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Holiday Cocktail Recipe Roundup (Top 5)

If you want to learn what the top 5 holiday cocktail recipes are, you’re in the right place! I’m sharing my Holiday Cocktail Recipe Roundup (top 5) that I serve and enjoy all holiday season long! These holiday drinks will bring your merry to a whole new level, and the best part? I promise three things with these Christmas cocktails:

  1. The recipes are easy.

  2. Ingredients for these cocktail recipes are not expensive.

  3. There is nothing you’ll have to search long and hard for!

Top 5 Easy Holiday Cocktail recipes - how to make them with easy and few ingredients.

Let’s take a look at my Holiday Cocktail Recipe Roundup for my Top 5 Christmas Cocktails!

We are all familiar with holiday flavors:

  • apple cider
  • chocolate
  • peppermint
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • cranberry
  • eggnog
  • sugar cookies
  • mulled wine

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The list of flavors that we associate with the holidays goes on and on, and for me, some of those flavors translate into cocktails!

Top 5 Holiday Cocktails:

1: Cranberry Moscow Mule

This winter cocktail is one of my favorites – and a big reason is because it’s so darn pretty! I serve this cocktail in a golden colored chilled mug, and the recipe is super simple! It had to make the Holiday Cocktail Recipe Roundup (Top 5) as there are only 4 ingredients, plus a garnish:

  • vodka
  • cranberry juice
  • orange juice
  • ginger beer

You can find ginger beer at any grocery store, so don’t let that itimidate you! You’ll find this Christmas cocktail to be refreshing and festive!

Cranberry moscow mule cocktail in a copper cup with rosemary, and orange slice, and ice on a white marble background.

Cranberry Moscow Mule Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A spicy holiday vodka cocktail you can make in small or large batches!


  • 8 oz vodka
  • 8 oz cranberry juice
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 8 oz ginger beer
  • Frozen cranberries, sprigs of rosemary, and orange slices for garnish


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together minus the garnishes.
  2. Add to a chillded copper mug filled with ice.
  3. Garnish with frozen cranberries, sprigs of rosemary, and orange slices.


If you don't have copper mugs, use a chilled glass!

Make this cocktail in a large batch for your next party!

My top 5 recipes for holiday cocktails!

2. Easy Pomegranate Martini

Honestly, if you feel like taking a cranberry cocktail to a new level, make this festive cocktail! This classic holiday drink brings the holidays into one glass! (You can make a pitcher easily for a crowd!  Again, there are only a few ingredients – and I bet you might already have some vodka on hand!

  • orange vodka (plain if that’s what you have on hand)
  • pomegranate juice
  • Triple Sec
  • lime juice

You’ll also need a little garnish if you’re feeling fancy…and who isn’t around this time of year?

How to make a Christmas Cosmopolitan

Christmas Cosmo Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A four ingredient Christmas cocktail with three easy steps!


  • 3 oz vodka
  • 1 oz cointreau
  • 3 oz cranberry juice
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • Lemon or lime zest to garnish


  1. Pour all of your ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake for 10 seconds until the cocktail is chilled.
  3. Garnish with lemon or lime zest.


This is the perfect cocktail for a holiday cocktail party! Make ahead of time and refridgerate!

3. Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

What’s a holiday cocktail roundup without a champagne cocktail? Well, it’s not complete! This easy cocktail recipe is perfect for Christmas morning! Pair it with some good, old fashioned warm cinnamon rolls from the bakery and you’ve just set up your perfect Christmas morning!

How to make a cranberry champagne cocktail for the holidays!

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

Yield: 4

This holiday cocktail with cranberry juice is the perfect holiday drink! Perfect for Christmas or Thanksgiving, this cocktail will get you into the holiday spirit!


  • 4 oz sweetened cranberry juice
  • 4 springs rosemary
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds


  1. Chill your glasses.
  2. Add cranberry juice and a splash of lime.
  3. Top the glass with champagne.
  4. Add your sprig of rosemary, and pomegranate seeds
  5. Finish by adding a few frozen cranberries
With few ingredients, and just a few more for garnish, this Cranberry Champagne Cocktail will easily become one of your favorites!

  • sweetened cranberry juice
  • springs rosemary
  • lime
  • champagne
  • frozen cranberries
  • pomegranate seeds

4. Old Fashioned Cocktail

Talk about a classic holiday drink.  This cocktail will have you feeling nostalgic and full of the holiday spirit! Old Fashioned is now in vouge – so take this recipe from a bygone era, and put on “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  Before long you’ll be settled in and leaving all of the holiday stress behind!

Brandy Old Fashioned Cocktail

Brandy Old Fashioned Cocktail

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This warmed up version of a Brandy Old Fashioned will fill you up with the holiday spirit!


  • 4 oz water
  • 4 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 8 oz bourbon
  • 8 dashes bitters
  • 4 maraschino cherries
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced


  1. Place the water and maple syrup into a saucepan and heat on a medium heat until the maple syrup is dissolved into the water.
  2. Sitr in bourbon and bitters and turn off the heat.
  3. Divide into mugs or heat safe glasses and garnish with a maraschino cherry and a sliced orange.


Make in larger batches or more guests!

5. Hot Spiked Apple Cider

This cocktail is my absolute favorite, and it’s always a hit.  If you are having any kind of holiday party or get-together this season, adding my Hot Apple Cider spiked with rum to your list is essential.  The aromas that fill the air, the warmth in your glass, and the way it warms up your whole body get me every time.  It’s a favorite among all of my friends, and they look forward to enjoying it while the kids make their gingerbread houses every year. You won’t be sorry you added this rum cocktail to your list of favorites – because it’s simple, it’s delicious, and guests will look forward to it every year!

Hot Apple Cider Spiked With Rum - Sweet Humble Home

Hot Apple Cider (Spiked With Rum)

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Hot Apple Cider (Spiked with Rum) is the perfect fall cocktail! A simple to make, loved by everyone cocktail that you can enjoy all season long!


  • 2 quarts fresh apple cider
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cardamom
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 apple peeled and cut into half
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup spiced, dark rum
  • 8 each cinnamon sticks (place two in each mug)


    1. Stick the whole cloves into the apples (5 into each half)
    2. Mix all of the ingredients minus the rum together in a sauce pan and bring the saucepan a simmer.
    3. Lower the heat, add the rum, and simmer at low on the stove for 20-30 minutes.
    4. Spoon the cider into the mugs (removing the apple), and add two cinnamon sticks to each mug to garnish



Use cinnamon sugar on the rim of the mug along with star anise for additional garnish.

This Hot Apple Cider can also be made in the slow cooker. To do this, mix all of the ingredients and cook on low for 2 hours. Add rum and warm for another 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 23gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information may not be accurate.

Holiday Cocktail Recipe Roundup (Top 5) are my absolute favorite holiday cocktails!

If you are looking for what are the best sources for cocktail recipes online – it’s right here! My ebook: Holiday Sips is available and it perfectly pairs holiday cocktails and appetizers for you – making holiday entertaining super easy! Please, check it out and make the holidays easier for yourself!
What is your favorite cocktail recipe? Do you have a go-to holiday cocktail? Tell us about it!
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