Classic holiday cocktails make the ultimate party accessories, but there are so many to choose from, and some are so complicated! Where do you begin? Don’t worry, these holiday cocktail recipes are hand-picked for simplicity and will keep you jolly all season long. Whether you sip on the adult hot chocolate or choose a bubbly champagne cocktail, you’ll be ready to start the New Year in style with these ten recipes for holiday cocktails!
1. Champagne Jello Shots
It’s a thing. These adorable little champagne and vodka jello shots will take you just ten minutes to prepare, and one hour to set. You can put together a few batches and continue glamming for your night while they work their magic. By the time you’re ready to go, all you’ll need to do is dip these babies in some sprinkles and arrange them on a plate! Perfect for nights of dancing when you don’t want a sticky liquid in your hand. Find the full recipe here.
2. Raspberry Truffle Hot Chocolate
Looking for a new, fun New Year’s Eve party theme? Go pink! Chocolate and raspberry make a perfect combo already, but once you add a little bit of vodka you’ll be hooked on these delicious, pink holiday cocktails. If you’ve never purchased raspberry liqueur before, you’ll find that it can be used in a lot of baking recipes, too. That is, if you don’t use it all on a season of pink hot chocolate! This recipe is simple and will take you about ten minutes, which is totally going to be worth it once you try a sip. Find the full recipe here. Dairy milk optional!
3. Tangerine Elderflower Spritz
This quick and easy recipe has a fruity, earthy, and floral taste. You only need three ingredients for these holiday cocktails, but one of them might surprise you if you’re still exploring the craft of cocktail making: elderflower liqueur. In my opinion, St. Germain elderflower liqueur is significantly underused. Not only is it delicious, but it comes in the most Instagrammable bottle. Talk about a cute and classy New Year’s Eve post! Very Great Gatsby. You can follow the recipe for single servings so none of that yummy elderflower liqueur goes to waste. Find the full recipe here.
4. Snowflake Martinis
These sweet and silky white chocolate martinis bring the winter mood inside in the best way possible. Made with three ingredients and garnished with sugar, you’ll feel like the snow queen as you pass these special snowflakes out to each of your party guests. If you don’t want to buy lemons, water will work just as well to help the sugar stick to the rim of the glass. Check out out the full recipe here, plus an instructional video!
5. Gingerberry Sparkler
These gingerberry holiday cocktails are festive and bright with a nice red color, cranberry garnish, and just enough vodka. There is even a little bit of Prosecco in this recipe, so you won’t miss out on that New Year’s Eve spritz! Perfect for preparing ahead of time and sharing with friends, you can make a whole pitcher of these holiday cocktails at once so you don’t have to spend your entire party mixing drinks. Check out the full recipe for these gingerberry sparklers here.
6. Chai Tea White Russian
With a yummy chai tea syrup, these holiday cocktails are creamy and cozy. Although the recipe calls for these holiday cocktails to be served chilled, it is possible to make this a hot drink by gentle warming the ingredients in a saucepan and serving in a mug. This recipe might seem complicated at first, but once you make the chai tea syrup (which is just tea, sweetener, and vanilla) you’ll be making a pretty straightforward white Russian. Put together a big batch of the syrup ahead of time and you’ll be good to go. Find the recipe here.
7. Tropical Champagne Sparkler
Winter wonderland is magical for those who get it, but what if you’re spending your New Year’s Eve somewhere warmer? If you imagine ringing in the new year with a fruity twist, this simple recipe for pineapple coconut champagne cocktails will take you right to paradise. The crushed coconut rim gives a stemless flute such a fluffy flare. Find the full recipe here.
8. Blackberry Champagne Sparklers
These incredible blackberry champagne sparklers have an ombre effect that will totally wow your party guests. Super easy with only three ingredients (plus the rosemary garnish, if you choose to include it), you can achieve effortless elegance with literally no effort. Just prepare the blackberry syrup ahead of time and chill a few bottles of champagne. Put out a little instruction card or show a demo and guests will spoon their own syrup and poor their own champagne all night long, so you can focus on having a good time. You can find the full recipe here.
9. Fig Honey Thyme Prosecco Smash
This recipe is for the party goers who want holiday cocktails that are a little more sophisticated. It’s hard to go wrong with fig, honey, and thyme because they’re such a classy combo. Add a plum, some Prosecco, and some delicious elderflower liqueur and this cocktail is sure to be a smash. If you can’t get fresh figs in your area or they don’t look tasty, swap in a few tablespoons of fig syrup to taste. These holiday cocktails may look a little more complicated, but you really only need to muddle the fruit before shaking and pouring. Find the recipe here.
10. Confetti Champagne
This cocktail isn’t just champagne: sprite, vanilla vodka, and vanilla frosting make a sweet and tangy addition to your NYE bubbly. Plus, you get to rim the glass in POP ROCKS and FROSTING! You’ll be able to have dessert, sip a drink, and get celebratory pics all at once with these party ready holiday cocktails. If the pop rock rim isn’t your thing, this confetti champagne will be just as delicious without. Find the full recipe here, plus an instructional video.
Which holiday cocktails are you making this year? Make sure to post pics of the creative garnishes you chose for your holiday cocktails below. Cheers!
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