cranberries, apples, and rosemary sprigs

Christmas Mimosas


It’s time to sparkle! Merry and bright holiday mimosas are the way to do it; diced green apples, pomegranate seeds, and cranberries bring the festive cheer to a mimosa made with Prosecco and Chambord. Great to make in a pitcher or punch bowl, too!

creamy drink recipe with candy canes as garnish

Peppermint White Russian

Peppermint vodka infuses this creamy cocktail recipe with holiday spirit! A fresh and minty remix of a classic White Russian that will bring the flavors of Christmas to your parties and happy hours.

Two glasses of coquito with cinnamon on top.

The Best Coquito Recipe – Puerto Rican Eggnog

This is an ultra festive recipe for eggnog with a Caribbean kick. A creamy blend of coconut, rum, nutmeg and cinnamon makes this one of the best versions of the classic holiday cocktail.

Pumpkin Beer Cocktail

Cocktails are for beer lovers, too! A blend of whisky and pumpkin liquor topped with your favorite beer makes for a fun and unique fall cocktail, perfect for Thanksgiving day and more.

A martini glass with pomegranate maple cosmopolitan

Pomegranate Maple Cosmopolitan


Cosmo fans, this one’s for you – try out this seasonal version made from a blend of vodka and pomegranate juice. Maple syrup gives this cosmopolitan cocktail a sweet fall flavor, while the deep red colour brings out some serious festive vibes.

up close pomegranate moscow mule

Pomegranate Moscow Mule


Between the copper cups, ginger beer and ruby red color, it’s hard to choose what we like most about this holiday cocktail. Ready in minutes, the traditional Moscow mule gets a festive twist from pomegranate juice in this easy recipe.

Two apple cider margaritas on a wood cutting board with apples

Simple Apple Cider Margarita Cocktail


This refreshing apple cider margarita is what holiday cocktail dreams are made of! Fresh apple cider, thinly sliced apples, tequila and orange liqueur are paired with a cinnamon sugar rim for the ultimate festive sip.

Apple Brandy Hot Toddie

Hot toddies aren’t only for warding off the seasonal flu – they’re also the perfect winter cocktail for a cozy evening night cap! Warm, soothing tea and spices mingle with festive apple brandy in this potent, hot drink topped with fall apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

hot chocolate in the slow cooker topped with marshmallows

Spiked Crockpot Hot Chocolate

All the nostalgic flavors of a delicious and creamy hot cocoa in the wintertime, with the adult add-in of your favorite liquor! Bourbon, Kahlua, Schnapps… the possibilities are endless and the good times will be rolling with this easy hot chocolate recipe made in a slow cooker.

Christmas Punch is a cocktail recipe with cranberry juice for the holidays

Slow Cooker Christmas Punch Recipe

This boozy punch recipe starring vodka and triple sec is a double-feature of convenience: made in a slow cooker, and in batches for sharing! Hot or cold, this Christmas cocktail is destined for holiday party greatness.

photo of holiday cranberry sangria with rosemary in a glass

Easy Holiday Cranberry Sangria Recipe

There’s something so refreshing about a sangria, no matter the time of year. The warm combination of red wine, brandy, festive cranberries and Grand Marnier in this easy sangria recipe is perfect for the holidays!

Easy & Festive Champagne Jello Shots | How To Make Jello Shots

Champagne Jello Shots

Technically not a cocktail, per say – yet nonetheless a jolly, boozy shot with a bit of sparkle! Beautiful to look at and fun to serve at parties, this layered jello shot recipe made with champagne is the definition of festive spirit.

Have a holly jolly holiday season! Don’t forget to check out the recipe finder for more fun and festive recipes.

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