17 Boozy Christmas Drinks to Sip This Holiday Season

Written by Erin Alkire

December 23, 2020

‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the kitchen, cocktails were stirring, and they were festive and bitchin’. As you keep cozy by the fire this Christmas Eve, we want you to have a jolly, boozy drink in your hand. From the fundamental hot toddy to a grown-up take on hot cocoa, here are 17 Yuletide-inspired drinks to get you in the holiday spirit.

It’s a classic cold-weather beverage and absolutely appropriate for Christmas Eve sippin’. View Recipe

Call it the hot toddy’s sweeter cousin, the hot buttered rum is another winter go-to to warm you up. View Recipe

Mrs. Claus herself would be a fan of this jolly and oh-so red drink. We love how the tart cranberries and lime pair well with the saccharine rosecrans syrup and sugary rim. View Recipe

Who says mimosas are just for summertime brunch? The Christmas mimosa is classy, sparkling and even a little sophisticated. View Recipe


With the bite of tequila and warmth of cinnamon, this comforting yet exciting eggnog drink is sure to keep you warm. View Recipe


It’s creamy. It’s Christmas-y. What more do you need? Perfect for a party or even to enjoy alone as you video chat with your friends from afar, this minty rum drink is a must-try. View Recipe


If this boozy holiday drink were a Christmas tree, spiced hot chocolate, dark rum and buttermilk would be the ornaments, with Aztec bitters as the tree topper and tequila and heavy cream bringing it all together as the tinsel. View Recipe

Reminiscent of everyone’s favorite mint and chocolate cookie, the polar bear hot cocoa is a delectable balance of peppermint schnapps, Irish cream, and white creme de cacao. View Recipe

Dream of a world where you can have your booze and wintertime baked goods at the same time? Us too. That’s why we insist you try this tasty holiday beverage of vodka, coffee liqueur, graham cracker crumbs and a gingerbread cookie. View Recipe

This one goes out to you bourbon lovers. It’s chocolatey, it’s got a bit of espresso — and it’s definitely on Santa’s nice list. View Recipe

You start this Christmas drink recipe by infusing vodka with real candy canes and shaking until the spirit turns redder than Rudolph’s nose. Then you end it by sipping a candy-rimmed martini glass. Cheers! View Recipe

We don’t need a special reason to enjoy minty, boozy crème de menthe. In case you do, here’s the perfect little excuse: the Christmas tree shot. View Recipe

Eye-catching blue Curaçao, coconut tequila and more citrusy goodness whirl together in this wintery take on the margarita. View Recipe

A melted snowman may sound like a downer, but this minty-sweet shot is just as jolly as Frosty himself. Spoiler alert: It combines booze and ice cream. Yes, please! View Recipe

Like America’s favorite dessert, the Warm Apple Pie Christmas drink recipe is chock-full of goodness that’ll remind you of your grandma’s house (especially if your grandma sipped rum every evening): apple cider, cinnamon sticks and whipped cream. View Recipe

Nothing says celebrating quite like shots! If you’ve got a craving for hot cocoa with a bit of a kick, look no further. View Recipe

If you like a hot chocolate shot but want even more hot cocoa in your life, this drink is here to satisfy your sweet tooth. The whipped cream, marshmallow and sprinkle garnishes in this recipe makes this festive beverage extra fun. View Recipe