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20 Festive Cocktail Recipes

20 crowd-pleasing festive cocktails for brunch, happy hour, and everything in between!

French 75 Cocktail

Looking for a fun new cocktail recipe to make at home? Whether it’s for a Zoom happy hour or a date night in, I love making craft cocktails at home. Depending on your mood or what seasonal fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand, this complete round-up of cocktail recipes has a little something for everyone.

Mixed Berry Mojito Cocktails

If you love gin, try my Jalapeno Moscow Mules. Fan of rum? Be sure to try our Caribbean Rum Punch Cocktail. For all of my tequila lovers, this Spicy Grapefruit Paloma will hit the spot. Want something a little indulgent? These Chai Infused White Russian Cocktails taste more like dessert than a cocktail. You’re welcome.

Ginger Beer Moscow Mule Cocktail

Tips for Hosting a Cocktail Party:

  1. Stock up on ice.
  2. Have twice as many glasses available as those attending.
  3. For standard two-hour parties, have one bottle of alcohol per every two guests.
  4. If including food, add a variety of finger foods and appetizers such as 5-Ingredient Pizza Skewers or Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms.
  5. Send invitations 2-3 weeks ahead of time.

To stay organized, take a look at this checklist to make sure you’ve ticked all the boxes before the party starts.

Spicy Bloody Mary Cocktail

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I substitute alcohol types?

Generally, I recommend sticking with the specified alcohol in each recipe.

Do different glasses serve a purpose or are they for looks?

When making cocktails at home, any glass will work. That said, glassware does have a purpose. For example, a snifter glass has a very short stem that is supposed to be cradled in the hand, helping warm the drink it contains. Sparkling wine, on the other hand, is best in a tall, narrow flute glass which helps preserve the bubbles and stop it from going flat too quickly. Moscow mules are best in copper mugs because they retain the cold the best which keeps the drink nice and chilled.

Can cocktails be non-alcoholic?

Most cocktail recipes can be made non-alcoholic. Simply remove any alcohol from the recipe. Also, feel free to experiment replacing the alcohol with a juice or other liquid of choice.

Which cocktails are easiest to serve at parties?

Typically, when serving large groups, I prefer to make large batch recipes like a Caribbean Rum Punch or easy White Wine Ginger Beer Sangrias that can be stored in the fridge.

Spanish Sangria Cocktail

In my opinion, there is no wrong way to enjoy a good cocktail. So, to help make your life easier and ensure you have the perfect drink for every occasion, I’ve gathered 20 of my favorite festive recipes. Your glass is waiting.

Easy French 75 Cocktail Recipe

Yay or Nay?
5 minutes
The ultimate celebratory cocktail recipe, the French 75 is bright, refreshing and effervesacent. Made with just three simple ingredients including gin, champagne and lemon juice.  
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champagne being poured into a glass

Pomegranate Sangria

Yay or Nay?
10 minutes
This easy, make-ahead wine cocktail is fresh and fruity – perfect for entertaining or sipping by the fire.
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Pomegranate Sangrias in Cups

Pear Moscow Mules

5 stars
15 minutes
Festive and perfect for celebrating, these pear Moscow mules are bright, refreshing, and bursting with fresh pear flavor.
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Harry and David Pear Moscow Mule Recipe

Chai Infused White Russian

5 stars
5 minutes
A modern twist on the classic white Russian recipe, vodka is infused with chai tea bags to produce a rich and creamy cinnamon-spiced cocktail. 
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Chai Infused White Russian with Kahlua a creamy cocktail recipe 1

Spicy Bloody Mary With Smoky Bacon

5 stars average
20 minutes
This Bloody Mary recipe gets a spicy kick from homemade jalapeño-infused vodka that's easy to make and pairs perfectly with the smoky, salty bacon garnish.
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Spicy Bloody Mary Recipe with Bacon

Orange Blossom Citrus Mojitos

4.72 stars average
5 minutes
Perfect for warm weather sipping, these orange blossom citrus mojitos are a refreshing new twist on the classic mojito.
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Golden Nugget Citrsu Mojitos - The Lemon Bowl

Sparkling Apple Cider Punch

4.37 stars average
5 minutes
Made with or without alcohol, your guests will love this Sparkling Apple Cider Punch- perfect for fall entertaining!
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Sparkling Apple Cider

5 Ingredient Spanish Sangria

4.13 stars average
10 minutes
Using just 5 simple ingredients, this fresh and fruity sangria recipe is ideal for entertaining and perfect for making ahead of time.
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Spanish Sangria

Jalapeño Moscow Mule

4.22 stars average
10 minutes
A spicy twist on the traditional Moscow mule recipe, this version is made with gin, jalapeños and ginger beer. The perfect drink that’s zesty, spicy and not too sweet.
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Jalapeno moscow mule

Classic Tom Collins

4 stars average
5 minutes
A classic gin cocktail, this Tom Collins recipe is made with fresh orange and lemon juice then topped with sparkling club soda. The ultimate party drink!
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Tom Collins Drink In Copper Mug

Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas

4.42 stars average
5 minutes
The perfect cocktail recipe for entertaining or date night-in, these spicy jalapeño margaritas are sweet, sour, and slightly spicy.
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Jalapeno Margarita in a glass

New Orleans Hurricane Cocktail

4.6 stars average
5 minutes
The hurricane cocktail is a fruity rum punch made famous in New Orleans. The ultimate crowd-pleasing cocktail recipe!
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Hurricane Cocktail - an easy rum punch recipe

Spicy Grapefruit Paloma

4.73 stars average
10 minutes
This traditional Mexican cocktail made with fresh grapefruit juice and tequila is given a spicy kick from a chili-infused simple syrup. 
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Grapefruit paloma cocktail

Apple Cider Sangria

4.41 stars average
10 minutes
The ultimate fall punch for entertaining, this apple cider sangria recipe is made with spicy ginger beer, fresh apple cider and dry white wine.
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Apple Cider Fall Sangria Recipe

Sparkling Pomegranate Mimosas

5 stars
5 minutes
A seasonal twist on the classic mimosas, pomegranate juice and sparkling wine come together to create the perfect brunch cocktail recipe. 
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Pomegranate Mimosas Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Cranberry Moscow Mules

5 stars
10 minutes
These light and refreshing Moscow mules get a splash of color from cranberry juice. The perfect cocktail recipe for entertaining!  
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Moscow Mule Recipe with Cranberry Juice

Kir Royale

Yay or Nay?
5 minutes
The Kir Royale is a festive French cocktail made with sparkling wine topped with blackberry liquor such as Chambord.
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Kir Royale Recipe

Skinny Orange Margarita Cocktail

5 stars
10 minutes
Made with freshly squeezed citrus juice, silver tequila, and sparkling water, this low carb skinny orange margarita recipe is refreshing, and not too sweet.
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Low Calorie Margarita

Classic Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe

5 stars average
5 minutes
This fresh and fruity vodka cocktail is made with grapefruit juice, lime juice, and a salt rim. Ideal for two or a crowd!
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Vodka and Grapefruit Juice

Strawberry Moscow Mule Cocktail

5 stars average
10 minutes
A fresh and fruity spin on the classic Moscow Mule recipe, these strawberry mules are made with fresh berries, lime juice and mint.
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Strawberry Jalapeno Moscow Mules Recipe
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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

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