My Family’s Favorite Holiday Cocktails

Over the last few years, I’ve been in charge of the holiday cocktails for Christmas Day.

In the grand scheme of things, this isa small piece of all of things my family does to host the big day, but it’s responsibility I don’t take lightly.

Depending on who comes on Christmas Day (it varies a bit year to year), it’s sometimes just me and my parents drinking holiday cocktails, everyone else opting for beer or wine, but some years I’m worried I’m going to run out of ingredients.

I remember the first year I made #1 on this list, I was at the Package store with my dad holding up the large bottle of St. Germain being like, “There’s no way we’ll need all of this.” But there wasn’t a smaller bottle, so we got it. And thank GOD we did. I think everyone drank these cocktails all night and we finished the whole bottle of St. Germain.

#1 Favorite: Festive Prosecco
As mentioned above, this cocktail is a huge hit with Prosecco lovers, which is my family in a nutsell. It’s basically like drinking Prosecco, but it’s a little fancier. All you have to do is add a little St. Germain and lemon juice on top. I’d recommend using fresh lemon juice and squeezing in advance so that day-of you can just tell people the recipe and they can make on their own.


  • Glass of Prosecco, filled 3/4 to the top of the glass (about 3-4 oz)
  • Top with St. Germain Elderflower Liquor and Lemon Juice (about a 1/2 oz of each)

#2: Orange Cranberry Margarita
The cranberry margaritas were great, but I only made one batch of the mixer, so I was glad I didn’t have to make too many of them. This recipe is from A Beautiful Mess and copied below. Great for a little tang, and for those of you who like tequila!

just add a shot of silver tequila to a short glass filled with ice.


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 cup lime juice (about 10 limes)
  • juice of three oranges
  • 1 oz of silver tequila per drink

Heat up the cranberry juice and add in the sugar until dissolved. Let the mixture cool slightly, then add in the lime and orange juices. Put into a carafe or pitcher to cool. To serve, salt rim a cup, then fill said cup with ice. Add in an ounce of Silver tequila then top with the margarita mix.

3: Holiday Moscow Mule
The Holiday Moscow Mule wasn’t a crowd-pleaser at my family’s Christmas, but I just think it wasn’t the right crowd. My parents aren’t huge mule fans (it’s a year later and they still haven’t used the ginger beer I bought last year to make these lol). That being said, this would be a great holiday cocktail for a party or Christmas swap with friends (or people who are big mule fans!)


  • 1½ oz vodka
  • 1½ oz cranberry juice
  • juice ½ lime
  • ¾ cup ginger beer
  • ice
  • rosemary, lime wedges, and fresh cranberries to garnish

Combine all ingredients with ice, top with garnish.

#4 NEW THIS YEAR: Holiday Sparkler
Spoiler alert – this is what I’m hoping to make this year, along with stuff to make the crowd pleasing #1 as well. I’m particularly excited about this one because the instructions say it’s a good pitcher drink, meaning I don’t need to man the bar all day for the party to be a success.

Recipe for a Batch

  • 1 cup vodka
  • 3 ounces St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 cups club soda

Recipe for a Single Cocktail

  • 1.0 oz vodka (maybe a little more if it’s a rough holiday lol)
  • 0.5 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • Top glass with club soda (about 3 oz)

Do you have any other favorite holiday cocktails I missed?

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