13 Red and Green Christmas Cocktails That Will Make You Feel Jolly This Holiday Season

We’ve just about reached the Christmas finish line, with the ginormous magical day within our grasp — and it's probably safe to say we could all use a few festive holiday cocktails. Just because Santa is tying up some loose ends and about to hop aboard the sleigh doesn’t mean the season is quite over yet. There are still puh-lenty of Christmas-y movies to watch, songs to listen to, and snacks to consume.

Also, one of the best parts of this holiday is the booze. ‘Tis the season of indulgence, right? Wine, seasonal beer, and the cocktails… oh, the cocktails! Booze also makes it that much easier to partake in spreading Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear. I know Buddy the Elf only requires sugar to get there, but the rest of us humans raised by humans need the liquid courage. Plus, holiday cocktails are fun to make and pretty to look at. And they will undoubtedly go with whatever crazy ugly Christmas sweater you’re rocking. Here are the best red and green cocktails to mix up and throw back in these last few days of merriment and joy.

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Candy Cane Martini

Is doesn’t get much more festive than this cocktail from the folks at Jelly Toast. Also, it’s a way to get saucy while maintaining fresh, peppermint-y breath, so that’s fun. 

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Basil Gimlet

The impeccable flavor combination of basil, gin, and lime is enough to make you want to turn this beverage from The Crepes of Wrath into your signature drink for the rest of your life. It’s refreshing, delightfully stiff, and easy to make. 

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Pomegranate Margaritas

A margarita is the best drink to kick off the start of a vacation with. It signifies that an extended period of leisure has begun, and all nutritional bets are off for the time being. A sugary blended beverage with giant salt crystals along the rim? Yes, please. 

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Rosemary Sloe Gin Fizz

A glass of bubbly goodness concocted by the geniuses at The Kitchn, and topped off with an earthy rosemary garnish. It’s equal parts delicious and fun.

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Pineapple Basil Cocktail

The temperature outside is in the negatives, and the snow keeps falling in buckets. This would be a good time to drink something that reminds you of summer. Something refreshing that makes you feel like the winter is not going to last 100 years. 

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Cherry Whiskey Smash Cocktail

Forget the fact that this cocktail from How Sweet It Is is made with ginger brandy, cherry cola, and amaretto, making it quite possibly the sweetest drink in history — it’s also the prettiest beverage I’ve ever seen. 

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Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

I feel like this is what Joan Holloway would drink at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce holiday party.

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Green Tea Mojito

Green tea is basically the herbal form of medication for every possible ailment, right? I mean, it seems to have insane healing and preventative powers, which would make this cocktail an alcoholic version of the Fountain of Youth. Drink up, y’all!

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Campari + Orange IPA Cocktail

Cocktails that use both beer and hard alcohol AND actually taste good are rare liquid jewels, and should be treated as such. The master mixologists at A Better Happier St. Sebastian crafted this delicious drink that’s flavorful and super unique. 

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The Paloma

A fizzy and fresh alternative to margaritas, this yummy recipe from The Kitchn uses grapefruit soda, tequila, lime, and salt. It is absolutely amazeballs.

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Hibiscus Hot Toddy

Hot Toddies are made for the Christmas season, and this one from A Spicy Perspective uses hibiscus tea, honey, white rum, and lime. It’ll warm and soothe your soul, which basically makes it a drink that you need in your life.

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The Last Word Cocktail

This concoction uses Green Chartreuse, making it the perfect drink and accessory for St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas. Probably the Grinch’s signature cocktail too, right?

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Festive Cranberry Fizz

With homemade cranberry rosemary syrup, this recipe is great for mixing in large batches. An ideal pick for a party punch, or if you’re just in the mood to drink by yourself in large quantities. Either way. 

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