Is it wrong to say that fun and festive cocktails are one of my favorite parts of the Winter Holiday season?? Because if it is, I don’t want to be right! Seriously, Winter cocktails are the best! Read on to get some great winter holiday cocktail recipes to get you through the whole season long.

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We originally shared this post on December 2, 2016. We have updated it with up-to-date recipes.

Our Favorite Holiday Cocktails

The colder weather makes it the perfect time to experiment with the smoky and rich bourbons and whiskeys that literally warm you up from the inside out.

Then there’s the decadently soothing warm toddies and mulled wines that will cure frostbite with the first sip.

Now that’s not to say I don’t crave a light and refreshing spritzer or cool and clean martini every once in a while, too.

If I had to choose one particular favorite, I would have to pick a Maple Myer Lemon Whiskey Sour. But don’t tell any of the other cocktails in this collection. Winter cocktails really are the absolute bomb because it’s freakin’ cold outside and you gotta do what you gotta do!

How To Estimate Quantities of Cocktails For Party

These are some basic guidelines for planning the number of drinks to serve at a typical 2 ½ hour cocktail party. Adjust up or down depending on the weather, age of guests, time of day, and amount of food being served.

  • Cocktails- 2 ½ per person
  • Champagne or sparkling wine- 1 bottle for every 2-3 guests
  • Wine- 1 bottle for every 2-3 guests
  • Liquor- 1 quart or liter for every 10-12 guests

Winter Cocktail Recipes

To help you get started on your Winter Cocktail Journey I’ve collected more than 15 awesome recipes. Many are from our archives here! And the others were generously contributed by other fabulous blogging friends! So get those cocktail shakers shaking and celebrate the season with these fun and festive cocktails featuring seasonal ingredients!!

Whisky and Bourbon Cocktails

Here are some cozy and boozy Whiskey and Bourbon cocktails to consider for this holiday season.

Rum Cocktails

Dark rum is one of our favorites, but light and spiced rum are also a great addition to winter cocktails.

Holiday Vodka Cocktails

You may not think of vodka or gin for mixing into your Christmastime drinks, but they pair really well with citrus and pomegranate and other holiday flavors.

Wine and Champagne Cocktails

We've gone well beyond the standard Champagne mimosa, and have a few fun twists on wine and champaign based drinks.

QUESTION: Which of these winter cocktails is your favorite and which one are you going to try first?

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18 Festive Holiday Cocktail Recipes- Pomegranate Lemon Drops and More!


These Festive Pomegranate Lemon Drop Martinis are just one of our Holiday Cocktail Recipes we have collected. 


Units Scale
  • Ice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 1/3 cup citron vodka
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate liquor
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons pure pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate arils for garnish


  1. Fill two large martini glasses with ice and water and set aside. Sprinkle sugar on a plate. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, pomegranate liquor, lemon juice, pomegranate juice and maple (or agave.) Cover and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds.
  2. Empty the ice water out of the martini glasses. Dip rims of the glasses into the plate of sugar, one at a time to coat the edges of the glass. Strain martini mixture into the glasses. Sprinkle pomegranate arils into the martinis to garnish. Serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: na


  • Serving Size: 6 oz
  • Calories: 317

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