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.
'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 up 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.
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.
This indulgent, creamy cocktail can 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.
Winter whiskey sour
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 bit 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.
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.
Behold: the perfect after-dinner tipple. To make the classic version, mix together cream, brandy and a chocolate liqueur for a seasonal sweet treat in a glass, then garnish with a spiced Christmas sugar. Or, try our tasty twists, including a traditional trifle, fresh strawberry or tropical passion fruit alexander.
Chocolate orange cocktail
We go weak at the knees at the sound of a 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.
Mulled wine cocktail
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 the classic.
The Christmas Day slump is an inevitable part of life – that overwhelming drowsiness that hits you like a bus-sized snowball makes it seem that a nap is the only way forward. Instead, why not sip a coffee cocktail to perk you up?
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.
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.
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 same spicy notes as your favourite Christmas biscuits.
To be a good host, cater well to non-drinkers – and we don’t mean buying a carton of juice. Pull out all the stops by mulling fruit juice or treating base soft drinks as you would spirits. Our pomegranate mojito mocktail is so good, no one will miss the rum.
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Our Christmas party section
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Which drinks do you like to serve at your Christmas party? Leave a comment below…