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.


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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


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)


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)


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)


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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