Christmas Cheers

By Nicola Bridges

October 29, 2019 6 min read

Think of holiday drinks and what typically comes to mind is a traditional champagne toast, mulled wine and hot toddies to warm you in the winter cold. But whether or not the weather outside is frightful, it's easy to mix up some imaginative Christmas-y cocktails full of holiday spirits literal and figurative. We tippled and taste-tested luxury craft liquors, cold brew coffees, drink mixers and several bottles of wine to bring you our favorite festive holiday cocktail recipes sure to raise a hearty holiday "Cheers!"


Cranberry sauce gives the traditional cosmopolitan a tantalizingly tasty twist.

2 ounces TRU lemon vodka

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 ounce fresh cranberry sauce (we used a metal jigger to measure)

1/2 ounce simple syrup

Garnish: Fresh cranberries or a lemon twist

Shake well. Strain into martini glass. Top with fresh cranberries or a lemon twist.

Recipe courtesy of Greenbar Distillery.


The ginger beer flavor delivers a delightful punch to this sparkling and fruity drink.

1 cup pomegranate juice

1/2 cup orange liqueur

750 milliliters sparkling wine

400 milliliters Owen's Ginger Beer + Lime mixer

Garnish: Fresh cranberries and a sprig of fresh rosemary

Mix ingredients and garnish with 2-3 cranberries and a rosemary sprig.

Recipe courtesy of Owen's Craft Mixers.


Mezcal gives the traditional old-fashioned a modern twist that's sure to make you merry.

2 ounces Bozal Tobasiche Mezcal

1/8 ounce honey

4 dashes orange bitters

2 dashes chocolate bitters

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Garnish: Orange peel and a candy cane

Stir ingredients with crushed ice. Strain and pour over two ice cubes. Garnish with a sliver or two of orange peel. Add a candy cane to stir and jingle your taste buds with a hint of holiday peppermint.

Recipe courtesy of Bozal Mezcal.

Kirk & Sweeney "Happy Holidays" Hot Toddy

Instead of whiskey -- the main feature of a traditional toddy -- holiday spices and barrel-aged rum make this toddy taste so smooth. Serve it as a warming holiday drink or to help soothe a winter sore throat.

2 tablespoons Kirk & Sweeney barrel-aged rum

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Squeeze of fresh orange or lemon juice

Boiling water

2 cloves

1 cinnamon stick

1 wedge and 1 slice of orange

Fresh or powdered nutmeg

Fresh allspice

Garnish: A slice of orange or lemon

Add the rum, maple syrup, juice, cloves and cinnamon stick to a heatproof glass or mug. Pour in boiling water and stir for 2 minutes. Remove cloves and cinnamon. Mix in a small sprinkle of nutmeg and allspice. Add more juice or syrup to taste. Top with the slice of orange or lemon.

Recipe courtesy of Kirk & Sweeney Rum.

Ice Blue Mimm's Mule Shot

Blueberry-flavored moonshine gives this mule a real Christmas kick!

1 shot Grandaddy Mimm's Handcrafted Blueberry Moonshine

Splash of ginger beer

Dash of lime juice

Garnish: A few frozen blueberries

Mix ingredients and drizzle with Grandaddy Mimm's Blueberry Cobbler Moonshine. Garnish with blueberries.

Recipe courtesy of Grandaddy Mimm's Moonshine.


Serve up this festive wine fizz with a lush lavender flavor.

2 ounces ginger beer

2 ounces Mezcal or tequila

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

3 ounces Free Range Flower Winery's "L" sparkling lavender wine

Ice cubes

Garnish: Ginger snap cookie

Combine ingredients, shake with ice, serve with ginger snap cookie on the side. Sip, nibble and enjoy.

Recipe courtesy of Free Range Flower Winery.


Give a toast to the new year with a glass of this delicious, sparkling, fruit-filled wine and Prosecco favorite.

3 ounces Fun Wine Strawberry Moscato

1 ounce prosecco

Splash of cranberry juice

Frozen cranberries and strawberries

Garnish: Mint leaves

Combine Moscato, cranberry juice and frozen fruits in flute. Top off with prosecco and garnish with mint leaves.

Recipe courtesy of Fun Wine.


This peppermint-flavored cuppa will fill your mug with merry.

1 (11-ounce) Grass Fed Butter Coffee cold brew carton

1 1/2 ounces whiskey

1/2 ounce peppermint syrup

Garnish: 1/3 cup of whipped cream, plus crushed candy canes

Warm the Grass Fed Coffee in a festive mug and add the whiskey and syrup. Top with whipped cream and crushed candy cane for garnish.

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