21 Delicious Party Drinks for the Holiday Season

It will soon be party time! Even if you’re not having a big party this year, chances are you will have family and friends stopping in during the holidays. Treat them to a special drink that’s as pretty as it is tasty!

21 Holiday Party Drinks

I spent several hours yesterday searching for the yummiest and most beautiful party drinks I could find. I’m pretty excited about this list, I think it will be my go-to spot for holiday party drinks for a long time to come.  Some of these drinks would even work well for a summertime gathering, especially those with a lemonade base.

Containing-Alcohol vs Non-Alcohol Party Drinks

Eleven of the recipes below include alcohol and ten are alcohol-free. Also, many of the recipes that call for alcohol can be made without it. For example, recipes calling for champagne can be made with sparkling wines like Ariel Brut or Chateau de Fleur.

Note: The non-alcohol drinks start about half way down the post.

Each drink name is a link to the source of the recipe (and photo) below. Click on the name of the drink to visit the site for the recipe.



Grandma’s Brandy Slush

Grandma's Brandy Slush

Yuletide Christmas Punch

Yuletide Christmas Punch

Thyme Lime Fizz Cocktail

Thyme Lime Fizz Cocktail

Christmas Tree Cocktails

Christmas Tree Cocktails

Christmas Citrus Punch

Christmas Citrus Punch

Christmas Champagne Punch

Champagne Punch

Christmas Grinch Punch 

Christmas Grinch Punch

Hot Apple Cider Rum Punch

Hot Apple Cider Rum Punch

Pomegranate and Rosemary White Sangria

Pomegranate Rosemary White Sangria

Vanilla Peppermint Martini

Peppermint Martini Christmas Beverage

Jack Frost (Source Unknown)

Jack Frost Holiday Drink


Here’s an adorable “accessory” for drinks served in mugs. Megan at the blog, Not Martha, created these and I love ’em!  Update added 12-1-14: Williams-Sonoma is selling something very similar this season online and in their stores. So if you don’t have time to make them, check there.

Tiny Gingerbread Houses for Coffee, Hot Chocolate or Hot Cider

Gingerbread House for Cup or Mug


Non-Alcoholic Party Drinks:

The following drink recipes do not call for alcohol and/or taste great without it. Of course, you can probably add a little sumpin’ to them if you like.

Pink Grapefruit “Margaritas”

Pink Grapefruit Margaritas
Hot English Wassail Recipe


The Candy Cane

Candycane Nonalcoholic Christmas Drink

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

Cranberry Christmas Cider

Cranberry Christmas Cider
 Two Holiday Punches and One Egg Nog Drink 

Three Holiday Christmas Drink Recipes

Ginger Lemonade

Ginger Lemonade 2

Blackberry Mojito Punch  (Leave out rum for non-alcoholic version) Use frozen blackberries when making at Christmastime.


North Pole Strawberry Smoothie

Blueberry Fennel Lemonade 

Blueberry Fennel Party Drink


A Cranberry Wine Chiller: Make your own wine chiller with this tutorial



Happy Holidays!

21 Holiday Party Drinks

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  1. Great job, Susan. Every single one of them looks delicious and the presentations are outstanding. Thanks for so much research!!

  2. You’ve outdone yourself! Thank you for spending hours putting this together! I’ve pinned every single recipe. If we spend the entire month of December in a stupor, it’ll be your fault. Thanks for the constant inspiration. And Happy Thanksgiving next week!

  3. Woo-hoo, it’s party time! There is something for everyone on this list for sure. How cute is the Christmas Tree Cocktail and I am in love with the Punchbowl Set that the Citrus Christmas Punch is served in. My granddaughter and I want to make the Pumpkin Hot Chocolate this weekend and I am all over your tutorial on how to make the wine chiller. Thanks for putting this round up together!

  4. Thanks so much for this!! I’ve been looking for a holiday drink to make for my family. You just saved me hours of research.

  5. Oh, wow, this got my attention! Is it wrong to be craving some of these at 9am? I will be pinning and pinning. Great roundup!

  6. Katherines Corner says

    liquid yummy! hugs

  7. SharonFromMichigan says

    Oooh these all sound good! I was making homemade rum balls this weekend and I bet some of these drinks would go well with those. I’d have a really jolly holiday then! LOL

  8. CHEERS!! You just raised my spirits ten fold!! I’m off to try that “strawberry smoothie!!” franki

  9. Great presentations! In the Jack Frost recipe, what do you do with the 4 slices of pineapple?

  10. Hi, Susan,
    What a terrific post! As this crazy busy time of year begins, you’ve saved us a gazillion hours of research looking for just the right holiday refreshment with the picture perfect presentation! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Rosie

  11. Looks like you chose the best of the best. I especially loved the pomegranate one.

  12. Thank you Susan, for all your research. Love the punch in the jars. I am going to try the Pumpkin Hot Chocolate today.

  13. Thanks so much for including the non-alcoholic drinks. These are so fun for the entire family! Happy Holidays!!

  14. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    This is an AWESOME post, Susan. I haven’t even read the list yet, I was just so excited I wanted to tell you how pleased I am and thank you for taking the time to ferret these out for us. I was just thinking I needed a good drink or punch or two for the holidays. As our British pals say, Cheers! πŸ˜€

  15. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Susan, one more thing: I’d like to encourage (plead with) anybody who tries any of these delicious looking drinks to post about their results. πŸ˜€ Any problems, suggestions and praises will be appreciated by all, I’m sure.

  16. All these look amazing. Which one of the non-alcoholic drinks appeal most to kids?

  17. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Susan, I just wanted to tell you about a wonderful ebay find. I don’t have a lot of ebay experience, but I was over there poking around, just out of curiosity, and saw an adorable soup tureen. Ever sinceI first saw your individual soup tureens, I’ve been trying to find some and they are surprisingly difficult to locate! Anyway, I didn’t even have a big soup tureen and when I saw this one, I thought, I’m taking the plunge! So now I have this adorable soup tureen, decorated with pretty red cardinals and a bit of pine greenery and snow and I have to say, it’s all because of you and the beautiful table scapes you create. So, thanks! πŸ˜€

  18. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    No, I don’t think it’s a fancy name brand. Well, I’m sure it’s not or it would be marked. But I love it anyway. It looks so pretty with my Winter Greetings Everyday dishes. I’m very pleased with it. It’s actually prettier in person than it was in the picture.

  19. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Haha! But you’ve gotten some reeeaallly nifty glasses there! πŸ˜‰

  20. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Wow, how time flies! I remember loving this post and I did indeed make the “Junie June’s Punch” for a Christmas party I was having. It was good! And it was different. I probably wouldn’t plan to make it every year though. But what about you, Susan. Other than your own offerings on the list, did you ever get a chance to try any others? I want to make another punch for an upcoming Christmas party and would love to hear feedback.

  21. Thanks so much for featuring my sangria recipe! Great round up.

  22. Do you know a way to do the Jack Frost Non-Alcoholic?

    Looks super cool, kids would love them!

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