16 festive cocktails perfect for the holidays

Apéritifs, eggnogs, punches and more delightful drinks for this merry month.

Apéritifs, eggnogs, punches and more delightful drinks for this merry month

(Photography, left: Leslie Kirchhoff; middle: Leila Ashtari; right: Jack Hawkins)

'Tis the season for treating yourself and your guests to showstopping holiday dishes. If you're on the hunt for cocktails to match that exact vibe, we have some festive suggestions for you. In this list, expect to find the star house cocktail for your next party, a punch with a fancy ice wreath, something mulled for frosty porch visits, not one but two beautiful eggnogs and a bubbly concoction worthy of toasting the new year with. 

These recipes will deliver — and by deliver, we mean impress. On a practical note, we've got party punches and single-serve options, so scale the recipes up or down depending on the yield you're after. Below, 16 lovely libations to enjoy over some very merry nights this month. 

Oh, and if we may, some suggested pairings to enjoy alongside these beverages:


Classic Eggnog

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

White Chocolate and Candy Cane Eggnog

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Sherbet Punch

(Photo credit: Jack Hawkins)

Cran-Cherry Whiskey Sour 

(Photo credit: Jackson Roy)

Classic Snowball Cocktail

(Photography by Leila Ashtari)

Holiday Punch + Rosemary Wreath 

(Photography by Leslie Kirchhoff)

Mulled Rosé 

Holiday Sangria 

French 77 Punch + Lemon Ice Block  

(Photography by Leslie Kirchhoff)

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(Photography by Betty Binon)


(Photo credit: Sarah Hogan)


(Photo credit: Sarah Hogan)

Suppressor No. 246

(Photography by Antonis Achilleos)

Hot Rummy Lemonade

(Credit: David Loftus)


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