With the holidays rapidly approaching its time to get ready for entertaining, which means bring on the holiday cocktails! To help you celebrate the season we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite holiday party cocktails perfect for any event you might attend this season!
There’s just no way to celebrate the holidays without including this classic cocktail. Eggnog has been popular since at least the 1700s and for good reason! Typically made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks, it can be spiked with bourbon, brandy, or rum to create a grown-up version. Forget the store-bought eggnogs filled with preservatives, making your own eggnog at home is easy to do, and you’ll taste the difference with this eggnog recipe.
The classic Moscow Mule gets a holiday upgrade with this festive cocktail. The trick to this Cranberry Mule is to make a homemade cranberry simple syrup to add to the mix. It’s easier than it sounds and will really take your holiday cocktails to the next level! Serve it up in the typical copper Moscow Mule mugs or in a simple highball glass so your guests can admire the beautiful colors of this cocktail.
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot buttered rum is one of those old-fashioned classic holiday party cocktails perfect for chilly nights. The recipe involves mixing brown sugar, butter, honey, and spices then adding rum and boiling water to the mix. The result is comfort in a mug that can’t be beaten! Get the detailed recipe for hot buttered rum here.
What better reason to pop the cork on your favorite bottle of bubbly than the holiday season? To take your flute of champagne up a notch, create this easy champagne cocktail recipe. Simply soak sugar cubes in Angostura Bitters before entertaining. Then, simply drop a sugar cube in the champagne flute and pour the champagne over top. It’s an easy and delicious addition to any spread of holiday cocktails!
Like the hot buttered rum recipe above, mulled wine is one of the classic hot holiday party cocktails. The recipe involves combining red wine, brandy, a variety of spices, and oranges. You can make it on the stovetop or in a slow cooker but the result is the same either way: a delicious, fruity mix sure to please any crowd! Find one of our favorite versions of mulled wine here.
Candy Cane Cooler
For a special treat, mix up a Candy Cane Cooler cocktail for your holiday party. To make this recipe you’ll need to create your own mint-infused vodka at least three days beforehand, but it’s worth the preparation time! Once it’s party time, combine your mint vodka with B&B, half and half, and crushed candy canes for a unique and refreshing twist on holiday cocktails! Click here for the full recipe.
Daniel Webster’s Punch
Daniel Webster’s punch is a cocktail that’s been debated since the 1800s. According to folklore, the famed Massachusetts senator served this punch recipe to his friend before his death. The recipe has been much debated in the years since the first Steward & Barkeeper’s Manual in 1869. It’s made with black tea, Bordeaux, cognac, Jamaican rum, and lemon among other ingredients. Regardless of its origin, it’s a tasty punch that should be at the top of your list of holiday cocktails when entertaining. Click here for a little more about the history of Daniel Webster’s Punch and the full recipe.
Regardless of which of these holiday party cocktails you serve when entertaining, you are sure to please your guests. For more about holiday entertaining, explore How to Be the Ultimate Host This Holiday Season.