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10 Festive Holiday Cocktails To Serve At Your Next Holiday Party

Updated on December 18, 2023

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Tis the season to turn up with holiday cocktails!

Whether you’re looking for something to serve at your holiday mixer, or you’re just interested in sipping on something tasty while you snuggle with your honey, this post has something for you!

May your festivities be joyful and filled with cheer and delicious libations!  😜

Blood Orange Ginger Cranberry Mojitos

Blood Orange Ginger Cranberry Mojitos Holiday Cocktails pin
Source: Heather Christo
Why I Like It

I love this drink because it’s a delicious blend of flavors that are refreshing and warm you up from the inside, making this the perfect drink to have on a cold winter night. The combination of citrusy orange and lime, tangy cranberry, and mint leaves balance each other out nicely, and the ginger rounds everything out by bringing a bit of punch and character to the equation. The sugar makes all of the loud flavors easier on the palette (sn: I do NOT like rum haha), but don’t add too much or you might regret it!

I also like this drink because it has ingredients that are healing for the stomach like ginger, lime, and mint, which help ward off the dreaded combination of nausea and hangover the morning after Now, I’m not by any means saying that this is healthy!!! But it certainly doesn’t hurt to add some naturally soothing ingredients to your turn up elixir. 😜

Serve it in a Collins glass and enjoy!

Ingredients
  • White Rum
  • Blood Orange Soda
  • Ginger
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Mint leaves
  • Limes
Prep Time

13 min

Get the recipe here.
How to make it “skinny”:

“Skinny” Blood Orange Ginger Cranberry Mojito Modifications

Blood Orange Soda: Use a sugar-free or diet version of Blood Orange Soda to reduce the sugar and calorie content. Look for options with zero calories or minimal calories.

Ginger Simple Syrup: Reduce the sugar in the Ginger Simple Syrup by using a sugar substitute like stevia or monk fruit sweetener. You can start with 1/4 cup of sugar substitute and adjust to taste. This will significantly reduce the calories.

Rum: Consider using a lower-calorie or light rum. You can also reduce the amount of rum used to lower the calorie content. You may want to start with 4-6 ounces of rum instead of the full 8 ounces.

Cranberry Juice: Choose a sugar-free or lower-calorie cranberry juice option. You can also dilute it with water or use a cranberry-flavored sparkling water to reduce the calorie content.

Sugar Rim: Limit the use of sugar for rimming the glass. You can use a small amount or skip it altogether to save calories.

By making these modifications, you can significantly reduce the calorie content of your Blood Orange Ginger Cranberry Mojito while still enjoying a delicious and refreshing cocktail.

The Pink Peppermint Cocktail

A beautiful baby pink cocktail with a candy cane straw and crushed candy cane garnish
via How Sweet Eats
Why I Like It

This vodka-based cocktail is almost too beautiful to drink…almost! I love the blend of pink, white, and red. It really creates an ethereal fantasy aesthetic. If you’re looking for something that will give your party fairyland vibes, this is perfect for you!

Okay, looks aside, you’re in for a huge sugar rush when you drink this! With candy cane vodka, vanilla simple syrup, and creme de cacao your taste buds will be screaming in sweet sugary ecstasy. Having said that, if you’re not a big sweet drink lover I definitely recommend you pass on this one. But if you’re looking for ways to bring some balance to the concoction, the minty flavor of the crushed candy cane garnish grounds the drink a bit. It’s also a fun addition for those who like to add some texture variety to their recipes.

The only thing I might change would be to serve this in a martini glass instead of a Collins glass, simply because I think it would look more elegant. (It just suits my fairy queen fantasy!)

And remember: the sweeter the drink, the faster the liquor creeps up on you, so take it slow with this one! Don’t let the sugar fool you. 😜 

Ingredients
  • Candy Cane Vodka
  • Creme de Cacao (white)
  • Vanilla Simple Syrup
  • Cream
  • Candy Canes
  • Sparkling Sugar
Prep Time

30 min

Get the recipe here.
How to make it “skinny”:

Skinny Pink Peppermint Cocktail Modifications:

Use Lower-Calorie Alternatives:

    • Candy Cane Vodka: Opt for a lower-calorie or sugar-free peppermint vodka if available. If not, consider using regular vodka with a splash of peppermint extract for flavor.
    • Creme de Cacao: Use a sugar-free or lower-calorie creme de cacao liqueur.
    • Vanilla Simple Syrup: Use a sugar-free or lower-calorie vanilla syrup or vanilla extract with a sugar substitute.

Replace Cream or Half and Half:

Instead of regular cream or half and half, use a lower-calorie milk alternative like almond milk, skim milk, or a dairy-free creamer.

Skip or reduce the Candy Cane Garnish and Sparkling Sugar:

This one is pretty obvious, but if you’d like to rim the glass with sparkling sugar, use a smaller amount or skip it altogether to lower the calorie content.

By making these modifications, you can create a “skinny” version of the Pink Peppermint Cocktail that is lower in calories and sugar while still retaining its delightful peppermint and vanilla flavors. Be sure to adjust the quantities based on your taste preferences, and enjoy your lighter and healthier cocktail!

The Mrs. Clause Cocktail

An eggnog-based cocktail called the Mrs. Clause Cocktail, with a whipped cream and candy cane topping
via KJ & Company
Why I Like It

I’m not a huge eggnog person, but something about this drink that just screams “Christmas” to me!

Not only does it look absolutely adorable in this brandy sniffer glass (which, with the whipped cream on top, kinda reminds me of a scene out of The Santa Clause…is that problematic?? 🤔), but the thought of blending some ‘nog with chocolate liqueur and peppermint Schnapps has me intrigued!

This is a quick, easy, and smooth cocktail that is perfect to serve at your next soiree. Pour it in a cute snifter glass and enjoy!

Ingredients
  • Eggnog
  • White Chocolate Liqueur
  • Peppermint Schnapps
  • Whipped Cream
  • Crushed Candy Canes
Prep Time

5 minutes

Get the recipe here.
How to make it “skinny”:

Use Light Eggnog:

Substitute the regular eggnog with a light or reduced-fat eggnog. This will significantly reduce the calorie and fat content while maintaining the eggnog flavor.

Reduce Liqueur and Schnapps:

Decrease the amount of white chocolate liqueur and peppermint Schnapps used:

    • Use 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of white chocolate liqueur instead of 1.5 ounces.
    • Use 1/2 tablespoon of peppermint Schnapps instead of 1 tablespoon.

Optional Garnish:

If you’d like to add a garnish, consider using a small sprinkle of ground nutmeg or a pinch of cinnamon for flavor instead of whipped cream and crushed candy canes.

The Holiday Moscow Mule

A Moscow Mule in a pink and gold tin cup with cranberry and rosemary garnish
via The Katchet Life
Why I Like It

If you’re a vodka drinker, you can’t go wrong with a traditional Moscow Mule. And if you’re someone who’s cautious about trying new mixed drinks, or if you just like what you like and like to stick with that, then this is a fun seasonal take on a familiar cocktail that won’t push you too far out of your comfort zone.  

I also like that they threw in some Cosmo mix for some added flare! I love pairing pre-made mixes that aren’t necessarily meant to go together, and coming up with tasty new creations of my own.

Pour this in a copper mug and spread the cheer! 

Ingredients
  • Vodka
  • Cosmopolitan Mix
  • Ginger Beer
  • Lime
  • Ice
  • Cranberries
  • Rosemary Spring
Get the recipe here.

*This is already pretty “skinny”, so I don’t have additional recommendations to make.

Boozy Peppermint Mocha Coffee

Boozy Peppermint Mocha Coffee in a tall glass with a candy cane straw and chocolate and crushed candy canes around the rim
via The Suburban Soapbox
Why I Like It

Liquor and coffee? HECK YES, sounds too good to be true!

If you’re someone who’s prone to ordering peppermint mocha lattes from your favorite coffee shop, definitely give this one a try! And if you’re like me and you tend to get sleepy early, but you want to stay up and hang with the crew for the holidays, this is a quick and tasty wake-me-up during the celebration festivities.

Super creamy, extra delicious, and picturesque when served in an Irish coffee glass, you can’t go wrong with this festive blend.

Ingredients
  • Brewed Coffee
  • Creme de menthe
  • Chocolate Liquor
  • Cream
  • Sugar
  • Whipped Cream
  • Melted chocolate
  • Crushed peppermint candies
  • Sprinkles
Prep Time

15 min

Get the recipe here.
How to make it “skinny”:

Skinny Boozy Peppermint Mocha Coffee Modifications:

Use Low-Fat or Non-Dairy Milk:

    • Substitute the cream with a low-fat milk or a non-dairy milk like almond milk or oat milk. Unsweetened versions work well. If you want it to be super smooth, opt for an extra creamy oat milk. It’s my favorite!

Use a Sugar Substitute:

    • Instead of using sugar, consider using a sugar substitute like stevia or monk fruit sweetener, or simply skip the added sugar altogether if you prefer. I personally like to go with stevia.

Reduce Liqueurs:

    • Use 1 ounce of creme de menthe instead of 2 ounces.
    • Use 1 ounce of chocolate liqueur instead of 2 ounces.

Gingerbread White Russian

A stemless glass filled with a Gingerbread White Russian Cocktail surrounded by fake snow, gingerbread cookies, and candles. With a gingerbread cookie garnish
via Half Baked Harvest
Why I Like It

You don’t have to like the taste of gingerbread men to feel a boost of holiday joy when you see them!

I don’t know about you, but the taste and smell of gingerbread instantly makes me feel safe and cozy. It reminds me of my childhood, when I would play outside all day and come home to some gingerbread cake topped with butter and whipped cream.

It takes me back to the days where the entire elementary school class would spend the afternoon decorating gingerbread houses that never got eaten and sat on the kitchen table until they turned stale.

Dang…those were the good ole days.

Anyways, give your classic White Russian some character by adding some homemade ginger and cinnamon simple syrup. Pour it in a glass tumbler, throw in a gingerbread man as garnish and you’re good to go! Cheers!

Ingredients
  • Kahlua
  • Vodka
  • Fresh ginger
  • Gingerbread syrup
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Vanilla extract
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Heavy cream
Get the recipe here.
How to make it “skinny”:

Skinny Gingerbread White Russian Modifications:

Use Sugar-Free Syrup:

    • Instead of pure gingerbread syrup, opt for a sugar-free gingerbread syrup or a gingerbread-flavored sugar-free syrup

Reduce or Omit Honey and Molasses:

    • Consider using a smaller amount of honey and molasses or omitting them altogether, although I wouldn’t really recommend that because it would significantly change the recipe. You can start with a tablespoon of each or less, adjusting to your taste. 

Use Unsweetened Almond or Oat Milk:

    • Substitute the heavy cream with unsweetened almond milk or oat milk. These milk alternatives are lower in calories and fat compared to heavy cream.

Reduce Kahlua and Vodka:

    • Use 1 oz of Kahlua instead of 1 1/2 oz.
    • Use 1 oz of vodka instead of 2 oz.

Amaretto Eggnog

A glass of amaretto eggnog with a cinnamon stick straw, surrounded by tree branches and holly
via Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons
Why I Like It

As I said earlier, I’m really not an eggnog-loving soul. But I do LOVE amaretto, and I love easy to make cocktails!

This blend of 5 simple ingredients is sure to take your noggy experience to the next level. Try this recipe as-is, or try subbing RumChata in place of rum and cream. Serve it in an Old Fashioned Glass and sip away!

(If you’re not familiar with RumChata, it’s a sweet creamy drink that some say tastes like liquid Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Yum!)

Ingredients
  • Spiced Rum
  • Amaretto
  • Hazelnut liquid creamer
  • Eggnog
  • Cinnamon
Prep Time

4 min

Get the recipe here.

*The words “skinny” and “eggnog” don’t go together in my brain, so just drink up and enjoy every sip, guilt-free! It’s the holidays!

Whoville's Spiced Up Christmas Margarita

A delicious glass of red margarita with a cinnamon stick, rosemary, and cranberry garnish
via Half Baked Harvest
Why I Like This

Honestly, the name did it for me. It doesn’t feel like Christmas for me until I watch Jim Carrey’s The Grinch at least 2 – 3 times.

On top of that, I love margaritas. While some people steer clear of tequila because it makes them angry, it’s a happy giggly ride for me. So combining my favorite holiday movie and my drink of choice is sure to be a win!

The spiciness of the ginger and cayenne pepper bring some fun and surprise, and the sweetness of the juices and honey help calm the burn from the spices. Pour it in a tumbler glass  and give it a cinni sugar rim and this is a lovely must-try that you’re sure to love!

Ingredients
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Tangerine or orange juice
  • Tequila
  • Orange liquor
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Cayenne
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Ginger Beer
  • Sugar
Prep Time

15 min

Get the recipe here.
How to make it “skinny”:

Skinny Whoville’s Spiced Up Christmas Margarita Modifications

Reduce Honey or Use Sugar Substitute:

Reduce the amount of honey to 1/2 tbsp or 1 tbsp, or use a sugar substitute like stevia or monk fruit sweetener

Use Light Orange Liqueur:

    • If available, opt for a light or reduced-calorie orange liqueur

Omit Ginger Beer Topping:

    • Skip the ginger beer topping if you want to further reduce calories and sugar

 

Sugar Cookie Martini

A Sugar Cookie Martini with sprinkles around the rim
via Wholefully
Why I Like This

I like this because it looks like something a Who-person would drink, haha!

It reminds me of a liquid version of those store bought cookies…you know exactly which ones I’m talking about! I guess that’s why it’s called a Sugar Cookie Martini.

I also really like that this is a recipe that you can pre-mix and store in the fridge for up to a week, which means that you can make it the night before and then actually enjoy the guests at your party versus running around stressed out from trying to make individual drinks all night. 

And the rim is my absolute favorite part. I love the idea of eating a few sprinkles with every sip. Yum!

Who ever said that it isn’t better to drink your calories? I don’t think you’d regret it if you made this. 😏  Pour it in a martini glass and enjoy the sugar rush!

Ingredients
  • Vanilla frosting and sprinkles
  • Vanilla Vodka
  • Irish cream
  • Whole milk
  • Amaretto
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Ice
Prep Time

5 min

Get the recipe here.

 

How to make this “skinny”:

Skinny Sugar Cookie Martini Modifications:

Okay…let’s be honest…this is a SUGAR COOKIE MARTINI. You’re not drinking this because you care about whether it’s “skinny” or not. (And don’t feel bad…I don’t care either! It’s delicious. 😋)

BUT if you want to try to make it a little more on the “healthy” side…

Use Lighter Creamer or Milk:

    • Substitute the whole milk with a lower-calorie milk alternative like almond milk or skim milk. Unsweetened versions work well. 

Reduce Irish Cream and Amaretto:

    • Use 1 ounce of Irish cream instead of 1 1/2 ounces.
    • Use 3/4 ounce of amaretto instead of 1 ounce.

Use a Sugar Substitute:

      • Replace the powdered sugar with a sugar substitute like stevia or monk fruit sweetener to eliminate added sugar and calories
    •  

The Very Merry Ornamentini

An ornament filled with a martini, sitting inside of a martini glass with cranberries and rosemary
via Inspired By Charm
Why I Like This

I love these ornamentinis!! I think they are so festive, creative, and absolutely adorable!

And what makes them even better is that they’re easy to make!

Just mix up the drink, pour it in a booze ornament, drop some frozen cranberries in a martini glass and you’re all set to delight your party guests.

Ingredients
  • Vodka
  • Orange liqueur
  • Cherry juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Orange juice
  • Sugared cranberries
  • Fresh rosemary
Prep Time

10 min

Get the recipe here.

How to make it “skinny”:

Skinny Very Merry Ornamentini Modifications:

Use Lighter Spirits:

    • Choose a lower-calorie vodka option, or reduce the amount of vodka used. For example, use 3/4 cup of vodka instead of 1 cup.

Opt for a Light Orange Liqueur:

    • Consider using a lower-calorie or reduced-sugar orange liqueur to reduce calorie content. Cointreau offers a “Light” version with fewer calories.

Choose Lighter Juices:

    • Use light or reduced-calorie versions of cherry, cranberry, and orange juices if available. These options have fewer calories and sugar.

Reduce Portion Sizes:

    • Consider serving smaller portions of the cocktail to lower overall calorie intake.

Skip Garnish or Use Less Sugared Cranberries:

    • Omit the garnish of sugared cranberries and use fewer cranberries to reduce additional sugar and calorie content.

I hope this was helpful. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Looking for more holiday inspo?

FAQs

Can I make “skinny” versions of all of these holiday cocktails?

Yes, if you follow our skinny modification recommendations you can absolutely make skinny versions of these drinks, and they can be equally as delicious with half the calories! Modifying the measurements and ingredients will change the flavor and make the drinks less sweet, but if you’re someone who doesn’t have a huge sweet tooth, this can be a good thing!

Can I turn these recipes into mocktails?

Yep, most of these drinks will make great mocktails! Just cut out the booze and enjoy.

Are there step by step instructions for how to make each holiday cocktail?

Yes, just click the Get The Recipe links to see full step by step instructions.

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