10 Easy Christmas Cocktails Guaranteed To Give You The Holiday Feels

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Let’s be thankful for family and friends and cheers to our health this holiday season. But mostly—let’s all cheers to 2020 being almost over, shall we? If there was ever a year to allow oneself to get rip-roaring annihilated, it’s this one. Amiright? So, in true Global Debauchery fashion, may I present to you: 10 Easy Christmas Cocktails.

That’s right—no fuss, super straightforward cocktails just waiting to be consumed. Because what good would Global Debauchery be if it wasn’t encouraging ways to be boozy wherever you are in the world this holiday season? Please enjoy responsibly. We really don’t need any more drama this year, okay?


Enjoy An Adult Milkshake With Some Dirty Snowmen

Ice cream, Baileys, chocolate, whipped cream… Just yes. It’s like an over-the-top alcoholic milkshake. This just might be the tastiest of all the Christmas cocktails.


  • Serves 2
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups hot chocolate
  • 1/2 cup Baileys
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
  • Melted chocolate, for garnish
  • Chocolate shavings, for garnish


  1. Scoop ice cream into mugs.
  2. Pour hot chocolate and Baileys over.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
  4. Drizzle melted chocolate.
  5. Sprinkle chocolate shavings.
Dirty Snowmen Drink

Be Not-So-Nice With A Naughty Shirley

Just like a black cherry soda… but with bourbon. Totally tasty Christmas cocktail. I’m sure it’s harmless.


  • Serves 1
  • 1/2 oz. grenadine
  • 1 1/2 oz. Red Stag black cherry bourbon
  • 5 oz. 7-Up
  • Maraschino cherries


  1. Pour grenadine, bourbon, and 7-Up into a glass with ice and stir.
  2. Add a splash of maraschino cherry juice.
  3. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Naughty Shirley Cocktail

Get Toasty With Fireball Hot Toddies

Drink one of these any time you feel a little under the weather. And, you know, whenever else. It’ll clear your sinuses right out.


  • Serves 2
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup warm caramel
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup Fireball
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  1. Boil water.
  2. Drizzle caramel in the bottoms of two glasses.
  3. Add honey and a squeeze of lemon to glasses.
  4. Pour boiling water and Fireball.
  5. Stir until honey is dissolved.
  6. Top with cinnamon sticks.
Fireball Hot Toddy Christmas Cocktail

Enjoy Twice The Alcohol With Egg Nog White Russians

I’m a huge fan of egg nog, personally, so this is a perfect Christmas cocktail. Where my fellow egg nog peeps at?


  • Serves 1
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1½ oz. coffee liqueur
  • 2 oz. eggnog
  • Ground nutmeg


  1. Combine vodka and coffee liqueur in glass.
  2. Top with eggnog and stir.
  3. Add ice cubes.
  4. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Eggnog White Russian cocktail

Get Fresh With Candy Cane Vodka

Hold on to your reindeer because candy cane vodka means business. It’s pretty versatile, too—serve it on the rocks, as a shot, or with hot cocoa. Yum!


  • Makes ~10 shots
  • 5 crushed candy canes
  • 2 cups plain vodka
  • Hot chocolate (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)


  1. Combine candy canes and vodka in a mason jar and shake.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator until the candy has dissolved, 4–5 hours.
  3. Serve over ice, as a shot, or with hot chocolate.
  4. Garnish with whipped cream and crushed candy cane sprinkles.
Candy Cane vodka

Liven Up Christmas Morning With Cranberry Mimosas

I never really need a reason to drink in the morning, but for those of you that still have a conscience, here’s a holiday mimosa to make you feel better. In more ways than one.


  • Serves 1
  • 1 lime, halved
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • Fresh cranberries, for garnish
  • Rosemary sprigs, for garnish


  1. Rim champagne flute with lime.
  2. Dip rim in sugar.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup cranberry juice into glass.
  4. Add champagne.
  5. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary.
Cranberry Mimosa Christmas Cocktail

Spice The Holidays Up With Pumpkin Pie Martinis

I have added this one to the list specifically for my Pumpkin Spice Latte fans. I’m not at all a fan of pumpkin… unless it’s slathered in whipped cream. Plus, did you even know pumpkin vodka existed? Because I didn’t until now.


  • Serves 1
  • 2 oz. pumpkin vodka
  • 1 oz. dark rum
  • 1/2 oz. half and half
  • 2 tbs. pumpkin puree
  • 1 oz. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
  • Nutmeg, for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Pour into martini glass.
  4. Garnish with cinnamon stick and nutmeg.
Pumpkin Pie martini

Mull Around An Open Fire With Apple Cider Old Fashioneds

This one’s for the #AdventurePartnerForLife, who’s a big fan of both whiskey and apple cider. I bet this would be pretty tasty warmed up, too.


  • Serves 1
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 2/3 cup apple cider
  • 2 oz. whiskey
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Apple slices, for garnish
  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients in glass and stir.
  2. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick. 
Apple Cider Old Fashioned Christmas Cocktail

Have A Berry Merry Christmas With Berry Limoncello Sangria

I love everything berry. And limoncello. I also like alcohol that gets served by the pitcher, so… thought I’d add a nice sangria to the Christmas cocktail list. As is the case with all sangrias, just dump everything in a pitcher and serve. Voila!


  • Serves 8
  • 1 bottle pink moscato
  • 1/2 cup limoncello
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • Mint leaves
  • 1 sliced lemon


  1. Combine moscato, limoncello, berries, mint leaves, lemon slices in a large pitcher, stir.
  2. Pour mixture into glass with ice.
  3. Scoop fruit into each glass.
  4. Garnish with mint and strawberry.
Berry Limoncello Sangria Christmas Cocktail

Shake Those Winter Blues With Some Jack Frosties

Serve as an iced drink or as a slushy. Either way, it’s got Prosecco and lemonade. And it’s blue. Coating the glass rim is as complicated as it gets.


  • Serves 5
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup Prosecco
  • 1/2 cup Blue Curaçao
  • 1/2 cup lemonade
  • 6 cups ice
  • Lemon wedge
  • White sugar


  1. Combine vodka, Prosecco, blue curaçao, lemonade, and ice.
  2. Shake or blend thoroughly.
  3. Coat glass rims with lemon wedge.
  4. Dip glass rims in sugar.
  5. Pour into rimmed glasses.
Jack Frosty Christmas Cocktail

What Are Your Favorite Christmas Cocktails?

Have your own Christmas cocktails you’d like to add? Have you tried any of these and loved (or hated) them? By all means, please provide additional suggestions or feedback in the comments section below.

For other tasty libation ideas, don’t forget to read my Fun Cocktails From Around the World and Interesting Wines & Liquors From Around the World. Experience mead for the first time, or have fun perusing my Drinks Around the World photo essay. Whatever you do, please enjoy responsibly. And have a great holiday season!

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