The Best Cocktails For The Holiday Season

Regardless of the occasion, there's always a cocktail that can help set the right mood. Enjoy fall flavors of cinnamon or apple cider for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Or keep warm during the Christmas season with hot chocolate or mulled wine. No matter what you're in the mood for, these festive cocktails are what you need for the holidays.

Pumpkin Hot Buttered Skrew

This pumpkin cocktail is perfect for the fall. Warm yourself up with this drink that takes hot buttered rum to the next level using pumpkin spice syrup.

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Eggnog Martini

Instead of leaving out cookies for Santa, try mixing up an eggnog martini for him to enjoy.

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Orange Hocus Pocus Fizz

This festively colored cocktail will make your Halloween night. With a combination of pineapple juice, white rum and sparkling white wine, this Orange Hocus Pocus Fizz will be great to enjoy while you snack on some popular Halloween candies from when you were a kid.

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Hot Rye Toddy

You couldn't have asked for a better cold-weather cocktail than this one. Trade in your hot tea for a classic rye whiskey hot toddy.

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Ghost Busted Cocktail

If you plan on visiting any haunted places this Halloween, make sure to drink this ultimate ghostbusting cocktail before going out. Heavy cream and marshmallow eyes give this vodka-based cocktail an otherworldly appearance.

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Sagamore Cider

Mulled cider is a must for the holiday season. This cozy, heartwarming drink pairs perfectly with holiday pies.

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Pecan Pie Martini

Wait, can you really turn the Southern holiday dessert, pecan pie, into a martini? You sure can.

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Caramel Apple Cider Mule

From apple cider doughnuts to apple crisps, there are many apple recipes that are worth trying. You can add this caramel apple cider mule to the list.

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Bailey’s Apple of my Chai

What's autumn without America's favorite dessert, apple pie? This chai cocktail brings out the best flavors you can get from an apple pie.

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Irish Coffee

Don't settle for normal coffee when you can spike it up with Baileys Irish Cream and Irish whiskey.

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Ginger Highball

Start the New Year off right with this light and easy-to-make golden cocktail. Combine whiskey with ginger ale in a highball glass, give it a good stir and you're all set.

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Bosc Pear Fizz

This is the perfect cocktail no matter the occasion or season. This cocktail recipe shakes together gin, Bosc pear syrup and lemon juice to create a light and refreshing beverage.

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Autumnal Glendullan

Move over pumpkin spice, pumpkin butter is in. This whiskey cocktail is the perfect way to celebrate autumn holidays.

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Buchanan’s Raspberry Buck

This cocktail is perfect to drink on Christmas Day or New Year's Eve. Muddled raspberries help to create a beautiful light red cocktail.

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Apple Smash

There's no need to travel to the best apple orchards in America to make this apple-infused twist on a cranberry vodka.

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If you're looking for something special to enjoy with your significant other, try making this decadent chocolate martini.

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Vida Verde's Gimme Mora Cocktail

This blackberry cocktail pairs well with any of your favorite Mexican dishes.

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Buzzed Bunny Cocktail

Skip the mimosas on Christmas morning. Instead, try out this refreshing recipe that uses carrot juice and gin.

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Caraway Stout Cocktail

Who says stout-based cocktails are just for St. Patrick's Day? This hearty beer is also the perfect base for the long, cold winter months.

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Slow Cooker Red Wine Hot Chocolate

If you're trying to think of a cheap winter date night idea, cozying on the couch and drinking this slow cooker red wine hot chocolate while watching happy shows on Netflix doesn't sound too bad.

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Peppermint Patty Martini

Are you a fan of peppermint patties? Then you will surely enjoy this creamy chocolate martini. Top it off with a dollop of whipped cream and colored sugar or sprinkles to make it particularly festive.

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Spiked Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate

Christmas doesn't feel right without spiked hot chocolate. This is best served with a candy cane inside the drink or crushed peppermint candies around the rim.

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Love Potion Cocktail

You don't have to dine at the most expensive restaurants on Earth to impress your love this holiday season. This rose Champagne cocktail will do just fine.

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Rose Petal Vodka

Roses are a symbol of love, so make your loved one feel special with this cocktail. Get the essence of beautiful spring flowers by freezing rose petals and adding them to your favorite vodka.

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Maple Margarita

Take everything you love in a margarita and make it perfect for fall by adding maple. Enjoy watching the leaves change color and add a maple leaf as garnish to your drink.

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Ristretto Old Fashioned

Enjoy a nice afternoon admiring the gorgeous fall foliage while sipping on this salted caramel old-fashioned.

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Citrónge Cosmopolitan

Pair this sweet pink cosmo with any Christmas candy you're going to give your loved one in their stocking.

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Ruby Spritzer

Indulge yourself in this festive beverage during a holiday party. This classy tequila cocktail features sparkling apple cider and pomegranate juice.

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Witches Caldron

While you're preparing some spooky Halloween dishes that you can make at home, why not brew up this fun bright green cocktail?

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Black Magic Margarita

While the kids are busy trick-or-treating, make this wickedly delicious tequila cocktail for yourself.

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Cucumber-Coconut Margarita

Margaritas are perfect for any time of year. Imagine yourself on the beach this Christmas with this refreshing cucumber coconut marg.

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Matt’s Margarita

Need a drink to have while you're eating tasty Thanksgiving dinner recipes? This margarita swaps simple syrup or triple sec for autumnal maple syrup.

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Spicy Ginger Mare-garita

Warm yourself up when the weather begins to get cooler with this kickin' ginger margarita.

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Cold Comfort

Seek comfort in this cocktail recipe during the colder months of the year. Enjoy the seasonal flavors of apple cider and cinnamon mixed with vodka and dark rum.

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Crystal Cranberry Skull

Mint gives this scrumptious cranberry vodka cocktail a little festive flavor. Craving cranberries all month long? There are plenty of cranberry recipes perfect for the holiday season.

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Maple Smash

Let this cocktail recipe become your new guilty pleasure. Satisfy your sweet tooth craving with this mixture of maple syrup, Irish whiskey, lemon juice and a dash of ground cinnamon.

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Irish Coffee

Sometimes you need a little extra kick to your coffee, especially on Christmas mornings. This Irish coffee recipe will do the trick.

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You don't always need to go over the top for the holiday season. Sometimes a classic Manhattan hits the spot.

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Tanteo Dove Love Paloma

This classic Paloma cocktail includes jalapeno tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and grapefruit juice.

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The Ball Drop

What better drink to have while you're counting down the seconds to the start of the new year than one called The Ball Drop? Watching the big NYE event at home? Here are some facts you probably didn't know about the Times Square Ball Drop.

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New Years Sparkler

Try making this sparkling pomegranate New Year's cocktail while you're having fun celebrating New Year's Eve at home.

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Strawberry Kisses

Have a kiss at midnight, then follow it up with this blissful cocktail, which features fresh strawberries and mezcal.

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The Jack O'Groni Cocktail

This cocktail adds a seasonal twist to a classic Negroni by using pumpkin butter with the usual ingredients.

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Château Strawberry Cocktail

Though this cocktail was inspired by popular Kentucky Derby drinks, it can be enjoyed during a special occasion such as New Year's Eve.

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Spooky Pumpkin

While you're using your jack-o'-lantern filling to make some great pumpkin recipes, this cocktail is perfect to sip on the side. For extra flavor, add crushed graham crackers and cinnamon on the rim.

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Jack-O’-Lantern Milkshake

This drink is exactly what you need to celebrate Halloween the right way. Enjoy the sweet, creamy flavors of vanilla ice cream blended together with pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree and a splash of bourbon. And don't forget to add some leftover Halloween candy on top.

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Orchard Rosé Sangria

Bring this punch to any of your holiday festivities. The light pink cocktail is made out of Angry Orchard Rosé Cider, gin, lemon juice and basil watermelon juice.

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Get ready for the cold holiday season with this traditional German cocktail, which uses white wine, sugar and cinnamon sticks. Enjoy it near a warm fire while watching popular Christmas movies.

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Kümmel Schnapps

Make it a Christmas tradition to enjoy this caraway-infused holiday shot.

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Reindeer Punch