10 Beautiful and Simple Holiday Cocktails

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If there's one thing that's better than the holidays, it's the lead-up to the season. There's nothing quite like the anticipation of holiday festivities: the planning, shopping, gift searching, and decorating. And one of our all-time favorites is whipping up delicious and simple holiday cocktails.

Unlike the cocktails we make and order year-round, there's only a small window of time to enjoy holiday libations, so it's worth making the most of it. Ahead, we've highlighted 10 of our favorites: think rosemary-infused herbal drinks, smoky cider margaritas, and festive sangria. So ready the bar cart. These easy holiday cocktails taste as good as they look.

Aged Eggnog Cocktail

Easy Holiday Cocktails — Aged Eggnog Cocktail
Salt & Wind

The Recipe: Aged Eggnog Cocktail

The Hero Ingredient: The eggnog. If aged eggnog sounds off-putting, set your fears aside and just take a leap of faith on this one. This festive cocktail is like none other you've tried before.

Why We Love It: Eggnog, rum, heavy cream, whiskey—what's not to love? It's definitely not a drink we'd sip everyday, but it's perfect for a special occasion.

Try putting a gallon of your homemade eggnog in the refrigerator for a week or two to let the flavors mellow out, which makes it less sweet than other beverages.

Rosemary-Infused Citrus and Cranberry Cocktail

Easy Holiday Cocktails — Rosemary-Infused Citrus and Cranberry Cocktail
Fork Knife Swoon

The Recipe: Rosemary-Infused Citrus and Cranberry Cocktail

The Hero Ingredient: Sugared cranberries. This rosemary-infused tangerine and cranberry drink is herbal, citrusy, and festive with sugared cranberries and a rosemary sprig for garnish.

Why We Love It: It's Instagrammable and delicious. More importantly, it has the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Rose and Rosé Bourbon Cocktail

Easy Holiday Cocktails — Rose and Rosé Bourbon Cocktail
Hello Natural

The Recipe: Rose and Rosé Bourbon Cocktail

The Hero Ingredient: Rosé. Made with whiskey, grapefruit juice, rosé, rose syrup, and sparkling water, it’s reminiscent of an Old Fashioned with a unique twist.

For a less acidic cocktail, use segments of the grapefruit peel rather than slices for garnish.

Why We Love It: When you’re looking to move away from warm holiday cocktails, this festive rose and rosé bourbon cocktail will refresh you like no other.

Holiday Paloma

Easy Holiday Cocktails — Holiday Paloma
Hola! Jalapeño

The Recipe: Pomegranate Paloma

The Hero Ingredient: Pomegranate seeds. A classic Paloma (tequila with grapefruit soda) gets a seasonal twist in this beautiful rouge cocktail, thanks to the addition of pomegranate seed. It’s a great way to enjoy an old favorite while feeling festive.

Why We Love It: This cocktail will last you through all of the holidays, from Halloween until the new year, because it's versatile.

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Easy Holiday Cocktails — Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe: Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

The Hero Ingredient: Champagne. This bubbly cocktail packs a flavor punch with pomegranate juice, orange juice, apple cider, and orange bitters. And we can’t help but adore that the candied rosemary looks like snow.

Why We Love It: It's our belief that everything tastes better when served in a Champagne flute. Plus, it's the most beautiful shade of pink.

Blood Orange Sangria

Easy Holiday Cocktails — Blood Orange Sangria
How Sweet Eats

The Recipe: Blood Orange Sangria

The Hero Ingredient: Blood oranges. Made with pinot grigio, brandy, berries, apple, and blood oranges, this blood-orange sangria has December written all over it—and its vivid colors will make every tabletop stand out.

Why We Love It: This cocktail gets better as it sits, so make it ahead of time and store in the fridge.

Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margaritas

Easy Holiday Cocktails — Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margaritas
Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe: Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margaritas

The Hero Ingredient: Cinnamon sticks. Making this cocktail with real cinnamon sticks, not extract, and a good quality mezcal takes the holiday drink to the next level.

Why We Love It: A naughty twist on traditional apple cider, this recipe from Half Baked Harvest smells as good as it tastes.

Eggnog White Russian

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 How Sweet Eats

The Recipe: Eggnog White Russian

The Hero Ingredient: Kahlua. The mix of eggnog, Kahlua, and vanilla vodka is the flavor combination you've been waiting for.

Why We Love It: This decadent cocktail reminds us why we used to love flavored liquor, and we're here for it.

Pomegranate Ginger Sparkler Cocktail

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 Salt & Wind

The Recipe: Pomegranate Ginger Sparkler Cocktail

The Hero Ingredient: Ginger liqueur. The combination of pomegranate seeds, ginger liqueur, blood oranges, and champagne is sweet, spiced, and everything nice. The ginger liqueur is an unexpected ingredient that we don't usually keep in our arsenal, so we're happy to whip it out for this special sip.

Why We Love It: This cocktail feels very sophisticated, especially when served in an old-fashioned coupe.

Cranberry Moscow Mule

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 Spoonful of Flavor

The Recipe: Cranberry Moscow Mule

The Hero Ingredient: Fresh cranberries. The seasonal ingredient adds a tart twist and festive pop of color to your favorite cocktail.

Why We Love It: This is a fun alternative to a classic cocktail that we already know how to make.

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