5 Must-Try Cocktails For Your Next Holiday Party

There are many ways to make the season bright this time of year, and delicious cocktails are a great place to start. While the holiday season is rapidly approaching with the pressure to throw a lavish party in tow, deciding what to serve your guests should be the easy part. Here are a few painless and utterly scrumptious holiday cocktail recipes to help you take your next bash to new heights. 


Harvest Apple Mule 


Photo courtesy of Inspired by Charm

If you’re a fan of mule cocktails, you’ll love the autumn-inspired Harvest Apple Mule. Think seasonal caramel apples in a glass with this recipe from Michael at Inspired by Charm. 

What You Need

  • 1.5 ounces vodka 
  • 3 ounces apple cider
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • Cinnamon sticks and apple slices for garnish

How to Make It


Add vodka, apple cider and ginger beer to an ice-filled glass (or copper mug). Add lemon juice to the top and stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slices and taste the colors of fall in a glass. 




Very Berry Mimosa 

Mimosas are a simple yet versatile craft cocktail choice. Take champagne, the juice of your choosing and a garnish or two and voilà; a new custom mimosa. I tried my hand at a cranberry mimosa topped off with a holiday rosemary garnish. 

What You Need

  • Champagne 
  • ¼ cup of cranberry juice
  •  1 small piece of rosemary (3-5” trimming) for garnish 


How to Make It

Pour champagne into a chilled flute glass. Add the small splash of cranberry juice and the snippet of rosemary so it rests on the rim of the class. Sip, savor and enjoy with friends. 




Spiked Pumpkin Chai

Hot cocktails are perfect for the colder holiday months. Add a little of your favorite alcoholic sauce to your hot coffee mug, and you’ll stay warm all winter. I personally replicate this recipe from Megan and Michael of Fresh Off The Grid.  


What You Need


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tea bag black tea
  • 2 tablespoons milk (I prefer oat or coconut milk for extra flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin butter
  • 3 oz whiskey


How to Make It

Bring water to a boil in a small pot.  Remove from heat and add teabag. Allow the tea to steep for 4-5 minutes. Remove and discard teabag. Add in your milk of choice and mix in pumpkin butter. Stir to thoroughly combine. Lastly, add the whiskey and serve. This one’s best enjoyed under a cozy blanket in front of a fire.





Merry Mulled Wine 


Mulled wine is a favorite family recipe of mine and always hits the spot on a cold day. Do not fear the long list of ingredients; the hardest part is braving the grocery store to buy them. Once you toss everything in a saucepan and heat it, your job is done. 


What You Need

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle of red wine (I always choose an inexpensive Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 4-6 oranges peeled for garnish 


How to Make It

Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan or pot for larger batches. Bring saucepan contents to boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange peel to each glass rim and serve.




Rum and Grapefruit Spritzer 

Who says rum is reserved for the summer months? Keep the tropical party going into the holiday season with a refreshing rum and grapefruit spritzer. I tried this recipe adapted from Real Simple and found myself going back for seconds… and thirds.  


What You Need

  • Kosher salt 
  • 1 grapefruit wedge
  •  2 cups fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup ginger ale or ginger beer 
  • ¾ cup light rum
  • Candied ginger or sage slices for garnish


How to Make It

Place 1 tablespoon of salt on a small plate. Rub the rims of 4 glasses with the grapefruit wedge, then dip the glass rims in the salt to coat. In a large pitcher, combine the grapefruit juice, ginger ale and rum. Serve over ice in the prepared glasses. Garnish each with a ginger or sage slice, toast and enjoy!






Author: Valeri Spiwak

Valeri SpiwakBorn and raised by the beach in Southern California, Valeri Spiwak lives and breathes West Coast culture and its surrounding artistic charm. Valeri, with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and a Minor in French, continuously seeks to explore the beautiful and obscure, and shares her adventures through captivating wordplay, clever writing and skillful copy.

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