Holiday Cocktail Ideas and Recipes

Festive Holiday Cocktail & Mocktail Ideas

Let’s get into the holiday spirits. Though seasonal beers are great, your celebration deserves something a little more festive. Whether you’re hosting brunch or throwing the afterparty, it’s important to include a holiday drink to liven up the party. From bubbly champagnes to crowd-pleasing punches, we have the inspiration you need to find the right holiday cocktails for the occasion.

Party Punches

Keep things simple with a holiday punch. The best thing about this option is that it allows guests to serve themselves, so you get to spend your time socializing rather than playing bartender. You can use a communal bowl or keep the drink in an easy-to-pour pitcher. Try to find something refreshing, delicious and festive, like a fruity Christmas Punch made with orange juice, cranberry juice, mango juice, ginger ale and champagne. Check out the recipes below or our full collection of holiday punch recipes for more drink inspiration.

Hot Cocktails

Instead of whipping up a big bowl of Christmas punch, here’s a hot take: serve warm alcoholic drinks.

We all know that cold days call for warm-you-up drinks like Rich and Creamy Hot Chocolate, but you can take it to the next level with a hot alcoholic drink. Whether it’s Hot-Buttered Rum, Hot Apple Cider Rosemary Margaritas or a slow-cooked Blackberry Ginger Mulled Red Wine, a hot Christmas cocktail is a surefire way to ward off the winter’s chill.

Family-Friendly Mocktails

If your party includes kids, be sure to have some family-friendly options on hand. You can serve popular non-alcoholic Christmas drinks like hot chocolate, get creative with a Warm Cranberry Orange Cider or offer the little ones a delicious mocktail (like this Strawberry Paloma Mocktail). You can take the elements of your favorite cocktail and turn it into an all-ages drink by swapping the alcohol with sparkling water, ginger beer or non-alcoholic spirits.

Holiday Drink Recipes

Let’s get the drink menu started! These easy Christmas cocktails are sure to bring your party peace, joy and happiness.

The Martini That Stole Christmas

When it comes to holiday cocktails, this one just might steal the show (and it might steal Christmas, too!).

Total: 10 minutes
Serves: 1


  • 1 1⁄2 oz. vodka
  • 1⁄2 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 1⁄2 oz. lemon juice
  • 5 mini candy canes, divided
  • Filthy® Red Cherry cocktail garnish


  1. Crush 3 mini candy canes into pieces. Wet rim of cocktail glass and dip into candy canes to line rim.
  2. In glass, combine vodka, Midori and lemon juice; drop in cherry.
  3. Hang remaining mini candy canes around rim as decoration.

Cranberry Moscow Mules

This winter vodka cocktail is perfectly suited for your holiday celebration. The cranberry accents pair perfectly with the ginger beer and lime.

Total: 10 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 4 cups ginger beer
  • 3 limes, divided
  • 4 oz. vodka
  • 1 cup Kroger Brand Cranberry Juice Cocktail
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, for garnish


  1. In small pitcher, combine ginger beer, juice from two limes, vodka and cranberry juice.
  2. Fill glasses with ice. Pour over ice into glasses; top with cranberries and slices of lime.

Bourbon Hot Caramel Apple Cider

This traditional coffeehouse favorite gets a grown-up twist thanks to the addition of bourbon.

Total: 3 hours
Serves: 18


  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, whole
  • 1⁄2 cup caramel sauce, plus more for serving
  • 1 1⁄2 cups bourbon
  • Whipped cream


  1. In 5-quart or larger slow cooker, combine apple cider, cinnamon sticks and caramel sauce. Cover and heat 3-4 hours on LOW setting, stirring occasionally to thoroughly disperse the caramel.
  2. Add bourbon just before serving.
  3. Ladle into mugs, top with whipped cream and drizzle on additional caramel sauce, if desired.

Mudslide Cocktail

This luscious libation is more like a dessert than a cocktail! It's decadent, delicious, smooth and sweet—all at the same time.

Total: 5 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 4 oz. vodka
  • 4 oz. Kahlúa® Coffee Liqueur
  • 4 oz. Baileys® Original Irish Cream
  • 4 oz. Simple Truth OrganicTM 2% Reduced Fat Milk
  • Ice
  • Simple Truth OrganicTM 85% Cacao Dark Chocolate, shaved, for garnish


  1. In pitcher, combine all ingredients except ice and chocolate.
  2. Fill glass with ice and pour in drinks. Sprinkle chocolate on top of drinks.

Sparkling Winter Sangria

This is the perfect party punch to make-ahead! Whip up the fruit and wine base the night before or in the morning, then simply add sparkling water when you’re ready to serve it.

Total: 8 hours, 10 minutes
Serves: 10


  • 1 Gala, Fuji or Honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced
  • 3⁄4 cup white rum
  • 1 bottle (750 mL) dry white wine
  • 1 1⁄2 cups Kroger Brand 100% Juice Cranberry
  • 1⁄4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 bottles (1 liter each) chilled sparking water (unflavored, mixed berry, white grape or orange flavor)
  • Apples slices, if desired


  1. In pitcher, combine apple, white rum, dry white wine, cranberry and maple syrup. Cover; chill overnight.
  2. To serve, pour 1⁄2 cup wine mixture into an ice-filled glass; top with sparkling water to taste.

For even more holiday cocktail inspiration, check out our bonus recipes below! Or find more winter magic at our Holiday Meal Shop.

Holiday Cocktail Recipes