The best ever Christmas cocktails

Raise a toast to Christmas with our guide to festive drinks for the party season, from classic eggnog and snowball cocktails to soft drinks for drivers.

Chocolate orange cocktails in three glasses

'Tis the season to be jolly so why not get into the festive spirit by throwing a cracking Christmas cocktail party. Go traditional with a super 70s-style snowball or a classic creamy eggnog. If you fancy something fruity, our cool cosmopolitans and sparkling prosecco cocktails are a winner.

Experiment, too, with Christmassy flavours. Mix a few mince pie martinis and gingerbread Bellinis. Any non-drinkers or driving guests can also join in the festivities by sipping on our gorgeous mulled fruit juice mocktails. With our favourite selection of seasonal drinks, your guests are guaranteed to leave the party feeling merry and bright.

Snowball

Snowball cocktail
Any drink that contains Babycham and advocaat will surely get the party started, so join us as we bow down to the mighty snowball, a '70s staple and kitsch classic. Our version has a little something extra for a touch of spice, too...

Learn how to make the ultimate Christmas snowball

Eggnog

Vegan eggnog in three glasses

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. We've also developed a vegan version of this classic tipple, using dates, cashews and apricots, plus almond milk and brandy. So go on, give it another go – it might just become your new favourite… 

Make our classic eggnog or vegan eggnog

Winter whiskey sour

Winter whiskey sour with orange juice, orange slice and straw in a glass

We go by the principle that everything looks better with a sprinkling of glitter and bearing this in mind, we've reinvented a classic whiskey cocktail with a sprinkling of festive magic. Just add a splash of orange and lemon juice to bourbon, and finish off with a pinch of edible gold glitter. This spectacular sparkling cocktail will dazzle all your party guests.

Make our sparkly winter whiskey sour

Cosmopolitan cocktail

Pink cosmopolitan drink recipes in two fluted glasses

Serve up a fun and fruity Christmas cosmopolitan to make your guests feel really special. This sweet-and-sour concoction derives its festive flavour notes from cranberry juice whilst lemon vodka and lime juice provide a fresh citrus kick. 

Make our cosmopolitan cocktail

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 confection. 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 cocktails 

Dark and stormy cocktail in a glass
The Christmas Day slump is an inevitable part of life; that overwhelming sense of drowsiness that hits you like a bus-sized snowball, when a nap seems the only way forward. Why not sip a coffee cocktail to perk you up...

Make our dark & stormy coffee cocktail or 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.  

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 more ideas in our prosecco video. For when only the pop of a cork will do. 

Our best ever prosecco cocktails

Bellinis

Two glasses of gingerbread Bellini

If you're pining for more prosecco, mix up a few Christmas Bellinis. For a special festive twist on this classic cocktail, make a gingerbread version with the classic spicy notes of your favourite Christmas biscuits.

Gingerbread Bellini

Non-alcoholic 'mocktails'

Pomegranate mocktail

To be a good host, cater well to non-drinkers – and we don’t mean buying in a carton of juice. 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 ideas for Christmas parties... 

Christmas Day cocktails
Christmas punch recipes
Non-alcoholic festive drinks
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

Which drinks do you like to serve at your Christmas party? Leave a comment below… 

 

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.
Be the first to comment...We'd love to hear how you got on with this recipe. Did you like it? Would you recommend others give it a try?
Be the first to ask a question about this recipe...Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved...
Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe...Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.