5 Creative Holiday Cocktail Ideas Guaranteed to Impress

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to gather with old friends while sharing memories and creating new ones. It’s also a great opportunity to unveil your new custom kitchen makeover by hosting a cocktail party or sit-down dinner. And, what better way is there to set a joyous mood than by serving your guests some delightful cocktails in front of a crackling fire?  If that’s your goal, here are 5 creative holiday drink ideas that will keep your crowd warm and toasty until the festivities are through.

Apple Cider Cocktail

Apple cider and maple syrup are both holiday traditions, so impress partygoers by combining the two into this tempting cocktail.  


1 1/2 cups apple cider

1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 cup apple brandy

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

thinly cut fresh apple slices (for garnish)


  1. Chill several cocktail glasses in the freezer.
  2. Fill a tall cocktail shaker halfway with crushed ice. Add your liquid ingredients and then shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds.
  3. Pour the drink mixture through the shaker’s strainer into your chilled cocktail glasses.
  4. Place an apple slice on the rim as a garnishment.

Hot Buttered Rum

Rum always takes the edge off-of a blustery winter evening, so keep your guests feeling cozy with this tasty concoction.


4 oz. of hot milk (use hot water for a lighter texture)

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon real butter 

ground nutmeg

2 oz. dark rum (the richer, the better!)


  1. Warm up some heat-resistant drinking mugs.
  2. Fill your mugs with piping hot water and then cover them with small plates.
  3. Once the mugs are heated, pour out the water and replace it with the brown sugar and hot milk or hot water until the mug is 3/4 full.
  4. Stir the liquid until the brown sugar dissolves, and then add the dark rum.
  5. Carefully float your butter slices on the surface and sprinkle ground nutmeg on top.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Even if James Bond isn’t on the guest list, you can still shake up the mood and stir some lively conversation with pumpkin-themed martinis.


1 oz. pumpkin spice liqueur

1/2 oz. Stoli® Vanilla Vodka

1/2 oz. half-and-half

1/2 oz. Kahlua

1/2 oz. butterscotch schnapps

graham cracker crumbs

cinnamon sticks (for garnish)


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice and then add all the liquid ingredients.
  2. Shake the mixture well and then strain it into a large martini glass that you’ve rimmed with graham cracker crumbs.
  3. Add a cinnamon stick as a garnishment.

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Treat your guests to a little slice of heaven by serving them this raspberry-infused cocktail delight.


8 oz. hot chocolate

1 oz. plus 1 teaspoon raspberry liqueur

1 oz. white crème de cacao

whipped cream

1 fresh raspberry


  1. Pour the white crème de cacao and raspberry liqueur into a coffee mug.
  2. Add hot chocolate and stir well.
  3. Place a dollop of whipped cream on top of the mug’s contents.
  4. Drizzle a teaspoon of raspberry liqueur onto the whipped cream and top it all off with a raspberry!

Hot Peppermint Rod

Whether your event is dressy or casual, you’ll be the envy of the holiday party circuit with this easy-to-create peppermint drink.



hot water

peppermint schnapps

grenadine syrup

whipped cream

peppermint sticks (rods)


  1. Fill a coffee mug with 2 parts vodka, 2 parts peppermint schnapps and 2 parts grenadine syrup.
  2. Top the mug off with hot water and stir.
  3. Add a dollop of whipped cream drizzled with grenadine syrup.
  4. Garnish with the peppermint rod.

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