mulled apple cider
mulled apple cider
05 March 2021 (updated)

Very Merry Christmas Drinks for Your Holiday Gatherings

Christmas is a time for friends, family, food, and of course fun drinks!

But there’s so much more to Christmas drinks than hot chocolate and marshmallows. From hot apple cider to pomegranate mojitos, many festive flavors are sure to impress your guests!

The holiday season is one of the best times of the year to enjoy festivities with family and friends. While cookies and turkey might be on the menu, there are also plenty of homemade Christmas drink recipes to try. Whether you’re throwing a low-key brunch or an evening dinner party, there’s something for everyone.

What Are the Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks?

Kids are too young to enjoy holiday cocktails, and there are plenty of adults who choose not to drink alcohol for many reasons. But there are plenty of inspired Christmas drinks for kids and adults alike that will make their holiday season bright.

  • Non-Alcoholic Wassail– This mulled cider might often include sherry or brandy. But your kids will love the non-alcoholic version. Made with fruit juice, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger, this spiced punch will help ring in the holidays. You'll definitely want to put it on this year’s Christmas drink list! You can also buy pre-made wassail from Trader Joe's!
  • Peppermint Hot Cocoa– Who doesn't love hot chocolate? This peppermint version is a great way to spice up an old tradition. To make yours, add a little peppermint extract to homemade hot cocoa. You may even want whipped cream and crushed peppermints for added cheer.
  • Spiced Cider– This fall and Christmas time beverage can be found at the grocery store, and all it requires is heating it on the stove. When it comes to Christmas drinks recipes without alcohol, cider’s an old favorite. Add some spices like cinnamon, cloves, or ginger to suit your own taste.
  • Mocktails -- These are great ideas for the holiday party where you want to feel fancy and sophisticated without the extra booze. Check out our article on holiday mocktails for some ideas!

Drinks to Serve for Christmas Brunch

Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, or lunch, don't forget the fun Christmas drinks! Your guests will love these easy recipes!

  • Ginger Orange Cocktail – This fresh and citrusy drink will have everyone asking for another glass! All you need is sparkling wine, orange juice, pineapple juice, and some grated ginger. You can even use a twist of orange for added zest. For a non-alcoholic version, switch out the sparkling wine with sprite.
  • Pomegranate Mojito – This Cuban cocktail generally comes with rum. While you make it with alcohol, it can also be great without it! For this refreshing drink, use mint, lime, pomegranate juice, and lemonade. A little bit of soda will also lighten it up.
  • Winter Spritzer – If you're in the mood for something light and bubbly, try this fun libation with vodka! Add together orange juice, lemon-lime soda, cherry juice, and vodka for a splashy spritzer. You can even leave out the vodka if you want a non-alcoholic version. Serve it from a punch bowl at your next party! Another great idea is Cranberry Limoncello Spritzer! For this, you need white cranberry juice, limoncello, sparkling water (or ginger ale, tonic water, prosecco), and fresh cranberries.

What Are the Best Christmas Drinks?

It’s important to have a few different recipes for Christmas drinks up your sleeve during the Christmas party season. Whether it’s punch, mixed drinks, or spiced wine, everyone is sure to find a favorite!

  • Egg Nog – This warm and cozy seasonal beverage is a tradition in the United States. To make it, mix brandy, sugar, egg yolk, heavy cream, and milk. If you're concerned about eating raw eggs, be sure to use the freshest organic eggs you can find. You can also use pasteurized yolks and whites or cook the eggnog base on the stovetop.
  • Gingerbread Martini – Christmas may not seem like the ideal time for martinis, but it is the season for gingerbread! While you’ll need a shaker for this tasty treat, it only takes a minute to make. For a Christmas treat, combine Irish cream, vodka, coffee liqueur, and gingerbread syrup.
  • Mulled Wine –This is perfect for those chilly nights by the fireside! Grab your favorite white or red wine, citrus, spices (cloves and star anise are my favorites), and a little bit of sweetener. Similar to Sangria, you can spike it with a little extra liqueur if you'd like. Let it all simmer on the stove for a bit, then enjoy!
  • Hot Buttered Rum– Like Bing Crosby says in White Christmas, "light on the butter!" Throw together and heat some whole milk, dark rum, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg for an after-dinner treat that will make everybody feel warm and snuggly. Garnish with cinnamon sticks or whipped cream!
  • Moscow Reindeer Mule – I love Moscow mules, and this recipe adds a festive twist! Mix a handful of fresh mint (or fresh peppermint), vodka, fresh lime juice, ginger beer. Garnish the rim with a crushed candy cane or put in a whole one. Serve in a copper mug if you're feeling extra fancy.
  • Mistletoe Margaritas– Try this merry margarita at your next holiday party!

Merry Mistletoe Margaritas

Celebrate the holidays with these delicious margaritas!

5 from 2 votes


PREP TIME

5 mins

COOK TIME

a few seconds

TOTAL TIME

5 mins





COURSE

Appetizer

CUISINE

American

SERVINGS

1 people

CALORIES

250.0 kcal

INGREDIENTS

  • 1

    tbsp

    salt (for the rim)

  • 2

    oz

    orange liqueur (I like Grand Marnier)

  • 11/2

    oz

    silver tequila

  • 2

    oz

    white or red cranberry juice

  • 2

    oz

    lime juice (freshly squeezed)

  • 1

    oz

    simple syrup

  • lime slices (for garnish)

  • fresh or frozen cranberries (for garnish)

  • rosemary sprigs (for garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Merry Mistletoe Margaritas

    1. Prep glasses.

      Rim each glass edge with a lime wedge and dip in the coarse salt. Then, fill each glass with ice.

    2. Shake.

      In a cocktail shaker, add the liqueur, tequila, cranberry juice, lime juice and syrup and shake for 30 seconds to a minute. Then, pour over the ice.

    3. Garnish.

      Garnish with limes, cranberries, and a spring or two or rosemary! Enjoy!

NUTRITION

Calories:

250.0 kcal

Carbohydrates:

24.0 g

Serving Amount:

8

Serving Unit:

oz

Sodium:

560.0 mg

Sugar:

32.0 g

Cheers to Delightful Christmas Drinks!

The holiday season is full of time with friends, family, and fun treats. Whether it's Christmas punch for morning brunch or a hot cup of cider on a winter’s eve, tis' the season for sipping yummy Christmas drinks. Do you have a favorite holiday beverage? Let us know in the comments and share your favorite recipes with friends and family on FamilyApp!



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