The most festive time of year is just around the corner! So it’s time to start thinking about which cocktails you’ll serve guests at your next holiday party or brunch. Looking for something new? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up eight of the coolest-looking tasty cocktail recipes we’ve seen. Whether you’re looking for a twist on an old favorite or want something truly original, you’re sure to find something in this roundup that you’ll love.
1. Winter Snowflake Cocktail
Source: Happy Healthy Motivated
Why we love it: Bring on the Baileys! This warm, rich cocktail is perfect for sipping on Christmas morning and is so simple that anyone can make it.
- 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon caramel sauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup skim milk
- 2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream
- Whipped cream
- Caramel sauce
- Stir the chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, and Baileys together in a microwave-safe mug or glass.
- Heat in the microwave for 60-90 seconds until piping hot.
- Remove from the microwave and stir to ensure all the chocolate and caramel have thoroughly melted.
- Top with whipped cream and cinnamon.
2. Easy Eggnog Cocktail
Why We Love It: Eggnog is a staple of the winter months, but many feel like it’s too much work. Thankfully, this recipe starts with store-bought eggnog and goes from there, taking out a lot of the overwhelm.
- 1 ounce Amaretto
- 1 ounce vodka
- 2 ounces store bought eggnog
- pinch of nutmeg
- pinch of cinnamon
- Rim a cocktail glass with caramel sauce
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
- Shake the eggnog, amaretto and vodka together.
- Strain into your cocktail glass.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.
3. Jack Frost Cocktail
Source: The Blond Cook
Why We Love It: The color alone is enough to make your holiday guests “ooh” and “ahh” with excitement. Topped with coconut rims to resemble fresh snow, you’ve got the prettiest winter cocktail around.
- 8 cups ice
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- ½ cup blue curacao
- ½ cup vodka or light rum
- ½ cup cream of coconut
- Corn syrup or honey
- Flaked or shaved coconut
- Pour a thin layer of corn syrup onto a plate, dip the rims of your glasses into the corn syrup, and dip in coconut flakes.
- In a blender, blend ice, pineapple juice, blue curacao, vodka, and cream of coconut until desired consistency is reached.
- Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
4. Rum-Spiked Hot Chocolate
Source: Happy Foods Tube
Why We Love It: This recipe uses homemade hot cocoa for those who love the thrill of doing it from scratch. The combination of brown sugar, rum, and rich dark chocolate will make this a perfect treat after spending a day out in the cold.
- 1 cup milk
- 5 ounces dark chocolate, 70% cocoa content
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon rum
- Heat the milk until it starts to bubble, then reduce the heat to low.
- Add chopped chocolate and cinnamon.
- Whisk until the chocolate is melted.
- Add cocoa powder and brown sugar and stir well for about a minute.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the rum.
- Serve warm with marshmallows.
5. Drunken Snowman Cocktail
Source: I am baker
Why We Love It: Not only is this a great spin on hot cocoa, but the addition of sweet vanilla ice cream makes this a rich cocktail that can fill you up quickly.
- 1/4 cup (42g) white chocolate, melted
- 1/4 cup (42g) milk chocolate shavings
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- 2 cups hot chocolate
- 1/2 cup Baileys Irish Cream
- Pour the melted white chocolate and milk chocolate shavings into two separate dishes.
- Dip the rims of two mugs into the melted white chocolate, followed immediately by dipping the rims into the milk chocolate shavings.
- Add two scoops of ice cream to each mug.
- Pour the hot chocolate and Baileys on top of the ice cream.
- Top with whipped cream and any extra milk chocolate shavings.
6. Yule Mule
Cranberry Cocktail Yule Mule
Source: feast + west
Why We Love It: A festive take on the popular Moscow Mule, the blend of ginger beer and cranberries gives this classic drink a winter refresh.
- 4 ounces vodka
- 5 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
- 4 ounces unsweetened cranberry juice
- 6 ounces ginger beer
- Rosemary Sprigs
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake the vodka, lime juice, and cranberry juice.
- Fill two copper mule mugs or old-fashioned glasses with ice.
- Strain half of the cocktail into each glass.
- Top each glass with ginger beer.
- Garnish with cranberries and a sprig of rosemary. Serve immediately.
7. Peppermint Mimosas
Source: Savored Sips
Why We Love It: This festive take on the traditional mimosa kicks things up a notch. The candy cane rim and garnish will make this a hit at your next holiday brunch.
- 6 ounces peppermint vodka, divided
- 1 bottle champagne or prosecco
- 7 candy canes
- In a plastic bag, crush one candy cane into tiny pieces. Transfer to a plate.
- Wet the rim of champagne flutes and roll in the candy.
- Add 1 oz. peppermint vodka to each glass.
- Top up with champagne or prosecco.
- Add a candy cane for garnish
8. Cranberry and Rum Warmer
Why We Love It: Simple yet elegant, this cocktail would be great to serve as an aperitif for your guests as they come in from the cold.
- 4 cups cranberry juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 cinnamon quill
- 2 cloves
- ¼ cup dark rum
- Place the juices, cinnamon, and cloves in a pan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the rum. Serve immediately.
Do you have a favorite winter cocktail we missed? Leave a comment and let us know.