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Top 10 Holiday Cocktails for Your Seasonal Celebrations

Christmas parties, nights in with your friends and watching boat parades from your backyard: the holiday season offers no shortage of opportunities to whip up delicious holiday cocktails. Forget hot chocolate and eggnog, let’s spice things up a bit. From Apple Cider Moscow Mules to a Christmas tree made of jello shots, these drink recipes are our holiday gift to you. Here are the top 10 holiday cocktails for all of your seasonal celebrations. Just like the Christmas tree: these drinks are lit.

1. Jingle Juice Holiday Punch


Come on, tell me this name isn’t clever. Jingle Juice is easy to make and perfect to serve at your next holiday party. Pour all the ingredients in a large bowl, stir, serve over ice and you’ll be jingling all the way.  Click here for the full recipe.

What you’ll need:

Whipped vodka, pink champagne or sparkling Rosé, Cherry 7-Up and cranberries for garnish.

2. Gingerbread People Jello Shots

I’ve bet you’ve never seen these at a holiday party before! These Gingerbread People Jello Shots are hilarious, cute and delicious. Serve the jello shots in the shape of a gingerbread man, or decorate them however you’d like. Click here for the full recipe.

What you’ll need:

Vodka, gingerbread syrup, Kahlua, cream, pumpkin pie spice and unflavored gelatin.

3. Peppermintinis

If Christmas was shoved into one drink, it would be this martini. It’s creamy, sweet, minty and don’t forget – boozy. It may sound difficult to make but it’s actually super easy. Simply dip the rim of each glass in crushed candy cane and combine the ingredients. Shake and pour. Click here for the full recipe.

What you’ll need:

White chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, half & half, peppermint extract and crushed candy canes.

4. Apple Cider Moscow Mule


Moscow Mules are all the craze this year, but you’ve never had them like this before. It tastes like the holiday season in a cup. Make these for your friends and enjoy them around the fire, or make a large batch for your next party. Click here for the full recipe.

What you’ll need:

Ginger flavored vodka, apple cider, lime, ginger beer, cinnamon

5. Winter Sangria

If you plan on hosting a holiday party anytime soon, you’ll definitely want to be serving this winter sangria; it’s tasty, great for a crowd and budget friendly. Make it the night before your big party and you’ll be good to go! I can hear the glasses clinking already. Click here for the full recipe.

What you’ll need:

Cranberries, and orange, apple, pear, two bottles of wine and club soda or tonic water

6. Jack Frost Cocktail

These cocktails are tropical, yet Christmas-y all at the same time. You can make them icy (since it’s a million degrees in Florida during the holidays), or you can make a martini out of the same ingredients. Cheers! Click here for the full recipe.

What you’ll need:

Pineapple juice, blue curacao, vodka or light rum, cream of coconut, flaked coconut

7. Sugar Cookie Martini


Wait… a sugar cookie martini is a real thing?! Oh man, Christmas is here early. Sip on this delicious martini while wrapping presents, or while watching “A Christmas Story” marathon. This sugar cookie martini is simple to make, while satisfying your sweet tooth. Click here for the full recipe.

What you’ll need:

Vodka, butterscotch schnapps, milk, sprinkles (for decorating rim)

8. Raspberry Peppermint Fizz

Raspberry. Peppermint. Fizz. C’mon, how refreshing does that sound?! Thanks to all the bubbly champagne, these drinks are perfect to drink on Christmas and NYE. Click here for the full recipe.

What you’ll need:

Fresh raspberries, ice, champagne and limited edition Smirnoff Peppermint Vodka

9. Cranberry Mimosas

Cranberry mimosas; because you can never have enough champagne. Serve these at holiday brunch, or drink them while you wait for Santa Claus; make extra because he’ll probably want one too. Click here for the full recipe. 

What you’ll need:

Sweetened cranberry juice, champagne, lime, sugar, fresh cranberries, fresh rosemary

10. Jello Shot Christmas Tree


We saved the best for last; this Jello Shot Christmas Tree will be the star of your holiday party. I’m kind of upset I didn’t think of it myself. The jello shots are easy to make, and the crowd will love them. Make most of the jello shots green (for the “tree”), with a couple colored red and blue (for the “Christmas lights”). You can use any jello shot recipe you’d like, but below is the recipe for the jolly rancher jello shots. Click here for the full recipe.

What you’ll need:

Water, melon jello, vodka, apple pucker

By Alyssa Brady, Staff Writer

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