10 Christmas Cocktails With Vodka
Get merry this Christmas season with some festive cocktails featuring vodka. A perfect pairing with cranberry, this classic duo can be mixed into a martini, punch, and flavorful cocktails. Or try vodka drinks that have a more indulgent edge, like a nogtini or Christmas candy cane cocktail. These 10 Christmas cocktails are sure to be a hit, whether they're served at your holiday party or enjoyed cozied up next to the fire place.
Christmas Poinsettia Punch
Tart cranberry juice combines with vibrant orange-flavored vodka in this punch that gets a double dose of bubbles from Champagne and club soda. Reviewer margcar suggests, "Simple to make ahead then quickly add champagne and soda right before guests arrived. Very festive look and a good little kick to it."
Christmas Cane Cocktail
Creamy and cool, this cocktail has all the flavors of hot chocolate and mint for a Christmas-y drink that guests will love. Vanilla-flavored vodka is balanced out with a dash of peppermint schnapps and splash of creme de cacao. Serve with candy canes for a festive touch.
This martini recipe is perfect for a very grown-up Christmas party. Vodka, orange liqueur, and dry vermouth all blend perfectly with cranberry juice.
Pumpkin Spice Martini
Just because autumn has come and gone doesn't mean you can't keep enjoying pumpkin spice. Here it's blended with vanilla-flavored vodka, Irish cream, and pumpkin liqueur for a comforting drink.
Gail's Famous Christmas Punch
Vodka, cranberry juice, and orange juice are amped up with the addition of Christmas spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. "I have made it for the last three Christmas parties at my home and everyone loves it," says Gayle Gillis. "I freeze some of the juice I use and use it for ice directly in the punch."
Jack Frost Cocktails
Blue Curacao liqueur is often relegated to summertime cocktails, but in this recipe it's used to create an icy hue. Add sanding sugar to the cocktail rim to emulate frost.
Christmas Cape Cod
"A holiday spin on this classic cocktail, taking the refreshing taste of cranberry and marrying it with the Christmas flavors of ginger and cinnamon," says recipe creator DFPChris. "Garnish with a maraschino cherry or cinnamon stick." Make extra of the cinnamon syrup, it can be used in other cocktails or mixed with ginger ale for an easy mocktail.
Apple Pie Moonshine
Excellent for sipping or gifting, making this homemade moonshine will become your new holiday tradition. A gallon each of apple cider and apple juice are dressed up with vodka, grain alcohol, and plenty of sugar and spice.
Pomegranate Holiday Cocktail
Cranberry may be a classic vodka cocktail pairing, but pomegranate juice adds a whole new depth of flavor. If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, reviewer Chef Mo recommends using lemon-lime soda in place of the club soda.
Eggnog just got even boozier thanks to this rich recipe. Dressed up with a drizzle of hot chocolate and dollop of whipped cream, each nogtini contains eggnog, vodka, and coffee-flavored liqueur.