Festive Cocktails To Make For You And The Family This Christmas

Homemade cocktail, anyone?

Christmas time, mistletoe and cocktails…

Of course, drinking isn’t the end-all and be-all, but for those of us who do enjoy a tipple or two, we’ve got some festive drinks to sip away on this Christmas break.

Are you ready to perfect your cocktail-making skills? Here are ten cocktail recipes that definitely deserve a spot on the must-try list this year. Plus, if you fancy a mocktail instead, don’t forget you can revamp the recipes a little to do exactly that.

Christmas Miracle

via Martha Stewart

Ingredients:

  • 1 candy cane, crushed, for garnish
  • 2 ounces strawberry vodka
  • 4 dashes white creme de menthe
  • 2 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
  • Ice cubes

Check out the full recipe here.

Merry Christmas Cocktail

via The Spruce Eats

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Plymouth Gin
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 6 ounces club soda (or enough to fill)
  • Garnish: fresh (or dried) cranberries

Check out the full recipe here.

Classic Snowball

via Good Food

Ingredients:

  • 10-15ml lime juice or lime cordial, (optional)
  • 50ml advocaat
  • 50ml sparkling lemonade
  • Ice, to serve
  • 1 maraschino cherry – for the garnish

Check out the full recipe here.

Christmas Margarita

via The Spruce Eats

Ingredients:

  • Cinnamon sugar (for rim)
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce coconut milk
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (triple sec or Grand Marnier)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce white cranberry juice
  • Garnish: lime slice
  • Garnish: cranberries
  • Garnish: rosemary sprig

Check out the full recipe here.

Boozy Grinch Punch

via Delish

Ingredients:

  • 1 (0.13-oz.) packet Kool-Aid Lemon Lime mix
  • 4 c. water
  • 4 c. ice
  • 3 c. lemon-lime soda
  • 2 c. pineapple juice
  • 2 c. vodka
  • 1 c. ginger ale
  • Lime wedges, for rimming
  • Red sanding sugar, for rimming

You might have to source a few of these ingredients online, but it’ll be worth it! Check out the full recipe here.

Cider Hot Toddy

via Women’s Day

Ingredients:

  • 3 c. apple cider
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 lemon
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 c. whiskey
  • Cinnamon sticks

Check out the full recipe here.

Irish Elf Cocktail

via Who Needs A Cape

Ingredients:

  • 4 C heavy whipping cream
  • 4 C milk
  • 2 1/2 C white chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 C Green Mint Liqueur
  • 1 C Jameson
  • Whipped Cream (optional)

Check out the full recipe here.

Bailey Salted Caramel Espresso Martini

via Creative Culinary

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 oz Baileys Salted Caramel
  • 2 oz Rum
  • 4 oz Chilled Espresso
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Crushed Pretzels for Garnish

Check out the full recipe here.

Peppermint White Russian

via Inspired by Charm

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces Peppermint Vodka
  • 1.5 ounces Peppermint Kaluha
  • 1.5 ounces half and half

For Garnish:

  • Crushed peppermints
    White chocolate syrup
    Red food dye
    Candy cane

Check out the full recipe here.

Irish Coffee

via Jameson

Ingredients:

  • 10ml Demerara and Muscovado sugar syrup
  • 35ml Jameson
  • 30ml lightly whipped double cream
  • 90ml medium roasted espresso coffee
  • 1 vanilla pod or cinnamon for garnish
  • Fresh grated nutmeg

Check out the full recipe here.

The Shelbourne: Soleir

via The Shelbourne

Ingredients:

  • 20 ml Gin Bertha’s Revenge
  • 20 ml Montenegro Amaro
  • 40ml Homemade cherry liqueur
  • 25 ml Milk
  • Pineapple
  • Citric acid
  • Dehydrated pineapple for garnish

Method:

  1. Mash two pineapple slices inside a pot with a muddler.
  2. Add a pinch of citric acid.
  3. 5 minutes later, add Gin, Amaro and Liquor into the mixture.
  4. Stir gently a couple times and let it sit.
  5. Pour the warm whole milk in a second pot.
  6. Fine strain the first mixture into the pot with the warm milk and stir gently.
  7. After 10 minutes strain it through a sifter and a coffee filter. Leave it filtrating in the fridge.
  8. The mixture is then ready to be served into a Nick and Nora glass. Serve with a spiced dehydrated pineapple slice and enjoy.

The Kingsley: Snow Martini 

via The Kingsley

Ingredients:

  • 35ml Vodka
  • 2 shots Cream
  • Half shot White cacao
  • Half shot Vanilla syrup
  • Fresh squeeze of orange juice

Method:

  1. Mix altogether in shaker with ice and strain.
  2. Grate chocolate on top to garnish.
  3. Serve in a martini glass.

Carton House: The Earl

via Carton House

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Bulleit bourbon
  • 35ml Guinness
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • 2 dash angostura bitters
  • 1 egg
  • Chocolate powder to garnish

Method:

  1. Add all the ingredients to the shaker and dry shake for roughly 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add ice and shake again for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Double strain into a coupe glass and add chocolate powder to garnish.
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