4 Cocktails to Add Holiday Cheer to Any Party

The holidays are a perfect time to try out a sweet and delicious new cocktail. Whether you are enjoying an evening at home or want a signature drink for your holiday party, these drinks are just want you need to eat, drink and be merry.

Gingerbread Martini



  • 3 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 5 ounces Irish cream
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon schnapps
  • 5 ounces homemade ginger syrup (see below)
  • 5 ounces half-and-half
  • Crushed ginger cookies (for garnish)
  • Honey (for garnish)

Ginger Syrup

  • 3 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


  1. Make the ginger syrup by adding all ginger syrup ingredients to a saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Bring to a low boil and keep stirring until syrup is thickened, about three minutes. Run the syrup through a strainer or sifter and allow to cool.
  3. Prepare the cocktail glass by dipping the rim of the glass into honey, then into crushed gingerbread cookies until it is coated.
  4. Add all ingredients, including cooled ginger syrup, to a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice. Shake vigorously.
  5. Strain into the prepare cocktail glass. Enjoy!

Mulled Wine

Enjoy a warm, spicy glass of mulled wine to beat the winter chill.


  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
  • 1/4 cup honey or sugar
  • 8 whole cloves ·
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise


  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a low simmer over medium-high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Strain out the cloves, cinnamon sticks and star anise.
  4. Serve warm. You can also garnish with orange peels or cinnamon sticks.

Cranberry Moscow Mules

Moscow mules are already a favorite winter drink, but adding a little cranberry juice makes this simple cocktail holiday-ready.


  • Juice from 1/2 Lime
  • 2 ounces Sweetened Cranberry Juice
  • 2 ounces Vodka or preferred alcohol
  • 4 ounces ginger beer or ginger ale
  • Ice
  • Cranberries (for garnish)


  1. Put ice in a copper mug.
  2. Combine lime juice, cranberry juice, vodka and ginger beer in the mug. Stir well.
  3. Add fresh cranberries as garnish on top. Enjoy!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

This glass of cocoa isn’t for kids, but serves a crowd of adults a cup of Christmas spirit.


  • 6 12-ounce cans of evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup chocolate liqueur
  • ¼ cup peppermint schnapps
  • 24 ounces dark chocolate chips


  1. Put all ingredients in slow cooker or saucepan and mix.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add candy cans or marshmallows as optional garnish. Enjoy!

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