The most wonderful time of the year is finally upon us. The halls are decked and there's a welcome chill in the air. And hopefully, your martini glass is brimming with the Christmas-themed sip of your choice while you watch your favorite nostalgic Christmas movie.
Whether your prefer a holiday spin on the margarita or a mimosa made using apple cider, there's a bounty of delicious holiday sips you can choose from. If you're stumped on what to mix up this Christmas, let the festive cocktails ahead help guide you.
Apple Cider Mimosa
The Recipe: Apple Cider Mimosa
The Hero Ingredient: A cinnamon-sugar rim is a delicious way to garnish this bubbly Christmas sip.
Pro Tip: For the best flavor for your buck, A Couple Cooks recommend purchasing a sparkling wine in the medium price range. "With most alcohol, the higher the quality, the better the flavor," they explain. "Buy a bottle in the medium price range, and you’re usually safe. That is: don’t buy the cheapest bottle, but don’t go overboard on the most pricey one either!"
Why We Love It: If you plan on enjoying a Christmas brunch this year, Apple Cider Mimosas are a fun way to incorporate a brunch classic while still keeping with the holiday theme.
Christmas Gin Fizz
The Recipe: Christmas Gin Fizz
The Hero Ingredient: Flavored sparkling water adds the touch of bubbles needed in this sip. You can also personalize this cocktail by choosing your own sparkling water flavor.
Pro Tip: Darling Down South's Cynthia Ruff reveals that the calories in this cocktail are kept low to provide a low-cal option for the holidays. "The Holidays are already stuffed with calorie ladden foods like cookies, honey hams, and the three pounds of candy that somehow find their way into your stocking every Christmas morning (I’m onto you, Santa), so I try to balance out that amount of sweetness with a calorie free (ish) cocktail for my family to sip on," she says.
Why We Love It: While Christmas cocktails tend to lean towards the heavier, decadent side, the Christmas Gin Fizz is light and refreshing.
Cranberry Ginger Margarita
The Recipe: Cranberry Ginger Margarita
The Hero Ingredient: The addition of finely grated fresh ginger adds a welcome kick to this margarita.
Pro Tip: Hola Jalapeño's Kate Ramos provides simple directions on how to create a unique, salted rim. "The final holiday pizzazz comes in the form of a lime and salt rim around each glass which is made by grating a little zest from a lime (use the microplane remember), mixing with some coarse salt and sticking it to the rim of each glass—fancy!," she explains.
Why We Love It: While the Cranberry Ginger Margarita is a very unique take on the margarita, it still retains a few of the elements from your classic marg (tequila, orange liqueur, etc).
Hot Buttered Rum With Apple Cider
The Recipe: Hot Buttered Rum With Apple Cider
The Hero Ingredient: A homemade spiced butter batter makes for a deliciously decadent hot buttered rum.
Pro Tip: Cooks With Cocktails suggest using sweet apples, but if you can't get your hands on them, organic cane sugar works as a sweetener. "We used sweet apples and we found that we didn’t have to add any sugar at all as it was naturally sweet enough for us," they reveal. "If you like it sweeter, at the very end of the cooking time, you could add a little organic cane sugar."
Why We Love It: With hot buttered rum and apple cider, it's hard not to love this cocktail that combines two tasty holiday drinks.
Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail
The Recipe: Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail
The Hero Ingredient: A splash of ginger beer adds bubbles, spice and everything nice to this citrus-heavy cocktail.
Pro Tip: Half Baked Harvest's Tieghan Gerard offers these foolproof directions for whipping up this cocktail with ease: "Just mix everything up in a cocktail glass or pitcher, top with fizzy ginger beer and festive pomegranates, and done."
Why We Love It: This cocktail comes big batch-ready, so you don't have to fuss over creating individual drinks.
Gettin' Figgy With It
The Recipe: Gettin' Figgy With It
The Hero Ingredient: Despite its thick texture, the fig jam in this cocktail works wonders when given a good shake in a cocktail shaker.
Pro Tip: To really bring out the flavor of the rosemary, The Charming Detroiter's Sarah DeLeon reveals that you must muddle it first. "In the bottom of a shaker, muddle rosemary sprig and lemon juice to help release the flavors from the rosemary sprig," she says.
Why We Love It: In addition to claiming the title of best holiday cocktail name ever, this sip is creamy, complex and hits all the right notes.
The Santa Clause Smash
The Recipe: The Santa Clause Smash
The Hero Ingredient: A homemade ginger honey syrup is a standout in The Santa Clause Smash, and can also be used in additional cocktails.
Pro Tip: If you're looking for a cure for those winter blues, you're in luck with this cocktail. "It has all the things you need to fight off those winter colds…so really this cocktail is kind of like preventative medicine. It will heal all of your wintery blues," Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest reveals.
Why We Love It: With ingredients like homemade ginger honey syrup and pomegranate juice, you don't have to feel too guilty about indulging in this sip.