5 Great Holiday Cocktails


It’s that wonderful time of the year when we are full of holiday cheer with equal amounts of stress and anxiety, which can make you want to throw back a drink or two…or five; especially if you’re hosting Christmas at your house this year! Am I right? If you’re the least bit like me and have absolutely no idea what in the holy f*ck you’re doing when it comes to motherhood, family and surviving the holidays, you might need this list of cocktails as much as I do! And if you are one of those people that has your shit together, please go decorate your tablescapes and make homemade candles (or whatever you people do) and bathe in the tears of us who are losing our minds this Holiday season.

The rest of us will enjoy drinking these amazing cocktails!

Easy Peachy Vodka Squeezy

This one is a tried and true favorite. With only 2 ingredients this one is easy. I like easy. Easy drinks go down the hatch quicker. See where I am going with this?


PC: Eric W. Pohl {Texas Highways}


1 Can Peach Citrus Fresca

1-2 Shots Red Eddy Grapefruit Vodka


Simply pour your sweet, peachy Fresca over ice and add your Red Eddy Grapefruit Vodka. Garnish with a slice of Grapefruit or (if you want to be really fancy) add muddled peach and grapefruit to take it to the next level!

Pumpkin Pie Martini

If you would rather drink your dessert, this one is for you! A sweet, creamy cocktail designed for all you pumpkin lovers out there. This is sure to hit the spot!


1/2 oz. Stoli Vanilla
1 oz. Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
1/2 oz. Kahlua
1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 oz. Half-and-Half
Crushed Graham Crackers (For The Rim)
Cinnamon Stick (Garnish)


Add all liquid into your ice filled martini shaker and give it a good shake! Strain into your favorite martini glass rimmed with graham cracker and garnish with a cinnamon stick!

Candy Cane Cocktail

This sugary cocktail is the perfect drink for your Christmas party! Just by looking at it I feel the Christmas spirit (and your guests will too after they taste it)!


1 Candy Cane (Crushed For Garnish)

2 oz Strawberry Vodka

4 Dashes White Creme De Menthe

2.5 Ounces Cranberry Juice

Ice Cubes


Combine all liquids and ice into your martini shaker. Shake well. Strain into Candy Cane rimmed glass. Enjoy!

Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies

If you need something warm to cuddle up next to the fire with, this Apple-Brandie Hot Toddie will be your perfect match! Tart with hints bit of spice make this a well rounded holiday cocktail.


1 1/2 Cups of Water

1/2 Cup of Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons Honey

2 Cups Apple Brandy

8 Three inch Cinnamon Sticks


Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in honey. Add lemon juice and apple brandy. Place one cinnamon stick in each of the eight mugs and pour hot liquid into each mug. Enjoy!

Holiday Spiced Wine

Another warm cozy drink that is easy to make and great to have for the holidays. This classic recipe is especially great if you’re hosting guests on Christmas!


2 bottles (750ml each) of red wine
¾ cup apple cider
¾ cup brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 oranges, sliced into rounds
2 lemons, sliced into rounds
2 star anise
1 vanilla bean, split in half
½ cup brandy


Combine all ingredients into a pot and set to medium-low heat. Cook for 1 hour. Stir frequently without letting mixture come to a boil. Strain mixture and save citrus for serving. Pour into glasses and garnish with leftover citrus pieces.

Need more inspiration? Check out Cocktails For the Holidays: Festive Drinks To Celebrate The Season. It would make an excellent stocking stuffer or white elephant gift!

Happy Holidays!

XO Lindsay




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