Festive AF Holiday Cocktails

Dec 23 2016

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The holidays are in full swing, which means so are holiday parties. And what comes hand in hand with holiday parties? Delicious Christmas cocktails. From icy blue Jack Frost cocktails to toasted marshmallows floating atop a creamy beverage, we’ve got some great ideas whether you’re hosting or attending this season. Add a dash of holiday cheer with your favorite liquors and get ready to get cozy by the fire with these libations.

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Christmas Sangria

We love a good sangria year-round, so when we found a way to put a Christmas twist to it, we had to include this as a holiday favorite.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 8-10 guests


  • 1 (750 ml) bottle white wine

  • 1 (12 oz) ginger beer, plus more for topping (if desired)

  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider

  • 1/2 cup brandy

  • 3 pears, sliced

  • 3 oranges, sliced

  • arils from 1 pomegranate

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • cinnamon sugar, for the rims of your glasses (optional)

Mix It:

  1. Find yourself a large pitcher and combine all the ingredients, except for the ginger beer. Save a few pieces of pears, oranges, and pomegranate for garnish later.

  2. Place pitcher in the fridge until it’s nice and chilled.

  3. Rim your cocktail glasses with cinnamon sugar.

  4. Pour your sangria over ice. Add the ginger beer before serving to ensure maximum bubbliness.

  5. Garnish with the leftover fruit pieces, and clink away!


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Gingerbread Eggnog White Russian

That’s right, it’s eggnog, a White Russian, and gingerbread, ALL IN ONE. This sweet-and-spicy cocktail will make your guests forget all about their gingerbread house fails.

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2 guests


  • ½ tsp cinnamon for rimming glasses

  • 2 tsp sugar for rimming glasses

  • 4 oz eggnog

  • 4 oz vodka

  • 4 oz Kahlua

  • 3 tsp molasses

  • ⅛ tsp ginger

  • Whipped cream for topping

  • Molasses drizzle for topping

Mix It:

  1. Mix the cinnamon and sugar and pour onto a plate. Wet the rims of each glass and dip into the delicious cinnamon-sugar concoction.

  2. Combine the eggnog, vodka, Kahlua, molasses, and ginger in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  3. Shake, pour, and top with as much whipped cream and molasses drizzle as you desire.


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The North Pole Cocktail

How adorable is this tiny little North Pole in a glass? The mini candy cane just makes us squeal with excitement, and the fact that this contains generous amounts of Kahlua makes us even happier.

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4 guests


  • 4 oz vodka

  • 2 oz Kahlúa (or more to taste)

  • 4 tablespoons chocolate syrup

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 3 tsp molasses

  • 1/8 tsp ginger

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or whole milk

  • Whipped cream, candy canes, and gingerbread cookies, for serving (optional)

Mix It:

  1. With your handy cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, Kahlua, chocolate syrup, vanilla, molasses, and ginger. Shake well.

  2. Strain into 4 glasses, and top off each glass with heavy cream.

  3. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream, and add candy canes and gingerbread cookies as desired.


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Jack Frost Cocktail

This icy blue concoction is perfect for a sophisticated holiday party. The coconut-flaked rim and pineapple juice is bound to make this a hit with your guests.

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 6 guests


  • Light corn syrup for rimming glasses

  • Coconut flakes for rimming glasses

  • 8 cups ice (more or less depending on desired consistency)

  • 1 cup pineapple juice

  • ½ cup Blue Curaçao

  • ½ cup vodka or light rum

  • ½ cup cream of coconut

Mix It:

  1. Rim the glasses with a thin layer of corn syrup. Dip into coconut flakes.

  2. Using a blender, add ice, pineapple juice, Blue Curaçao, vodka, and cream of coconut until it’s at your desired consistency. Serve immediately.


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Campfire Cocktail

Toasted marshmallows are perfect for the cold winter season, and it’s even better if you can drink this by a fireplace. Snag one of these babies and cozy up in a blanket, ASAP.

Total Time: 7 minutes

Serves: 1 guest


  • 1 marshmallow

  • 1 tbsp chocolate syrup

  • 1 tbsp graham cracker crumbs

  • 1 oz vodka

  • 2 oz Baileys

  • 2 oz 2% milk

  • Ice

Mix It:

  1. Place marshmallow in a small pan over medium heat for approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Toast until browned.

  2. Rim your glass with chocolate sauce, and dip immediately into graham cracker crumbs.

  3. Combine vodka and Baileys in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until freezing cold.

  4. Pour liquor mixture over 2 to 3 cubes of ice. Top off with the milk and your toasted marshmallow, and sip away!