12 Days of Easy Christmas Cocktail Recipes

by | Dec 10, 2018 | All, Tips

The holidays are here and we are celebrating with 12 Days of Easy Christmas Cocktails! We picked our favorites and trust us when we say there’s something for everyone!

Straight on Image of Cranberry Martini for 12 easy christmas cocktail recipes.

Break out of your beer and wine rut and make your holiday party the hottest invite in town. With this list of cocktails at the ready, you are ready for any last-minute guests and guaranteed to celebrate the season in style. Without further ado, let’s get mixing!

Straight on image of Metropolitan Cranberry Martini in glass with fresh lime wedges and cranberries for garnish.


 1. On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…. A Metropolitan Cranberry Martini. Perfectly balanced with tart and sweet flavors, if this twist on your typical Cosmopolitan doesn’t win your true love over, I’m not sure what will.
Two lowball glasses filled with ice and Bourbon Aperol Cocktails
 2. Shake up the ordinary on the second day of Christmas and serve a batch of these Bourbon Aperol Cocktails. A seasonal update on the gin and tonic will have you ready to toast happy hour in style.
Keep your party menu simple with a batch cocktail recipe. These fresh Meyer Lemon Whiskey Sours are always a huge crowd-pleaser! Can be made ahead of time, too.
3. Delight all of your guests on Day 3 with this make-ahead batch cocktail recipe for Meyer Lemon Whiskey Sours. The tangy combination of citrus and whiskey will brighten any day!
Close up image of Chocolate Martini recipe in a glass with chocolate swirls.
4. Sweeten up Day 4 with some boozy chocolate milk! This Chocolate Martini recipe is our favorite way to toast the holidays – just measure, shake and pour! Easy Christmas Cocktails don’t get much better than this!
Image of GIn Elderflower Prosecco Cocktails with Prosecco being poured in glass.
5. You didn’t think we would leave out bubbles, did you? Everything is better with bubbles, plus when you add gin, elderflower liqueur and serve it with a fancy sugar rim you know it’s going to be a tasty way to toast Day 5! Cheers to Gin, Elderflower Prosecco Cocktails!
Two glasses of Gold Rush Cocktail in low ball glasses. The Gold Rush is made with bourbon, ginger liqueur and fresh lemon juice.
6. Add a little spice to Day 6 with these Gold Rush Cocktails with Bourbon and Ginger Liqueur. This 3-ingredient ginger martini will warm up any chilly evening. These simple sippers are holiday cocktails at their finest!
Close up image of Pomegranate Martini recipe on concrete background, garnished with lime wedge.
7. Calling all tequila lovers! Day 7 is your day! We swapped out the traditional vodka and used tequila in this Pomegranate Martini! Don’t forget the sugared rim – it’s the perfect finish to this smooth martini.
Three glasses of Sparkling Cranberry Gin Cocktails with fresh cranberries and lime wedges as garnishes.
8. It’s not the holidays without cranberries, is it? Kick off your holiday happy hour on Day 8 with a Sparkling Cranberry Gin Cocktail. The refreshing sipper is easy to make and is a tasty way to add a little seasonal style to your Christmas cocktails!
Close up image of Perfect Manhattan Cocktail in a low ball glass filled with ice and fresh cherries for garnish.
9. It’s Day 9 and time to cozy up with a classic. You survived the mall and now it’s time to reward yourself with a Perfect Manhattan Cocktail and a fire. 
Cranberry juice, triple sec and prosecco filled champagne flutes with a bowl of cranberries and orange peel.
10. We didn’t forget about brunch! Start Day 10 with a Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktail. This seasonal twist on a classic mimosa cocktail is just what your holiday brunch menu needs. (It’s just an added bonus that looks gorgeous on your buffet table!)
Chocolate Raspberry Martinis in coupe glasses with fresh raspberries threaded on skewer for garnish.
11. It’s Day 11, and the end is in sight. The hard work is done, and it’s time to kick your feet up and turn on a Hallmark movie. Add this rich and creamy Chocolate Raspberry Martini to the mix for a perfect nightcap. 
Straight on image of Classic Champagne Cocktail with brown sugar cubes for garnish.
12. It’s toasting time. On Day 12, take a moment and soak it all in. There’s no better way to celebrate your friends and family than with a Classic Champagne Cocktail. 
You’re sure to find something to toast with these 12 Easy Christmas Cocktail Recipes. Cheers to the best holiday cocktails in the neighborhood!

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Hi, I’m Lisa! Looking for the party? It’s probably at my house. Nothing brings me more joy than sharing good food with friends and family. That and a seriously good cocktail.


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