28 Holiday(ish) Cocktails That Make Any Solo Night or Party Festive

8 Save

If you like it, save it!

Save and organize all of the stuff you love in one place.

Got it!

If you like something…

Click the heart, it's called favoriting. Favorite the stuff you like.

Got it!

The quickest way to feel more festive, whether you want to add some class to your solo evening or if you're hosting a crowd, is to break out the best cocktail recipe you've got. Something as simple as a Gimlet or a Moscow Mule still requires mixing and serving in a fancy glass, making things a lot more formal than popping open a beer or uncorking a bottle of wine.

Pull out your mixing glass, strainer, jiggers, and shaker (or maybe just your punch bowl) and get to concocting: Here are 28 cocktails that'll make your holiday gathering (or cozy evening at home) that much more festive.

For One

Autumn Ash

Autumn Ash by Sippity Sup (Greg Henry)

Maple-Cardamom Old Fashioned

Maple-Cardamom Old Fashioned by Julie

Fall Wisconsin Old Fashioned

Fall Wisconsin Old Fashioned by Sarah | Wisconsin from Scratch

Paper Plane Cocktail

Paper Plane Cocktail by Ali Slagle

Holiday Manhattan

Holiday Manhattan by gingerroot

Cockney Champagne Cocktail

Cockney Champagne Cocktail by Ali Slagle


Martinez by Erik Lombardo


Harlequin by Bee Local

Winter Spritz

Winter Spritz by sandy peccerillo

Champagne Cocktail

Champagne Cocktail by Erika Kotite

For a Few

Mulled White Wine with Pear Brandy

Mulled White Wine with Pear Brandy by Merrill Stubbs

Apple Peel Bourbon

Apple Peel Bourbon by Marian Bull

M. F. K. Fisher's Half-and-Half Cocktail

M. F. K. Fisher's Half-and-Half Cocktail by Food52

Anne Willan's Ypocras (Spiced Red Wine)

Anne Willan's Ypocras (Spiced Red Wine) by Genius Recipes

Sparkling Cranberry Gin Punch

Sparkling Cranberry Gin Punch by Food52

Brown Butter Cafe Brulot

Brown Butter Cafe Brulot by Emily | Cinnamon&Citrus

Joaquín Simó's Debaser Cocktail

Joaquín Simó's Debaser Cocktail by Food52

Vieux Carre Cocktail

Vieux Carre Cocktail by Ali Slagle

For Many

Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider

Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider by Cordelia

Apple Rye Punch

Apple Rye Punch by Kate Williams

Clyde Common's Better Eggnog

Clyde Common's Better Eggnog by Kenzi Wilbur

Bowery Punch

Bowery Punch by Food52

Rosemary Grapefruit Milk Punch

Rosemary Grapefruit Milk Punch by Samantha Weiss Hills

Pomelder Prosecco Punch

Pomelder Prosecco Punch by hardlikearmour

Vegan Eggnog

Vegan Eggnog by Gena Hamshaw

Rum Punch

Rum Punch by Erik Lombardo

Glögg (Mulled Wine Punch)

Glögg (Mulled Wine Punch) by Erik Lombardo

Holiday Sparkler

Holiday Sparkler by meganvt01

What are you stirring up and sipping this holiday? Tell us in the comments below!

Automagic Holiday Menu Maker!
Automagic Holiday Menu Maker!

Tags: Cocktail, Holiday, Lists, Holiday Entertaining