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‘Tis the season for festive cocktails and I am here for all of them! From Thanksgiving clear through to New Years, I’ve got you covered with a special curation of my favorite holiday cocktails.
Whether you’re going big or simply going home (my personal favorite), there’s a tasty bev for every occasion this holiday season.
Let’s sip and celebrate!
Thanksgiving brings the autumnal vibes of apple, warm spices and pumpkin. Here are some delicious ways to celebrate the fall flavors we love.
Creamy Pumpkin Spice Martini
Rim the glass with cinnamon sugar, and you’ve got the perfect post-feast Thanksgiving dessert drink.
Cranberry Ginger Cocktail
Gin drinkers will love this festive concoction, made with homemade cranberry simple syrup. With notes of rosemary, orange, cranberry and woodsy gin, it’s like the holiday season in a glass.
Garnish it with sugared cranberries, a rosemary sprig and an orange peel.
The homemade cranberry syrup can be used for everything from mocktails to ice cream and all the cocktails in between.
There’s something so welcoming about a big punch bowl. Guests can serve themselves in a relaxed way, and it’s a lot less work for you than pouring individual drinks.
Luscious red wine, brandy, apple cider and pomegranate juice combine with seasonal fruits like pears and apples to create a totally festive and sippable holiday drink.
Perfect for a holiday party or to kick off a holiday meal.
And watch out for those wine-soaked pears and apples – they’ll get ya (in a good way)!
Apple Butter Vodka Cocktail
What do you do with all those apples you picked at the orchard? You make apple butter.
And what do you do with all that apple butter you made? You make cocktails, of course.
Whether you’re using homemade apple butter or the store bought variety, you’re going to love how it warms this vodka cocktail with its smooth blend of fall spices.
We’re whipping up an easy ginger simple syrup for this one and mixing it with apple cider for an over-the-top taste of fall.
Garnish with fresh apple slices and a sprig of rosemary so you get that earthy aroma with each sip.
Pumpkin Pie Bourbon Cocktail
I love this one for Thanksgiving appetizers. It’s a great way to come in from the cold. Complete with a smoking cinnamon stick, it’s got the cozy vibes on lock.
The main event deserves a darn good cocktail! Check out this list of my favorite festive Christmas cocktails that’ll take you from all those holiday parties straight through to Christmas dinner.
Move over eggnog, bourbon cream has entered the chat.
Heavy cream blended with your favorite bourbon whiskey, with added notes of espresso and vanilla.
Enjoy this creamy concoction over ice, garnished with a cinnamon stick. Add a splash to your coffee or hot chocolate, or use it to make White Russians.
Any way you enjoy it, it’s guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.
Holiday Moscow Mule
A mule, but make it Christmasy. Muddled sage leaves and pomegranate juice add a festive touch to this classic cocktail that’s traditionally made with vodka and ginger beer.
Clean and refreshing, it’s a perfect way to balance the richness of all that holiday food.
Fig Old Fashioned
Arguably the most popular cocktail on the blog, the Fig Old Fashioned is a timeless treasure.
Start with your favorite bourbon whiskey, stir in syrupy fig jam and freshly squeezed orange juice, and you’ve got a Christmas party in a glass.
Give it a pinch of cinnamon and garnish with fresh herbs and figs. Enjoy it next to the Christmas tree!
Mulled Spiked Cider
Did I mention that I love a good Christmas punch? Welcome your guests in from the cold with this warm, aromatic and super festive drink.
Mulling spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves will make your entire house smell like the holidays. Serve this hot cocktail directly from your slow cooker and let the snuggly vibes roll.
Cranberry Orange Whiskey Sour
This is a festive spin on the classic whiskey sour cocktail with the zesty, citrusy flavors of fresh orange and the tartness of cranberry juice. The result is a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and refreshing tanginess.
I love the orange sugar rim and the touch of maple syrup that really brings out the holiday feels. This is a great cocktail to sip by the fire.
Whether you’re ringing in the new year with fireworks or a votive candle, these boozy beverages will carry you into 2024 in style.
This classic bourbon cocktail gets all dressed up for the holidays with homemade pomegranate syrup, sweet vermouth and aromatic bitters.
Save some of that pomegranate syrup for your New Years Day pancakes. Oh, and for the next cocktail on our list!
What would New Years be without a sparkling beverage?
Drizzle homemade pomegranate syrup into your favorite glass of Champagne or Prosecco and make the whole place shimmer.
Who says summer has to own margaritas? And where there are margaritas, you know there’s a party close by.
Tequila lovers, we’ve got you covered with this festive twist on the margarita, made with tart cranberry juice and a hint of maple syrup. Garnish with fresh cranberries and limes.
When you find your soulmate beverage and make something from this list, I’d love to hear about it!
Drop a rating or leave a comment below. Happy Holidays!