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12 Days of Holly Jolly Holiday Cocktails

It’s the season for indulging, celebrating and being jolly—and what better way to add to your celebration than by offering a festive cocktail that all your guests will enjoy? From the classics to creative new ideas, there are so many options when it comes to creating a signature cocktail for the holiday party you’re either hosting or attending. Here are our top 12 favorites for the season!

The classics (with a twist)

It wouldn’t be the holidays without these delicious holiday staples! Here are a few classics with a creative spin, which are sure to spread joy at your upcoming party.

Homemade Spiked Eggnog

Have you ever tried your hand at making homemade eggnog? There are only 8 ingredients required (including the rum and whiskey!) to make this beloved holiday beverage. Try it, and you’ll never go back to boxed nog! (From Craft & Cocktails)

Homemade Spiked Eggnog

Hot Toddy

For a holiday drink that has a little extra kick, this festive take on your traditional hot toddy includes a dose of Fireball. (From FitFoodieFinds)

Christmas Punch

It’s not a holiday without a punchbowl, right? This Christmas punch combines old and new for a fun twist on a classic favorite! (From Dinner at the Zoo)

Pop the bubbly

It’s not a celebration without some bubbly! These sparkling cocktails will captivate and delight every time.

Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco

All the red and green really pop in this festive glass! (From Damn Delicious)

Sorbet and Champagne Cocktail

Allow your guests to get a little interactive and mix their own sorbet and champagne cocktails! Choose festive sorbet colors to add to the holiday spirit. (From Martha Stewart)

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Grab your best bubbly for this bright, tasty cocktail! So simple, so delicious. (From Williams Sonoma)

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Get cozy

Let’s be honest, Chicago winter is not forgiving—there’s no better way to warm up than with one of these toasty beverages.

Mulled Wine

There are few things in this world more gratifying than the first warm, spicy sip of mulled wine every season. If you’ve never tried it, you’re in for a treat! (From Inspired by Charm)

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Slow cookers can really transform your holiday prep in so many ways—many forget you can also use them to whip up fun beverages for your guests! (From Crème de la Crumb)

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

All the ‘tinis

There is no shortage of holiday martini inspiration, but here are a couple unique, easy creations.

Gin and Cranberry Sauce Martini

Take your cranberry sauce game to the next level with this saucy martini. (From the Cooking Channel)

White Chocolatini

Give “White Christmas” a new definition this year with this tasty white chocolate martini! (From The Spruce Eats)

White Chocolatini


Not everyone at your party will indulge in alcoholic cocktails, and it’s important not to leave anyone out! These tasty mocktails will do just the trick.

Sparkling Cider Sangria

This cocktail is super easy to make with only six ingredients that you can easily find at any store. Make a few pitchers, chill and serve! (From Art From My Table)\

Rosemary Citrus Spritzer

Not only is it tasty, but all the vitamin C will have you fighting off any winter cold blues that may pop up during the season! Pro tip: yes, this is a mocktail, but serve it with some gin or vodka if you have a cocktail lover in the crowd who wants to try it. (From TheKitchn)

Rosemary Citrus Spritzer

Pair your festive holly jolly cocktails with some of our delicious bites for the perfect holiday celebration your guests won’t forget! Get in touch with us today to come up with some creative food pairings for your crafty cocktail creations.

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