13 Inspired Cocktails to Serve at Your Next Holiday Party

Get your holiday party started off right with one of these inspired cocktails.

Besides a great guest list and a spread of inspired eats, a killer cocktail is a non-negotiable holiday party essential. If mixologist isn't quite in your vocabulary, there's no need to panic. These 13 cocktails will have all your get-together covered from now until New Year's Eve.

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1. Classic Holiday Mulled Wine//The Sweetest Occasion: Mulled wine is a winter classic that is so necessary. Because a cold winter night isn't complete without a warm, perfectly spiced beverage — plus it's tradition. (Photo via The Sweetest Occasion)

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2. Bourbon Thyme Cocktail//Salted Plains: Honey and thyme gives a classic Old Fashioned a warming, herbaceous twist that's just in time for winter. Make it vegan by swapping out the honey for delicious maple syrup. (Photo via Salted Plains)

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3. Whiskey Fig Sangria//Lauren Kelp: If sangria is one of your signature summer sips, this winterized version will no doubt become your cold weather go-to. Vanilla, cinnamon, whiskey and cognac are just a few of the ingredients that make it stand out. (Photo via Lauren Kelp)

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4. Cranberry Orange Bourbon Cocktail With Brandied Cherries//The Little Epicurean: Make the most of fresh citrus with a bright, refreshing cocktail with a seasonally-appropriate twist — tart cranberries, ginger simple syrup and warming brandy. (Photo via The Little Epicurean)

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5. White Russian With Chai Spice-Infused Cream//The Spice Train: White Russians might not be a part of your after hours repertoire, but this chai-infused version is vying to change all of that. Packed with cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, peppercorns and ginger, this is one classy (and delicious) cocktail. (Photo via The Spice Train)

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6. Fire Cider Hot Toddy//She Eats: Fire cider adds a major kick to everyone's favorite cold weather cocktail — the Hot Toddy. While you can buy the infused raw cider vinegar here, Kristy shows you step-by-step how to make it at home. (Photo via She Eats)

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7. Persimmon Margaritas With Homemade Cinnamon Simple Syrup//Boulder Locavore: You've likely seen these bright orange tomato-like fruits in the exotic fruit section of your produce department, but there's a good chance you have no idea what the heck to do with them. Solution: this show-stopping margarita. (Photo via Boulder Locavore)

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8. Chartreuse & Rosemary-Honey Cocktail//15 Romolo: When you really want to impress, this unexpected libation will definitely deliver. (Photo via 15 Romolo)

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9. Pumpkin Eggnog Martini//Jelly Toast: Don't ditch the pumpkin just yet — this smooth and delicious drink is one you won't want to pass up. (Photo via Jelly Toast)

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10. Holiday Pimm's Cocktail//The Little Epicurean: The popular British summer-time beverage gets a wintry makeover with ginger beer, rosemary and cranberry juice. (Photo via The Little Epicurean)

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11. Poisoned Apple Cocktail//Birdie Shoots: Sweet with a strong finish, this seasonal sipper is comforting, but still packs a major punch. (Photo via Birdie Shoots)

A seasonal twist on the classic whiskey cocktail, the Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned is a perfect cocktail for a chilly winter night. Toasted pecans soak in whiskey for days before the infused alcohol is poured atop a sugar and bitter mixture to make an Old Fashioned. #cocktail #whiskey #bourbon #infusedalcohol

12. Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned//The Speckled Palate: Chilly winter nights have met their match in this seasonal twist on a traditional whiskey cocktail. (Photo via The Speckled Palate)

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13. Holiday Moscow Mule//Hot Beauty Health: A splash of cranberry juice and a little rosemary garnish give the trendy Moscow Mule a fit-for-the-holidays edge. (Photo via Hot Beauty Health)


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