Top 10 Holiday Drinks to Try This Year
Insanely Easy Peppermint Hot Cocoa
File this one under “easy Christmas drink recipes.” Simply whisk the ingredients together and let your slow cooker do the rest, and serve with a little whipped cream and candy cane sprinkles.
Blushing Maple Cocktail
Bourbon and maple are a classic pairing in Christmas drink recipes. Try something new by adding muddled kumquats, cranberries, and rosemary to the mix and enjoy the fresh, citrusy notes the ensemble offers.
Double Hot Chocolate
After a day of building snowmen or rushing through flurries to deliver gifts, warm mugs of hot chocolate are a must. This Christmas drink recipe uses both semisweet and bittersweet chocolate, so it's extra rich and velvety.
This spiced holiday cocktail stars cinnamon and creamy vanilla ice cream. You'll have plenty to go around, since it makes 24 servings. For a festive garnish, serve each cup of this Christmas punch with a candy cane.
The pale pink color of this pepperminty Christmas drink is sure to attract your guests' attention. Make it boozy with rum and add it to your lineup of holiday cocktails, or leave the liquor out for a family-friendly, nonalcoholic punch.
Whiskey Beet Cocktail
Hold up. Whiskey and beets? That’s right—holiday cocktails hardly need to be traditional. Impress your guests with your mixology skills by shaking up a whiskey cocktail made with a beet sage shrub, an old-school syrup, and a vinegar mixer. It all adds up to a tart, refreshing Christmas drink recipe.
Hot Scarlet Wine Punch
Made with white wine and cranberry juice, this Christmas drink simmers in your slow cooker with a homemade spice bag of cinnamon and cloves. No need for candles—your house will be filled with the aroma of these spices. For serving, decorate each glass with a cinnamon stick skewered with cranberries.
Winter Fruit Sangria
Sangria isn’t just for hot summer days. With a few alterations, it becomes a festive sipper. This holiday sangria tastes like Christmas, thanks to wine flavored with dried figs, cranberries, and raisins.
Editor's Tip: Make this recipe up to 24 hours in advance and chill in the fridge until you're ready to serve.
Ginger Cider Spritzer
Keep a couple recipes for nonalcoholic Christmas drinks on hand so the kids can join in on the toast, too! (Although after trying this fizzy spritzer, you might just want to drink it all yourself.) As an added bonus, the ginger syrup for this recipe stays good in the fridge for up to two weeks.
This brightly colored holiday cocktail will have everyone saying "cheers!". Pink prosecco, grapefruit juice, and tangerine vodka imbue the beverage with lots of zesty citrus flavors. Dip the rims of the glasses in red sugar to match this ruby-colored drink.
Bourbon Stout Cocktail
For a more hearty cocktail, give this beer-and-bourbon drink a try. And the best holiday cocktails always come with a pairing: Serve this cocktail with warm chocolate cookies.
Apple Cinnamon Winter Sangria
Sangria gets a cozy twist with an infusion of apple and cinnamon flavors. This holiday sangria is a snap to make and the holiday cocktail can be mixed up to 24 hours ahead of serving.
Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail
Every collection of go-to Christmas drink recipes needs a champagne cocktail. And you don’t have to tell anyone that this refreshing sipper requires just two ingredients.
Vanilla Coffee White Hot Chocolate
For afternoon get-togethers or a holiday brunch, serve up mugs of this caffeinated Christmas drink. Give the coffee shop flavors a happy hour punch by adding a bit of brandy.
Cranberry Orange Tea Sipper
No guilt here: thanks to tea, a cup of this flavorful Christmas drink is low in calories and it can be served as a cocktail (with vodka) or as a nonalcoholic beverage.
Mexican Hot Coffee Cocktail
This hot Christmas drink packs plenty of calor (heat). Cinnamon and ground ancho pepper give this strong coffee beverage its bite. To serve, drizzle chocolate syrup in the bottom of each mug. Top with homemade coffee-flavored whipped cream and chocolate-covered coffee beans for even more of an espresso kick.