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Holiday Cocktail Ideas the Will Keep You Warm and Cozy All Season Long

It’s my favorite time of year! From October 1- January 1 I am bouncing around the stores shopping, decorating, baking, and making cozy cocktails. Every year I like to try new things. And this year I’m serving up some really fun recipes good for cold mornings, friends over for lunch, or get-togethers in the evenings. No matter what or when you’re celebrating the holidays this year, there is something for everyone in this list of holiday cocktail ideas.


Sparkling Pumpkin Pie Cocktail Recipe


Holiday Cocktail Ideas


holiday cocktail ideas hoddy toddy


Hoddy Toddy


If you like the idea of a Hoddy Toddy on a cold day to soothe an oncoming cold, then you’re going to love this recipe!


Recipe Credit: Sparkling Ice
1 ½ oz. whiskey or apple brandy
1 teaspoon honey
Cinnamon stick, allspice cloves, and apple slices for garnish
Coat the bottom of a glass coffee cup with honey. Add whiskey or brandy. Heat Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple in a small sauce pot. Pour hot Crisp Apple Sparkling Ice into the glass. Stir to combine ingredients. Garnish with cinnamon stick, allspice cloves, and apple slices.
holiday cocktail ideas Sparkling Pumpkin Pie


Sparkling Pumpkin Cocktail


This is perfect for an afternoon or evening get together if you want to keep the vibe warm and cozy. And of all my holiday cocktail ideas, this might be my favorite.


Recipe Credit: Sparkling Ice
2 oz honey whiskey
½ oz lemon juice
1 tbsp pumpkin puree
Whipped cream
Pumpkin pie spice


Pour whiskey, lemon juice, and pumpkin puree into a cocktail shaker with the ice and shake.  Strain into a rocks glass and float with Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.


holiday cocktail ideas Santa Margherita Orange Cocktail

Orange Cinnamon Blossom


This is a great fall/winter cocktail idea. It’s spicy for fall and has that orange yum for holiday vibes.


Recipe Credit: Santa Margherita
1/2 lemon
1/2 orange
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup sugar
3 whole cloves
3 whole allspice
2 cinnamon sticks


Rinse lemon and orange and thinly slice them, discarding seeds; quarter the orange slices. Put fruit in a 4- to 5-quart pan. Add honey, sugar (use the smaller amount if you prefer drinks on the tart side, the larger if you want a sweeter flavor), cloves and allspice.  With a knife, cut the cinnamon sticks lengthwise into thinner strips. Add cinnamon and 2 cups water to pan; bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes. Pour Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG into hot citrus base and heat until steaming, about 8 minutes.  Keep warm over low heat. Ladle into heatproof cups or wine glasses.


holiday cocktail ideas Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Apple Cooler


Ginger Apple Cooler


Live in a hot state? I grew up in Florida where refreshing drinks are always welcome. Try this to chill you out with a cozy flare.


Recipe Credit:
2 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple
1 tsp. Maple Syrup
1 tsp. lemon juice
Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Ginger Beer, to fill
Garnish with Candied Ginger


Combine Whiskey, maple syrup, lemon juice and ice in a cocktail shaker; shake vigorously. Serve topped with ginger beer and garnish with candied ginger.


holiday cocktail ideas Purity Vodka Elevated Martini

Elevated Vodka Martini


This is a classic martini that goes with just about any holiday event.


Recipe Credit: Purity Vodka
3 Parts Purity Vodka
1 Part Spring Water


Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and stir until ice cold. Strain into a chilled Martini glass.


holiday cocktail ideas Irish Coffee



Irish Coffee


This is a must have on weekend mornings when it’s cold outside and you want a little more heat in your step. I love, love, love a good Irish coffee!


Recipe Credit: KRUPS
1/4 cup espresso
1 tsp. light brown sugar
4 tsp. whiskey
4 tsp. heavy cream


In a saucepan, heat the whiskey then incorporate the light brown sugar in order to dissolve it. Pour the mixture into a glass and pour the espresso on top. Lightly whisk the cream and arrange it carefully on top of the drink. Tip: the whipped cream can be made with a siphon, but it will be denser and heavier.


Whether you’re just curling up with a book on a cold winter morning or entertaining guests, these holiday cocktail ideas are all you need to set a cozy holiday mood.

Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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