festive drinks for a christmas cocktail party

5 Festive Drinks for Your Christmas Cocktail Party

Christmas is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by brewing up a few delicious cocktails? If you’re hosting a Christmas cocktail party or you simply want an appropriate tasty beverage to sip on during winter, the following fantastically festive cocktails are worth a try.

1. Spiced Cider

This cocktail is the perfect alternative to mulled wine for anyone who’s not particularly fond of wine but yearns for a sweet and spicy festive beverage. 


  • 50ml Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold
  • 80ml Apple Cider
  • Two dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Three pieces Star Anise
  • Four buds of Clove
  • 2tbsp Sugar/Maple Syrup


1. Pour Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold, angostura bitters, apple cider, star anise, cloves and sugar into a saucepan.

2. Heat until the sugar dissolves.

3. Pour mixture into a tall glass and serve.

 2. Christmas Punch

The festive season is known for drinks such as egg nog and hot cups of cocoa, but neither of those are exciting enough for a Christmas cocktail party. Christmas Punch is a refreshing, sweet, zesty cocktail with a hint of spice — what more could you want?  


  • 30ml Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold
  • 30ml Sherry
  • 100ml Sparkling Water
  • 15ml Lemon Juice
  • 1tbsp Honey
  • One Orange Slice
  • Five pieces of Clove


1. Add ice to a shaker.

2. Pour in Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold.

3. Add honey, lemon juice and sherry.

4. Shake vigorously.

5. Strain into a glass.

6. Garnish with a clove-studded orange slice. Using a knife and chopping board, cut a slice of orange and push five cloves into the slice. Place on top to garnish.

3. Baileys Irish Creamy Hot Chocolate

This easy-to-make drink is a fantastic festive variation on a regular mug of hot chocolate. The combination of Baileys and whipped cream gives it a rich and creamy finish that couldn’t feel more Christmasy!  


  • 50ml Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 150ml Hot Chocolate
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Shavings


1. Measure 150ml of hot chocolate into a saucepan and heat gently. Pour into a short glass with 50ml of Baileys.

2. Squirt whipped cream onto the drink and sprinkle chocolate curls on top of the cream

4. Hot Toddy

During the festive and freezing months, you may not be overly keen to sip on a chilled cocktail. But that doesn’t mean you have to stick to cups of tea and coffee. Enter the Hot Toddy — a tasty and toasty cocktail perfect for the cold winter nights.


  • 50ml Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • 75ml Boiling Water
  • 25ml Honey
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • One Lemon Wedge to Garnish
  • Three pieces of Clove


1. Place a bar spoon filled with runny honey in a tumbler or latte glass.

2. Pour in whiskey, lemon juice, boiling water and cloves.

3. Stir slowly.

4. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.

Simple and delicious!

If this or any of the cocktails on the list sound a bit complicated to make — why not hire a professional bartender for Christmas cocktail party?

5. The Spiced Gingerbread

A perfect drink for the festive season, the “Spiced Gingerbread” combines the sweetness of the ginger syrup and lemon juice with the subtle cinnamon flavour of Smirnoff Gold Liqueur. The smell and taste of gingerbread is very reminiscent of Christmas time, so this is the ideal addition to any Christmas cocktail party. 


  • 50ml Smirnoff Gold
  • 25ml Ginger Syrup
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • Half an Egg White
  • One Gingerbread Man Biscuit (Per Cocktail)


1. Add Smirnoff Gold Liqueur, ginger syrup, lemon juice and egg white to the shaker.

2. Dry shake the mixture (no ice) until the egg white emulsifies.

3. Fill the shaker with ice.

4. Shake until cold.

5. Strain into a glass.

6. Serve with a gingerbread man biscuit on the side. 

Are you planning a Christmas cocktail party and want to hire a bartender? Maybe you want to learn how to make some Christmas cocktail recipes from a professional? Get in touch today to discuss your requirements with one of our mixologists.

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