Holiday Cocktails

We have found a few cocktails, mocktails, and punches for you to try this holiday season. For a fun and festive twist on the classic martini, try an eggnog martini. Even small additions of fruit or an herb can make your typical cocktail a bit more festive. Some of our favorite examples of this is a kumquat-champagne cocktail, grapefruit-white wine sparkler or a rosemary vodka tonic. For a simple three ingredient drink, try campari, gin, and orange. Or, for a more typically festive cocktail try a candy cane cocktail. Between these 21 holiday cocktails we have chosen, you are bound to find a few cocktails that will be the perfect additions to your holiday season.


Make your spirits brighter with any of our festive cocktail recipes, including the Candy Cane Cocktail, the Eggnog Martini, the Kumquat-Champagne Cocktail, and the Cranberry Cosmopolitan.

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Eggnog Martini


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice, plus more for garnish
  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 3 cups brandy


  1. Set a large fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl. Place bottom of bowl in an ice bath; set aside. Off heat, in a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg, and pumpkin-pie spice. Gradually whisk in 4 cups milk, taking care to incorporate the cornstarch. Whisk in egg yolks.

  2. Whisking constantly, cook over medium heat until the first large bubble sputters, 10 to 12 minutes. Reduce heat to low; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute more. Remove from heat; immediately pour through sieve into bowl. Stir in remaining 4 cups milk. Let cool completely in bowl still set in ice bath.

  3. Just before serving, stir in brandy, and ladle into glasses; garnish with pumpkin-pie spice.

Kumquat-Champagne Cocktail


  • 2 pints kumquats, pricked a few times with a pin
  • Cold water
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 bottles chilled Champagne
  • Tangerine wedges, for garnish


  1. Place kumquats in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Drain immediately. Repeat twice.

  2. Add sugar and 2 cups water to drained kumquats in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat immediately, and let kumquats and syrup cool completely.

  3. Spoon 3 kumquats and 1 tablespoon syrup into each of 12 Champagne glasses. Top off with Champagne, and garnish with tangerine wedges.

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