Christmas Cocktails

Christmas Cocktails EggnogWhile eggnog can get old as quickly as Christmas music that starts before Thanksgiving, there are plenty of ideas for Christmas cocktails with a twist (no pun intended). Here are a few to consider:

Peppermint Stick: White crème de cacao and peppermint schnapps.

Christmas Cookie: A shot of peppermint schnapps blended with Kahlua and Bailey’s.

Santa Shot: Layer peppermint schnapps with grenadine and green crème de menthe.

Candy Cane: Peppermint schnapps with berry vodka and crème de cacao.

Beyond Peppermint Schnapps

For some, peppermint schnapps may seem as ordinary for a Christmas cocktail as serving eggnog or hot buttered rum. If you fall into that category, consider these:

Red Hot Santa Tini: Chili-pepper infused vodka and rim the glass with cocoa powder mixed with cayenne. (Suggested at

Evergreen Swizzle: Here’s one to pre-mix and store/serve in small bottles: gin (18 oz.), Yellow Chartreuse (6 oz.), pine liqueur (6 oz.), strained fresh lime juice (6 oz.), water (18 oz.). Serve very cold with a rosemary sprig garnish. (From Food & Wine.)

More Original Christmas Cocktails

The New York Times featured a number of winter cocktails created by professional bartenders in “I’ll Have a Glass of Originality.” Here’s a sampling:

Sweet Potato Dreams: Add spiced rum, maple syrup, cream and cinnamon to sweet potato puree. Include a whole egg and shake. Garnish with whipped cream, and it’s as good as a slice of pie for dessert.

Turkey Legs: Brandy, blackstrap rum, lime juice, allspice dram, honey syrup, and bitters. Swizzle with ice and garnish with mint. With no time-sensitive ingredients, this one can be made ahead in batches.

Snowbirds and Townies: Fernet Branca (bitter Italian Amaro), orange juice, lemon juice, crème de cacao, dry curacao, and cinnamon syrup; shake with ice, strain and serve.

Mott & Mulberry: Apple juice, rye, Amaro Abano, lemon juice, and Demerara syrup; shake with ice, strain and garnish with apple slices, preferably Honey Crisp apples.

(Click here for video instructions for each.)

Traditional Christmas Cocktails

Certainly eggnog evokes the spirit of the season, and it can be served with or without alcohol. However, it doesn’t have to be boringly traditional. Here are a few suggestions from Eggnog World:

Eggnog Martini: Eggnog, Amaretto, Vodka

Coquito: Plenty of coconut in this recipe (including cream of coconut and coconut milk) to go with the rum. (Click here for full recipe.)

Baltimore Eggnog: Brandy, light rum and peach brandy create the base for this eggnog variation. (Click here for full recipe.)

Jamoca Eggnog: Break out the chocolate and coffee ice cream and add to dark rum and coffee liqueur. (Click here for full recipe.)


Enjoy the season and serve up a host of Christmas cocktails.