‘Tis the season for joy and merriment! With the festive period fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to infuse your celebrations with the enchanting allure of delightful Christmas cocktails. From timeless classics with a seasonal twist to inventive concoctions that capture the essence of holiday revelry, we’ve handpicked 10 extraordinary Christmas drinks to dazzle your taste buds and add an extra sparkle to your festivities.
So, let’s raise a glass and indulge in the festive spirit with these merry drinks that are guaranteed to spread cheer and joy this holiday season.
Spiced Eggnog Delight
Take pleasure in the classic charm of the season with the Spiced Eggnog Delight, a luxurious blend of creamy eggnog infused with the warm essence of nutmeg and cinnamon. Adorn it with a sprinkle of cocoa powder and a cinnamon stick for a cosy treat that encapsulates the essence of Christmas in each velvety sip.
Cranberry Mistletoe Mule
Savour the tangy zest of the Cranberry Mistletoe Mule, a refreshing take on the traditional Moscow Mule, featuring a burst of cranberry flavour mingling with zesty ginger beer and a dash of lime. Present it in a copper mug garnished with sugared cranberries and fresh rosemary for a visually appealing cocktail that spreads the holiday cheer.
Festive Winter Sangria
Toast to the vibrant flavours of the Festive Winter Sangria, a delightful fusion of seasonal fruits which you can easily whip up at home, adding pomegranate, apples, and citrus slices to a velvety blend of red wine and brandy. Infused with the aromatic spices of cloves and star anise, this fruity concoction serves as a captivating centrepiece, radiating warmth and conviviality that epitomises the spirit of the season. As part of your alcoholic base for this fruity extravaganza, you can use the red wine from one of the Imp and Maker gift hampers for Christmas, and feast on the other treats that will come along with it as you sip your mouth-watering festive sangria.
Peppermint Martini Magic
Indulge in the cool and invigorating Peppermint Martini Magic, a delightful blend of a classic martini with the refreshing essence of peppermint schnapps and a touch of white chocolate liqueur. Rim the glass with crushed candy canes and garnish it with a miniature candy cane for a playful and whimsical cocktail that adds a touch of joy to your holiday celebrations.
Winter Wonderland Hot Buttered Rum
Snuggle up with the Winter Wonderland Hot Buttered Rum, a heartwarming concoction of spiced rum, rich butter, and a hint of brown sugar, topped with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Served piping hot in a festive mug, this indulgent cocktail embodies winter indulgence, providing a delightful respite from the chilly weather and a comforting embrace for the soul.
Gingerbread Old Fashioned
Embrace the nostalgia of the season with the Gingerbread Old Fashioned, a spirited cocktail that combines the rich flavours of gingerbread syrup and aromatic bitters with the timeless allure of bourbon. Garnish it with an orange peel twist and a gingerbread cookie for a delightful fusion of warmth and spice that pays tribute to the cherished flavours of the holiday season.
Winter Berry Bellini
Raise your glass to the season with the delightful Winter Berry Bellini, a sparkling cocktail that harmoniously melds the delicate essence of prosecco with the vibrant flavours of cranberry and raspberry liqueurs. Crowned with a juicy raspberry and a sprig of fragrant rosemary, this elegant and effervescent concoction epitomises festive sophistication and joy, rendering it the perfect companion for any holiday toast or celebration.
Candy Cane Crush Cocktail
Infuse your festivities with whimsy with the Candy Cane Crush Cocktail, a playful and vibrant fusion of vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps, soda water, and a splash of grenadine. Serve it in a candy-rimmed glass adorned with a miniature candy cane for a visually stunning and delectable concoction that is sure to enchant all ages.
Fireside Whiskey Cider
Wrap yourself in the cosy embrace of the Fireside Whiskey Cider, a rustic and heartwarming cocktail that seamlessly marries the bold notes of whiskey with the gentle sweetness of apple cider, all accentuated by a subtle hint of aromatic cinnamon. The finishing touch? A cinnamon stick and a slice of apple, elevating this libation into a warm and inviting experience that evokes the intimacy of a crackling fireplace on a chilly winter evening.
Champagne Pomegranate Sparkler
Elevate your holiday celebrations with the touch of refined elegance that the Champagne Pomegranate Sparkler brings. This dazzling cocktail marries the crisp effervescence of champagne with the lush sweetness of pomegranate juice, complemented by a dash of citrusy vodka. Crown it with a twist of lemon peel and a generous handful of plump pomegranate seeds, creating a visually stunning and palate-pleasing libation that encapsulates the celebratory spirit of the holiday season.
Bountiful Festive Sips for Every Palate
In addition to the delightful array of cocktails, the holiday season offers a myriad of other festive drinks to suit every taste and occasion.
- Velvety Hot Cocoa Delight: Wrap your hands around a steaming cup of velvety hot cocoa, adorned with a generous swirl of whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder. Whether enjoyed by the fireside after a day of wintry escapades or shared with loved ones during a cosy evening of storytelling, hot cocoa embodies the essence of comfort and indulgence, evoking a sense of nostalgia and joy that transcends generations.
- Festive Spiced Cider: Savour the aromatic allure of festive spiced cider, simmered – or ‘mulled’ – with an enticing blend of cinnamon, cloves, and citrus slices, infusing your home with the warm scents of the season. Enjoyed as a comforting sip on a crisp winter evening, spiced cider brings a sense of familiarity and conviviality to every occasion.
- Sparkling Mocktail Medley: From virgin mimosas adorned with fresh citrus slices to bubbly cranberry spritzers garnished with plump cranberries, alcohol-free alternatives offer a refreshing and festive option for guests of all ages to enjoy, adding an extra sparkle to your holiday soirées.
Embracing Tradition and Togetherness
Beyond their tantalising taste and festive allure, holiday cocktails hold a deeper significance, weaving a rich tapestry of cultural traditions, cherished customs, and the spirit of togetherness that defines the essence of the season.
As you embark on your holiday celebrations, raise a toast to the timeless spirit of love, laughter, and festive merriment that defines the essence of this magical time of year.0