There’s nothing like the perfect cocktail — or two! — to make your holiday party a little merrier (and greatly increase the chances of an end-of-night singalong). While we love eggnog (with or without booze), mulled wine, and mulled cider, we also think that holiday drinks can go beyond.

We found tons of holiday cocktail recipes that can make the perfect signature drink at your party, or just a nightcap around the tree. And, of course, we included fab holiday mocktail recipes, too, because an amazing holiday sip doesn’t necessarily require alcohol.

Top: Milk Punch Two Ways at Jelly Toast

Related: Eggnog recipes, with and without alcohol, to get your holiday on.

Holiday Cocktail Recipes
Holiday cocktail recipes: Our Mulled Wine recipe is holiday cheer in a glass--and that smell! Follow our easy tutorial -- no complicated recipe neccessary! | Cool Mom Eats

Okay, I know that I said we need to go beyond mulled wine, but I meant that we should be prepared to serve something in addition to mulled wine, because you can’t holiday without this classic. Especially when it’s as easy as the one in our tutorial for how to make mulled wine. Make a big pot of this at the beginning of your party, leave it on the “keep warm” setting, and forget about it  — except for the amazing aroma filling your house, of course.

 

Holiday cocktails and mocktails: Keep it classy with these Merry Manhattans from Foodess.

If you want to impress your guests with a sophisticated drink that’s also full of holiday cheer, try this Merry Manhattan at Foodess. Plus, when you’re done, you can use the excess simple syrup — infused with fall spice! — to sweeten extra festive baked goods, coffee, or tea.

 

Holiday cocktails and mocktails: Can't wait to try this Gingerbread White Russian at Bijoux & Bits. Yum!

I’m already a big fan of Black Russians and White Russians, but a Gingerbread White Russian? Yes! So much yes. Thank you to Catherine at Bijoux & Bits for coming up with this decadent drink.

 

Holiday cocktails and mocktails: Love this dark, different Espresso Martini at Heinstirred for a sophisticated holiday treat.

If you’re burnt out on sweet holiday flavors, this delightfully strong Espresso Martini at Heinstirred is the antidote. Serve it with dessert to balance out the sugar or just make it your NYE drink of choice. Because this one will keep you awake, trust us.

Related: 7 creative ways to wrap wine for an easy, beautiful holiday gift.

 

Holiday cocktails and mocktails: Love the festive spin on this Apple-Cranberry Moscow Mule at Heather Christo.

I’ve always adored a good Moscow Mule, but I tend to think of them as more of a summer drink. Not so with this Apple-Cranberry Moscow Mule at Heather Christo! The cranberries and apple give the drink a nice wintery twist. Plus, you can make this ahead and have guests help themselves to the pitcher for extra easy entertaining.

 

Holiday cocktails and mocktails: Try this super rich and delicious Milk Punch Two Ways from Jelly Toast. It's the ultimate crowd pleaser!

My cousin brought home a milk punch recipe from a New Orleanian friend one Christmas, and now it is an absolute essential for our yearly holiday dinner party. Our recipe is still a family secret (shhhh!), but I was excited to find this recipe for Milk Punch Two Ways at Jelly Toast. Because everyone needs to try this drink ASAP.

 

Holiday cocktails and mocktails: Enjoy this summer drink anytime with this Hot Spiced Cranberry Sangria at Sarah 'n Spice.

This Hot Spiced Cranberry Sangria at Sarah ‘n Spice is even more proof that your favorite cocktails don’t have to be confined to one season. I love the festive cranberry twist on this classic.

 

Holiday cocktails and mocktails: I'm dying for this North Pole Cocktail at Half Baked Harvest. Amazing!

I have to admit that I was already done rounding up recipes when this gorgeous drink popped up in my Instagram feed. And you know there wasn’t a chance I was going to leave out something called The North Pole Cocktail, especially since it’s from proven food goddess Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest. This one makes me want to put on Elf, make a fire, and feel all the cozy holiday feels.

Related: A Merry Berry holiday cocktail recipe perfect for any holiday celebration.

 

Holiday Mocktail Recipes

Holiday cocktails and mocktails: If your chances of a white Christmas (or Hanukkah!) are slim to none, try this cool Holiday Pomegranate Mojito Cocktail from The Butter Half.

Pomegranates are a bit of an unsung holiday hero if you ask me, so I couldn’t ask for a more beautiful mocktail than this Holiday Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail at The Butter Half. This is especially great for those of us spending the holidays in a warmer climate.

 

Holiday mocktail recipes: If you're skipping the booze, give your eggnog a super fun twist with this non-alcoholic Eggnog Soda at Community Table

Kid-Friendly Eggnog Soda | Community Table

It turns out that you don’t have to use alcohol to put a fun twist on plain eggnog. While rounding up eggnog recipes with and without alcohol last year, we found a recipe for kid-friendly Eggnog Soda at Community Table that’s like a holiday version of an egg cream and so, so delicious!

 

Holiday cocktails and mocktails: Simple and fresh! If you're looking for an easy holiday mocktail, this Cider, Thyme, + Tonic Mocktail is it. | Offbeat + Inspired

I’m loving the simple, classic vibe of this Cider, Thyme + Tonic Mocktail at Offbeat + Inspired. Especially with the homemade thyme simple syrup. Yes, please — I’ll take two.

Related: A French 75 cocktail and mocktail to kick off the holiday eating and drinking season.

 

Holiday mocktail recipes: Christmas Sherbet Punch at The Casual Craftlete

Punch doesn’t always have to serve up a big, well, boozy punch — at least not when you spike it with scoops of fruity sherbet! Besides being delicious to sip on, this Christmas Sherbet Punch at The Casual Craftlete is gorgeous to look at too. I mean, does it get more perfect for a Christmas party?

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