Christmas will be here before you know it, and that means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas cocktail ideas. Whether you’re planning your office’s corporate Christmas party or a family get-together, the familiar flavours of the Christmas season meld beautifully into cocktails.
Spread festive spirit at your holiday party with our list of Christmas cocktails. In this article, we’ll share inspiration for some great Christmas drinks, both contemporary and classic with a seasonal twist.
Plus, what better way to serve them than through the icy cold taps of the Kombi Keg mobile bar? The Kombi Keg mobile bar doesn’t just serve beer, you can serve almost any drink you like, including Christmas cocktails! Read on to learn how to make some of our favourite Christmas cocktails this holiday season.
Fresh ginger and spices give this holiday drink a warm zing that’s perfectly complemented by the tart cherry. Perfect for a warm summer Christmas, this punch works well as a cocktail or a mocktail; if you leave out the rum, you can serve it for all ages.
- 45 ml light rum (optional)
- 15 ml cranberry juice
- 10 ml tart cherry juice
- 15 ml rich simple syrup
- 60 ml ginger ale
- A dash of allspice
- A dash of grated fresh ginger
- A dash of freshly grated nutmeg
- Ground ginger for garnish
- Combine all ingredients except for the ginger ale in a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
- Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice, top with the ginger ale, and gently stir to combine.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of ground ginger.
Brandy Milk Punch
Brandy milk punch is one of the classic cocktails for Christmas with a smooth and rich festive flavours. It combines the warmth of brandy with the creaminess of milk and a touch of sweetness. It’s often served over ice and garnished with a sprinkle of nutmeg, making it a comforting drink at night.
- 60 ml brandy
- 120 ml milk
- 15 ml simple syrup (1:1 ratio of sugar and water)
- A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- Ice cubes
- Optional: A few drops of vanilla extract
- In a cocktail shaker or mixing glass, combine the brandy, milk, and simple syrup.
- If desired, add a few drops of vanilla extract to enhance the flavour.
- Fill the shaker with ice cubes.
- Secure the lid and shake the mixture vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. This chills the ingredients and creates a frothy texture.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass or a rocks glass filled with ice.
- Sprinkle a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg over the top of the drink as a garnish.
Eggnog is a classic Christmas cocktail. It combines the creamy richness of milk and cream with the warming flavours of nutmeg and vanilla. Eggnog is often sweetened with sugar and can be spiked with rum, brandy, or bourbon for an extra kick. This creamy cocktail can also be enjoyed without the alcohol making it perfect for Christmas morning too!
- 240 ml whole milk
- 45 ml of rum, brandy, or bourbon (adjust to your preference)
- 120 ml heavy cream
- 2 large eggs
- 60 grams granulated or caster sugar (adjust to your preference)
- 2.5 ml vanilla extract
- A pinch of ground nutmeg (plus extra for garnish)
- Ice cubes
- Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Place the yolks in a mixing bowl and the whites in a separate bowl.
- In the bowl with the egg yolks, add the sugar and whisk them together until the mixture becomes smooth and slightly thick.
- Slowly add the milk and heavy cream to the egg yolk and sugar mixture, whisking continuously.
- Stir in the vanilla extract and a pinch of ground nutmeg, along with your choice of alcohol.
- In the bowl with the egg whites, beat them until they form stiff peaks.
- Gently fold the whipped egg whites into the creamy mixture. This will help create a lighter and frothier eggnog.
- Refrigerate the eggnog mixture for at least 1-2 hours to chill and allow the flavours to meld.
- When serving, pour the chilled eggnog into glasses filled with ice cubes.
- Farnish each glass with a sprinkle of ground nutmeg on top.
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum is a comforting and warming cocktail, perfect for sipping by the fireplace during the colder months– making it an ideal Christmas cocktail for those who celebrate Christmas in winter. Recipes may vary, but the drink always combines dark rum with a rich, spiced butter mixture, resulting in a soothing and flavourful drink.
- 60 ml dark rum
- 15 grams unsalted butter, softened
- 15 grams brown sugar
- A pinch of ground cinnamon
- A pinch of ground nutmeg
- A pinch of ground cloves
- A pinch of salt
- 240 ml hot water or hot apple cider
- Cinnamon stick or star anise for garnish
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, brown sugar, and a pinch of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Mix until well blended to form a spiced butter mixture.
- In a heatproof glass or mug, add the dark rum.
- Spoon a portion of the spiced butter mixture into the glass with the rum.
- Pour the hot water or hot apple cider over the rum and spiced butter mixture.
- Stir well until the butter and sugar are fully dissolved.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick or star anise for added flavour and presentation.
A pomegranate margarita is a fruity, wintery twist on the classic margarita. It combines the tartness of pomegranate juice with the zing of lime and the smoothness of tequila, resulting in a vibrant and delicious cocktail.
- 60 ml tequila
- 30 ml pomegranate juice
- 15 ml lime juice
- 15 ml triple sec or orange liqueur
- 7.5 ml simple syrup (1:1 ratio of sugar and water)
- Ice cubes
- Lime slices and pomegranate arils for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, pomegranate juice, lime juice, triple sec, and simple syrup.
- Fill the shaker with ice cubes.
- Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to chill and mix the ingredients thoroughly.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled margarita glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with a lime slice and a few pomegranate arils for a pop of colour and flavour.
Bloody Merry Christmas Cocktail
This is bloody mary with a fun holiday twist to the name. Typically served as a brunch drink, it is made with vodka, tomato juice, and a variety of spices and flavourings. This would also be great to serve for brunch on Christmas Day.
- 60ml vodka
- 120ml tomato juice
- 15ml lemon juice
- Worcestershire sauce, to taste
- Tabasco sauce, to taste
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Celery stalk, for garnish
- Lemon twist for garnish
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Add vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, salt, and pepper to the glass.
- Stir to combine.
- Garnish with a celery stalk and lemon wedge, and serve.
Serve Your Christmas Cocktails in Style This Silly Season
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