Is your favorite holiday movie is a classic like A Christmas Story or Elf? We have festive cocktails to match the most popular Christmas movies. All recipes created by Drinking with Chickens.

By Kate Richards
November 12, 2016

1. Christmas Vacation

If you're not drinking spiked eggnog out of a moose mug while watching this movie, you're just doing it wrong. We recommend our indulgent homemade version.

Wally Nog

Makes roughly a punch bowl's worth.


  • 6 fresh whole eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 cups brandy
  • 30 drops cardamom bitters
  • grated cardamom and nutmeg to garnish

Start by separating your eggs: yolks in a medium mixing bowl, whites in another. Cover and refrigerate the whites. Whisk together the yolks and the sugar until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Whisk in milk, cream, brandy, and bitters until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate mixture 1 to 24 hours (with enough alcohol in it, eggnog can be left in an airtight container to age for several weeks, which will create a thicker, richer beverage. If you are skipping the alcohol, homemade nog must be used within 24 hours).

Before serving, whisk egg whites (if you've aged your nog, you'll need fresh egg whites) until they form stiff peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the nog mixture. Serve immediately, dusting the foam on each individual glass of nog with grated cardamom and nutmeg. If you don't want to go to all the trouble of making homemade eggnog, just add the brandy and bitters to store-bought. Hope you enjoy yours with the jolliest bunch of ... ahem, friends ... this side of the nuthouse.

2. Miracle on 34th Street

This 1947 classic film is all about believing in the magic of Santa Claus, and the perfect cocktail to enjoy with it is one that sparkles with a little magic of its own. Magic, in this case, being champagne. And edible star-shape glitter.

The Very Bright and Merry Cocktail

Makes one serving.


  • 1 tsp. sugar sprinkles (or course-grain white sugar)
  • 1 tsp. edible star glitter
  • orange peel
  • orange slice
  • 3 dashes cardamom bitters
  • 1/2 oz. elderflower liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. cranberry juice
  • pink champagne/sparkling wine
  • sprig of rosemary
  • 2 or 3 cranberries, sliced in half

Start by mixing the sugar sprinkles and edible star glitter together, and then spread the mixture thinly on a small plate. Next, take your glass (preferably a champagne coupe) and rub the inside of it with your orange peel. Use the orange slice to wet the entire rim of the glass, and then dip the glass into the sugar mixture until the glass rim is evenly coated with sparkly awesomeness.

Add three dashes of bitters to the bottom of the glass, then the elderflower liqueur, then the cranberry juice. Top off the glass with champagne. Add a sprig of rosemary and a few cranberry slices to garnish.

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3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

No matter which version you choose -- the classic TV special (1966) or the live-action movie (2000) -- you'll need something green to imbibe whilst you watch. A quick search of the interwebs will yield you a plethora of green Grinch cocktails, all using melon liqueur and other tropical flavors to get that vivid emerald hue. But melon just doesn't feel Christmassy enough ... so we puzzled and puzzled till our puzzlers were sore. Then we came up with this twist on the classic minty grasshopper cocktail, complete with a decidedly Seussian drift of meringue on top.

The Grinch Hopper

Makes one serving.


  • a few peppermint candies
  • 1 fresh egg white
  • 1 oz. plus 1/2 tsp. creme de menthe liqueur
  • 2 oz. creme de cacao liqueur
  • 2 oz. chartreuse liqueur
  • 1 oz. heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
  • ice

Start by putting your peppermint candies in the food processor and running them until a fine dust is formed. Next, place the egg white in a small mixing bowl. Whip the white until stiff peaks form, then add the 1/2 tsp. creme de menthe for color. Set aside.

In a cocktail shaker combine all other ingredients with ice. Shake thoroughly until cold, and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Now spoon your green whipped egg whites into a plastic bag, cut off the corner, and pipe the foam in a spiral onto the top of your drink. Sprinkle with peppermint candy dust.

4. It's a Wonderful Life

In this 1946 classic of all classic Christmas films, there's a particular scene where George and Clarence belly up to the bar, and after much deliberation, Clarence orders "mulled wine, heavy on the cinnamon and light on the cloves." Too which the bartender responds a little less than enthusiastically. This recipe is the perfect variation for giving a cold, wintry night a bit of atmosphere.

It's a Wonderful Mulled Wine

Makes approximately four servings.


  • 1 bottle (750 ml) red wine, such as Cabernet
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 apple, sliced into rounds
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. cherry bourbon bitters
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 star anise

Combine everything in a saucepan over medium heat and allow it to come to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, and let it continue to simmer for 1 hour. Serve by ladling the hot beverage into glasses along with some of the fruit and spices as garnish.

5. Elf

There's a scene in the movie where Buddy has been banished to the mail room, and he witnesses one of the workers adding a little "syrup" to his coffee. Buddy proceeds to exuberantly dump the entire bottle into his own coffee. Spoiler alert: It's alcohol. Drunken elf hilarity ensues, including Buddy's epic tabletop jig. We think that calls for a round of hot coffee cocktails.

The World's Best Coffee

Makes one serving.


  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 oz. hot coffee
  • 1-1/2 oz. bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. maple syrup
  • 1 oz. heavy cream

In the bottom of your cocktail mug, place your cinnamon stick. Pour your piping-hot coffee over the stick, and let it sit for a few minutes. Add the bourbon, syrup, and cream; stir and serve.

But be sure to get in all four of the major food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. We're just looking out for you.

6. A Christmas Story

We wouldn't be disappointed if our secret decoder rings told us to drink this chocolaty, malty cocktail. We wouldn't be disappointed at all.

Malted Chocolate Bourbon Milk Punch

Makes one serving.


  • 1/2 cup chocolate-covered malt ball candies
  • 1/4 oz. chocolate syrup, plus extra for rimming your glass
  • 4 oz. whole milk
  • 3 Tbsp. malt powder
  • 2-1/2 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 oz. bourbon
  • ice

Start by running your malt ball candies through a food processor until finely powdered. Spread the malt ball powder across a small plate, and spread some chocolate syrup across a second small plate. Invert your cocktail glass and dip the rim into the chocolate sauce, covering the rim fully. Now dip the coated rim into the malt ball powder and coat the chocolate completely.

Next, place all remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake until thoroughly chilled. Strain into malt ball-rimmed glass.

7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

On a foggy Christmas Eve, it's imperative that you have something warm to drink. You know ... so your nose doesn't turn red from the cold. (See what we did there?)

Rudolph Hot Toddy

Makes one serving.


  • 1 bag black tea
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 Tbsp. cranberry sauce or chutney
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1-1/2 oz. whiskey
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 1 cranberry for garnish

Start by steeping your tea bag in the water to make some strong black tea. When the tea is ready, spread the cranberry sauce evenly in the bottom of your cocktail mug. Next drizzle the honey on top of that. Finally, add tea, whiskey, and lemon juice. Give it a quick stir and garnish with a single fresh cranberry on a skewer.

Please toddy responsibly ... no sleigh-guiding after one of these.

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