Christmas Cocktail Recipes (12 Cute Options)

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Lots of blogs have Christmas cocktail recipes for the holidays, but we want to serve up something extra special. We’re bringing you Twelve Drinks of Christmas, inspired by that quirky, repetitive (annoying? You decide.) holiday jam. Drummers drumming, turtle doves – you get the idea.

This is a delicious, festive lineup of drinks to offer at your holiday parties.  Want to actually participate in the Twelve Days of Christmas and celebrate with a new cocktail each evening? These daily delights could be just what you’re looking for. We don’t care how you try them all. Just try them all.

Ready? On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… Here we go.

Christmas Cocktail Recipes for 12 ‘Seasoned’ Drinks


1st Day: A partridge in a pear tree…


Speaking of pear trees, how about a pear cocktail? Check out No Spoon Necessary and their recipe here. It brings some of our favorite holiday flavors to the seasonal game. You’ll be able to get on board with cool pears, spicy ginger, warm bourbon, and sweet honey. Oh yeah.


2nd Day: Two turtle doves…


We’re forgetting about the doves and bringing the turtle power with the Martini Mistress’s recipe found here. Ready for the rundown? It’s chocolate vodka, dark creme de cacao, Baileys, caramel, pecans, and more. Yes. Hell to the yes.


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If those aren’t the finest two turtle dove martinis we’ve ever seen… [Photo cred: Wiki Commons]

3rd Day: Three French hens…


It’s a cocktail, not poultry, you know–but it’s certainly fitting. Follow Saveur magazine’s recipe right here. You’ve got your champagne, gin, and lemon. It’s simple and elegant. And it’s perfect for both the hens and the roosters at your holiday get-together. Cheers!

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Champagne—what could be more French? [Photo cred: Wiki Commons]


4th Day: Four calling birds…


Based on our research, a calling bird is a blackbird. So, we’re calling for a black cocktail. Cocktail Flow features this recipe here, which brings a naughty, black-magic sort of Santa to your Christmas celebration. You’ll have a party with 2 parts vodka, 1 part coffee liqueur, and ½ part peppermint schnapps–all over ice. We just got chills.

5th Day: Fiiiiiiiiive gooooolden rings!


Many of us would prefer five golden beers by the time you get to this verse of the song. The Beeroness whips up this recipe here using vodka, hot sauce, Belgian style golden ale, honey, lemon, and more! Seriously, though. On the fifth day of Christmas, your true love really would give you a “beertail.” That’s how you’d know they were actually your true love.

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Belgian style golden ale, and voila! [Photo cred: Flickr]

6th Day: Six geese a-laying…


Six geese a-laying their eggs, of course. We’re going eggnog for this addition to our Christmas cocktail recipes! Kitchen Swagger tells us of a cocktail here, and it’s boasting eggnog, vanilla vodka, Baileys, and cinnamon. Grab your cocktail shaker, and make it happen.

7th Day: Seven swans a-swimming…


More eggs. This time, we’re thinking feathery and frothy, in honor of those seven swans. Get the Epicurious recipe here! It’s all about gin, egg whites, citrus, sugar, and seltzer. Fizzy, frothy, foamy–fabulous.

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Go foam, or go home. [Photo cred: Pixabay]

8th Day: Eight maids a-milking…


We’re milking this one for all it’s worth. Break out the spiced rum, vanilla, milk, and nutmeg for this Yummly recipe you’ll find here. It’s a twist on the classic Brandy Milk Punch. And hey, it’s Christmas, so serving cookies with this is definitely encouraged.

9th Day: Nine ladies dancing…


Though you may not want to drink nine of these “ladies,” we’re certain you’ll at least ask for another. The Spruce Eats offers their recipe. Get it here! Get your holiday fix with gin, applejack, lemon, grenadine, and egg whites. Don’t forget the cherry on top!

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Hello there, Pink Lady. [Photo cred: Wiki Commons]

10th Day: Ten lords a-leaping…

LORD-A-LEAPING strikes again! We love that they have a cocktail named for these famous ten lords that we sing about each season. Get the royal recipe right here. You can count on these ingredients: single-malt Scotch, bitters, lime, and honey. Garnish with nutmeg and a cherry. Lord, yesss.

11th Day: Eleven pipers piping…


Now it’s time for a “piping” hot and crazy cocktail. Town & Country Mag presents this Cinnamon Tequila Hot Toddy recipe here, and it does not disappoint. It’s a drastic twist on a beloved classic. Partygoers love it!

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Cinnamon Tequila Hot Toddy makes your days merry and bright. [Photo cred: Pixabay]


12th Day: Twelve drummers drumming…


You can’t spell drummers or drumming without RUM. So, we’ve got another recipe here from The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie. Spiced rum, amaretto, and gingerbread syrup and cookies! Sip the right way on the 12th day of Christmas!

Be Sure to Spice Up Your Songs and Drinks with All the 12 Christmas Cocktail Recipes

Christmas cocktail recipes have never looked and tasted so good! What are we missing? We know there are more awesome cocktails out there that go right along with our theme. Feel free to share your clever ideas in the comments section below!

Before you head out, make your list and check it twice. All the good little girls and boys (21 and older) probably need to get their hands on one of our decanters or some of our whiskey glasses. Our store should certainly be an online shopping stop for you! Come in and see the most unique decanters and barware on the Internet!

Bonus: Read our article Christmas Eve Cookies and Cocktails for Santa. We’ve got the scoop on the drinks and delights the Claus himself can’t resist!


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