7 Festive Winter Cocktail Recipes for Your Bar this Holiday Season


As the holiday season descends upon us, there’s a certain magic in the air, and what better way to have your bar guests toast to the festivities than with a collection of enchanting holiday cocktails? In the spirit of celebration, we’ve gathered some recipes that promise to transform your gatherings into memorable, flavor-filled occasions. Join us on a journey through the delightful world of holiday cocktails, where each sip tells a tale of cheer, and every pour is an invitation to savor the season’s spirit. Cheers to holiday magic in a glass!

Holiday Peppermint White Russian

The rich decadence of coffee liqueur meets peppermint schnapps’ cool, refreshing embrace, creating a festive fusion as delightful as winter snowfall.

Ingredients

  • Candy canes – finely crushed
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 
  • Ice
  • 1 fluid ounce Peppermint Schnapps
  • 1 fluid ounce Kahlúa
  • 1 fluid ounce vodka
  • 3 fluid ounces milk – or half and half. Pour to desired amount.
  • Additional candy canes – to garnish

Get directions here.

Mulled Wine

This aromatic elixir is perfect for winter events and serves six people. It can also be batched.

Ingredients

  • 10 allspice berries
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 750 ml bottle dry red wine*
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup brandy or Cognac
  • 1 small orange, for garnish

Get directions here.

Mudslide

Cozy up with a close one with this nostalgic frosty cocktail recipe for two.

Ingredients

  • Chocolate syrup, for glass
  • 4 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. Kahlua
  • 2 oz. Baileys
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • Chocolate shavings, for garnish

Get directions here.

Campfire Mule

Experience the nostalgia of a winter night with this creative twist on a mule.

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 oz. smoked bourbon or whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. pure maple syrup
  • 4 oz. ginger beer
  • Marshmallows, for serving (optional)

Get directions here.

Hot Buttered Rum

A soul-warming recipe that’s like a hug in a mug. Yields six drinks and can be batched too.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. salted butter, softened
  • 1 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. apple pie spice
  • 12 oz. spiced dark rum
  • 2 slices of orange, quartered
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 star anise pods, optional
  • 6 cinnamon sticks, optional

Get directions here.

Vanilla-Pear Holiday Punch

A lovely combination of sweet and fruity to ring in the holiday season. Yields 8 cocktails and can be batched. Perfect for events.

Ingredients

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 24 ounces (3 cups) pear juice or pear nectar (I like Ceres or R.W. Knudsen brands)
  • 12 ounces (1 ½ cups) reposado tequila (I like Espolón or Milagro)
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) club soda or sparkling water
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey simple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Suggested garnishes: Lemon rounds, short fresh rosemary sprigs, ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • Ice cubes, for serving

Get directions here.

Ginger Snap Martini

Delivers the sweet and spicy essence of freshly baked gingersnaps in every glamorous sip.

Ingredients

  • 3 (1/4-inch thick) slices fresh ginger, divided
  • 1/2 ounce molasses
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 pinch ground allspice
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 2 ounces pear vodka
  • 1 ounce amaretto liqueur 

Get directions here.

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