festive Christmas drinks

Show-stopping DIY Christmas cocktails

Food may be one of the most memorable parts of any party but why not make your Christmas party exciting with some of these DIY Christmas cocktails? You can adapt these recipes to make them more of your own style or even jazz them up with some festive glasses or some festive edible glitter. We’ve got something for everyone, whether that’s those who need something to warm up, shot lovers, cocktail lovers and designated drivers.

Hot Drinks and Shot Drinks with a Christmas Twist

Christmas Hot Drinks

Festive hot chocolate recipe

This Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate recipe from BBC Good Food is the perfect hot drink to have in the background, ready for when guests are arriving and need a little warmth.

Try a Hot Toddy full of the lovely flavours of whisky, honey, lemon, cinnamon and cloves from BBC Good Food.

Another classic from BBC Good Food, a Triple Choc Hot Chocolate recipe with plenty of chocolate and a dash of something special for the adults.

If you’re not a fan of hot drinks, read on for more DIY Christmas cocktails.


christmas shots

Shots don’t have to be part of a drinking contest. Try these incredible recipes to wow your guests:

Enjoy a white chocolate, peppermint and marshmallow drink, with crushed candy canes on the rim with A Night Owl’s Candy cane shooters.

Debatably not a drink, these Hot Cocoa Pudding Shots with a dash of Irish cream from Delish will definitely delight the chocolate lovers in your party.

Create these green jelly Mistletoe Shots from Delish and top with whipped cream, mint leaves and Red Hots for a stunning serving.

Another fun jelly option – though red this time with chilled Fireball – Holly Jolly Fireball Shots from Delish.

Festive Drinks to Make You Go Mmmm

Christmas Mimosas and Mojitos

Try something decadent with cranberry juice and champagne mimosas, topped with rosemary and cranberries – Cranberry Mimosas from Delish.

Try this White Christmas Mojito from Half Baked Harvest with white rum, coconut rum, coconut milk, sparkling water and pomegranate arils.


christmas margarita

Combining the flavours of coconut, tequila, Triple Sec and lime, this White Christmas Margarita from Delish, with is sugar rim and fruit garnish is guaranteed to attract attention.

A margarita for cranberry fans, Mistletoe Margaritas from Delish are comprised of cranberries and cranberry juice, salt, lime, tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice, with a mint garnish. Served on the rocks or blended.


christmas martini

Martinis are not only sophisticated but can also be festive, like in the examples below:

Get into the festive spirit with a Sugar Cookie Martini from Crazy For Crust, which contains delicious vanilla vodka and amaretto, with frosted sugar cookie coffee creamer.

If you’re more into marshmallows, try a S’more martini from Baked By Rachel and see for yourself how popular it will be, just don’t forget a marshmallow to garnish this chocolate milk and marshmallow vodka drink.

This is one for the dessert pie lovers out there. A Pecan Pie Martini from Delish includes Rumchata crème de cocoa, bourbon and some crushed pecans to add to the garnish.

A martini for those with a sweet tooth (and a love of peppermint) the Peppermintinis from Delish include lots of candy canes, chocolate chips, white chocolate liqueur, vodka, peppermint schnapps and heavy cream.

Snowflake Martinis from Delish are great for those vanilla and white chocolate fans out there, comprising of white chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka and heavy cream, not to mention the sugar rim.

Classic Christmas Drinks

Pimm’s and Punch Christmas Cocktails

christmas punch

Sometimes it’s easier to have something that your guests can serve themselves and top up at their leisure so consider these Pimm’s and punch recipes:

This Jingle Juice from Baked Bree contains citrus sugar from many different citrus fruits, as well as lots of different types of juice, plus rum, Grand Marnier, amaretto and sparkling water, not to mention the fruit garnish. Arguably not an unhealthy option!

Combine Pimm’s, brandy, apple juice, ice, cinnamon sticks and fruit for this Winter Pimm’s Punch from BBC Good Food.

This Christmas Punch from BBC Good Food features red grapes (frozen the day before), prosecco, cloudy apple juice, ice, sloe gin, herbal liqueur, stem ginger, rosemary and clementine.


eggnog recipe

Eggnog is a Christmas classic and if you’re a fan of the plain version or want something a little more exciting, these recipes have you covered:

Start off simple with the Easy Eggnog recipe from BBC Good Food, caster sugar, egg yolks, vanilla essence, condensed milk and brandy.

A twist on the classic, this Ginger Eggnog from Delish includes cinnamon sugar, ice, classic eggnog, vodka, Kahlua, molasses, ground ginger and whipped cream.

This Rumchata Eggnog from Delish features a cinnamon sugar rim, egg yolks, sugar, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, heavy cream, Rumchatta and cinnamon sticks.

Mocktails/non-alcoholic Christmas drinks

christmas mocktail recipes

Never neglect designated drivers! Give them something a little special with one of these drinks, or even give them a tasty hot chocolate just without the booze.

Try a Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail from BBC GoodFood to give them a festive spin on the mint and lime classic cocktail.

How about a Gin-free G&T from BBC Good Food to give a great taste without the alcohol, just don’t forget to add a festive garnish!

Mulled wine doesn’t have to be only for the drinkers at the party, try the Non-alcoholic Mulled Wine from BBC Good Food, made with pomegranate juice, blackberries, apple juice and cinnamon.

There’s lots of easy Christmas drinks for non-drinkers out there, so don’t neglect your designated drivers!

Which of these DIY Christmas cocktails was your favourite and which will you be using this festive season? When you’re ready to book your Christmas party in Stafford, get in touch with our team on 01785 878457 or fill out our Christmas enquiry form. We can’t wait to help you celebrate this festive season and help you create the perfect festive cocktails for your event!

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