10 Delicious Drinks for Holiday Parties

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Around the holidays, dinners get a lot of attention—turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, and the like. But the holidays are also a big time for drinks, and the more festive the better! Whether you're looking for a cozy non-alcoholic drink to sip with family by the fire or a bubbly beverage for your big New Years Eve party, we've got something on our list for you. Keep reading to see all 10 of the holiday drinks we love, from our users at Key Ingredient and from bloggers we love!

Non-Alcoholic Holiday Party Drinks

Let's start with a few non-alcoholic drinks, shall we? Whether you're planning a brunch party with friends or just want something refreshing and non-alcoholic to offer your guests, there are plenty of festive options to choose from.

Cranberry Cider Punch

cranberry cider punchWe love this little pink punch because it has all the aesthetics of a fancy cocktail with none of the alcohol. Crisp apple cider is mixed with Christmas-spiced simple syrup and topped with bright red cranberries for a complex and refreshing punch. This can easily be adapted with alcoholic cider for a boozy option as well.

Hot Spiced Apple Cider

hot spiced apple ciderWould it really be Christmastime without some hot mulled cider? Not for us, it wouldn't! With just a few spices, orange juice, and of course cider, this easy drink smells amazing as it simmers and is perfect on a cold winter evening with family or friends.

Citrus Punch

citrus punchThis bubbly punch is brimming with citrus, with orange, grapefruit, and lemon flavors contributing the perfect brightness to the spicy ginger beer base. This punch is perfect whether you're afternoon brunching or toasting at midnight.


Boozy Holiday Party Drinks

On to the alcoholic party drinks! We love these crisp cocktails, spiked coffees, sangrias, and other mixed drinks for all your cozy get-togethers and big shindigs.

Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Rumchata Latte

crock pot pumpkin spice rumchata latteThese slow cooker pumpkin spice rumchata lattes from Arlene at Flour on my Face are the holidays in a mug! They are super easy to make in a big batch for a crowd and are a great option for brunch parties in particular. You and your party guests will love the flavors of cream, cinnamon, coffee, and rum as they sip on this cozy beverage.

Gingered Pear & Brandy Cocktail

gingered pear and brandy cocktailWe love ginger during the holiday season, and this cocktail is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and fruity. You'll feel super classy sipping on this cocktail at a dinner party or fancy soiree with friends.

Winter Sangria

winter sangriaWho doesn't love sangria? This winter sangria from Sarah & Tim at Curious Cuisiniere uses green apple and orange slices alongside classic mulling spices and a deep red wine for a drink that both looks and tastes like the holidays.

Christmas Poinsettia Punch

christmas poinsettia punchAnother drink with a deep red color, this poinsettia punch with floating cranberries is super Christmasy. The champagne base makes this light and bubbly.

Kahlua Cream Soda

kahlua cream sodaYou've tried spiking your coffee or your hot chocolate with kahlua for the holidays, but have you ever tried kahlua mixed with club soda? This Kahlua Cream Soda recipe from Flour on my Face will surprise and delight you with its blend of bubbly refreshment and sweet coffee cream flavors. Iced coffee drinkers will love this one with a passion.

Cranberry Sage Champagne Cocktails

cranberry sage champagneThese festive cocktails are flavored with a delicious mixture of cranberries, honey, orange juice, and sage. They're elegant in a champagne flute or in a stemless wine glass. We love the green and red combo these offer, and your guests will too.

Glögg (Swedish Mulled Wine)

glogg mulled wineThis swedish classic will look familiar to many. This recipe for glogg (Swedish mulled wine) from Sarah & Tim at Curious Cuisiniere has a few essential ingredients that are uncommon in American mulled wine, creating a slightly different flavor profile that you have to experience to understand. Head on over to their blog post to try it for yourself—you'll be glad you did.

Featured Bloggers

Arlene Flour on my FaceArlene, author of Flour On My Face, loves cooking and blogging for the chance to express her creative personality. She is also a stay at home mom of 3 with empty nest syndrome on the horizon and is an excellent resource for those who need to cook for the whole family.

sarah and tim curious cuisiniereSarah & Tim run the cultural food blog, Curious Cuisiniere, where they share easy to follow recipes and food history from around the world, inspiring food lovers and home cooks to learn about and experience global cultures from the comfort of their own kitchen.

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