Christmas Party Drinks

Keep That Party Spirit Flowing!

We pretty much expect lovely Christmas party drinks at any holiday party we attend...not that we're lushes or anything. A colorful red or green liquid treat shouts happy holidays, and a warmed wine pushes winter's cold right out the door.

Of course, many of the Christmas party recipes for drinks taste just fine without the alcoholic content. That's a definite plus when little ones are in attendance. And the non-alcoholic versions are a must for your guests who don't imbibe and for those angels from above, the designated drivers. And yes, we've also included recipes for drinks that are non-alcoholic from the start. Bottoms up!


clear glass mug of eggnog with a cinnamon stick and tiny Santa hat

Let me say right up front that there are many years when I purchase a quality eggnog from the store, then doctor it up. I add homemade whipped cream, nutmeg, and lots of rum. By the time all those fabulous ingredients are added, nobody's the wiser.

But if you're deep into the holiday spirit, homemade eggnog is a wonderful Christmas party drink to offer your guests. This recipe makes enough for a large crowd of your favorite people.

  • 18 eggs, separated (need 18 egg yoks, 12 egg whites)
  • 1 lb sugar, fine granulated
  • 2 qts whiskey
  • 2 qts heavy cream
  • 2 qts milk
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  1. Beat 18 egg yolks until light and frothy.
  2. Add sugar slowly, beating constantly.
  3. Add 2 cups of whiskey 1 teaspoon at a time. Do this much the night before you're serving the eggnog.
  4. About 1 hour before the party, whip the heavy cream until just stiff.
  5. Beating constantly, add the milk, then the whiskey and egg yolks.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat 12 egg whites and salt until stiff. Fold into the rest of the ingredients.
  7. Makes 65 punch cups.


clear glass mug of gluhwein with cinnamon stick and slice of orange

The German version of mulled wine, gluhwein is quite a treat during the Christmas season. Fragrant with spices, it warms your insides and your outlook.

Careful with this Christmas party drink though. There's somethin' about warmed sweet drinks that can get you tipsy before you know it.

  • 4 quarts dry red wine (buy an inexpensive wine, but not too cheap tasting)
  • 1 pint brandy
  • 1 to 2 cups sugar (the worse the wine, the more sugar required)
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp mace
  • 12 cloves, whole
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  1. Pour the wine into a large pot and begin heating it over very low heat. Do not let the wine boil at any point.
  2. Stir in the sugar, allspice, and mace until sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Add the brandy. Heat thoroughly, but again, do not let it boil.
  4. Meanwhile, stud orange with the cloves (this will prevent the cloves from floating around freely in the liquid). Cut the oranges and lemon into slices. Add the lemon and orange slices to the wine.
  5. Break the cinnamon sticks into 3 or 4 pieces and add to the wine.
  6. Cover the pot. Continue to heat over very low heat for about a 1/2 hour, stirring occasionally. Taste and add more sugar if needed.
  7. With the pot still covered, heat gently for another 1/2 hour over very low heat. Remember, no boiling allowed.
  8. Serve hot. Garnish with orange slices or a stick of cinnamon if desired.

Letetia's Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

martini glass of pomegranate cosmpolitan garnished with a slice of lime

This is the yummiest cosmo you'll ever taste. The lime brings in Christmas green and it's just about the cheeriest red you'll ever see, thus turning a summer drink into a Christmas party drink.

Alright, maybe that's a stretch, but honest to goodness, this drink is so good that after a couple, you'll be ready to don a Santa suit...hat, belt, and all!

  • 1 cup vodka (good ones are Stolichnaya or Finlandia)
  • 1 cup triple sec (or splurge on Cointreau)
  • 1 cup 100% pomegranate juice (not a juice cocktail or it will seriously taste like Kool-aid®)
  • 1/2 cup Rose's® lime juice
  1. Shake all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Strain into chilled martini glasses.
  3. Garnish with a thin slice of lime.


glass of mojito garnished with mint, slice of lime, and candy cane

I know, I know...mojitos are supposed to be served in the heat of summer, when mint is so plentiful you're giving it away by the handfuls. But the green of the mint is so right for Christmas.

So, if you don't want to spend a fortune at the supermarket on out-of-season mint, freeze a large quantity during the warm weather. Simply pick the mint, wash and pat dry healthy leaves, spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet, cover and freeze. Once frozen, put them in an airtight container. There, that wasn't so bad, was it?

Now, on to the good stuff: the Christmas party drink itself!

  • 2 handfuls of mint
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup(stir 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar together; heat in microwave until sugar completely dissolves)
  • 1 cup white rum
  • 1/2 cup Rose's® lime juice
  • Pellegrino sparkling water
  1. Muddle the mint in the bottom of a short metal shaker.
  2. Add simple syrup, rum, and lime juice. Shake vigorously.
  3. Pour into highball glasses. Top off with a bit of Pellegrino sparkling water. Garnish with a thin slice of lime. And in honor of the holiday, plop a candy cane in there.

Jill's Mulled Cider

Here's the real thing: a recipe directly from her British mum. Whip up a batch of this spiced Christmas party drink for your gathering and warm the cockles of your guests' hearts. And if you feel like turning up the heat a bit, feel free to add a healthy dose of rum to the batch.

  • 3/4 gallon apple cider
  • 1/8 cup fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • whole cloves
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  1. Pour cider into crock pot and begin heating.
  2. Add lemon juice, orange juice, sugar, and spices to pot.
  3. Stud the orange with cloves; cut into slices and add to pot. Thinly slice lemon and add to pot.
  4. Once the cider is hot, taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. (Must wait until it is hot for fruits and spices to release their flavors.)

Fizzy Sherbet Punch

Remember childhood gatherings with orange sherbet floating in a punch bowl of ginger ale? Well, here's a bit fancier version of this Christmas party drink. Still non-alcoholic, though, to give your guests the choices they deserve.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 pint orange sherbet
  • 3 (10 oz) bottles ginger ale, well chilled
  1. In medium saucepan, combine sugar, 2 cups water, cloves, and salt. Bring to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add cinnamon stick. Cool.
  2. Combine lemon and orange juices with cooled syrup; mix well. Refrigerate several hours.
  3. To serve, pour fruit juice mixture into a punch bowl. Add ginger ale and stir. Add scoops of orange sherbet to the bowl. Place a dipper and punch cups by the punch bowl.

Mulled Cranberry Punch

clear glass mug of cranberry punch garnished with cinnamon stick and whole cranberries

This punch is so easy to make, which is always a good thing. It also offers another non-alcoholic Christmas party drink to your holiday merrymakers.

  • 1 qt cranberry juice
  • 1 can (6 oz) frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1 cup grape juice
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 whole cloves
  • lemon slices
  1. In medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients, stirring until well mixed.
  2. Bring to boil, lower heat, and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the spices.
  4. Serve at once, garnishing the cups with a lemon slice and/or cinnamon stick. Makes 8 servings.

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