The best-ever Christmas cocktails

Raise a toast to Christmas by reading BBC Good Food's guide to festive drinks, from classic cocktails through to soft drinks for drivers.

Snowball

Snowball cocktail
Any drink that contains Babycham and advocaat is a winner in our eyes, so join us as we bow down to the mighty snowball, 70s staple and kitsch classic. Our version has a little something extra for a kick of heat too… 

Learn how to make the ultimate Christmas snowball

Eggnog

Eggnog

This indulgent, creamy cocktail is certain to polarise a Christmas crowd. We happen to love it, so much so we made a glitzy eggnog trifle in ode to its custardy wonder. Go on, give it another go – it might just become your new favourite… 

Discover the do’s and don’ts of making perfect eggnog

Chocolate orange cocktail

Chocolate orange cocktail

We go weak at the knees at the sound of a Terry’s Chocolate orange being smashed into segments, so we created a cocktail that tastes exactly like our favourite Christmas confectionary. It’s flavoured with crème de cacao and a triple hit of orange. 

Make our citrus-tastic chocolate orange cocktail

Mulled wine cocktail

Mulled wine cocktails

The window for making mulled wine is short, so as well as going down the traditional route, we like to distil the flavours into an elegant short cocktail with all the sugar and spice of a traditional warm mull.   

How to turn mulled wine into a classy cocktail

Coffee & cream cocktails 

Coffee cocktails
The Christmas Day slump is an inevitable part of life, that overwhelming sense of drowsiness that hits you like a bus-sized snowball, and a nap seems the only way forward. We say sleeping is cheating, especially when coffee cocktails exist to perk you up with a boozy hit of caffeine. 

Make our perky coffee & cream cocktail

Makeover Martinis

Mince pie Martini

Put the Martini glasses on ice and prepare a seasonal version of this short, sharp cocktail. Our sparkling four-ingredient clementini takes barely any time to put together, while our mince pie Martini is a little more involved, but contains actual mincemeat, for die-hard purists.  

Try our clementini or mince pie Martini

Prosecco cocktails

Prosecco cocktails

Our fizz of choice for Christmas is Prosecco, and while we love it unadorned, it makes a great base for cocktails. We have classic blends, easy combos, seasonal favourites and even a Prosecco video, now handily in one place for those times when only the pop of a cork will do. 

Our best-ever Prosecco cocktails

Non-alcoholic 'mocktails'

Pomegranate mocktail

An essential rule of good hosting is to pay as much consideration to non-drinkers as you do the booze squad – and we don’t mean buying in a carton of juice and hoping for the best. Pull out all the stops by mulling fruit juice or treating base soft drinks as you would spirits. Behold our pomegranate mojito mocktail. Who needs rum?  

How to make a delicious party mocktail

More for Christmas drinks parties... 

All Christmas cocktails

All our Christmas cocktail recipes
Guide to festive cocktails and mocktails
Our best-ever festive drinks recipes
Christmas buffet recipes
Christmas canapé recipes
Our Christmas party section
Top 10 party canapés

What do you like to serve at your Christmas party? We’d love to hear your cocktail ideas… 

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